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Vol. 57, No. 1, January 2017

Vending Features
Accent Food Services Acquires Reno Snax, Expanding Its Vending Business Outside Of Texas
Emily Jed


Aguavida Vending Machine Dispenses Free Alkaline Water For A Tweet Or Post
Emily Jed


American Green Adds Biometric Technology To Its Pot Vending Machine
Emily Jed
M2SYS provides technology to government agencies around the world. For the American Green Machine, M2SYS will initially provide its M2-FingerVein, a noninvasive reader...

Appeals Court Reduces Chicago Man's 12-Year Sentence For Looting Quarters From Vending Machine
Emily Jed


Casco Bay Vending Makes Two Acquisitions: Pine State And Canteen Of Maine
Emily Jed


China's Vingoo Brings Fresh-Squeezed OJ Vending Machine To North America
Emily Jed
China's Vingoo introduced its freshly squeezed orange juice vending machine to the North American market at this year's Consumer Electronics Show. The Vitamin C Charger begins operating in spring in southern California...

Connecticut Vending Operator Daniel Tomassetti Dies At 62
Emily Jed
Daniel Tomassetti was vice-president of Tomassetti Distributors, a full-line vending company headquartered in Meriden, CT. He ran the business with his brother Tony...

Consumer Watchdog Sues Coca-Cola For Alleged Deceptive Marketing
Emily Jed
Praxis Project, a so-called consumer advocacy group, is suing Coca-Cola Co. and the American Beverage Association over alleged false and misleading marketing of sugar-sweetened beverages...

Crane Co. Will Release Fourth-Quarter 2016 Earnings On Jan. 30, Sets Annual Investor Conference For Mar. 2 In New York City
Crane Co. Press Release
--press release

Dietician Lucille Beseler Joins Vending Industry's Nutrition Council
Emily Jed


EMV Technology Usage Increases Worldwide And In U.S.
EMVCo, the privately owned corporation that defines and manages the EMV standard, reported that 42.4% of credit card transactions globally were EMV-compliant between July 2015 and June 2016, compared with 33% during the previous 12-month period...

Federal Judge Sentences Two More Vendstar Execs For Sales Fraud
Emily Jed
A federal judge sentenced two sales representatives to prison for fraudulently selling vending machine businesses. The defendants, Scott M. Doumas and Paul E. Raia, are the latest to be sentenced in the biz-op scam. They worked for Deer Park, NY-based Vendstar, where 22 executives have been charged following an investigation that began in 2010...

Gilly Vending Adds Georgia State University To Client Roster
Emily Jed


GoBox M2M Gateway Brings HD Media Streaming And Cashless Payment To Vending Machines
Emily Jed
On Track Innovations Ltd. said it is shipping a new machine-to-machine cashless payment and telemetry gateway designed for vending equipment...

Google Vending Machine Doles Out Free Travel Goodies To Project Fi Subscribers
Emily Jed
Google has deployed its first Project Fi Travel Trolley vending machine at San Jose International Airport. It dispenses free travel goodies like toothbrushes, socks and charging cables to Project Fi subscribers...

Grow Healthy Vending Selects Parlevel's VMS Technology
Emily Jed


Healthy Vending Legislation Resurfaces In Maryland
Emily Jed
Health advocacy group Sugar Free Kids Maryland said the local chapter of the nation's largest healthcare union (1199SEIU) is joining the effort to pass the Maryland Healthy Vending Choices Act during the 2017 state legislative session...

Hershey Names Michele Buck President And Chief Executive
Nick Montano
Hershey Co. said it is elevating its chief operating officer, Michele Buck, to the chief executive post, a few months after Hershey chairman, president and chief executive John P. Bilbrey announced that he will retire from the company on July 1, 2017. Buck, an 11-year Hershey veteran, will assume the top post on March 1...

