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Vol. 56, No. 11, November 2016

Vending Features
American Green Adds Commercial Facility For Aftermarket Pot Vending Machine Production Control
Emily Jed


AT&T Pilot To Boost IoT Connections Includes Vending Machines
Emily Jed


Berkshire Natural Scores 'Healthy' Vending Concessions In New Warrior Ice Arena
Emily Jed


Burch Food Service Expands Relationship with USA Technologies; Sees One-Year 17% Topline Growth In Transaction Dollars
USAT Press Release
Burch moves to offer cashless payments on 100% of vending machines that can be configured for cashless [press release]

Coca-Cola Amatil Tests Vending Machines Using Audio Technology As Authentication Mechanism
Emily Jed


Coca-Cola Co. Q3 2016: North America Maintains Positive Momentum, Net Revenues Decline 7%
Coca-Cola Co. Press Release
--press release

Coca-Cola Florida Adds Northern Distribution Territory And Production Facilities
Emily Jed


Coca-Cola Says North America Refranchising Plan Remains On Track For Completion In 2017
Emily Jed


Crane Co. Declares Fourth-Quarter Dividend
Crane Co. Press Release
--press release

Crane Co. Reports 2016 Q3 Results; Payment And Vending Sales Increase 9%
Nick Montano
Crane Co., a diversified manufacturer of highly engineered industrial products, reported third-quarter 2016 GAAP earnings of $1.07 per diluted share, compared with $0.97 a share in the third quarter of 2015...

Danielle Lee Wins Scholarship To Vending Industry Development Program


Diet Soda Loses Conversational Fizz; Talk About Regular Varieties Bubbles Over
Emily Jed
The passion people used to have for diet soda seems to have gone flat. But consumers now are talking about regular soft drink brands again...

ELN To Lead Session On New Services For 'Workplace Café Of Today' At Next Week's CTW In Nashville
Emily Jed


Front-Of-Pack Font-Size Extension Does Not Exempt Glassfront Vending Machines From Dec. 1 Calorie-Disclosure Deadline
Emily Jed
The Food and Drug Administration announced in July that it was providing flexibility for certain foods sold through glassfront vending machines. In this announcement, the FDA used the term "extension." The use of this term caused some in the industry to misinterpret that the Dec. 1, 2016, date of compliance for calorie disclosure for food and beverage sold from glassfront vending machines was extended to July 2018...

Gimme Vending Research Suggests Mobile App Reduces Out-Of-Stocks, Increases Top-Line Profits
Emily Jed


Hershey Q3: Net Sales Increase 2.2%
Hershey Press Release
--press release

Metropoulos & Co. To Invest In Utz Quality Foods
Nick Montano
Private-equity firm is investing more than $146 million in 95-year-old, family-owned snack company from Hanover, PA...

Minute Key Chooses USA Technologies As Cashless Payments Provider For 3,400 Kiosks
Nick Montano
Minute Key is said to be the world’s first operator of self-service key duplication kiosks, known as the minuteKEY...

N&W Global Makes Strategic Minority Investment In Saeco Vending
Nick Montano


NAMA Inaugurates Dr. K's Tech Times Webinar Series: Oct. 18
Emily Jed


Pepsi Makes Big Commitment To Reduce Sugar
Emily Jed


PNC Riverarch Capital Acquires Five Star Food Service
Emily Jed
Tennessee-based Five Star, a Canteen Vending franchise, was previously owned by private-equity group Navigation Capital. Terms were not disclosed...

Royal Remanufacturing Marks 100,000th Vending Machine Upgrade To Energy Star Standards
Tim Sanford
Royal Remanufacturing LLC reports that it has converted its 100,000th vending machine to qualify for Energy Star certification through its Envirovend remanufacturing process. The company is a subsidiary of Royal Vendors, a major machine manufacturer...

St. Petersburg, FL, Announces Vending Machine Policy Conforming To AHA Guidelines
Emily Jed


Swire Coca-Cola Pacts To Expand Territories in Washington, Oregon And Idaho
Emily Jed


Tri-State Vending Group Files Comments Opposing Philadelphia Beverage Tax
Emily Jed


UK Vending Industry Rushes To Convert Machines Before New £1 Coin Begins Circulating In March
Emily Jed


University Of Florida Gives Canteen Vending 98% Customer Satisfaction Rate
Nick Montano
Secret shopper program employing students reviews and rates customer service, cleanliness and product quality...

