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Vol. 50, No. 7, July 2010

Vending Features
AT&T, Apriva Team Up To Enable Card Payments Over Smartphones
Tim Sanford
Cashless vending expert Apriva and AT&T report that they have joined forces to deliver new mobile payment applications that can enhance productivity and cash flow...

AVT Sues The Zeros Author For Defamation
Emily Jed
Vending machine manufacturer AVT Inc. has filed a $100 million lawsuit against author Randall Lane for libel and false statements in his new book...

Bottler And Full Service Vending Settle On Contract Breach
Emily Jed
Full Service Vending said that Coca Cola Enterprises has agreed to pay a "six figure" settlement to resolve a six-count complaint it filed against the bottler...

Cantaloupe Ships Update For Seed 2 Wireless System
Tim Sanford
Cantaloupe Systems' Seed 2 summer 2010 update includes a number of enhancements that build on the popular wireless "cloud-computing" system for vending...

Card Readers On Newspaper Venders Yield Modest Improvement
Emily Jed
The Wall Street Journal added debit- and credit-card readers to 190 vending machines in New York City to spur trial readership of its Greater New York edition...

Coke Extends Marketing Alliance With Simon Malls
Emily Jed
Coca-Cola Co. has extended its marketing alliance with the nation's leading mall operator, paving the way for further deployment of the Video Vender...

EVA Circulates Plastic-Cup Benefits Fact Sheet To Vending Employees
Tim Sanford
European Vending Association has prepared a fact sheet highlighting the positive aspects of plastic cups. It's designed for distribution to people employed in the industry...

Fastcorp Fast-PRO Distribution Plan Offers Operators Growth Avenue
Tim Sanford
New national partnership program with leading vending operators in major markets is designed to speed Fastcorp's field sales and service initiatives…

FDA Seeks Public Input On Vending Menu-Labeling
Emily Jed
The Food and Drug Administration is looking for comments to guide it in drafting the regulations needed to implement a law requiring display of calorie content on vending machines...

Florida Legislates New Language For Labels Required On Machines
Tim Sanford
Florida's recently enacted vending machine labeling requirements go into effect in July. All food and beverage venders must carry the new labels...

House-Senate Conference OKs Financial Bill With Card Fee Provisions
Tim Sanford
The massive Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010, championed by President Obama, was approved by House and Senate conferees on June 25...

IAMC Founder Matt Cockrell Dies At 92
Tim Sanford
Matthew Matthew L. Cockrell, full-line vending pioneer and founding president of the Illinois Automatic Merchandising Council, died late in June...

MEI's Conlux NBM-3500 Validator Now Accommodates $10, $20 Bills
Tim Sanford
The value-priced Conlux NBM-3500 validator now accepts higher denomination notes, which the manufacturer says can increase vending sales volume up to 20%...

NAMA Backs House's Healthy Choices Proposal
Tim Sanford
The National Automatic Merchandising Association has endorsed the Healthy Choices Act, the first measure that brings together the grocery industry, healthcare and government to comprehensively fight obesity...

NAMA Chairman Hesch To Keynote China Show
Tim Sanford
Hesch NAMA board chairman Craig Hesch will deliver a keynote address at this month's China Vending & OCS Show in Shanghai. Hesch will speak about the American vending industry on June 26...

NAMA Supports HR 4841 Legislation For Small-Business Tax Relief
Tim Sanford
The vending industry is endorsing proposed legislation that would increase tax incentives for starting or expanding a small business. The measure was introduced by New York Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez...

New York Legislature Passes Budget Without Governor's 'Soda Tax'
Tim Sanford
New York lawmakers have passed a budget bill that imposes a $1 billion hike in taxes, but does not include the 1¢-per-fl.oz. tax on sugar-sweetened soft drinks feared by vending operators...

NY Maintains 75¢ Vending Sales Tax Exemption
Emily Jed
New York vending operators have escaped a repeal of the current vending tax exemption that was under consideration by the state Legislature...

NYSAVA Drafts Email To Help Operators Enlist Legislator Support
Emily Jed
The New York State Automatic Vending Association has drafted a letter that operators can email to their legislators to ask for their support of two tax exemption bills...

Paul S. Speagle Dies; Led NCVA
Tim Sanford
Vending pioneer Paul S. Speagle, Sr., is dead at 95. He joined the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Hickory, NC, as a salesman in 1937 and in 1945 cofounded the Seven-Up Bottling Co...

Pennsylvania Uncorks Wine Kiosks In 2 Supermarkets
Emily Jed
The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is testing the viability of wine vending kiosks in two supermarkets...

