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Vol. 49, No.10, October 2009

Vending Features
Ad Campaign Challenges 'Misinformation' About High Fructose Corn Syrup
by Staff Reporter
The nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom has launched a $1 million ad campaign designed to refute what it calls “the blatant inaccuracies” surrounding high-fructose corn syrup. The campaign communicates to the public that high-fructose corn syrup is nutritionally the same as organic sweeteners like table sugar and honey...

As Sugar Prices Rise, Manufacturers Call For An Increase Of Imports
by Staff Reporter
As sugar prices rise to levels not seen in two decades, some in the baked goods and confectionery markets are growing increasingly worried. According to one prediction by U.S. government analysts, the stocks-to-use ratio for sugar in September 2010 will be the lowest since 1959. So great is the concern that many in industries dependent on the commodity are urging significant increases in imported sugar quotas to avoid shortages...

Chicago Convention Probes Market, Technology And Government Affairs
Emily Jed
The pervasive weakness in vending’s traditional market sectors did not deter operators from thronging the National Automatic Merchandising Association National Expo in Chicago...

EQUIPMENT NEWS: Del Monte Single-Serve Fresh Fruit Vending, Fastcorp Taps International Development Partner
by Staff Reporter
Del MonteDel Monte Fresh Produce Co. has launched a line of bananas and other fresh-cut fruit and vegetables packaged specifically for vending, as well as a branded dual-temperature machine for them. Fastcorp LLC has appointed England's 24Vend Ltd. as its international business development partner for its line of novel temperature-controlled venders...

Independent Operators Will Replace Snapple In NYC Schools Under Stringent New Nutrition Guidelines
by Staff Reporter
The Big Apple's Education Department is expected to approve new vending contracts that adhere to more stringent nutritional guidelines, now that its five-year deal with Snapple as its exclusive beverage-vending provider has expired. Snapple's contract ended in August, and vending machines in the city schools have been empty since then...

MooBella Secures Funding That Permits Ice Cream Dispenser Launch
by Staff Reporter
MooBella Inc. has announced securing $18 million in Series A funding from W. Health L.P., a venture fund managed by Inventages. MooBella's multi-patented technology allows consumers to prepare a portion of fresh, hard-scoop ice cream in 40 seconds...

NAMA Chooses 2010 Leadership At Annual Convention In Chicago
by Staff Reporter
The National Automatic Merchandising Association elected directors and named its new officers for the coming year at its 2009 National Expo in Chicago. Third-generation operator Craig A. Hesch, A.H. Management Group (Rolling Meadows, IL), is board chairman for 2010...

NAMA Government Affairs VP Explains Initiatives To Defend Industry
Emily Jed
NAMA's Ned Monroe updates industry members on the vending association's efforts to protect their interests on the legislative front. “We’re taking an offensive as opposed to a defensive strategy," the government affairs VP advises...

Tri-State Council Readies Oct. 7 Golf Outing, Honors John Boyle
Emily Jed
John BoyleThe Tri-State Automatic Merchandising Council's annual Harry Mowery golf outing will be held Wednesday, Oct. 7, in Springhouse, PA. The association will also honor industry veteran John Boyle for his accomplishments, service and dedication to the vending industry. He is retiring from the Tri-State board of directors after 30 years...

Music and Games Features
AAMA Launches New Facebook Page To Promote Industry
by Staff Reporter
The American Amusement Machine Association launched a new industry-themed "fan page" on Facebook, the world's most popular social network boasting 60 million U.S. members and more than 250 million worldwide...

AMOA And AAMA Will Combine Shows In 2010
by Staff Reporter
The AMOA International Expo and the AAMA’s Amusement Showcase International will be combined into a single show in 2010, officials of both organizations said. The first show will take place March 10-12 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, where the 2010 ASI and Fun Expo had been already booked...

ATEI, IGE Report Booking 80%+ Exhibit Space For 2010 Expositions
by Staff Reporter
The organizers of the 2010 Amusement Trades Exhibition International and International Gaming Expo report that more than 240 exhibitors from 40 nations had contracted for exhibit space at the end of August, occupying over 80% of available display space. The collocated shows are set for the ground floor of the Earls Court 1 exhibition center in London, Jan. 26-28…

BACTA Hails Industry Response To New Amusement & Gaming Expo
by Staff Reporter
The organizers of the new European Amusement & Gaming Expo report that 85% of its exhibit space already has been booked, an encouraging portent for its success. The first EAG Expo is set for the ExCel Exhibition Centre here from January 26 through 28, 2010...