Vendmini Lets Brands Interact With Vending Machine Patrons Through Social Media
Emily Jed


Vengo Network Continues To Grow With Placements In Key Markets, On Campuses
Nick Montano
Vengo Labs said its network has been growing steadily, with prominent accounts added in major markets. The company said that it now has operations in 16 states and on three continents, and its network is driving five million impressions per month...

Water Treatment Service Augments Profits By Solving Office Problem; Vertex Shows How
Emily Jed
Municipal water supplies in the U.S. are almost always safe, unless something goes wrong. John Miller, national sales manager of Vertex Water Products pointed out that things do go wrong and are likely to do so with growing frequency in the years ahead, as the nation's public water infrastructure continues to age. This danger has been dramatically illustrated by the situation in Flint, MI. In light of this troubling reality, Miller observed, vending and office coffee service operators are well positioned to play an increasingly valuable role in ensuring safe, pure, good-tasting water supplies in the locations they serve, and winning the business of new ones...

Wittern Group Marks 85th Year In Vending; U-Select-It Parent Honors Employees
Nick Montano
The Wittern Group is celebrating its 85th anniversary this year, and marked the occasion with an open house and employee awards program on Oct. 7. The company was founded as Hawkeye Novelty by Frank A. Wittern Sr. in 1931, with an investment of $12.50 and a garage on the east side of Des Moines. Its initial products were bulk nut venders [video]

Micromarkets
LightSpeed Integrates Vending Warehouse Technology With Lane Jumper Micromarket App
Nick Montano
LightSpeed Automation has integrated a self-checkout mobile payment and product management system for micromarket operators, with its warehouse automation technology...

Music and Games Features
American Vending Sales Acquires H.A. Franz, Extending Its Distribution Reach To Texas
Nick Montano
American Vending Sales reports that it is continuing its ongoing expansion by acquiring Texas-based H.A. Franz & Co. The merger, which took effect on Nov. 1, 2016, adds offices in Houston and Dallas to AVS's current network, which now includes Milwaukee and Minneapolis. It's headquartered in Chicago...

AMI Entertainment And NHTSA Partner For 'Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving' Halloween Jukebox Campaign
AMI Press Release
--press release

Amusement Park Association Moves HQ To Orlando; Plans To Hold IAAPA Attractions Expo There Through 2030
Nick Montano


ATM Explosive Attacks Surge In Europe; Is Trend Coming To U.S.?
Hank Schlesinger
According to the European ATM Security Team, explosive attacks on ATMs are up about 80% this year [video]

ATM Industry Association Updates Its Best Practices Security Guide
Hank Schlesinger


Big Buck Championship Event Streams Live From Austin, TX, On Twitch.tv Tonight
The 2016 Big Buck World Championship match will start streaming on Twitch.tv today, Nov. 4, starting at 6 p.m. CST and continue tomorrow, Nov. 5, at 4 p.m. The action will be streamed live directly from the Belmont on Austin, TX's famed 6th St., where the eagerly awaited videogame shootout is taking place...

Big Buck Hunter World Championship Brings On Jäger As Sponsor, Expects Record-Breaking Competition In Austin: Nov. 4-5
Hank Schlesinger
The 2016 Big Buck World Championship is heading to Austin, TX, Nov. 4 -5, where the Belmont will host Play Mechanix Inc.'s event of the year. Highlighting this year's event are high-profile sponsors, including Jägermeister, Buck Wild Snacks and Crystal Creek Distillery...

David & Buster's Dolf Berle Keynotes Redemption Plus Purpose Pow Wow
Hank Schlesinger
Berle spoke about how business transformations impact internal teams, and how to ensure positive outcomes and evolve into a purpose-driven company...

Golden Tee 2017 Hits The Street: 10,000 Videogame Cabinets Updated, AwesomeDraw Winners Exult
Incredible Technologies Press Release
--press release

Golden Tee 2017 To Host Automated Special Events Set For Next Eight Months
Incredible Technologies Press Release
--press release

How Darrt Amusement Became A Local Legend In Upstate New York Coin-Op Market
Hank Schlesinger
When Alfred Bergman left the vaudeville circuit in the 1920s, he didn't stray far from entertainment. A short-lived and less-than-successful stint in the restaurant business was followed by ownership of a much more successful record shop in Buffalo. He soon became a jukebox distributor. His coin-op music legacy is alive and well, under the stewardship of his two sons Randy and Robert...

Inventor Of ATM's PIN Code Is Honored In Glasgow
Hank Schlesinger


Jersey Jack And Pat Lawlor Unveil Dialed In 'Smart' Pinball Machine
Nick Montano
Jersey Jack Pinball Inc.'s Dialed In is an original concept game by Pat Lawlor. It's the legendary designer's first pin table in a decade, and it's the first machine to give players the ability to unlock additional capabilities through their smartphones...

