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Vol. 50, No. 10, October 2010

Vending Features
Apriva Spotlights Cashless Vending At CAMA Expo, Sept. 24-25
Tim Sanford
Apriva is showcasing its cashless payment solution at the Canadian Automatic Merchandising Association's vending exposition this week in Calgary...

Apriva's Mobile Transaction Platform Turns iPhone Into Sell Phone
Tim Sanford
The AprivaPay wireless POS application is now available for Apple's iPhone, enabling credit swipes, receipt printing and lower transaction fees for merchants on the move...

Betson Pacts With ASI, CES For Refurbished Equipment Sales, Service
Tim Sanford
Betson Enterprises has formed a sales agreement for refurbished equipment with Automated Services International and Choice Equipment Sales, both headed by Joe Loparco...

Blockbuster Files Ch. 11 As Vending Competition Erodes Store Traffic
Emily Jed
Rumors that Blockbuster would file for bankruptcy proved to be accurate last week. The once dominant movie-rental chain filed on Sept. 23...

Blockbuster Plans For Bankruptcy As Vending Dominates Movie-Rental Market
Emily Jed
Hurt by Redbox rental venders, Blockbuster Inc. is expected to file for bankruptcy this month. It plans to emerge from Chapter 11 to continue building its own DVD-rental kiosk business with NCR...

Boston Considers Restricting Sugary Beverages On City Property
Emily Jed
City employees and visitors to government agencies may no longer be able to buy soft drinks at vending machines on city property if Boston health officials have their way...

Cantaloupe Names Tamara Baker Engineering VP
Tim Sanford
Tamara Baker has joined Cantaloupe Systems as vice-president of engineering...

CoffeeShow Workshop Reviews Healthcare Reform's Impact
Tim Sanford
The effects of the new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on coffee service and vending operators will be explored at a special session during NAMA's CoffeeShow...

Del Monte Fresh Produce Taps Vistar For Distribution
Emily Jed
Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. Inc. has entered into an agreement with Vistar to distribute its vendible fresh fruit and vegetable products across the country...

Dominic Saverino Dies At 36
Tim Sanford
Dominic Saverino, vice-president of Saverino & Associates (Carol Stream, IL), died on Sept. 20. He was 36...

DPS Completes Coca-Cola Licensing Deal
Emily Jed
Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. has completed the licensing of certain brands to Coca-Cola Co. following its acquisition of Coca-Cola Enterprises' North American bottling business...

Florida Could Be First State To Ban Flavored Milk In Schools
Emily Jed
The Florida board of education is reportedly moving forward with a plan to eliminate "sugary beverages" systemwide...

Frito-Lay Pulls Eco-Friendly, But Noisy, SunChips Bags
by Staff Reporter
Frito-Lay is discontinuing most of its biodegradable packaging used for its SunChips line over complaints from consumers that the bags make too much noise...

Glacier Water To Acquire Aqua Fill's Vending Business
Emily Jed
Aqua Fill (Oceanside, CA) operates more than 1,600 pure drinking water and ice vending machines mainly located in the western U.S....

Hershey Opens $300M Factory; Expands In China
Emily Jed
The 340,000-sq.ft. expansion doubles capacity. Upgraded lines that produce Hershey's Kisses can churn out more than 70 million of the iconic foil-wrapped candies a day...

House Of Representatives Passes NAMA-Endorsed Coinage Measure
Tim Sanford
The House on Sept. 29 passed a bill designed to provide direction to the Treasury in exploring new materials and production techniques to reduce the cost of minting U.S. coins...

Imperial Tobacco Will Challenge UK Bans On Cigarette Displays And Vending Machines In High Court
Emily Jed
The Scottish government's ban on vending cigarettes has been delayed in a challenge by Imperial Tobacco Group that will be heard by the Supreme Court in November...

Member Ranks For Coalition Against Bloomberg Soda Ban Climb To 300,000 On Heels Of Passage
Emily Jed
New Yorkers for Beverage Choices has signed on 50,000 new members since the city's health department passed Bloomberg's historic ban on large-size sugary drinks on Sept. 13...

Micromarkets, ADA Compliance And Technology Top ACE Education Agenda; U-Select-It's Heidi Chico Leads Off On Oct. 5
Emily Jed
The upcoming Atlantic Coast Exposition will feature a timely educational program led by experts who will share their insights on some of vending's hottest topics...

Minnesota Vikings Install Memorabilia Vender At Mall Of America
by Staff Reporter
Minnesota Vikings fans can now purchase team apparel and memorabilia at a vending machine at the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN...

NAMA Hails Harkin-DeLauro Letter To HHS Clarifying Label Law Intent
Tim Sanford
The vending association issues a statement thanking Sen. Tom Harkin and Rep. Rosa DeLauro for their effort to clarify the intent of the calorie-labeling requirement included in new healthcare reform legislation enacted...

