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Issue Date: Vol. 49, No.2, February 2009, Posted On: 3/4/2009


VENDING NEWS: Mich Sen. Wants To End Vending Tax Exemption; AMAF Sets March Educational Evening; PA-NJ-DE Council Plans Meet

Vending, Vending Machine, Mickey Switalski, Michigan, Coin-Op, National Automatic Merchandising Association

Mich. Senator Wants To End Vending Tax Exemption, Impose Nutritional Restrictions

LANSING, MI -- Michigan State Sen. Mickey Switalski (D-Roseville) has unveiled his Children's Health Initiative, a series of bills aimed at protecting the health and safety of the state's children, but that could spell trouble for vending operators.

The bills proposed in the legislative package include SB 228, which calls for the elimination of the existing tax exemption for "junk food" sold in vending machines and redirecting the funds to dental services for underprivileged children. SB 232 would require school districts to adopt and implement a local school nutrition policy and would limit the sale of food and drinks that are determined by the FDA to have "minimal nutritional value."

The senator vocally opposes the sale of energy drinks in schools, and SB 230 seeks to require the amount of caffeine in all bottled, canned or packaged drinks to be listed clearly on the label. The final food-related legislation proposed in Switalski's Children's Health Initiative is SB 233, which would require school districts to create a policy that addresses the concerns of pupils with serious food allergies. Switalski, pictured here, has submitted similar bills previously without success.


AMAF Heads To Orlando March 20 For Evening Of Education

ORLANDO, FL -- The Automatic Merchandising Association of Florida is putting finishing touches on plans for its "Steps 4 Success" spring educational event, which will be held on Friday, March 20, at the Orlando Double Tree Hotel. The evening event, open to both AMAF members and nonmembers, begins with a 6 p.m. cocktail reception followed by dinner, providing ample opportunity for participants to renew acquaintances and network with industry peers.

Business gets underway after dinner with an update on association news from AMAF president John Eastlack. At 7:45 p.m., OCS veteran Con Foley, who led Tampa-based Gold Cup Coffee for two decades, will present "OCS: How to Sell Coffee, Provide a Service and Still Make A Profit." Drawing from his wealth of industry know-how, Foley will advise operators on strategies to increase sales while applying sound business principles to manage through the current economic environment and position their businesses for the future.

Tom Britten of Britten Management Services will present "Location Contracts: Taking Out the Fear" from 8:45 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The industry consultant, highly regarded for his expertise in helping operators build profitable vending operations, will also accept appointments for one-hour private consultations with operators attending the event, with no cost or further obligation.

Registration for the event is $30. Space is limited and AMAF is requesting that participants register by March 6 by emailing mmonaghan @vending.org or calling (678) 560-8705


Tri-State Automatic Merchandising Council Sets March 18 Meeting

HERNDON, VA -- The Tri-State Automatic Merchandising Council - the National Automatic Merchandising Association state council representing Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware - will hold a meeting Wednesday, March 18, at the Crowne Plaza in Monroe Township, NJ. The gathering begins at 5 p.m., allowing time for mixing and mingling during a cocktail hour, followed by dinner.

The purpose of the meeting is to provide an opportunity for members to meet new Tri-State lobbyists and interact with the association's board members and NAMA staff in an informal setting. A question-and-answer session will bring operators up to date on the many legislative efforts in which the state association is involved.

More information is available by calling Pam Gilbert at (703) 435-1210.

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