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Vol. 51, No. 2, February 2011

Vending Features
Aspen Councilman Mulls Bottled Water Ban
Emily Jed
A city councilman is reportedly considering directing city environmental and health officials to investigate options for banning single-use plastic bottled water containers in Aspen, CO...

Cantaloupe Systems Helps Police, Operators Capture Elusive Thieves
by Staff Reporter
Remote machine monitoring is proving its value as a weapon in the prolonged battle against vending machine thieves...

Coinstar Revenue Rises 31%; Delayed Access To Latest DVDs Hurts Redbox Performance
Emily Jed
The self-service kiosk giant expects revenue to rise 31% although preliminary fourth-quarter sales and profits missed projections...

Connecticut Vendors Report Progress Toward Maintaining Exemption As New Gov's Budget Plan Looms
Emily Jed
Vending is one of many industries in Connecticut working with legislators to maintain its sales tax exemption as a new governor looks to balance the state budget. The Connecticut Vending Association's Lathrop and Mueller educate lawmakers about the industry...

Consumers Vote M&M's Pretzel Product Of The Year
Emily Jed
M&M's Pretzel, a popular vending item, earned top billing in the candy and snacks category in the recent Product of the Year USA consumer survey...

Crane Co. 2010 Q4 Profit Declines; Merchandising Sales Increase
by Staff Reporter
Crane Co. announced that sales in its merchandising systems business unit increased $4.4 million, or 6%, in the fourth quarter of 2010...

EVA's 2011 EurOps Conference In Lisbon In April Will Focus On Efficiency
Tim Sanford
"Getting more from less: opportunities to raise the profitability of vending operating" themes the upcoming EurOps, a biennial program produced by the European Vending Association. Inaugural "Image of Vending" award will be presented...

Hawaii's Gov Proposes Soda Tax
by Staff Reporter
Hawaiian governor Neil Abercrombie has proposed establishing a tax on soda and other sugary beverages in the state...

Microtronic US President Seeks Industry Support For 'Treats For Troops'
Emily Jed
Terri Starnes-Bryant is asking industry members to consider joining her in supporting "Treats For Troops." The nonprofit organization sends care packages to troops on the frontlines...

NAMA Offers Update On FDA Nutritional Label Rulemaking Progress
Tim Sanford
The Food and Drug Administration's disclosure rules for nutrition labeling on vending machines will be issued by March 23, but will not go into effect until mid-2012...

NCVA Plans Educational Meeting For Feb. 3 At Headquarters
Tim Sanford
North Carolina Vending Association members are encouraged to attend the group's leadoff 2011 board and general membership meeting on Feb. 13 at the association's offices in Morrisville...

Next Generation Divests Foodservice Business To Focus On Vending
Emily Jed
Next Generation Vending and Food Service announced that it has sold its foodservice division to Long Island-based Lessing's...

NJ's Full Service Vending To Relocate To 12-Acre HQ
Emily Jed
Full Service Vending purchases the deed to a 12-acre property with three buildings in Rockaway, NJ. It plans to relocate there in March...

Pennsylvania Wine Kiosks Are Back In Business
Emily Jed
Wine vending kiosks in supermarkets across the Keystone State are reportedly back online after the state's liquor authority shut them down in December...

Sara Lee To Split Into Two Companies, Names New Top Management
Emily Jed
The board of directors of Sara Lee Corp. has moved to divide the company into two businesses, one focused on processed meats and the other on beverages, primarily coffee...

TN Adopts Fit Pick Vending Program On State-Owned Property
Emily Jed
Tennessee has issued an executive order mandating that 25% of the products in all state-owned vending locations meet the National Automatic Merchandising Association's Fit Pick nutrition standards...

Tom Izzo Emcees Awards Ceremony At NAMA OneShow, April 28
Tim Sanford
Tom Izzo The famous basketball coach of Michigan State University will serve as master of ceremonies at the Industry Awards Ceremony during National Automatic Merchandising Association's OneShow in late April...

TouchGo Unveils PC-Based Touchscreen Vender, Targets U.S. Market
Emily Jed
A new PC-based vending machine incorporating touchscreen technology is being deployed at locations in England, and the company behind the interactive vender says it's ready to license the system to American manufacturers...

USAT Returns To Profit In Q2
Emily Jed
USA Technologies Inc. said it reached two important milestones during its recent fiscal quarter: generating positive EBITDA and exceeding 100,000 devices connected to its network...

Vending Scam Artist Gets One And A Half; Mad Dog's Black And Luckner Await Sentencings
by Staff Reporter
Biz-op promoter Louis Gubitosa was ordered to serve one-and-a-half years in prison and to pay $2.3 million in restitution. Gubitosa is one of five men accused of fraud in connection with a "business opportunity" offer that involved vending machines and energy products...