Pierre Foods Launches School-Friendly Smart Picks
Emily Jed
Pierre Foods Inc. will unveil its better-for-you Smart Picks line for school foodservice at next month's School Nutrition Association Annual National Conference in Dallas. The product is formulated to provide one or more dietary benefits to schoolchildren...

Sabra Launches Mediterranean Foods Ad Campaign
Emily Jed
Sabra Dipping Co. is kicking off a nationwide multimedia advertising campaign to promote its wide variety of vegetarian spreads and dips...

Smiles Activate Unilever Ice Cream Vender
Emily Jed
The interactive marketing firm that helped develop Coke's Freestyle fountain machine has taken the wraps off a smile-activated vending machine commissioned by the world's largest ice cream maker...

Sodexo Raises FY Target After Q3 Growth
Emily Jed
Sodexo increased its guidance for fiscal 2010 after posting a 7.4% lift in third quarter sales driven by growth in Asia and Latin America...

Sponsorship Puts WOW! Foods Vending Line In Nascar Spotlight
Emily Jed
Wow! Foods, maker of the new Dale Earnhardt Jr. vending sandwiches, was a chief sponsor of the No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet during the July 2 Nationwide Series...

Top NY Vendor Lobbyist Hopeful Soda Tax Won't Pass
Emily Jed
The New York State Automatic Vending Association's top lobbyist said that despite Gov. David Paterson's attempts to keep his proposed soda tax in the 2011 budget, it will not likely pass...

U.S. Charges 5 With Fraud In 'Energy Chews' Vending Machine Swindle
by Staff Reporter
Five men are accused of mail and wire fraud in connection with a "business opportunity" offer involving vending machines that dispensed energy balls, energy chews and energy shots...

University Bans Plastic Bottles From Vending Machines
Emily Jed
The University of Wisconsin banned the sale of beverages in plastic bottles through vending machines on its Stevens Point campus...

USAT Cites Cashless Vending Q4 Progress, Concludes Rights Offering
Emily Jed
USA Technologies Inc. said demand for its cashless technology climb in the fourth quarter as the number of devices connected to its network increased by 9,000...

Wittern Charitable Arm Partners With Pet Firm
Emily Jed
The charitable division of the Wittern Group and DogToys.com Inc. have launched a pet supply vending program that raises money for domestic animal charities...

Music and Games Features
'Old No. 7' Jukebox Goes Public
Nick Montano
Formerly offered through specialty outlets only, Rock-Ola's novel Jack Daniel's jukebox is now available to the general public...

AGS Names Interim President And CEO
Nick Montano
American Gaming Systems, an emerging supplier in the Illinois video gaming market, named Robert Miodunski chairman and interim president and CEO...

AMI Entertainment, RIAA And FBI Combat Illegal Music Copying For Jukebox Play
Marcus Webb
A three-year investigation into potential criminal cases of copyright infringement involving jukeboxes is making headway. AMI Entertainment, the FBI and the recording industry are behind the probe that's shutting down allegedly illegal jukeboxes...

AMI's V3 Software Rollout Progresses Smoothly
Nick Montano
AMI" AMI Entertainment Network's powerful new jukebox software system enhances music searches, and runs optimally on new and legacy hardware...

Armand Billiards Group Splits Into 2 Entities
Nick Montano
Armand Billiards Group, a manufacturer and distributor of billiard and gameroom products, has split its businesses into two entities...

Australians Slam Redemption As 'Kiddie Gambling'
Marcus Webb
Redemption and merchandising games with high-value prizes like iPods and TVs are increasingly under fire from some quarters in the land Down Under...

Bally Names Suzo-Happ Distributor For VLTs In IL
Nick Montano
Bally Technologies has appointed Suzo-Happ as its exclusive distributor for the new Illinois video lottery market, which was authorized in mid-2009...

Betson Teams Up With Z-Bowl To Launch FEC
by Staff Reporter
Z-Bowl, Distributor helps new family entertainment center get up and running. Mebane, NC's Z-Bowl has 50,000 sq.ft. of the latest amusements for adults and children, enhanced by good food and a striking architectural setting...

California Defends Videogame Ban To Supremes
Marcus Webb
Gov. Schwarzenegger's administration submitted a legal brief to the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing that governments should be able to ban youth access to videogames based on content...

Coast To Coast And BK Give Kids The Crane
Nick Montano
The crane machine company teams up with Burger King to create special claw equipment for Give Kids the World, a children's charity based in Florida...