Houston's Candyman Vending Creates Mini Rap Snacks Machine
Emily Jed


James Quincey To Succeed Muhtar Kent As Coca-Cola Chief Executive
Emily Jed


Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Challenging Philly Soda Tax
Emily Jed


Jury Finds 5-hour Energy Counterfeit Kingpins Guilty
Emily Jed
SAN FRANCISCO -- A jury in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California delivered a landmark guilty verdict against the two leaders of an elaborate ring that counterfeited millions of bottles of 5-hour Energy shots. Ringleaders Joseph and Adriana Shayota are husband and wife...

Maryland Delegate Antonio Hayes Visits Baltimore's Black Tie Services
Emily Jed


Minnesota's C&S Vending Co. Acquires D&R Star's Full-Line Vending Assets
Nick Montano
C&S Vending Co. Inc. announced that it has acquired some of the full-line vending and office refreshment services assets of D&R Vending Inc. (Rochester, MN). Terms were not disclosed...

NAMA Announces 2016 Undergraduate Scholarship Winners
Emily Jed


NAMA Calls For 2017 Vending Industry Award Nominations
NAMA Press Release
The National Automatic Merchandising Association announced the opening of the nomination period for the 2017 Industry Awards, to be presented live at OneShow in Las Vegas on April 19. NAMA will accept nominations now through Monday, Jan. 30 [press release]

NAMA Inaugurates Coffee Services Hall Of Fame, Engages Workplace Refreshments Professionals: CTW First Report
Tim Sanford
The fast-changing workplace refreshments market was the focus for the National Automatic Merchandising Association's 2016 Coffee, Tea and Water conference, held at the Gaylord Opryland hotel in Nashville. This year's event was NAMA's ninth annual educational conference devoted to the office refreshments segment, which is continuing to evolve into a versatile total refreshment service...

OneShow 2017 Registration Opens; Save Through Feb. 3
Nick Montano


Performance Food Group Announces Pricing Of Secondary Offering Of Common Stock
Emily Jed


Philadelphia's School District Eliminates Carbonated Drinks, Contracts With Vend Natural
Nick Montano


Some 100 Vending Operators Offer Holiday Promotion In PayRange App To Drive December Sales
PayRange Press Release
--press release

Swoffle Brings Dutch-Style Stroopwafel To Vending And Workplace Refreshments
Emily Jed
company called Swoffle has established a big market for its Dutch-inspired wafer cookie of the same name. Swoffle is now focusing on building its presence in office coffee service, vending machines and micromarkets...

Ten M Corp. Pacts With USA Technologies To Commit To 100% Cashless Vending Payments
USAT Press Release
--press release

USA Technologies Readies Loyalty Integration With Apple Pay; Rolls Out At CES On Jan. 5
Emily Jed
USA Technologies Inc. said it is integrating its loyalty and payroll deduction platform, called More, with Apple Pay. The initial integration plan is targeting 300,000 unattended points of sale nationwide, including vending machines and laundromats. USAT will be demonstrating the technology on Jan. 5 at CES in Las Vegas...

Variety Food Services' Ken Nowak Dies At 84; Chaired NAMA In 1984
Tim Sanford


Vending Is Exempt From Canada's Menu-Labeling Rules That Kick In Jan. 1
Emily Jed
Thanks to efforts of the Canadian Automatic Merchandising Association, vending operators are exempt from Canada's new Ontario Menu Labeling Regulation. The regulation, which is part of Canada's Healthy Menu Choices Act of 2015, goes into effect on Jan. 1...

Vending Machines At Airports Automate Rentals Of Skyroam's Wi-Fi Hot Spot Devices
Emily Jed
Global hotspot provider Skyroam is rolling out airport vending machines in the U.S. in collaboration with automated retailer ZoomSystems. Now travelers can rent Skyroam's pocketsize global hotspot...

Vending Operator Jeff West Vies For Top Spot On Food Network's 'Worst Cooks In America'
Emily Jed
A prominent face in the vending industry, Jeff West Jr. is stepping it up to national celebrity status as a contestant on this season's "Worst Cooks in America," a reality competition show on the Food Network...