JuicyNews


Beverage Industry Transitions To Front-Of-Pack Labels
Emily Jed
The American Beverage Association says calorie labels are making their way onto the front of many beverage containers...



Military Wellness Movement Catches First Lady's Eye; NAMA's Fit Pick Factors In
Emily Jed
Michelle Obama visits SC's Fort Jackson, where venders are stocked with items that meet the Fit Pick criteria, to see if the effort to overhaul soldiers' diets could serve as a national model...

Music and Games Features
Ala. Governor Ends Taskforce, Delays E-Bingo Referendum
Marcus Webb
Within 24 hours of taking his oath of office, Alabama's new Gov. Robert Bentley kept his campaign promise and signed a "death warrant" for the widely reviled Governor's Task Force on Illegal Gambling...

AMOA Hires Circone + Associates; Mission Specifics Under Wraps
Marcus Webb
The Amusement and Music Operators Association retains Circone + Associates to aid with strategic ventures and build value for members...

Apple Names Brent Sales/Namco Europe Its UK And European Agent
Nick Montano
Apple Industries reports that it has entered into a distribution agreement with Brent Sales/Namco Europe, which will now represent Apple photobooths in England and continental Europe...

Benchmark Taps Gamecastle As Benelux Nations Distributor
Tim Sanford
Gamecastle, a family-owned and operated amusement equipment distributor, will represent Benchmark Games in The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg...

Betson Imperial To Distribute TransAct Printers For IL Casino Market
Nick Montano
HBI's parts and service company inks printer deal with TransAct Technologies Inc. for the Illinois casino market...

Bubble Hockey Tourney Heats Up Wintry Buffalo
Tim Sanford
The first-ever ICEBowl Tournament in late December at the Buffalo (NY) Niagara Convention Center draws 224 of the most proficient Super Chexx players from all over the country...

Chuck E. Cheese's Talks Up Community Support On Lifetime TV
Marcus Webb
CEC marketing director Ryan Linders appears on Lifetime Television's "The Balancing Act" to discuss how CEC is helping parents, students and teachers with fundraisers...

Dave & Buster's Names President, COO
Tim Sanford
The restaurant and amusement machine chain has named Dolf Berle president and chief operating officer...

DONOVAN FREMIN: AMOA's Next President Urges Operators To Back 'The Cause'
Marcus Webb
The third-generation amusement and music vendor is rallying his peers to support their industry's future...

Ecast Jukes Promote Safe Driving During Super Bowl
Marcus Webb
In time for Super Bowl weekend's revelry, Ecast Inc. is releasing a new Cab Finder application on its touchscreen jukebox network to help promote responsible drinking...

Global VR Appoints UK And Ireland Distributor
by Staff Reporter
Global VR has granted England's JNC Sales distribution rights for its entire line of coin-op games sold in the UK and Ireland. Separately, factory ships King of the Big Wheel...

ICE Rolls Out Updated Video Redemption Version Of Classic Frogger
Tim Sanford
Innovative Concepts in Entertainment has begun production of Frogger, a two-player skill redemption game, and shipping commenced in mid-January...

Illinois May Be Forced To Re-Pass Video Gaming Act
Marcus Webb
The hopes of Illinois operators looking to VLTs as their future may have been dashed last week by a state appellate court that ruled a $31 billion capital construction bill, approved in 2009, is unconstitutional...

Indiana Bars Spared From Smoking Ban
Marcus Webb
Bars with customers 21 and up, casinos and private clubs would be exempt from a workplace smoking ban law that passed the Indiana House...

NC Sweepstakes Games Win Another Round In Court
Marcus Webb
The North Carolina Court of Appeals issued a ruling on Jan. 7 that Internet sweepstakes games may continue to be operated, while an appeal is pending on a lower court ruling in favor of sweepstakes videogames...

Operators Don't Need To Fear Legalized Gambling, Says Fremin
Marcus Webb
As New Jersey and California move closer to legalizing online gambling, fear among some amusement operators is growing. But the next AMOA president, Donovan Fremin of Delta Music, says expanded legalized gambling does not mean less in amusement cashboxes…

Pac-Man Battle Royale Ships; Namco America Releases Apps To Help Drive Players To Locations
Nick Montano
After two years of rumors and hype, Namco America Inc. reports that Pac-Man Battle Royale is now shipping. IPad and iPhone apps support the highly anticipated viddie rollout...

Pac-Man Reality TV Show In Development
Marcus Webb
Namco's iconic videogame is slated to become the star of its own reality TV series, according to Deadline Hollywood...

