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Vol. 48, No. 8, August 2008

Vending Features
2008 Paris Vending Show Targets Carry-Out ‘Nomads’
Tim Sanford
PARIS, France (August 5, 2008) — The French vending association, NAVSA, and Reed Expositions France are readying Vending Paris 2008, which again will be held at the Porte de Versailles exhibition center. The biennial exposition of vending and related technology and products is set for October 29 through November 1… [full story]

Blockbuster Partners With NCR For DVD Vending Pilot
Emily Jed
DALLAS (August 13, 2008) — Blockbuster Inc., based here, and NCR Corp. (Dayton, OH) plan to deploy Blockbuster-branded DVD-vending kiosks that will be built by NCR. The pilot program is said to be the first step of a national rollout of thousands of units. In a related development, movie rental kiosk operator TNR Entertainment has selected NCR as its exclusive technology provider… [full story]

Candymakers Raise Prices; Hershey Co. Updates Outlook
Emily Jed

HERSHEY, PA (SEPTEMBER 2008) — Hershey Co. for a second time this year raised wholesale prices to offset rising fuel and raw-material costs. A weighted average 11% increase on its instant consumable, multipack and packaged candy line went into effect on August 15. Mars also announced a jump in wholesale prices to offset higher input costs…

Keurig, K-Cups Drive Robust Green Mountain Q3 Growth; Roaster Plans TN Manufacturing And Distribution Center
Emily Jed
WATERBURY, VT (August 7, 2008) — Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. net sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2008 were up 43.3% to $118.1 million, compared with $82.4 million in the comparable quarter of 2007. Net income was $6.3 million, up 72% from $3.7 million. Green Mountain also has chosen Tennessee as the future home of a new manufacturing and distribution… [full story]

Music and Games Features
AMOA’s 60th Exposition Addresses Timely Topics
Larisa Jayne Shewczyk
LAS VEGAS (AUGUST 2008) — Learning opportunities and profit-oriented technical developments will be in the spotlight at the Amusement and Music Operators Association International Expo, set for September 10 to 12 at the Las Vegas (NV) Convention Center. The event, co-located with Fun Expo, will feature a host of educational seminars and ample time to review new products and developments during its Wednesday-through-Friday run…

Ecast’s New Playlists Help Promote Music Discovery
Nick Montano
SAN FRANCISCO (AUGUST 2008) — Further enhancing the music discovery experience for jukebox patrons, Ecast recently added 12 new playlists to its existing roster. The lists draw from the latest chart-topping songs in the popular country, rock, R&B and hip hop genres. New list titles include Bottom’s Up, Party Central and Special Occasions…

Incredible Technologies And Betson Rekindle Sales Bond
Nick Montano
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL (AUGUST 2008) — Incredible Technologies (IT), the maker of Golden Tee golf videogames, and Betson Enterprises have entered into a “mutually beneficial agreement to work together,” according to an announcement by IT. Effective immediately, Betson will distribute the entire IT line through its nationwide network, which includes 11 distribution centers…

Rowe Introduces Solara 2 Digital Downloading Juke
Nick Montano

GRAND RAPIDS, MI (AUGUST 2008) — Rowe International has unveiled the Solara 2 jukebox, which resumes the factory’s popular freestanding, compact cabinet design and introduces new graphics and updated computer hardware. Like Rowe’s NiteHawk wall-mounting and GrandStar freestanding Internet boxes, it’s powered by AMI Entertainment…

TouchTunes Acquires In-Bar Media Firm, Bolstering New Media Network With Ad And Entertainment Content
Nick Montano

NEW YORK CITY (AUGUST 2008) — TouchTunes Corp. has acquired Barfly Interactive Networks (Austin, TX), an in-bar advertising and media company that can bring new content from some influential brands to the TouchTunes jukebox network. TouchTunes says Barfly completes its vision of an integrated network that goes beyond jukeboxes, creating a go-to entertainment and advertising center...

Bulk Vending
‘High-Perceived Value’ Remains Essential, But Elusive In Bulk Sector
Hank Schlesinger
U.S.A. (AUGUST 2008) — Though it might be common to talk about “high-perceived value,” it often is difficult to actually define the traits and characteristics that give this designation to both capsuled and flat-vend merchandise. Why will one line quickly attract consumers’ attention while others remain unsold? Determining which products elusive bulk consumers will perceive as having a high value can be a tricky proposition…

Editorial: Vending
EDITORIAL: Forward To Basics
Tim Sanford

NEW YORK CITY (AUGUST 2008) — The present economic situation may turn out to be a temporary aberration, like the “energy crises” of the mid-1970s and early ‘80s, or a symptom of an underlying structural change. It is too early to tell; temporary aberrations often look alarmingly permanent at the time. Whatever the outcome of this one may be, there is a consensus that the vending industry must make some fundamental changes… by Tim Sanford

Editorial: Music and Games
EDITORIAL: The Great Temptation
Marcus Webb

NE WYORK CITY (AUGUST 2008) — News came recently that Betson Enterprises and Incredible Technologies are once again working together. This development underscores an important fact about the amusement machine industry in 2008. For all its wrenching changes, this is still an industry where operators, distributors and manufacturers need each other… by Marcus Webb

Coffee Service News
Aramark Study Suggests Campuses Support Dining Operations Without Trays
Emily Jed
PHILADELPHIA (August 8, 2008) — Two nationwide research studies conducted by Aramark Higher Education indicate that customers are ready to accept trayless dining in an effort to support environmental stewardship. Aramark estimates that 50% to 60% of its 500 campus partners will forego trays in their dining halls in the upcoming school year… [full story]

Mobile Caterers Head To Texas For Fall Conference And Trade Show
Emily Jed
MADISON HEIGHTS, MI (August 9, 2008) —The Convenience Caterers and Food Manufacturers Association is putting the finishing touches on its fall trade show and conference, taking place September 24-26. It will be held in Dallas/Fort Worth, TX. Highlights include an expanded trade show, tours of local catering houses and educational programs… [full story]

Upfront with the Publisher
UPFRONT: A Large Pie Means Everyone’s Slice Is Bigger!
Alicia Lavay

NEW YORK CITY (AUGUST 2008) — With the NAMA National Expo and the National Association of Convenience Stores shows coming up, I’ve been thinking about the similarities and differences between merchandise vending and convenience stores. I’ve often wondered why the two industries don’t cooperate more closely. A little history will explain my curiosity… by Alicia Lavay-Kertes

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