Coin-Op Exhibits Make Up 20% Of Bowl Expo
Tim Sanford
International Bowl Expo was expected to draw around 5,000 participants during its five-day run this week at the Las Vegas Convention Center...

D&B's Q1 Comp Store Sales Fall, Revenues Rise
Marcus Webb
Dave & Buster's Inc. said comparable store sales fell 2.5% for the fiscal first quarter, ended May 2, compared with the first quarter of 2009.

E3 Highlights Innovations From Microsoft, Nintendo And Sony
Hank Schlesinger
Electronic Entertainment Expo unveils a wide variety of new videogames. But the real draw is a trio of innovative user interfaces from Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony...

Experts Forecast 2011 Launch For Illinois Video Gaming
Marcus Webb
Operator-run video lottery industry will not be able to begin operations until the first quarter of next year or later, a law enforcement expert predicted...

Family Fun Center Roof Collapses In Indiana
by Staff Reporter
The roof of the Big Bounce Family Fun Center here collapsed suddenly. The FEC had contained an arcade, climbing wall and inflatable attractions...

FDA Cigarette Vender Exemption Does Not Always Include Bars
Nick Montano
The new federal tobacco law still allows cigarette venders in adult-only locations. But that does not include all bars, as in Wisconsin where they are totally banned now...

Five States Raise Cigarette Taxes; NY's Sets Record
Nick Montano
New York's budget bill includes a hefty cigarette tax that went into effect July 1. Hawaii, New Mexico, South Carolina and Utah also imposed new taxes. Separately, provisions of the Tobacco Control Act stated last week...

Georgia AG Runs For Governor On Pro-Bingo Platform
Marcus Webb
Thurbert Baker, a candidate for governor in next month's Democratic primary in Georgia, is running on a platform of legalizing electronic bingo machines...

Global VR Ships Nascar Team Upgrade, Readies Dedicated Package
Nick Montano
Global The highly anticipated update for Nascar Racing is now shipping. Called Nascar Team Racing, the latest title in the EA Sports franchise offers new tracks and drivers from Nascar's 2010 team roster...

Iowa Settles Final TouchPlay Lawsuit
Marcus Webb
The last remaining lawsuit involving TouchPlay was settled on July 6, four years after Iowa's government barred the video gaming machines...

Kansas Locations Challenge Statewide Smoking Ban
Marcus Webb
Some businesses filed a motion in an existing lawsuit in a Shawnee County District Court to challenge Kansas's statewide smoking ban, which goes into effect July 1...

LAI Expands R&D With New Australian Facility
Nick Montano
LAI Games has opened a second research and development studio to accelerate new product development. It's based in Brisbane...

Money Magazine Cites FEC As 'Best Places To Live' Factor
Marcus Webb
Shawnee, KS, home to PowerPlay Family Entertainment Center, is once again one of the best places to live in America...

Namco America Issues Service Bulletin For Tank! Tank! Tank!
Nick Montano
Operators who are running the Tank! Tank! Tank! motion-cabinet party game have been alerted to a potential mechanical problem and the procedure for avoiding it...

NC Lawmakers Can't Agree On Sweepstakes Games
Marcus Webb
State House Democrats met this month to discuss the possibility of banning a new generation of Internet sweepstakes games proliferating in North Carolina...

NC Senate Votes To Ban Sweepstakes Games
Marcus Webb
The North Carolina state Senate voted to ban sweepstakes videogames, which are deployed in an estimated 600 to 1,000 parlors statewide...

NC Sweepstakes Game Ban Passes House, Awaits Gov.'s Signature
Marcus Webb
North Carolina's House banned sweepstakes videogames by a vote of 86 to 27. The ban is now on the desk of Gov. Beverly Perdue awaiting signature or veto...

Ohio High Court Hears Skill Game Case
Marcus Webb
Operators in Ohio should be allowed to award prizes worth more than $10 to winners of skill games, according to an argument made before the state Supreme, which will rule later this year...

Photo-Me Returns To Black, Plans Photobooth Push
Nick Montano
Photo-Me International this week outlined a strategy to reenergize its photobooth business as the company returned to profit and recovered from a recent £500,000 fine...

Pipeline Games Ships Grip Strength Game, Introduces Vacuum Crane
Nick Montano
The new Mr. Vacuum is a robotic update of the traditional crane game. It uses a suction pickup rather than the usual claw, and its small size allows for mounting on a wall...

Portland Arcade Wins Stride Gum Contest
Marcus Webb
Stride Gum reports that it has awarded a $25,000 prize to Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade, winner of its Save the Arcades 2 contest...