NAMA Initiates Search For Successor To Geerdes As President And CEO
Tim Sanford
Rich Geerdes, National Automatic Merchandising Association The National Automatic Merchandising Association's board of directors has commissioned a search for a new chief to succeed Rich Geerdes (pictured) at the end of next year...

NAMA Submits Comments On Proposed Currency Changes
Tim Sanford
The vending industry association submits comments to the Department of the Treasury regarding proposed changes to currency...

Next Generation Kicks Off Diji-Touch Beta Test
Emily Jed
Kraft Foods has begun testing its Diji-Touch touchscreen snack vending machines in the Boston region with Next Generation Vending and Foodservice...

Pierre Finalizes Advance Merger To Establish $1.3B Company
Tim Sanford
Pierre Foods, Advance Food Co. and Advance Brands have closed on their merger, which creates the new AdvancePierre Foods organization...

Snyder's-Lance And Inventure Foods Expand Distribution Agreement
Emily Jed
The pact expands Snyder's-Lance route distribution system in Arizona, and increases Inventure's access to Snyder's-Lance national distribution network...

Tenn. County Adopts NAMA's Fit Pick For Vending Machines
Emily Jed
Vending machines in government buildings in greater Memphis are being restocked with snacks that meet the National Automatic Merchandising Association's Fit Pick nutritional standards...

USA Technologies Posts Record Q4 Profit
Emily Jed
USA Technologies' gross profit more than doubled in the fourth quarter to a record $1.5 million, up from $690,000 a year earlier. Total revenue increased by 23%...

VendEver Strengthens Tech Support Team
Nick Montano
VendEver LLC is bolstering its 24/7 technical support department with the addition of Sean Domino, who comes to the vending machine manufacturer from Circus Circus...

Vending Industry Endorses Coinage-Composition Oversight Measure In House
Tim Sanford
NAMA is urging the vending industry to support a proposed bill designed that gives the Treasury direction in exploring new materials and production techniques to reduce the cost of minting U.S. coins...

Vending Veteran John Boyle Dies
Emily Jed
John Boyle, a longtime industry veteran remembered for advocating tirelessly on its behalf, died on Oct. 6 following a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 67...

Music and Games Features
Alabama's Last Bingo Hall Loses Court Protection
N. Montano
A Macon County, AL, circuit court judge has withdrawn his restraining order that blocked a taskforce from raiding a resort that operates electronic bingo...

AMI Issues 2011 Megatouch Game Update
Nick Montano
AMI Entertainment is rolling out the latest software release for Megatouch's Ion and Force platforms. The 2011 version will be the final update for Force systems...

AMOA Joins Coalition Opposing Calif. Videogame Law Before Supreme Court
N. Montano
The Amusement and Music Operators Association has weighed in before the U.S. Supreme Court, joining a broad coalition in opposing California's controversial law banning youth access to "violent" videogames...

AMOA Readies Sept. 21-24 Board Meeting, Sets Up Hesch Drawing
N. Montano
The Amusement and Music Operators Association said most of its 44 directors will travel to Avon, CO, for the association's annual midyear board meeting...

Chicago VLT Approval Reportedly Stalls
N. Montano
The Chicago City Council is nowhere near a vote on permitting state-sanctioned video lottery machines to be operated in the state's most populous jurisdiction...

Chuck E. Cheese's Recalls Over One Million Toys
N. Montano
CEC Entertainment Inc. is recalling more than 1.1 million Chinese-made plastic rings and 120,000 plastic eyeglasses following a Sept. 15 alert...

Cohen Held Without Bail In Federal Case
N. Montano
Mouli Cohen, a founder of Ecast Inc., is being held without bail on 32 felony counts of wire fraud and money laundering...

Dave & Buster's Sets IPO Price At $12-$14 A Share
by Staff Reporter
The Dallas-based operator of big box arcade-restaurant stores will offer 7.7 million shares, not including 1.15 million additional shares. The IPO could raise up to $123.8 million...

Elaut USA Reps Falgas, Jacobs Heads Up New Kiddie Division
Nick Montano
Elaut USA has acquired distribution rights for Falgas kiddie rides in the United States and Canada. Paul Jacobs to spearhead Falgas sales...

Feds Arrest 11 In Ala. Bingo Vote-Buying Scandal
N. Montano
Federal agents arrested 11 people on Oct. 4 in connection with an alleged vote-buying scheme designed to pass legislation permitting the operation of the controversial gambling-style machines...

IGB Cancels Scientific Games VLT Contract
N. Montano
In another setback, the Illinois Gaming Board canceled its contract with Scientific Games Corp.,the company previously awarded the $89 million contract to run the state's VLT network...

