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Vol. 56, No. 12, December 2016

Vending Features
Apple Pay Messaging At Point-Of-Sale Drives 135% Increase In Mobile Payments Usage: USA Technologies Study
USAT Press Release
Results of six-month study by USAT show marketers who promote Apple Pay see increase in mobile payments and overall spend at point-of-sale [press release]

Atlantic Coast Exposition's Attendance Tops 1,000 As Show Experiences 6th Year Of Growth
Tim Sanford
ACE marked its 62nd anniversary with its largest show in six years. Themed "Let your Star Shine," the event drew more than 1,000 registrants from 28 states and Canada for three days of business and pleasure at the Embassy Suites at Kingston Plantation in Myrtle Beach, SC...

AVT Founder Shannon Illingworth Launches New Vending Technology Company
Nick Montano


Burdette Beckmann Inc. Acquires J.J. Cardi & Associates
Emily Jed
Burdette Beckmann Inc., a nationwide sales agency, has acquired Cleveland, OH-based J.J. Cardi & Associates. Terms were not disclosed...

Burglars Target Blind Vendor's Machines In Bakersfield, CA
by Staff Reporter


Court Enjoins Labor Department From Enforcing New Overtime Rule
Nick Montano


Dec. 1 Deadline Arrives: Calorie-Labeling Compliance Is Now Mandatory For Vending Machines
Emily Jed
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Dec. 1 deadline for calorie disclosure compliance for vending machines has arrived...

Den's Hot Dogs Adds Kosher Variety For Vending Machines And Micromarkets
Emily Jed


Discovery Channel's 'Innovations' To Feature Vendwatch Telematics In Nov. 17 Episode
Nick Montano
Segment will explore recent advancements in technology and foodservice equipment...

Dr Pepper Snapple Buys Bai In $1.7B Bid To Bolster 'Healthy' Brands
Nick Montano


Eric Dell's Election Analysis Available At NAMA Website
Emily Jed
The morning-after Election Day analysis presented by National Automatic Merchandising Association's senior vice-president of government affairs during the recent Coffee, Tea & Water conference is available at the association's website...

Gilly Lands '100% Healthy' Vending Contract At San Francisco International Airport
Emily Jed


Hostess Brands Returns To Wall Street In $725 Million Acquisition
Emily Jed
The maker of Twinkies, Ding Dongs and other snack cake classics, is once again a public company. An affiliate of private equity firm Gores Group completed the purchase of a majority stake in Hostess Brands for about $725 million on Nov. 4, with the intent to bring the company public...

Marapharm Ventures Inc. Plans To Pilot Pot Vending Machines
Emily Jed


Mars Chocolate And Wrigley Extensions Build Excitement In Vending Machines And Micromarkets
Emily Jed


OTI Partners With Vend Access, Card Access Services To Provide Cashless Payments In Australia
Emily Jed


Private-Equity Firm Acquires Accent Food Services
Emily Jed
Boston-based Audax Private Equity is reportedly acquiring Accent Food Services, a vending and OCS operation based in Austin, TX. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed...

Snapchat 'Spectacles' Debut Exclusively At Pop-Up Vending Machines
Emily Jed
Snap Inc.'s glasses are only available through bright yellow vending machines popping up in surprise locations. The first Snapbot appeared in Venice Beach, CA [video]

Soda Tax Passes In Chicagoland
Emily Jed


USA Technologies' Sweepstakes Will Send A Vending Operator And Three Guests To Super Bowl 51
Emily Jed


Vend Central Thrives On Supplying Diverse And Smaller Operations: Cash, Carry And More
Emily Jed
Amy and Wayne Bartholomee are keenly attuned to the product supply needs of smaller, independent vending operators. This awareness stems from their entry into the industry as operators of a single bulk vending machine, and then expanding into full-line service. Procuring their own products at a Baltimore-based cash-and-carry wholesale distribution center led the husband-and-wife team to establish Vend Central 20 years ago. The company is now the go-to supplier for a growing customer base of vending and OCS operators throughout the mid-Atlantic region...

Micromarkets
Three Square Adds Nutrition Information To Micromarket Displays, Opens One-Stop Product Shop For Vending Operators
Emily Jed


Music and Games Features
AMI Entertainment Rolls Out Neil Diamond Giveaway, Holiday Playlists On Jukeboxes
AMI Press Release
--press release

AMOA Relocates HQ To Crystal Lake, IL
Nick Montano


Amusement Industry Will Toast Michael Damtew At IAAPA Expo's Close On Nov. 17


Andretti Indoor Karting Pacts With Betson To Equip New Florida Site
Tim Sanford


ATM Operators Win Supreme Court Ruling; Justices Dismiss Case Clearing Way For Suits
Hank Schlesinger
In a move that is being heralded as a victory for independent ATM operators, the U.S. Supreme Court dismissed two related cases that sought to overturn a 2015 ruling by ta Court of Appeals. Those lawsuits, which seek damages for consumers and ATM operators for violations of antitrust law, can now proceed...

