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Vol. 49, No.7, July 2009

Vending Features
Art*o*Mat Vender At Canteen HQ Dispenses Mini Masterpieces
by Staff Reporter
Canteen Vending Canteen Vending marks its 80th year in business by signing on as the first vending company to support the arts by sponsoring an Art*o*mat. Housed in Canteen's North American headquarters in Charlotte, the retired cigarette vending machine has been restored and converted to vend miniature one-of-a-kind works of art the size of cigarette boxes...

Brazil's ExpoVending Showcases South American Vending Growth
by Staff Reporter
The seventh annual ExpoVending & OCS opens on Aug. 5 at the Espaço APAS Convention Center in Sao Paulo. Brazil's vending machine association says the show has been growing rapidly in recent years...

Calif. Bans Trans Fat In School Venders, Soft Drinks In High Schools
by Staff Reporter
Two laws regulating food and beverages sold through school vending machines went into effect in California on July 1. Foods made with trans fat are banned; soft drink restrictions intensify. Nationally, the USDA might be given power to regulate all food sold through vending machines in schools...

Crane Q2 Sales, Income Decline As Soft Economy Depresses Demand
by Staff Reporter
Crane Co.'s earnings in the latest quarter dropped 53% due to lower sales across the maker of engineered industrial products. Merchandising Systems' sales decreased 37% from the comparable prior-year period, reflecting declines in vending machines and payment systems...

Eu'Vend 2009 Will Showcase Vending's Integration Into Public Space
Tim Sanford
The German vending industry will highlight new approaches to designing interior public spaces that incorporate vending equipment at the fourth biennial Eu'Vend international trade fair. The show opens at the Cologne Exhibition Center on Sept. 10, and will fuse into an overarching theme called "Visions of Vending"...

EVA, Datamonitor Publish First Vending Market & Consumer Survey
by Staff Reporter
The European Vending Association has teamed up with Datamonitor to prepare a comprehensive vending market and consumer survey. It reportedly will enable EVA to lobby more effectively on vending’s behalf...

Florida Man Is Indicted In Connection With Vending Biz-Op Scheme
by Staff Reporter
A federal grand jury here has charged a Florida man with criminal contempt of a federal court order in connection with the operation of a fraudulent vending machine business opportunity...

KICTeam Introduces Adhesive Removal Swabs For Thermal Printers; Wins Patent For Waffletechnology
by Staff Reporter
KICTeam KICTeam has unveiled a swab that aids in cleaning sticky residue from hard surfaces; it is designed specifically for use with thermal label printers. The company also has been awarded a patent for a unique feature of its Waffletechnology cleaning cards...

KRh, IntelliVend Shift Kosher Vending Industries To Franchise Model
Emily Jed
KRh Thermal Systems and IntelliVend have announced an agreement with Kosher Vending Industries LLC (Valley Cottage, NY) under which KVI's Hot Nosh 24/6 operations will transition to franchises in a number of U.S. markets...

LightSPEED Enhances Pre-Kit System With Real-Time Data Capability
by Staff Reporter
LightSPEED Automation's innovative system for pre-kitting snacks and drinks is now fully integrated with Cantaloupe Systems' wireless remote monitoring platform...

NAMA Plans Government Affairs Symposium At 2009 National Expo
by Staff Reporter
The National Automatic Merchandising Association will conduct a government affairs symposium in conjunction with its 2009 national convention and trade show in Chicago. It will focus on government relations and legislative threats to the industry, and include state council topics...

Republicans And Democrats Unite For Credit Card Reform
by Staff Reporter
In a rare piece of bipartisan unity, Democratic and Republican congressmen introduced the Credit Card Fair Fee Act of 2009 to address the more than $48 billion paid annually in credit-card interchange or "swipe" fees. The proposed law would provide retailers a system to negotiate fees and potentially reduce the cost to consumers...

Survey Gauges Recession's Impact On Workers' Consumption Habits
Tim Sanford
The results of a new survey from a marketing firm, specializing in targeting workplace consumers, pinpoint some of the changes this segment is making in food and beverage purchasing habits in light of the recession. Overall, 31% of workers surveyed reported making less money due to the recession...