Benchmark Launches Easy-Load Universal Card Dispensing Module, Develops ‘Ticket Emulator’ For Techs
by Staff Reporter
Benchmark Games New from Benchmark Games is a card dispensing mechanism that can be installed in any machine requiring this feature. It can hold up to 100 standard-size cards, and is said to require no maintenance. Also new is a "Ticket Emulator" test instrument for service technicians...

Berg Brothers Dominate 2009 Big Buck World Championships
Nick Montano
Coin-op video took center stage on Saturday, Oct. 17, at District Bar here, where 55 of the best virtual hunters gathered to compete for two Big Buck world titles. Minnesota roofer Jerad Berg, 33, bagged a $10,000 grand prize for the second consecutive year, this time on Big Buck Safari. His brother, Nick Berg, 25, won a $10,000 prize for dominating Big Buck Hunter Pro...

Coastal Rolls Out Redemption Games Inspired By Evergreen Pop Culture Icons
by Staff Reporter
Coastal Amusements Now available from New Jersey's Coastal Amusements are three new ticket-dispensing redemption products, two of which feature licensed themes that exert wide appeal across age and gender groups: Batman, Operation and Overload...

Ecast Releases Posters Application For EQ Jukebox
by Staff Reporter
Now available for Ecast’s large-screen EQ jukebox is an application that enables music operators and location managers to create their own professional-looking ads and promotional messages. Called Posters, the new Web tool offers a wide variety of pre-designed templates that can be customized by typing in any promotional message...

IAAPA, IALEI Leaders Give Final Approval To Merger
Marcus Webb
The directorates of IALEI, the family entertainment association, and IAAPA, which represents amusement parks and attractions, gave their final approval on a merger plan. As a result, IALEI will be dissolved...

Numerous Coin-Op Companies Will Be Among 1,000+ Exhibitors At IAAPA’s First Las Vegas Show
by Staff Reporter
The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions will stage its annual conference and Attractions Expo in Las Vegas for the first time ever from Nov. 16 through 20. More than 200 amusement industry-related firms will be among an expected 1,000 exhibitors in the South Halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Educational programs begin Sunday, Nov. 15...

Open Season Outfits Big Buck Video With New Animal, Hunting Site Challenges
by Staff Reporter
Play Mechanix’s new Big Buck Hunter Pro Open Season broadens one of the most successful coin-op video shooter franchises with exciting new animals and treks. The latest installment boasts 120 hunting sites and eight animals, among other new features...

PROs Ask Congress To Expand Music ‘Public Performance’ Rights And Fees
Marcus Webb
America’s performing rights organizations have mounted a broad campaign in the courts and Congress to expand the definition of “public performance.” The goal is to ensure that artists and publishers are paid a copyright royalty whenever music is sold or played online, even if the occasion is purely promotional or was previously considered private consumption...

QubicaAMF Names Betson Distributor For Highway 66 Bowling Game
by Staff Reporter
QubicaAMF Worldwide has appointed Betson Enterprises as a distributor for its Highway 66 game in the continental United States. Highway 66 is an automated modular miniature 10-pin bowling alley that can award redemption tickets and interface with many debit-card and other cashless payment systems used by the amusement industry...

Racial Politics, Mob Fears Cited As Illinois Video Poker Loses 'Critical' Vote
Marcus Webb
The amusements industry lost what trade leaders had termed a "critical" vote last week as Cook County voted for the second time in two weeks to opt out of legalized, operator-run video poker. The county's Board of Commissioners voted 10 to 4 on Oct. 6 in favor of keeping in place the county's longstanding ban on the machines...

Smart Industries Unveils Crack The Code, Updates Hollywood Photobooth
by Staff Reporter
Smart Industries Smart's Crack the Code is an intriguing self-merchandising game that challenges players to match a series of rotating numbers to the correct safe combination. And the factory's Hollywood Photobooth is now packed in a slimmer, feature-filled adaptation of its sitdown 3-in-1 photobooth...

Wedges/Ledges Adapts CraneVac For Gambling Market
by Staff Reporter
Wedges/Ledges is adapting CraneVac, an amusement-merchandising device, for the gambling market. The new variation is called Win-A-Chip, and can operate as a limited-skill piece or pure game of chance...

Bulk Vending
Chilton Prepares To Exit NBVA
Hank Schlesinger
Randy Chilton The departure of Randy Chilton as president of the National Bulk Vendors Association will test the trade group. His resignation follows Coinstar's exit from the bulk vending and amusement industries in early October with the sale of its amusement and vending assets to the National Entertainment Network...

