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Vol. 51, No. 12, December 2011

Vending Features
Apriva Reports $1.85 Billion Q3 Transactions
Emily Jed
The technology provider reported record volume in wireless transactions processed through its POS gateway during the third quarter...

AVT Expands Medbox Biometrics To High-End Venders
Emily Jed
The vending development company has partnered with MedBox to provide a new line of machines that use a fingerprint recognition system...

Baltimore Mayor Proposes Bottled Beverage Tax Hike
Emily Jed
Her Honor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has proposed raising Baltimore's tax on bottled beverages from 2¢ to 5¢ to help fund school construction and repairs...

Chicago Mayor Plans To Sell Ad Space On City Vending Machines
Emily Jed
Rahm Emanuel wants to sell advertising space on vending machines as part of his 2012 budget plan to raise $25 million from marketing Chicago...

Coca-Cola Acquires Great Plains Bottler For $360M
Emily Jed
Coca-Cola Co. has agreed to purchase Great Plains Coca-Cola Bottling Co., the fifth-largest independent Coke bottler in the U.S...

Coca-Cola Bottling Q3 Income Falls 37%
Emily Jed
Despite higher revenues, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated said its third-quarter net income declined 37% as its costs rose more than 9%...

Compass Group Profits, Revenue Rise In 2011
Emily Jed
The world's biggest contract foodservice provider and Canteen Vending parent saw fiscal 2011 net profits and revenues rise 8%...

ConAgra Acquires National Pretzel Co.
Emily Jed
ConAgra Foods Inc. agrees to acquire National Pretzel Co. from Brookstone Holdings Inc., continuing the packaged foods giant's strategy to grow its private-label business...

EVA Welcomes Romania As National Member
Tim Sanford
Romania's new vending trade association has joined the ranks of the European Vending Association's national members, now numbering 21...

Federal Judge Blocks New, Graphic Cigarette Warning Labels
Marcus Webb
A U.S. district judge blocked FDA requirements for tobacco companies to print extremely graphic warning images on cigarette packaging beginning next September...

First Data Enables Google Wallet At Cantaloupe Systems Vending Machines
Emily Jed
The vending tech firm and payment processor implement near-field communication technology in thousands of vending machines in the U.S using Google Wallet...

Forbes Honors HUMAN Healthy Vending As One Of 'America's Most Promising Companies'
Emily Jed
Listing honors 100 privately held emerging companies with compelling business models, strong management teams, notable customers, strategic partners and investment capital...

Former Coke Technician Pleads Guilty To Bill Validator Thefts
Emily Jed
A former Coca-Cola Bottling employee has pleaded guilty to stealing more than 700 bill validators from vending machines in the Baltimore-Washington metro area...

Gift Card Kiosks Roll Out In 100 Malls
Emily Jed
General Growth Properties is deploying GiftWise gift card vending kiosks at its 100 of its shopping malls in time for the holiday shopping season...

GMCR Ends K-Cup Vending Program
Emily Jed
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. said it is discontinuing its Keurig K-Cup vending machine program...

Hershey To Acquire Canadian Confectioner
Emily Jed
British Columbia's Brookside Foods has patented formula for making chocolate-covered fruit juice pieces. It also makes traditional chocolate-covered nuts and dried fruit...

IAMC Trust Fund Aids Allen Family Education Costs
Tim Sanford
The Illinois Automatic Merchandising Council has established a trust fund to help defray educational expenses for the children of the late Brian Allen...

Kraft Names Top Execs For Snack, Grocery Businesses After Spinoff
Emily Jed
Kraft named its chief executive, Irene Rosenfeld, to lead its snacks business and Kraft North America president Anthony Vernon to lead its grocery business when it splits in two next year...

Kraft Q3 Earnings Rise 22%
Emily Jed
The food giant and vending leader saw net profit rise 22% during the third quarter, helped by price hikes to compensate for higher ingredient and packaging costs. Earnings reached $922 million...

Long Island Man Gets Jail Time For Vending Machine Business Opportunity Scam
Emily Jed
Michael Eisenberg was sentenced to 28 months in prison and fined $7,500 on Nov. 7 for his involvement in several fraudulent vending business opportunity ventures...

Microtronic Integrates Cashless Payment Into Hotel RFID Room Keys
Tim Sanford
Microtronic US has announced that its internationally renowned cashless payment technology is being integrated into the room keycards used by many hotels...

NAMA Invites Obama Administration Officials To OneShow Government Affairs Symposium
Emily Jed
Reps from the FDA, DOJ and Bureau of Engraving and Printing will again be invited to attend and share their knowledge and guidance with National Automatic Merchandising Association members...

NAMA: Debit Swipe Fee Resolution Is Imminent
Emily Jed
A resolution that will bring the vending industry relief from recent changes in debit card swipe fees is imminent, the National Automatic Merchandising Association reports...



New Vending Machine Tempts Bicyclists With Repair Supplies And Refreshments
Hank Schlesinger
Two young entrepreneurs in Minneapolis have come up with a new vending program inspired by the increasingly popular biking trend...