USAT Plans Deployment Of Another 2,500 ePort Terminals On Vending Machines
Emily Jed
USA Technologies and Visa are expanding deployment of USAT's ePort cashless payment solution for vending machines with another 2,500 terminals. Once installed, some 4,000 vending machines nationwide will be equipped with the latest cashless hardware...

YoNaturals Brings 'Healthy' Vending Program To Professional Operators
Emily Jed
YoNaturalsYoNaturals has made a nationwide splash with its "healthy" vending program since its debut three years ago. The San Diego-based company now has adapted it for professional operators seeking a turnkey solution to the growing demand for vending services that address today's dietary and nutritional concerns. Its new program for operators is called Healthy Vending Services...

Music and Games Features
AAMA Elects Cohen Chairman, Holds Board Meets And Gala
Nick Montano
YoNaturalsThe American Amusement Machine Association installed new leadership during its annual membership and board meetings. The high-level meetings in late July were held in conjunction with AAMA's Distributor Gala, a showing of new amusement equipment, here at the Oak Brook Hills Marriott Resort. AAMA elects Firestone's David Cohen chairman...

AMOA, AAMA Approve Possible IAAPA Ownership In Fun Expo
by Staff Reporter
The umbrella group that owns Fun Expo will allow the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attraction to assume 50% ownership of the FEC trade show if IAAPA consummates a merger with the International Association for the Leisure and Entertainment Industries...

Automated Services Establishes Pinballs.com As Games Distributor
Nick Montano
A leading vending company in southern Connecticut has expanded its equipment distribution services with the launch of Automated Services/Pinballs.com, providing amusement sales and service throughout southern New England. The distributorship will be run from a 7,000-sq.ft. showroom in Orange, CT...

Boards Of FEC And Parks Associations Approve Merger
by Staff Reporter
IALEI's board has approved the proposed merger of the FEC trade group and the larger IAAPA. The IALEI vote occurred on June 30, five days after the IAAPA board had voted in favor of the merger. IALEI members to vote next...

Ecast Seeks Exit From Two Investor Fraud Lawsuits
Marcus Webb
Ecast Inc. said it has been unfairly targeted by two lawsuits filed by two investor companies, including one backed by actor Danny Glover. The plaintiffs claim they were collectively defrauded of $28 million by Ecast co-founder and former chairman Mouli Cohen...

IALEI-IAAPA Merger Proposal Provoked Fervent Debate Among Association Leaders
Marcus Webb
The approval of an association merger by the boards of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions and the International Association for the Leisure and Entertainment Industry a month ago followed a vigorous debate over the merger proposal...

Illinois Gov. Signs Video Lottery Bill Into Law
Marcus Webb
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn on July 13 signed a hybrid bill that includes the Video Gaming Act, which creates a video poker market under the auspices of the state lottery. In Ohio, Gov. Ted Strickland signed an executive order allowing racetracks to install up to 17,500 slot machines...

Jolly Roger Unveils E-Commerce Initiative, Expands Coin-Op Kiddie Line
Tim Sanford
UK kiddie ride leader Jolly Roger has unveiled a custom rocking-horse e-commerce program. The amusement manufacturer, a division of Photo-Me, has also expanded its children's carousel lineup with two new models...

Jukebox Firm, Label Announce Aldean Contest Winners; AMI Hails Promotion
by Staff Reporter
Jukebox patrons from Tennessee and Wisconsin were the winners in a contest featuring prizes from American country music star Jason Aldean. Sponsored by AMI Entertainment and RED Distribution, the sweepstakes was part of a nationwide prerelease promotion that attracted a record number of entries...

Jukes Take Center Stage On 4th; Springsteen Spotted On TouchTunes
by Staff Reporter
As Americans celebrate Independence Day this weekend, the nation's jukeboxes are expected to set off their own fireworks. Michael Jackson plays soar. The Boss makes an apparent -- and overdue -- digital jukebox debut on the TouchTunes network as operators rejoice...

Megatouch Upgrade Enhances Connectivity Functions, Adds Brand New Games
by Staff Reporter
AMI Entertainment Network has released the spring update for its Megatouch videogame line. The 2009.5 update adds several enhancements to the brand's Ion and Force touchscreen machines for service and play...

