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Articles
Vol. 48, No. 7, July 2008

Vending Features
Crane Debuts Energy-Efficient AP, GPL Combo Units
Tim Sanford

SOUTH ST. PAUL, MN (July 9, 2008) — New from Crane Vending Solutions Distribution are two versatile combination venders in the company’s GPL and Automatic Products lines. Both are offered in five- and six-shelf models, and can dispense candy and snacks, packaged cold beverages and food… [full story]



EVA Plans Payment Systems Confab For Brussels, Sept. 11-12
Tim Sanford

BRUSSELS, Belgium (July 30, 2008) — The European Vending Association has announced that it will stage its 2008 Payment Systems Conference here on September 11 and 12. It’s set for the Sheraton Airport Hotel in this historic capital, and is designed to “update the industry on the world of payment today and tomorrow…” [full story]



Experts Review Progress In Cashless Payment; Option Can Please Patrons And Generate Lift In Vending Sales
Tim Sanford

LAS VEGAS ( JULY 2008) — The convergence of lower-cost, more powerful wireless networks, higher vend prices and enhanced computer-based auditing is encouraging the installation of credit and debit card payment systems in vending machines. At the same time, growing public enthusiasm for cashless purchases has widened the use of “closed” stored-value and debit transaction technology in an expanding range of affinity-group locations… [full story]



Kosher Vending Industries Meets Growing Away-From-Home Demand
Emily Jed
VALLEY COTTAGE, NY (JUNE 2008) — Kosher consumers on the go have long been accustomed to passing up food courts, restaurants and cafeterias offering every kind of food but kosher, and settling for a less-than-satisfying bagged snack and cold drink... [full story]

MEI Announces Initiatives To Recycle Validator Parts
Emily Jed

WEST CHESTER, PA (July 18, 2008) — MEI has teamed up with electronic recycling companies Intercon Solutions and Scientific Recycling Inc. to offer a “no landfill” recycling process for electronic vending products. MEI explained that the need for such a process became evident when it received a large number of outdated bill validators from vending and amusement customers taking advantage of its “New $5 Trade-in Program”… [full story]



NAMA Plans 2010 Transition To Single Trade Show
Nick Montano
CHICAGO (July 10, 2008)— The board of directors of the National Automatic Merchandising Association has voted to consolidate the National and Spring Expos into an entirely new springtime event.  The first of these is scheduled for April 28-30, 2010, at McCormick Place North in Chicago… [full story]

NCA 2008 Coffee Drinking Study Graphs Gourmet Uptick
Emily Jed
NEW YORK CITY (July 26, 2008) — The National Coffee Association of U.S.A. has published its 2008 National Coffee Drinking Trends (NCDT) market research study. Highlights of this year’s edition include the continuing growth of gourmet coffee, with daily consumption jumping to an unprecedented 17% of the overall adult population (up from 14% in 2007). Total coffee consumers were reported to be 47% of adults age 25-39, matching this decade’s high set in 2006 and up three percentage points from last year… [full story]

NPD: Foodservice Faces Growing Brown-Bagging Competition
Emily Jed

ROSEMONT, IL (July 27, 2008) — As time-pressed workers try to cut costs and eat healthier, brown-bagging is becoming increasingly popular in the American workplace, according to a new study from market research firm The NPD Group. NPD reports that the rise in lunches carried from home is contributing to the softening of the midday meal business at commercial restaurants… [full story]



Pierre Files For Chapter 11 Relief To Restructure Debt
Emily Jed

CINCINNATI (July 16, 2008) — Pierre Foods Inc. has filed for protection under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code, in order to restructure its debt. Operations are expected to continue normally while the company executes its reorganization plan… [full story]



Point-Of-Use Water Experts Urge Vendors To Pursue Add-On Profits
CHERRY HILL, NJ (JUNE 2008) — While bottled water consumption continues to reach new highs, growing skepticism about the quality of the water and concern over the impact of its packaging on the environment is driving demand for smaller-footprint alternatives to single-serve PET containers and, increasingly, the classic 5-gal. bulk bottle (which now is plastic, too). Vending and OCS operators, already regarded as experts in providing workplace refreshment, are in a prime position to sell the quality, ease of use, cost savings and reduced carbon footprint that reward the switch to point-of-use water treatment... [full story]

SEVA Plans 2008 Conference For August 6-8 In Destin FL
Tim Sanford
DESTIN, FL (July 3, 2008) — The Southeastern Vending Association will hold its 2008 convention at the Sandestin Resort here from August 6 through 8, and a lively mix of business and recreational programming is in preparation... [full story]