Police Seize Pusher Machines In California And Tennessee
Marcus Webb
Police in Delano, CA, confiscated $4,000 in cash along with 14 coin-pusher machines. Pushers were also seized in Newport, TN...

Prediction: NC Gov Will Legalize Poker And Sweeps Viddies - For State Lottery
Marcus Webb
Bev Perdue will propose legalization of payoff video poker and Internet sweepstakes videogames with big cash prizes, predicts political commentator John Hood...

Raw Thrills Will Keep Supporting Guitar Hero Arcade; Sequels Ruled Out
Marcus Webb
Raw Thrills and coin-op were dealt a blow on Feb. 9, when Activision announced that it has stopped producing all Guitar Hero titles and will shut down the division that produces them...

Russian News Says Airport Bomber May Have Trained With U.S. Videogame
Marcus Webb
Russia Today, a state-run, English language TV news network, said a popular U.S.-made consumer videogame may have "influenced" the Jan. 24 suicide bombing at Moscow's Domodedovo International Airport...

Sega Commemorates Sonic’s 20th Anniversary
Nick Montano
Sega plans to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its mascot in style with a series of special events around the world. Sonic the Hedgehog turns 20 on June 23...

Struve Distributing Closes After 51 Years
Marcus Webb
Struve Distributing Co. officially closed its doors on Jan. 24. General manager Kent Larsen said he finalized the closing plan a week earlier, calling it the most difficult decision of his 47-year career with the Salt Lake City company...

Sweeps Games Storm Intensifies In VA And NC
Marcus Webb
Proposed ban on Internet-based sweepstakes videogames passes a key Virginia senate committee. In North Carolina, news about putting legal games under lottery control is widespread...

Trucks vs. Ice Refreshes Gravity Hill Skill Game
by Staff Reporter
Attractive new "Trucks vs. Ice" graphics upgrade gives new look to OK Manufacturing's popular coin-op prize-dispensing game...

Virginia AG Backs Video Sweeps Bans
Marcus Webb
Three separate bills have now been introduced in the Virginia General Assembly to ban Internet sweepstakes videogames. Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli endorsed all...

Bulk Vending
All-American Chicken Machine Seeks To Revitalize Animated Bulk Venders
Tim Sanford
Lifelong bulk industry member Frank Parisi has unveiled a 21st-century version of the classic animated bulk vender: the All American Chicken...

BRAND VENDING PRODUCTS: Industry Innovator Marks 20 Years In Business
Hank Schlesinger
Brand hits its stride at the two-decade mark with a string of bestselling products...

Consumer Product Safety Commission To Launch Public Database Of Complaints
by Staff Reporter
The Consumer Products Safety Commission has announced that it will set up an online database of safety reports it has received from the public...

Sen. Paul Proposes Slashing CPSC Budget As Agency Seeks Stronger Overseas Cooperation
Hank Schlesinger
The newly elected Republican Senator from Kentucky has outlined a plan to cut $500 billion from the federal budget that would slash spending in Consumer Product Safety Commission and other agencies...

Editorial: Vending
Editorial
Problems And Opportunities
Tim Sanford
Some people always will find a reason to be dissatisfied. The best we can hope to do is to make sure that it's a silly one... Tim Sanford

Editorial: Music and Games
A Call To Arms
Marcus Webb
The next AMOA president likes to tell stories. But when it comes to industry politics, Donovan Fremin of Delta Music likes plain speaking. When we interviewed the third-generation operator about his plans, he said something that made our ears perk up...by Marcus Webb

Hard Work, Luck And The Simplicity Of Smart
Hank Schlesinger
"The harder I work, the luckier I get," said Samuel Goldwyn of MGM, though the quote is also attributed to at least a half dozen others, including Thomas Jefferson. Still, it remains one of the best business quotes I can imagine... Hank Schlesinger

Congressman Calls For Labels On 'Violent' Videogames
Marcus Webb
Rep. Joe Baca (D-CA) on Jan. 24 introduced the Video Game Health Labeling Act of 2011, a bill that would put warning labels on so-called "violent" consumer videogames...

Coffee Service News
Court Denies Kraft Injunction To Halt Starbucks From Ending Distribution Deal
Emily Jed
Kraft Foods was dealt a blow when a U.S. District Court judge denied its request for a preliminary injunction that would have stopped Starbucks from attempting to terminate its distribution agreement...

Fat-Free Cappuccino Milk T-Discs Join Tassimo Pro
Emily Jed
Kraft Vending & OCS is rolling out the fat-free cappuccino milk T-Disc for its Tassimo Professional brewing systems...