Micromarkets
365 Retail Markets Promotes John Chidiac To President Of International Operations
Nick Montano


Byte Foods Inc. Raises $5.5 Million, Plans To Expand 'Smart' Vending Fridge Operations In Bay Area
Nick Montano
San Rafael, CA-based Byte Foods Inc. has reportedly raised $5.5 million in a seed round led by Spring Creek Investment Management, a family fund based in Philadelphia with a focus on food and agriculture. TechCrunch, an online publisher of technology industry news, reported the news on Dec. 28...

Horizon® Organic Cheese Snacks Now Available to Vending Operations
Sponsored by White Wave Foods
Offering convenient, wholesome snacks can drive profits by satisfying customer preferences. WhiteWave Foods is excited to announce the release of Horizon® Organic Cheese Snacks to vending operators nationwide [sponsored content]

Three Square Rolls Out Route Management Feature For Micromarkets
Emily Jed


Vending Video


Generation Next Acquires Intellectual Property For Reis & Irvy's Fro-Yo Vending Machine
Emily Jed
Generation Next Franchise Brands said it has acquired intellectual property related to the Reis & Irvy's frozen yogurt vending machine from Charleston, SC-based Robufusion Inc....

Music and Games Features
Adrenaline’s Crazy Tower Introduces Holographic Technology To Redemption Amusements
Hank Schlesinger
New from Adrenaline Amusements is Crazy Tower, which the Canadian manufacturer claims is the coin-op industry's first holographic redemption game...

AMI Entertainment Hosts Flaming Lips Giveaway On Jukeboxes; Turntable And Autographed Lithograph Are Top Prizes
AMI Press Release
--press release

AMI Entertainment's Led Zeppelin Giveaway Runs On Jukeboxes Through Dec. 29
AMI Press Release
--press release

ATM Withdrawal Limits In Macau Bring Down Casino Stocks
Hank Schlesinger


Barron Games' Fly O'Clock Adds Humor To Arcade Mix
Nick Montano
In its latest arcade game based on a popular app, Barron invites players to become a fly on a clock. Fly O'Clock, unveiled in the fourth quarter of 2016, is described as an "endless jumper" game...

Bay Tek Games Appoints Mark Lenske International Sales Manager
Nick Montano


Bill Freeman Joins Player One Amusement Group As Account Executive
Nick Montano


Bob's Space Racers And Jennison Roll Out Jersey Wheels Arcade Game
Nick Montano
Jersey Wheels is available in three- and four-wheel versions, both loosely based on the popular prize wheels for which the Jersey Shore arcades are famous...

Cineplex Announces Two New Rec Room Locations In Canada
Hank Schlesinger
A location in Alberta at the West Edmonton Mall is scheduled to open in summer 2017. Another will open in 2018 in London, ON, at CF Masonville Place, which is undergoing a multimillion-dollar redevelopment project...

Cleveland Mulls Tough Measures To Curb Crash-And-Grab ATM Robberies
Hank Schlesinger


Dave & Buster's Stock Surges 35% In 2016, Thanks To Amusements
Nick Montano
Market watchers are saying investors in Dave & Buster's Entertainment Inc. were big winners last year, as value in the restaurant and arcade chain jumped 35%...

Dave & Buster's To Debut Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots Arcade Game Based On Classic Mattel Toy: Dec. 26
Dave & Buster's Press Release
--press release

Fun Factory’s Million Ticket Jackpot For 1-Shot Skill Game Draws Crowds
Hank Schlesinger
How do you get a big promotional bang from a little redemption machine? If you're Steve Shoemaker of the Fun Factory, an amusement center in Redondo Beach, CA, you offer a chance to win a million tickets...

In Memoriam: Stanley Levin, 94, Was Coin-Op's Iconic Salesman
Hank Schlesinger
A legendary figure in amusements, Stan Levin had worked for some of the biggest names in the industry during a career that spanned more than six decades...

JLO Publishes 2017 Jukebox License Rates, AMOA Member Discount
Nick Montano


Jolly Roger Appoints Dave Watson To Lead International Sales Of Kiddie Rides
Hank Schlesinger


Jolly Roger's Spydero Adds Style To A Classic Coin-Op Kiddie Ride Theme
Hank Schlesinger
Jolly Roger's new coin-op device updates the classic kiddie theme with an assortment of flashing LED lights, realistic engine sounds and luxury speedster design...