Sodexo, VIP Energy Services Offer Energy Management
Emily Jed

BURLINGTON, ON, Canada (July 18, 2008) — Sodexo and VIP Energy Services have entered an exclusive arrangement aimed at providing energy management services to current and future Sodexo clients… [full story]



Vending And Feeding Veterans Establish Royal Consultancy
Emily Jed
ELGIN, IL (July 16, 2008) — Four vending industry professionals have joined forces to launch Royal Sales & Consulting, a business consultancy serving professionals in the vending and foodservice disciplines… [full story]

Music and Games Features
IALEA Readies 2008 Fun Academy Program For Sept.
Tim Sanford
HERSHEY, PA (July 8, 2008) — The International Association for the Leisure and Entertainment Industry reports that its 2008 Fun Expo again will be run in conjunction with an expanded educational program, Fun Academy. It will start on Monday, September 8; the Fun Expo exhibits will open on Wednesday, September 10. Both events conclude on Friday, September 12, and will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center[full story]

IT Hosts Operator Summit, Unveils Mini Golf Viddie And Other Product Developments
Larisa Jayne Shewczyk

CHICAGO (JULY 2008) — Incredible Technologies revealed a new cabinet design, a miniature golf videogame and several other developments during its seventh annual Operator Summit, held at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare here this spring. Some 140 representatives from 80 operating companies attended, making this the second-largest summit to date, and received a firsthand report on IT’s product and marketing plans for the coming year… [full story]



JUKEBOX MUSIC UPDATE: Alice Cooper, Black Stone Cherry And Foreigner

NEW YORK CITY (July 18, 2008) — The three major music providers serving the nation’s digital jukeboxes scored big with several prereleases this week. Joining the digital jukebox networks is new material from Alice Cooper, Black Stone Cherry and Foreigner… [full story]



KWP Ltd. Scores Prestigious Speaking And Publishing Engagements
Nick Montano

LONDON (July 25, 2008) —One of the industry’s leading advocates has been invited to deliver presentations at several imminent entertainment and trade conferences. Kevin Williams, managing director KWP Ltd. and editor of “The Stinger Report,” was also commissioned by two prestigious journals to write a series of articles about out-of-home entertainment and the arcade industry. In his recent engagements, the industry activist champions the vital role that traditional amusements will play in the future of public-space entertainment… [full story]



Pelican Operator Network To Service TouchTunes-Owned Jukeboxes In TGI Friday’s Restaurants Nationwide

DANVILLE, CA (July 3, 2008) — TGI Fridays selects TouchTunes as the restaurant’s exclusive provider of digital jukebox music. TouchTunes will maintain ownership of its Gen 3 broadband-enabled Ovation and Allegro jukeboxes, which will likely be installed in all 324 corporate-owned Friday’s locations by the end of September. The Pelican group will manage deployment and ongoing administration… [full story]



Recent PETA Protest Generates Publicity For The Lobster Zone Crane
Nick Montano

APOPKA, FL (July 2008) — The Lobster Zone crane once again has been targeted by PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which charges that the “machine turns torture and death into a game.” This time, the animal rights activists called attention to a machine in Denver, CO, following a complaint from a restaurant customer… [full story]



Rock-Ola Adds Q, Mystic To Home Music Center Line
Tim Sanford
TORRANCE, CA (JULY 2008) — Rock-Ola Manufacturing Corp. introduced two home jukeboxes at the recent International Billiard & Home Recreation Expo, held in Charlotte, NC… [full story]

Stern Offers Action-Film-Themed Pinball Games
Nick Montano

MELROSE PARK, IL (JULY 2008) — Stern Pinball Inc. has rolled out two flipper games based on proven cinematic franchises. The first, which made its debut in late spring, is titled Indiana Jones, inspired by all four of the Steven Spielberg archaeological fantasies. Rolling out at this writing is Stern’s Batman pin, just in time for the July 18 premiere of Warner Bros.’ latest Batman epic, “The Dark Knight”… [full story]



Bulk Vending
L.M. Becker Offers Bilingual Displays And Entire Line Online
Tim Sanford

APPLETON, WI (August 4, 2008) — Now available from L.M. Becker & Co. are bilingual display cards, offered in English and Spanish or English and French. The company also announced that its entire line, including Toy ‘n Joy bulk vending products, is available through its online store, Novelties-a-GoGo… [full story]



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