Keeping The Ball Alive: New Coffee Table Book Depicts Stern Pinball's 30-Year History
Stern Pinball Press Release
Keeping the Ball Alive: 30 Years at Stern Pinball: A first-of-its-kind coffee table art book offers an inside look at the world's largest pinball machine manufacturer [press release]

TouchMagix's New Gesture-Tracking Arcade Game Puts Fun On Floors And Walls
Hank Schlesinger


TouchTunes Hosts Costume Contest, Features Halloween Music Playlist On Jukeboxes
TouchTunes Press Release
--press relase

Trump Leads Clinton In Photobooth Poll; Apple Says Face Place Operators Are Big Winners As Tomorrow's Debate Approaches
Nick Montano


Bulk Vending
Pills Found In Bulk Vender Trigger Police Investigation
Hank Schlesinger


Editorial: Vending
Editorial
Thinking About The Box
Tim Sanford
One durable addition that management theorists have made to the language is the phrase "thinking outside the box." However, looking at the vending machine "box" more imaginatively may well suggest new ways to enhance profits without going outside the box... by Tim Sanford

Editorial: Music and Games
The Few, The Cynical And The Impermanent: Motivating Today's Young Workers
Hank Schlesinger
Not long ago I had a conversation with a manager in the amusement business. When it turned to employees, I was shocked by his primary concern. It wasn't theft, turnover or wages -- it was getting them to value the job beyond the weekly paycheck... by Hank Schlesinger

Bulk Vending and Crane Products
S&B Candy And Toy Co. Reports Availability Of Christmas Plush For Cranes
Nick Montano


Coffee Service News
Bravilor Bonamat Hires Chris Lavina, Embarks On North American Expansion
Emily Jed


Coffee Production In Colombia Increases 5% In 12 Months
Emily Jed


Eight O'Clock Coffee Readies Three New Blends
Emily Jed


Jammin Java Chief Says Company Will Pursue Legal Battle To Keep Marley Coffee Brand, But Readies Alternative
Emily Jed
In a letter to shareholders, Brent Toevs, chief executive of Jammin Java (dba Marley Coffee), said the company will continue its legal battle against Rohan Marley and his family for the long haul if the two parties do not reach a resolution regarding rights to the Marley brand...

Keurig Pioneer Chris Stevens Joins Lavit Board Of Directors
Emily Jed


LonoLife Brings Keurig-Compatible Bone Broth Capsules To OCS
Emily Jed


NAMA Says CTW Crowd, Exhibit Hall Will Be Biggest Yet, Adds Election Analysis By Eric Dell To Agenda
Emily Jed


Royal Cup Donates Percentage Of Coffee Sales To Clean Water Cause
Emily Jed
Can your cup of coffee change the world? Royal Cup Coffee & Tea, a roaster and OCS operator, thinks so and has partnered with international nonprofit Neverthirst to help bring clean water to underserved populations...

Foodservice News
Partnership For A Healthier America Honors Sodexo For Vending And Foodservice Progress
Emily Jed


Guest Columns
Cost Of Doing Business Is Something Office Coffee Sales Reps Need To Grasp
by Len Rashkin
The lifeblood of your OCS operation is the continual acquisition of profitable new customers. Those of you who have one or more salespeople know that keeping gross profits in the range of profitability is among the most pressing issues under continual discussion between management and your representatives... by Len Rashkin

News About Coffee And Health Is Better Than Ever -- At Last
by Kevin Daw
In this column, I want to revisit the health benefits of coffee. We've come a long way, in terms of coffee news, from the days when I was a child. My dad, Stuart Daw, would always say (at least after the big "decaf causes cancer" scare) that all it would take is one big study to link coffee to some major illness, and his business was finished...by Kevin Daw

Hardware/Tools
MultiConnect 4G LTE Cellular Modems Are Available For Vending Machines
Emily Jed


Names in the News
Hershey Chief John Bilbrey Will Retire In July
Emily Jed


Upfront with the Publisher
Communication Catalysts
Alicia Lavay
The theme of this year's Vistar Mid-Atlantic Open House in Atlantic City, NJ, was the proliferation of "healthy" items that meet the nutritional criteria of the company's "Good to Go" program... by Alicia Lavay

Vending Machine Products
Mrs. Freshley's Cupcake Line Grows With Mini Chocolate And PB Rollouts
Tim Sanford


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