Internet Sweepstakes Cafés A Growing Trend In Ohio
N. Montano
Internet cafés with terminals that sell phone cards and award cash prizes based on predetermined sweepstakes outcomes emerge in Ohio...

IT Appoints Team For VLT Sales In Illinois
Nick Montano
Incredible Technologies is gearing up for the launch of the Illinois video gaming system and has assigned sales responsibilities to two staff members...

IT Rolls Out Five Golden Tee Live Virtual Courses In 2011 Update
Nick Montano
Incredible Technologies rolls out the newest golf courses for Golden Tee Live this month as numerous fans of the legendary coin-op videogame look forward with eager anticipation...

MAKING CONNECTIONS: Jukebox Firms Address Consumer And Social-Networking Lifestyles
By Hank Schlesinger and Alicia Lavay
AMI offers patrons what they want -- and what they didn't even know they wanted. Ecast wants the patron in front of the screen longer. And TouchTunes goes mobile...

Minnesota Locations Lobby For VLTs In Bars
N. Montano
Profit Minnesota, a coalition of hospitality associations, is lobbying for video lottery terminals and electronic pull-tab and bingo machines in bars and restaurants...

Minnesota: Electronic Pull-Tabs Launch On Sept. 18
N. Montano
Minnesota is the first state to widely offer the new form of small-dollar gambling for charitable causes in bars and restaurants....

Namco Taps Jim Wulfers To Lead New Merchandise Division
Nick Montano
Wulfers will manage sales for the newly formed merchandising department, which will market plush toys and electronic products for the U.S. and UK amusement markets...

Peter Piper Pizza To Open Largest Facility Yet
N. Montano
Peter Piper Pizza will open its largest restaurant and amusement center in Tucson, AZ, on Sept. 14. It will seat up to 850 customers...

Pinball Gets Glory In News Coverage, Site Launches And Museum Exhibit
N. Montano
A series of upbeat news stories and new pinball museum have given the classic flipper game a higher profile, even though much of the attention has a decidedly nostalgic tone...

Psychologist Slams Calif. Videogame Content Law
N. Montano
In a refreshing development rarely seen by the amusement machine industry, a leading psychologist takes a strong public stand against state laws that ban youth access to videogames based on content…

Raw Thrills' Big Buck World Takes Biodiversity And Scenics To New Highs
Nick Montano
Raw Thrills and its Play Mechanix subsidiary continue to build on the success of their breakthrough hunting videogame series with a new model, Big Buck World...

Redemption Plus Acquires Emerald Toy
by Staff Reporter
Redemption Plus has acquired Emerald Toy Co., a wholesale plush manufacturer and distributor. The move positions Redemption Plus as a leading supplier to amusement parks...

Retro Arcade Museum Closes In Downstate New York
N. Montano
A pinball museum will not reopen for business despite a new ordinance passed this month by Beacon, NY's City Council that was designed to save it...

Stern Introduces Pinball Game Themed To James Cameron's 'Avatar'
Nick Montano
Now available from Stern Pinball is a flipper game based on the blockbuster movie "Avatar." The new game strives to capture the innovative nature of the movie...

Virginia Law Protects Sweepstakes Videogames, Says Operator
N. Montano
Leveraging a new Virginia law that protects sweepstakes promotions, operator Ronnie Bennett sues city of Roanoke to recover equipment and cash seized by police...

Virginia Police Raid 11 Sweepstakes Cafés
N. Montano
Following a six-month investigation, police raided and shut down 11 Internet cafés on Wednesday, Sept. 22. Up to 500 computers were seized...

Bulk Vending
Bulk Vending Imports Could See Price Hike As Congress Gets Tough On China
Hank Schlesinger
The House approved legislation that allows the U.S. to seek trade sanctions against China and other nations for manipulating their currency to gain unfair trade advantages...

Bulk Vending Takes Center Stage At Button Museum
Hank Schlesinger
Busy Beaver Button Co. opens museum in Chicago to celebrate the button's role in history, pop culture and bulk vending...

Facebook Gaming Environment Broadens Bulk Vending's Sqwishland Reach
by Staff Reporter
Sqwishland LLC appoints SunGame Corp. to develop a Facebook environment for its online videogame associated with Brand Vending's popular bulk squishy toys...

Glow Machine-BVL Liaison Brings Bowling Fun To Service Personnel
Tim Sanford
Glow Machine's one-year-old partnership with Bowlers to Veterans Link widens recreational opportunities for U.S. military personnel...

Impact Of Rising Shipping Costs Will Likely Reach Vending Supplies Soon
Hank Schlesinger
Sources inside and outside the industry are saying bulk vendors might do well to brace for higher prices of capsuled merchandise. "Freight costs are skyrocketing," warns one major supplier...