ATM Sector Makes Progress Combatting Operation Choke Point
Hank Schlesinger
When the U.S. Department of Justice launched Operation Choke Point in March 2013, the idea of monitoring and acting against industries prone to money laundering, and those at high risk for fraud, seemed like a good idea. After all, locking criminal enterprises out of the financial system is an admirable goal. But in an unexpected result, many law-abiding ATM operators came under scrutiny with banks threatening to close their accounts...

Bandai Namco Named Exclusive UK Distributor For Embed Products
Nick Montano


Chuck E. Cheese's Revenue Rises 2.8% In 2016 Q3
Nick Montano


Cineplex Buys Florida's SAW In Latest U.S. Amusement And Vending Acquisition
Nick Montano


Cineplex Starburst Inc. Becomes Player One Amusement Group
Nick Montano
Cineplex Entertainment subsidiary Cineplex Starburst Inc., one of North America's largest distributors and operators of amusement and vending equipment, has been rebranded as Player One Amusement Group...

Dave & Buster's Entertainment Inc. Announces Third-Quarter 2016 Financial Results
Dave & Buster’s Press Release
--press release

Disney's Greg Hale Is Elected IAAPA Chairman
Nick Montano


Embed Installs 45th Payment System For Landmark
Nick Montano


Embed Unveils Insight Success Client Training Program
Tim Sanford
Helix Leisure's Embed subsidiary said it has bolstered its customer support capabilities with the new Insight Success program, which organizes an experienced team to assist clients...

Face Place Election 2016: Trump Defeats Clinton By 10 Points In Photobooth Campaign
Nick Montano
Photobooth fans have made their decision. Donald J. Trump is their favorite candidate for president. The Republican contender for President of the United States beat Democratic rival Hillary Clinton with 55.5% of the "votes" cast by photobooth patrons during a special promotion running between Sept. 1 and Nov. 7...

Global ATM Installation Will Grow To 4 Million; China And India Lead Way: RBR Study
Hank Schlesinger


IAAPA's 2016 Attractions Expo Is Largest In 98-Year History; Attendance Rises 7%, Show Floor Expands 3.5%
Nick Montano
This year's IAAPA Attractions Expo shattered all visitor and exhibitor records, continuing an impressive growth trend for the 98-year-old amusements and attractions trade show, which has emerged stronger than ever from the Great Recession of 2007. Some 35,100 industry professionals flocked to the mid-November Orlando, FL, trade show...

Jersey Jack Pinball Appoints Gold Coast Latin American Distributor
Nick Montano


LAI Unveils Two Ticket Redemption Games For Single Or Dual Play: Hypershoot And Let's Bounce
Tim Sanford


Locker Network Appoints Betson Exclusive U.S. Distributor To Family Entertainment Centers
Nick Montano


Major British Retailer Deploys ATMs With 'Catch-A-Thief' Taggant Technology
Hank Schlesinger


Nov. 23, 2016: First National Jukebox Day Takes Over Nation's Bars And Taverns
Nick Montano


Rihanna, Maren Morris, Lukas Graham And Chainsmokers Top AMI Entertainment's 2016 Yearend Jukebox Charts
Nick Montano
AMI Entertainment Network tallied and released its yearend jukebox music charts on Dec. 2. The annual list charts the most-played artists, songs and music videos on AMI's jukebox network in 2016...

S&B Candy And Toy Co. Debuts Kiss-Themed Rotary Crane
Nick Montano
New from S&B Candy and Toy Co. is a rotary crane themed to a legendary American hard rock band. The company said its Kiss Double Platinum crane game is a patented concept and exclusively licensed...

Sacoa Hails 2016 Milestones For Its Playcard Payments Technology
Nick Montano
Sacoa is calling attention to several of its key achievements this past year. At the top of the list is Dreamland FEC's winning the IAAPA Brass Ring Award as the world's top family entertainment center. El Salvador's Dreamland, opened in 2013, is a 4,500-sq.m. recreational complex that uses Sacoa's Playcard debit card system...

Smart Industries Offers RFID And Pusher Options For Ticket Time Cranes
Hank Schlesinger
A patent-pending RFID-based system, called Ticket Smarts, enables ticket redemption for skill cranes...

Stern Announces Semifinalists In Ultimate Pinball Fan Contest
Nick Montano
To celebrate its 30th year in business, Stern Pinball Inc. has been conducting a yearlong social media contest to identify the "Ultimate Stern Pinball Fan"...

TouchTunes And Calendar Organization Introduce National Jukebox Day; TouchTunes CEO Looks At Industry's Future
Nick Montano
TouchTunes in partnership with National Day Calendar announced that the Wednesday before Thanksgiving has officially been designated National Jukebox Day. The occasion will be observed each year on the fourth Wednesday of the month, the day before Thanksgiving, which TouchTunes identifies as "one of the biggest bar nights of the year as Americans flock to their hometowns for the Thanksgiving weekend." This year's National Jukebox Day will be celebrated on Nov. 23...