FDA Withdraws Restaurant Menu Labeling Guidance
Emily Jed
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it will withdraw its draft guidance on federal menu labeling regulations as it works on final rules...

Fully Compostable Coffee Cups Arrive
Emily Jed
Repurpose Compostables is rolling out the One Cup, a 100% compostable insulated hot cup. It's made from plants, not petroleum...

NCA Coordinates Response To California's Acrylamide Legal Threat
Tim Sanford
Retailers in California are issuing "demand for indemnity" letters to some 40 coffee roasters notifying them that acrylamide, a chemical compound that forms in foods cooked at high temperatures, is potentially harmful. The National Coffee Association is organizing a unified response...

New App Helps Mobile Caterers Reach Customers
Emily Jed
Mobile Meteor has developed new smartphone app that helps food truck operators reach customers...

Smucker Raises Folgers, Dunkin' Donuts Prices
Emily Jed
J.M. Smucker Co. has increased list prices an average 10% for the majority of its coffee products...

JuicyNews


New U.S. Dietary Guidelines Focus On Salt Reduction, Dish Up More Healthy Dining Tips
Emily Jed
The seventh edition of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's dietary guidelines, and first update in five years, reiterate much of the advice from previous versions...

Cover Stories


Start Your Engines, Or Your Motors: Industry Leaders Blaze Trail For 'Greener' Route Vehicles
Emily Jed
Hybrid and electric vending trucks are no longer a far-off future vision as the shift from conventional to alternative power accelerates...

Guest Columns
FUTURETHINK: Vending Operators Might Profit From The High Price Of Silver
by Dave Levine
The current rally in precious metals is interesting, to say the least. Whether it is due to the fear of inflation or impatience with the pace of economic recovery, precious metals have been outperforming most asset classes...by Dave Levine

Practice Dealing With Objections To Bolster Sales Effectiveness
by Len Rashkin
Don’t take no for an answer! Role-playing scenarios to overcome common objections can bolster sales effectiveness... by Len Rashkin

Hardware/Tools
KICTeam Produces Cleaning Card For JCM Taiko Banknote Validators
by Staff Reporter
JCM Global is now offering a cleaning card for its Taiko bill validators, which are widely used in AWPs and casino equipment. KICTeam makes the card...

Maxon Lift Allies With Purkeys
Tim Sanford
Maxon Lift Corp. and Purkeys Fleet Electric have formalized a decade-long informal relationship by inking a strategic partnership agreement...

Maxon Unveils U.S.-Made GPC Cantilever Liftgate With Load Leveling
Tim Sanford
Maxon Lift Corp. has introduced what it says is the first North American-made cantilever liftgate...

Meetings/Events
AAMC Legislative Breakfast: Feb. 24
Emily Jed
The Arizona Automatic Merchandising Council will hold its annual legislative breakfast on Thursday, Feb. 24, at Tom's Tavern in downtown Phoenix...

Amusement Expo Is Set For March 1-3 Run In Las Vegas
by Staff Reporters
The second annual AMOA/AAMA Amusement Expo, and first collocation with the bulk vending show, is set for Tuesday, March 1 through Thursday, March 3, at the Las Vegas Convention Center...

IAAPA Plans 3-Day FEC Summit Overlapping With Amusement Expo
by Staff Reporter
The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions will host a three-day educational program in conjunction with the 2011 Amusement Expo...

NBVA Seminars Spotlight Product Safety Regulations, Commissions
by Staff Reporter
The National Bulk Vendors Association is organizing three timely and informative seminars for its annual convention and exhibition, which collocates with Amusement Expo March 1-3...

NYSAVA Reschedules Board And Membership Meet For Feb. 2 In Latham
Tim Sanford
The New York State Automatic Vending Association has announced that the new date for its leadoff 2011 board and membership meeting is Wednesday, Feb. 2...

NYSAVA Reschedules Latham Meet From February To March
Tim Sanford
Facing another winter storm, the New York State Automatic Vending Association has postponed its board and membership meeting from Feb. 2 to March 2...

Texas Vending Trade Plans Jan. 25 Legislative Gathering
Emily Jed
The Texas Merchandise Vending Association will hold a legislative day in Austin on Tuesday, Jan. 25...

Tri-State Association Reschedules Luncheon Meeting
Emily Jed
The Tri-State Automatic Merchandising Council has rescheduled its meeting, originally scheduled for Jan. 11, and canceled due to a snowstorm. It will be held Tuesday, Feb.8 in Cherry Hill, NJ...

Upfront with the Publisher
Editorial
But Will You Love Me Tomorrow?
Alicia Lavay
Keeping the romance alive builds loyalty after prospects have become customers... by Alicia Lavay

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