Editorial: Vending
Editorial
Getting To Know Us
Tim Sanford
There has been a good deal of talk about making better use of operator websites as sales tools, and more recently, about the possible role of "social media" in strengthening customer loyalty and encouraging people to visit the break area... Tim Sanford

Editorial: Music and Games
Looking For Strategies In An Industry No Longer Idiot-Proof
Hank Schlesinger
An industry veteran recently said to me: "bulk vending is no longer idiot-proof." He explained ways in which virtually anyone with a pulse and a little motivation could not only succeed... by Hank Schlesinger

Coffee Service News
Eight O'Clock Coffee Modernizes Packaging
Emily Jed
Eight O'Clock Coffee Eight O'Clock Coffee is bringing its 150-year-old brand into the 21st century with new packaging that's making its debut this month...

Green Mountain Raises Keurig K-Cup Prices
Emily Jed
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters is increasing prices by 10% to 15% on all K-Cup portion packs for its Keurig single-cup brewing system sold in North America...

Green Mountain To Buy Van Houtte For $890M
Emily Jed
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. will buy Canadian coffee roaster Van Houtte in a deal valued at roughly $900 million, and designed to drive penetration of Keurig brewers into the Canadian market...

Hormel Joint Venture To Acquire Don Miguel Mexican Foods
Emily Jed
A joint venture between Hormel Foods Corp. and a Mexican food company has agreed to buy Don Miguel Mexican Foods for an undisclosed sum...

Slimmed-Down Gemini Satellite Coffee Server Saves Counterspace
Emily Jed
Popular Wilbur Curtis Gemini gourmet coffee system is now available with an updated, narrow satellite server designed to reduce required counterspace for placement...

Sodexo Campaign Aims To Cut Campus Food Waste
Emily Jed
Sodexo wants to inspire students who eat at its campus facilities to cut food waste to curb climate change...

Sparkletts Expands Into Utah With AquaOne Acquisition
Emily Jed
Sparkletts, a unit of DS Waters, expands reach with the acquisition of AquaOne's Utah-based office and home bottled water delivery business...

Starbucks Plans Price Hikes
Emily Jed
Just weeks after proclaiming that its coffee prices would hold steady, Starbucks said it is planning price hikes to offset skyrocketing costs for green coffee...

UFG's New Perfect Servings Dispenser Features Video Screen For Ads
Emily Jed
United Food Group is planning to roll out an updated Perfect Servings hot drink condiment dispenser fitted with a video screen, which can run short commercials...

Cover Stories


Could USDA Oversight Of School Vending Benefit The Operator?
Emily Jed
As the federal government moves closer to dictating what can be sold in school vending machines, operators and product suppliers who have been struggling to navigate the fast-changing patchwork of nutritional requirements increasingly say that complying with a single standard would be a welcome change...

Guest Columns
SUSTAINABLE SELLING: Cost Awareness Is Best Defense Against Low-Profit Business
by Len Rashkin
Sales reps who understand the cost of doing business will go the extra mile to protect the operator’s bottom line… by Len Rashkin

UNDER THE HOOD: Cashless Transactional Processes Are Fast, Safe - But Not Magic
by Stacey Finley Tappin
Vending operators are quickly finding out that there are many steps to integrating cashless into their businesses. Hardware integration is an obvious and familiar step. But the mechanics that occur behind the scene to actually process each card-based transaction are unfamiliar... by Stacey Finley Tappin

Meetings/Events
ACE Planners Ready Technology-Themed Program, Hail Brisk Exhibit Demand
Tim Sanford
A three-hour Super Technology session will highlight the education program at the 2010 Atlantic Coast Exposition. The event is slated for Oct. 14 through 16 in Myrtle Beach, SC...

Countdown To EAG International Expo: Jan. 22
Source: EAG International Expo | Released Sept. 14, 2012


Northwestern Vending Operators Meet In Marysville, WA
Emily Jed
Cashless vending and legislative challenges took center stage at the Northwestern Automatic Vending Association's annual meeting held in August outside of Seattle...

NY Association Raises $14,000, Will Rally For Cuomo On Sept. 29
Emily Jed
The New York State Automatic Vending Association hailed the best turnout ever for its golf outing, which raised $14,500 for the association's PAC fund...

Online Registration For EAG International Expo 2013 Opens On Oct. 1
Source: EAG International Expo | Released Sept. 14, 2012


Names in the News
Chris Kelley Joins Betson And Raw Thrills Office In China
Emily Jed


Small Business News
Small-Business Jobs Measure Offers Immediate Tax Incentives
by Staff Reporter
President Barack Obama has signed into law the Small Business Jobs Act, which proponents expect to create about $30 billion in loans and $12 billion in tax incentives, and immediate tax cuts...

Upfront with the Publisher
Time To 'Friend' The Consumer
Alicia Lavay
Consumers' expectations are changing at lightning speed, and if the industry can synchronize with consumers' behavior, it can create a bigger footprint... by Alicia Lavay

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