Redemption Plus Offers Educational Interviews In Podcast Series
Nick Montano
Redemption Plus is initiating a an educational podcast series at its free e-learning website. They will present interviews with industry "thought leaders"...

Regulators Hit Photo-Me With Record Fine; Firm To Beat Forecasts
Nick Montano
The UK's top financial regulator hit the world's largest photobooth company with a record fine for failing to disclose inside information...

Rock-Ola Unveils Series IV Touchscreen Model, Opens UK Warehouse
Nick Montano
Rock-Ola has begun production of its Series IV Touchscreen Music Center jukebox for the home market. Factory implements direct control of product distribution in Europe...

Sega Debuts Quasimoto GameGate Viddie Console Adapter For Coin-Op
Sega has teamed up with classic game emulator designer Quasimoto to develop a high-tech coin-op cabinet, display and sound system that accommodates the operator's choice of either a Xbox or PlayStation consoles...

Sega Plans Twitter-Connected Coin-Op Viddie
Marcus Webb
Japanese videogame players will soon be able "tweet" to friends directly from the new Sega Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown...

Shelti Opens Texas Distribution Site
Nick Montano
The table game and dart machine maker has opened a warehouse in central Texas. Coin-op products begin shipping from the new depot on July 7...

Slower Start, Bigger Cashboxes Seen For Illinois VLT
Marcus Webb
Crain's Chicago Business predicts Illinois's video lottery market will generate a revenue shortfall because of a late start. But better per-machine profits are expected...

TouchTunes Kicks Off Lollapalooza Sweepstakes
Nick Montano
TouchTunes, Concert promoter C3 Presents and Sony's RED are teaming up with TouchTunes to run a sweepstakes that offers jukebox patrons a chance to win a trip to the famed summer music festival...

Wisconsin's Statewide Smoking Ban Begins July 5
Marcus Webb
Wisconsin's smoking ban will be extended to bars and restaurants on July 5, but state officials admitted that enforcement responsibility remains unclear...

Would-Be Bingo Operator Sues Louisiana Parish
Marcus Webb
Maloney Gaming Management of Slidell, LA, charges that officials sold it a bingo parlor operating license -- then amended regulations to ban such venues...

Bulk Vending
A&A Offers Sticky Critters Mix, Adds Flat Lines For Summer
Tim Sanford
To mark the arrival of the summer solstice and the enhanced leisure-time it portends, A&A Global Industries has launched a hybrid bulk toy line and several flat series...

Allstar Unveils Pop-Culture-Themed Flat Items, Stretchable Bulk Line
Nick Montano
The bulk supplier is introducing two lines of temporary tattoos themed to major popular music genres and a novel vending fashion accessory line…

Bulk Vending Show To Collocate With 2011 Amusement Expo
by Staff Reporter
The National Bulk Vendors Association said it plans to collocate its 61st annual trade show and convention with 2011 Amusement Expo in Las Vegas in March...

Hood Hound Figurines For Vending Are Back
Hank Schlesinger
Hood A&A Global Industries has announced a licensing agreement that gives the vending supplier the right to manufacture and distribute Hood Hounds figurines...

HOW NOW? Veteran Bulk Vendors Imagine Launching A Business Today
Hank Schlesinger
Imagine your first day as a bulk vending operator. You have one machine and a few boxes of product in the back of your car. What is your first stop in trying to place the machine? Veteran operators who have been around the block a few times tell VT how they’d plunge back in…

L.M. Becker Completes Transition To Online Sales
Tim Sanford
Product supplier L.M. Becker & Co. has shifted all sales activities to the Internet. Moving its "online storefront to the forefront," the company no longer is taking orders by telephone...

VSi Introduces Bajito Onda Authentic Urban Art Tats
Tim Sanford
Now available from VSi is a licensed temporary tattoo series featuring authentic urban art hand-drawn by members of Bajito Onda...

Editorial: Music and Games
Editorial
Will We Ever Learn?
Marcus Webb
Today's amusement trade is blithely, deliberately and needlessly risking one of its most profitable markets. That market is the crane sector...by Marcus Webb

Coffee Service News
Coke Expands Freestyle Test Into Dallas
Emily Jed
Coca-Cola has extended the test of its Freestyle interactive fountain dispenser to the Dallas area. A chicken wing restaurant chai will be the first to offer the fountain...

Crystal Springs Acquires Long Island's Chester Mountain
Emily Jed
Crystal Springs, a division of Atlanta-based DS Waters of America, has acquired the bottled water delivery business of Lindenhurst, NY's Chester Mountain Distributors...