Pac-Man LED Desk Clock Is Hit Christmas Product
Hank Schlesinger
--video

Pascaretti Enterprises Hosts AMI Jukebox Training Sessions In Michigan And Ohio
Tim Sanford
Jukebox distributor Pascaretti Enterprises hosted educational workshops for its operator customers in Michigan and Ohio, in cooperation with AMI Entertainment Network. The curriculum covered a range of topics all aimed at increasing operator awareness and use of productivity tools available for AMI's jukebox hardware and software...

Romanian Member Of ATM Skimming Crew Gets Five Years Following Extradition To New Jersey
Hank Schlesinger


Seattle Police Hunt ATM Thieves
Hank Schlesinger


Sega's Hoopla Arcade Game Updates A Classic Carnival Attraction
Nick Montano
Sega Amusements International is introducing an arcade redemption piece based on the classic carnival game of Hoopla...

Stern Pinball Inc. And Epic Rights Introduce Aerosmith Flipper Game Series
Nick Montano
Stern Pinball and Epic Rights, the global licensing agent for Aerosmith, announced the availability of a pinball machine line honoring the iconic rock band. Aerosmith holds the record as the bestselling American hard rock band in history...

Survey Charts Decline In ATM Fraud
Hank Schlesinger


Thai Police Arrest ATM Thief Who Uses Explosives
Hank Schlesinger


TouchMagix Debuts Redemption Kiosk
Hank Schlesinger
TouchMagix demonstrated its MotionMagix gesture-tracking game during November's IAAPA Attractions Expo...

TouchTunes PhotoBooth Is Now Free Feature On Virtuo And Playdium Jukeboxes
Nick Montano


TouchTunes Prereleases Dropkick Murphys' New Album '11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory’ On Jukeboxes
TouchTunes Press Release
--press release

TouchTunes Tabulates 2016's Top Jukebox Artists And Performances; Church, Stapleton and Rihanna Dominate
Nick Montano
TouchTunes' Top-Played Artist of the Year for 2016 is country music star Eric Church, who won the top spot for the second year in a row. The top-played song across all music genres is "Tennessee Whiskey" by country favorite Chris Stapleton...

UK Sets Christmas Record For ATM Withdrawals
Hank Schlesinger




AMOA, AAMA And NBVA Ready 2017 Amusement Expo For March 14-16
Tim Sanford
In a break with recent tradition, Amusement Expo International 2017 will be held in a city other than Las Vegas. The Sheraton Dallas downtown hotel is the venue for this year's exposition...



Australia's Arcooda Readies Virtual Pinball Platform For Arcade And Home Markets
Hank Schlesinger
New from Arcooda Pty Ltd., a division of Australia's Highway Group, is a video pinball machine platform. Arcooda Video Pinball combines the look and feel of the classic electro-mechanical pin game with the digital flexibility of a videogame...



South African Police Kill Eight In Shootout with ATM Thieves
Hank Schlesinger




Unit-e's World's Fastest Drummer Brings Competitive Beats To Coin-Op Amusements
Hank Schlesinger
The amusement machine manufacturer known for its novel dance games is now offering a drumming-themed redemption piece. Unit-e's World's Fastest Drummer challenges players to drum as fast as they can to score points...

Bulk Vending
Brand Vending Products Renews Push Into Flat Arena With Novel Stickers And Temporary Tattoos
Hank Schlesinger
Brand Vending Products is reporting brisk sales for its latest flat vending collectibles. A strong rollout of temporary tattoo and sticker lines signals the company's renewed push into the flat vending product category. The release of Wild Society and Glitter Sweet Sixteen tattoos and Boogily Heads stickers followS a year's worth of research and development...