TouchTunes Holiday Playlists And PhotoBooth Promotions Go Live On Jukeboxes
TouchTunes Press Release
--press release

USA Technologies Launches Universal Card Link Connector For Amusement Machines
Nick Montano


Bulk Vending
Florida Location Hit By Bogus Bulk Vending Routeman
Hank Schlesinger


NBVA Reports Uptick In Interest For Dallas Show
by Staff Reporter
National Bulk Vendors Association said that early sales of booths for its 67th annual tradeshow are on track to surpass this year's showing in Las Vegas, where 16 exhibitors purchased 35 booths...

Speedy's One Stop Creates Single-Door Collection Solution For Racked-Configured Vending Machines
Nick Montano
Imagine being able to collect a seven-head bulk vending rack by opening just one coin door. Namco USA Inc., an amusement machine operator, did. So it asked its sister company, Speedy's One Stop Service, to develop such a solution. Now, Speedy's is offering its one-door collection system to the entire industry...

Editorial: Vending
Editorial
The Workplace Café: Strike While The Iron Is Hot
Tim Sanford
The National Automatic Merchandising Association's 2016 Coffee, Tea & Water conference called attention to what the event's organizers call the "Workplace Café." This terminology has the advantage of highlighting its recreational purpose in a way that "breakroom" does not, and it encourages thinking about the purpose of providing professional refreshment services in a workplace... by Tim Sanford

Editorial: Music and Games
Hard Data Vs. Gut Instinct
Hank Schlesinger
Businesspeople today are faced with a quandary that is proving particularly frustrating for even the best and brightest. How do you weigh rapidly increasing quantifiable data against the instinctual and anecdotal when making business decisions? Numbers do not lie, but they can shade the truth in funny ways... by Hank Schlesinger

Coffee Service News
Canada's DawsCo Coffee Offers K-Cup Recycling Program For Homes And Offices
Emily Jed


Coffco Receives Filterquik Patents, Hires Cliff Rosen To Bring It To Market
Emily Jed


Howard Schultz Will Step Down As Starbucks CEO To Focus On High-End 'Reserve' Coffee Shops
Nick Montano


Robusta Shortfall Drives Coffee Market To 21-Month High
Emily Jed


Two Rivers Coffee Appoints Jay McMenamin OCS Sales VP
Emily Jed


Wolfgang Puck Coffee Introduces Barista Select Soluble Beverages


Foodservice News
AdvancePierre Takes Big Bite Out Of Cheesesteak Market
Nick Montano


ConAgra Completes Lamb Weston Spinoff, Changes Name
Emily Jed
ConAgra Brands Inc. has completed the spinoff of its Lamb Weston frozen potato business. Its new name, representing its remaining branded food business, changed from ConAgra Foods...

Guest Columns
Adding Redemption Games To Route Operations
by Frank "the Crank" Seninsky
I recently came across an article written and published by Vending Times eight years ago. It covered a seminar I presented during the 2008 AMOA International Expo: "A Shot at Redemption for Route Operators." Today, the operation of redemption amusements in street locations, and even the use of POS systems to centralize payments and player points in installations with only a dozen units, is among the hottest topics in the industry. In this column, I'd like to update that VT article and retell it in my words... by Frank "the Crank" Seninsky

Coffee Prices Stabilize And Political Outlook Improves (Or Not)
by Kevin Daw
I've discussed the market twice in 2016 year, and questioned why the market was propelling itself even higher than could be accounted for by rumor and technical-analysis trades. I warned that it could keep going higher yet with more "bearish" news.Lately, there hasn't been much in the way of "bearish" news, outside of robusta issues in Vietnam and vague speculation on Brazilian rainfall shortcomings...by Kevin Daw

Growing An Office Coffee Service Company By Acquisition Offers Benefits, But Demands Careful Study
by Len Rashkin
Most of us who started out in office coffee service have grown our companies through direct sales. We went out in the field, solicited potential customers and increased our volume one account at a time. Another option is to purchase a competitor to accelerate growth without spending time and money to build a much larger company by yourself. Here's how to price it... by Len Rashkin

Meetings/Events
NAMA's Dec. 6 Webinar Will Brief Vending Operators On Philly Beverage Tax Compliance
Emily Jed


Names in the News
A&A Global Industries' Stacy Johnson Advances To Sales Team Leader
by Staff Reporter


Intercard Appoints Customer Service Director
by Staff Reporter


Mirry Glavan Becomes Managing Director Of LAI Games
Nick Montano


Upfront with the Publisher
History Repeating
Alicia Lavay
As we come to the close of another year, it's natural to reflect on what we've accomplished, where we are going and whether we've stayed on course. While this industry has experienced a profound upheaval over the past decade, its structural underpinnings remain unchanged... by Alicia Lavay

Vending Machine Products
AdvancePierre Adds Deli-Style Sandwiches To Signatures Line


Hershey Takes Wraps Off Cookie Layer Crunch Bar, 'Snackfection' And Krave Jerky Extensions
Emily Jed


Red Bull Expands Editions Line With Two Sugar-Free Flavors
Emily Jed


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