NEN Charts Steady Course As Nation's Largest Bulk Vendor
Hank Schlesinger
Since the official announcement of Coinstar's sale of its entertainment and vending division to National Entertainment Network last month, there has been no lack of speculation regarding the newly formed company's plans for the nationwide operation. One widespread rumor held that the Louisville, CO-based firm ultimately intended to break up and sell the nationwide operation's many routes...

Obama Unveils Aggressive Lending Plan Aimed At Small Businesses
by Staff Reporter
President Obama visited a small business in Maryland this week where he unveiled a new initiative to shore up lending for America’s small businesses. The administration's "New Small Business Lending Initiative" is comprised of three major components, and the first would promote lower-cost capital to local banks and the financial institutions that lend to small businesses...

Editorial: Vending
Editorial
Something For Everyone
Tim Sanford
Ever since the full-line vending business matured in the late 1960s, much of the industry’s ongoing conversation has concerned the need to persuade the public to purchase higher-priced merchandise from vending machines. This generally has been seen as a technical challenge... by Tim Sanford

Editorial: Music and Games
Are Small Vendors Up To Playing A Leading Role?
Hank Schlesinger
To quote the playwright, actor and songwriter, producer and director Noel Coward, "People are wrong when they say opera is not what it used to be. It is what it used to be. That is what's wrong with it." The same could be said for bulk vending, and not just because I enjoy the odd pairing of bulk vending with the elegance and genius of Coward... by Hank Schlesinger

Shifting Landscape
Marcus Webb
It was hardly a shock when the Amusement and Music Operators Association announced that it would merge its International Expo with the American Amusement Machine Association's Amusement Showcase International. For one thing, it's nearly impossible to keep a secret in this small industry, and insiders had known since at least August that this move was coming... by Marcus Webb

Coffee Service News
Cretors Introduces Innovative Mach 5 Popper
Emily Jed
C. Cretors and Co.'s latest innovation represents the fifth generation of a popular corn popper, introduced more than 75 years ago. The Mach 5 is available in 20-, 32-, 48- and 60-oz. kettle sizes, and is well-suited for movie theater concessions and other foodservice applications...

Solo Disposables Help Operators Go Green
Emily Jed
Solo Cup Co. is rolling out a variety of environmentally friendly plates, cups and containers to meet growing demand for greener servingware solutions. Bare by Solo plates, bowls and takeout containers are made with sugarcane, a renewable material, and are compostable via commercial composting practices...

WHAT'S NEW: CafeXpress Pod Machine, Kahlua And Donut Shop K-Cups, Starbuck's VIA For OCS
by Staff Reporter
Donut Shop K-Cup Wolfgang Puck Coffee readies next generation CafeXpress pod machine. Dietrich and Timothy's unveil novel K-Cup flavors for Keurig's popular single-cup brewer. Starbucks is now selling VIA coffee at all U.S. locations, and it's available to the OCS market in single-serve packets...

Guest Columns
WHAT THE MARKET WANTS: Five Proven Reasons To Offer Online Ordering
by Richard Smith
As an OCS operator in today’s world, you probably have been approached at one time or another by someone suggesting your company should have a website. Perhaps you’ve given it some thought on your own, or maybe been asked by a customer or two. It probably doesn’t take a lot of time for you to think of other OCS companies you know of that have websites. It really doesn’t matter whether they are acquaintances, friends, industry suppliers or direct competitors; at some point, something compelled them to make the decision to go online... by Richard Smith

When Your Well-Meaning Professional Says, 'It Won’t Work,' It Usually Means, 'I Don’t Know'
by Irvine L. Blackman
Succession is the most common problem that perplexes business owners who want to sell or transfer their business to their kids or employees, and their professional advisors are stumped when it comes to most tax effective way to implement the sale/transfer. I’ll bet the farm that this article will save many business owners (who want to transfer the family business to their kids) a ton of taxes... by Irvine L. Blackman

Meetings/Events
IMA Planners Predict Strong Turnout For 2010 Düsseldorf Show
by Staff Reporter
Despite the worldwide economic slowdown, the organizers of Germany's annual IMA -- the International Exhibition for Amusement and Vending -- report no indications of a crisis as they put the finishing touches on next year's show, set for Jan. 19-22 in Dusseldorf...

Upfront with the Publisher
Face Time
Alicia Lavay
Attending trade shows and conventions always reaffirms my belief that face-to-face interaction is a necessary part of doing business, both within your organization and outside of it... by Alicia Lavay-Kertes

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