Bulk Vending Thief Is Nabbed In Nebraska
Hank Schlesinger


Judy Heston-Donnell Steps Down As NBVA President; Steve Schechner Takes Over The Reins
Hank Schlesinger
The National Bulk Vending Association announced that Judi Heston-Donnell, Funtastic Novelties Inc. (Fort Wayne, IN), has resigned as the association's president. Vice-president Steve Schechner of Capital Vending (Florence, AL) has filled the position...

Koko's Confectionery & Novelty Experiences Steady Expansion After 21 Years In Business
Hank Schlesinger
It's been 21 years since the first simple pressed dextrose dropped from candy-making machines at Koko's Confectionery & Novelty factory in Maryland. Since then, the confections manufacturing unit of A&A Global Industries Inc. has become a major force in bulk vending's candy segment...

Students Learn Engineering By Building A Robotic Bulk Vending Machine
Hank Schlesinger
--video

Editorial: Vending
Editorial
Clean+Filled+Working=Opportunity
Tim Sanford
The vending industry has not done a particularly effective job of publicizing its employment prospects for young people with good interpersonal skills and a willingness to work... by Tim Sanford

Editorial: Music and Games
Keep That New Year Optimism Going For As Long As Possible
Hank Schlesinger
Now is the time we traditionally take stock of ourselves and businesses, followed by a long, hard look to the future. If the good times are rolling, it seems as if they will roll on forever. If gloom has descended, we try to puzzle out just when it will give way to sunshine and rainbows. Needless to say, the pundits are there to chime in on their findings... by Hank Schlesinger

Coffee Service News
Barrie House Coffee Sponsors Organic Productivity In Guatemala
Emily Jed


Colombia To Host Inaugural World Coffee Producers Forum In July
Emily Jed


Colombian Coffee Production Reached 14.2 Million Bags In 2016
Emily Jed


Former Sbarro CMO Anne Pritz Joins Royal Cup Coffee & Tea
Emily Jed


J.M. Smucker Hikes Coffee Prices 6%
Emily Jed
The increase applies to coffees sold under the Folgers, Dunkin' Donuts and Café Bustelo brand names...

Keurig Partners With Anheuser-Busch For Beer And Cocktail Machine
Emily Jed


Michigan Merchandisers Reps White Bear Coffee
Emily Jed


Specialty Coffee Association of America Forms Technicians Guild
Emily Jed


Guest Columns
Add 'Game' To Promotion To Boost Sales And Strengthen Client Loyalty
by Len Rashkin
Beginning with this article, I will be describing several promotions that I have used successfully over the years in the office refreshment segment. Scratch-off cards resembling state lottery tickets can offer a choice of incentives for purchases of specified products. They also enable sales reps to strengthen their ties with their client contacts... by Len Rashkin

Does Coffee Production Really Need HACCP Process Controls?
by Kevin Daw
In my last article, I speculated about the possibility of fewer regulations in general, given our new POTUS, and how that may or may not affect us in a "close to home" fashion. Many regulations are fine and justified, but all too often, unintended consequences resulting from well intentioned policies can slow the wheels of progress so horribly as to bring them virtually to a stop... by Kevin Daw

Hardware/Tools
Craftsman Tool Brand Sold To Stanley Black & Decker; Sears Will Continue To Sell Line
Hank Schlesinger
Stanley Black & Decker Inc., Craftsman tools, Sears Holdings Corp., James M. Loree, vending

Names in the News
Jay Anderson Joins Koko's As Western Regional Sales Manager
Hank Schlesinger


Upfront with the Publisher
Office Redesign Needs The Vending Operators' Advice
Alicia Lavay
As a trade magazine covering the vending, refreshment service and away-from-home amusement industry for more than five decades, we often are asked to identify emerging trends and consumer drivers. One theme that has become central to these inquiries might be called "The Workplace of the Future"... by Alicia Lavay

Vending Machine Products
GoPure Pods Purify Water In Reusable Bottles
Emily Jed


LonoLife Debuts Protein Coffee In Single-Cup Capsules And Stick Packs
Emily Jed


PepsiCo Reveals Lifewtr, A Premium Bottled Water With A Novel Packaging Approach
Emily Jed


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