Neal Rosenberg Departs Elaut USA On Completion Of Expansion Plan
Nick Montano
The coin-op veteran and long associate of the Verstraeten family resigned as president of Elaut USA...

Pinball Inc. And Illinois Pinball Restructure Parts Alliance
Marcus Webb
Pinball Inc. has taken full possession of what's regarded as the world’s largest pinball parts inventory, which it purchased from Illinois Pinball Inc. earlier this year. Included in the deal are parts originally manufactured under leading pin brands...

Qualifiers For Big Buck World Championships Go Live Aug. 1; Safari Joins Tour; Prize Pool Soars Past $60,000
Nick Montano
Competition for the second annual Big Buck Hunter Pro World Championship tournament gets underway in August, and it will run alongside a second title contest on Big Buck Safari. This year, two championship titles and $60,000 in prizes will double the competitive stakes amid Big Buck's rising pop-culture status and player base…

WAMO Confab Draws 240+ To Milwaukee, Breaks Attendance Record
Tim Sanford
More than 240 industry members thronged the Hilton City Center here for the annual Wisconsin Amusement and Music Operators conference, setting a new record for turnout. WAMO honors Pioneer's Joel Kleiman and the association's Dale Saunders...

Bulk Vending
Allstar Marks 20-Year Anniversary On High Note
Nick Montano
Allstar Vending is celebrating 20 years of service to the bulk vending industry. The company has made remarkable strides since its inception in 1989, and has grown from a quaint supplier of flat merchandise and machines into an international bulk vending powerhouse now with Adam Dorfman at the helm...

CPSC Issues Favorable Ruling, Guidelines On Bulk Product Labeling
by Staff Reporter
The Consumer Product Safety Commission appears to have made a move that is favorable to the bulk vending industry concerning a controversial section of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act that outlines requirements for individual toy product labeling...

NBVA Goes To Capitol Hill Seeking Relief From Product Labeling Burden In CPSIA
Hank Schlesinger
Bulk vending leaders traveled to Capitol Hill on June 26 to meet with members of Congress, legislative directors and committee staffers to press for relief from the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act's onerous Section 103. NBVA makes case for an exclusionary ruling in the vending channel...

Editorial: Vending
Editorial
Vending Industry's Directory Reaches Readers
Nick Montano
Vending TimesThe 2009 VENDING TIMES Buyers Guide and Directory showcases resources that are in demand by the full-line vending, OCS, foodservice, music, games and bulk vending trades in a single publication. It is unique in its scope, representing the vast number of manufacturers and suppliers that serve a vibrant sales and service industry comprised of merchandise vending and coin machine operators of all kinds...by Nick Montano

Coffee Service News
Harris Survey Details At-Work Beverage Consumption Trends
Emily Jed
A market research firm presents findings of the latest study analyzing beverage consumption in workplaces during NAMA's coffee summit in New Jersey. Harris Interactive researchers emphasize the importance to coffee purveyors of understanding the broader beverage market, and offered suggestions for using the study's findings to more effectively market to consumers' changing expectations in order to gain a larger share of the market...

NPD Cites Steepest U.S. Restaurant Traffic Decline In 28 Years
by Staff Reporter
Restaurant traffic, still feeling the impact of rising unemployment and thrifty consumers, declined in the spring quarter ending May 2009, according to The NPD Group, a leading market research company...

WHAT'S NEW: Maxwell House Frac Packs; Newtech Pod Pro Brewer
by Staff Reporter
Newtech Beverage System Ltd, The Pod ProKraft Vending & OCS is offering Maxwell House Original 100% Arabica fractional packs in caffeinated and decaffeinated varieties. Newtech Pod Pro single-cup pod brewer make industry debut in Cherry Hill, NJ -- product brokers to market new machine...

Guest Columns
Could This Be The End Of All Your Estate Tax Problems?
by Irving L. Blackman
The answer to the above headline question is a thundering "YES" for about 99% of everyone reading these words. Why? Because it is almost certain that before 2009 ends, the tax law will be changed: to make the “unified credit” $3.5 million, or more, per person. That’s at least $7 million -- tax-free -- for a married couple... by Irving L. Blackman

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