MooBella Installs Ice Creameries In RI Cinema Complex
Tim Sanford
The novel automated self-serve ice cream dispenser is now pleasing moviegoers at National Amusements' Providence Place Cinemas in Rhode Island...

NCA Offers 2010 Coffee Drinking Study
Tim Sanford
The National Coffee Association of USA's 2010 National Coffee Drinking Trends study is now available. The study's sampling is said to be representative of the U.S. population, 18 and older...

Primo Buys Culligan's Water Vending Business
Emily Jed
Culligan International Co. has sold its vended water business to Primo Water Corp. of Winston-Salem, NC, for $105 million...

Reunion Island Coffee Converts To Compostable Cups
Emily Jed
Reunion Island Coffee said it will only supply cups made from a combination of paper and compostable PLA that replaces the plastic coating on the inside of paper coffee cups...

Reunion Island Launches Firefly To Brighten Up Decaffeinated Coffee
Tim Sanford
The Canadian roaster is offing a Rainforest Alliance single-origin coffee decaffeinated by the Swiss water process...

ZeeCooper Forms Parrot-tec Equipment Unit, Launches Cooler Line
Tim Sanford
ZeeCooper & Co. has established Parrot-tec, a provider of equipment for the OCS, pure water and vending industries. The first Parrot-tec products roll out in July...

Hardware/Tools
Videx Unveils CyberLock Cylinders For Conventional Padlock Bodies
Tim Sanford
New CyberLock intelligent electronic cylinders for standard padlock bodies that accept interchangeable cylinders widen the availability of locks suitable for outdoor locations...

Meetings/Events
AGS Plans July 13 Celebration, Illinois Equipment Showing
Nick Montano
To celebrate the completion of its new office in Itasca, the gaming company is planning a barbecue and video lottery product showing for Illinois amusement operators...

Atlantic Coast Exposition Registration Opens
Emily Jed
Registration is now open for the 56th annual Atlantic Coast Exposition. The long-running vending trade show and conference will be held from Oct. 14 to 16 in Myrtle Beach, SC...

Betson Syracuse Plans Traveling West NYS Trailer Shows
Nick Montano
Betson Syracuse's famous "showroom on wheels" will stage another mobile trade show in the western part of New York State from Tuesday, July 20...

EAG Planners Enhance Exhibit Layout, Launch New Website For 2011
Nick Montano
The second European Amusement and Gaming Expo is set for Jan. 25-27 at the ExCel London exhibition center in the historic Royal Docks area...

Educational Program Shapes Up For Northeast OCS & Vending Expo
Emily Jed
Payment systems leader MEI and the nation's top office refreshment sales trainer are the first confirmed presenters for the upcoming Northeast Coffee Service and Vending Expo...

European Kiosk/Digital Signage Expo Draws 3,250+ Visitors To Essen
Tim Sanford
Innovation was in the spotlight as the 2010 editions of Kiosk Europe and Digital Signage Expo showcased the latest technology for self-service equipment and programmable displays...

Lieberman Readies Vending Show For July 30
Emily Jed
Lieberman Cos. is expecting more than 200 operators to turn out for its 31st annual vending product and equipment show at the distributor's Bloomington, MN, headquarters...

NAMA's Popular Coffee Summit Gets New Name, New Venue
Emily Jed
The National Automatic Merchandising Association has renamed its annual coffee show, moved it from New Jersey to Las Vegas and expanded the education program…

Organizers Expand Exhibit Area For Fall's Enada Rome
Tim Sanford
Italy's long-running fall amusements and gaming show will be held Oct. 6-8 at the Fiera di Roma exhibition center in Rome. Three golden dice, an emblem of decisive action, symbolize this year's Enada Roma...

Pyramid Sets Technical Training Seminar At WAMO
Tim Sanford
Pyramid Technologies plans to present a technicians' training seminar at the Wisconsin amusement operators conference in Waukesha on June 23 and 24...

SEVA Puts Finishing Touches On Aug. 4-6 Florida Confab
Emily Jed
The Southeastern Vending Association will return to Florida's Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort for three days of networking, education and recreation...

Sold-Out Sweets & Snacks Expo Draws Record Crowd
Emily Jed
The 2010 Sweets & Snacks Expo boasted the highest registration numbers in the show's 14-year history, organizers reported...

Vend Mart Plans 'Vend Of Oz'-Themed Trade Show For Sept. 15
Emily Jed
The San Leandro, CA, distributor will shine the spotlight on a wide range of vending and office coffee products, and showgoers dressed as their favorite "Wizard of Oz" characters...

Vending Machine Products
New Mello Yello Packaging Features Retro Graphics
Tim Sanford


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