Next Generation Acquires Zappia Vending
Emily Jed
Sixty-year-old Zappia Vending Service Inc. has provided vending services to customers in the Rochester, NY, area from its base in nearby Newark, NY...

Oklahoma Legislator Pushes For Bottle Bill
Emily Jed
Rep. Mark McCullough (R-Sapulpa) is seeking a 5¢ bottle bill in Oklahoma that would include soda, water and beer...

Private-Equity Firm Completes Next Generation Purchase
Emily Jed
H.I.G. Capital, a Miami-based private-equity firm, has completed its acquisition of one of the nation's largest regional vending company...



Proxama Launches NFC Cinema Campaign For Nokia Customers
Emily Jed
NFC marketing campaign in Vox cinema lobbies in Dubai targets moviegoers who own the new Nokia N9 handset. They will be invited to "tap" an NFC-embedded poster...

Retailers Sue Fed Over New Debit Card Fees
Emily Jed
Suit claims the Federal Reserve disregarded the law by setting the cap too high on the swipe fee banks can charge merchants for debit card transactions...

San Diego Mulls Marketing Deal With Rainbow Vending
Emily Jed
San Diego considers marketing partnership that would grant a vending company the rights to operate machines at city facilities and sell advertising space on them...

Shop24's Giant Vending Machine Rolls Out At First Apartment Complex
Emily Jed
 An apartment complex in Taylorsville, UT, will be the first location of its kind to get one of Shop24 Global's robotic convenience stores...

Sirness Vending Services Pilots Wegman's Supermarket Brand In School Venders
Emily Jed
Vending company partners with Wegman's supermarkets in vending machine pilot program that brings healthier fresh food choices to Rochester, NY, high schools...

UPDATED: USA Technologies Maintains Visa Debit Card Rates For Vending Machine Transactions
Emily Jed
"There's been a lot of angst and confusion over processing costs for small-ticket transactions and we want to make it clear that our post-Durbin rate structure is the same as it was pre-Durbin," said USAT VP Mike Lawlor...

USAT Ends MasterCard Debit Transactions
Emily Jed
Higher interchange fees resulting from the Durbin Amendment have made the cost of processing MasterCard debit cards prohibitive for small-ticket transactions...

USAT Q1 Revenue Climbs 51%
Emily Jed
The provider of cashless transactions at vending machines said its revenue increased 51% to $6.7 million from $4.4 million in the first quarter of 2011...

Vending Machine Gets Top Billing In Commercial
Emily Jed
Snack machine trumps fresh popcorn sold by a real human being in ESPN's latest TV commercial. The spot features SportsCenter news anchor Scott Van Pelt...

Vending Tech Leader USA Technologies Names Stephen Herbert Chairman And Chief Executive
Emily Jed
Stephen P. Herbert joined the Malvern, PA, cashless vending provider in 1996 and has served as a member of its board of directors since then...

Micromarkets
San Diego Vending Operator Invents 'Greenbox Deli' Self-Checkout System
Emily Jed
Adam Arthur pursued the micromarket concept early on, but as a small vending operator, he found existing options cost-prohibitive. So he programmed and built his own...

Music and Games Features
Atari Legend Ed Logg To Receive Pioneer Award
Marcus Webb
Ed Logg, who helped design such seminal 1980s coin-operated videogames as Asteroids, Centipede and Gauntlet, will be honored with the next AIAS Pioneer Award...

Bay Tek To Show Four New Games At IAAPA
by Staff Reporter
The game maker from Wisconsin is introducing four games at this week's IAAPA Attractions Expo. Chameleon Paradize and Crank It Revolution headline the rollout...

Benchmark Unveils New Games At IAAPA Show
Nick Montano
Super Hoops, a basketball game with moving rim, and Stop It, a prize merchandising ideal for street locations, lead off company's lineup debuting at Florida show...

Bundestag Legal Committee Chair Keynotes IMA
Tim Sanford
Siegfried Kauder, a member of Germany's Parliament and its Legal Committee chairman, will keynote January's IMA international trade fair for amusement and vending machines...

C&N Sales' Harlow Norberg Dies At 79
Nick Montano
Harlow Norberg of C&N Sales Co. Inc., a 90-year old music and games operation based in Minnesota, died on Oct. 30. The cause was cancer...

CEC Entertainment Sales Drop; No Comment On Reports Of Dismissed Lawsuit
Marcus Webb
Parent company of Chuck E. Cheese's reported that comparable store sales dropped 6.3% for its third quarter, ended Oct. 2, compared with the same quarter last year...

Chuck E. Cheese's Reports Q3 Profits Down 33%; Fewer TV Ads Blamed
Marcus Webb
CEC Entertainment Inc.'s profits drop by one-third, from $11.7 million to $7.8 million, from July 1 through Sept. 30. Comparable stores sales fell 2.3% in the 2012 third-quarter...

Coast To Coast Takes Five New Games To Parks Show
by Staff Reporter
Jackpot Extreme, Showdown and two new crane machine models join ReRave Arcade and deluxe Friction cabinetry at Coast to Coast Entertainment's IAAPA exhibit...

Coin-Op Exhibits And FEC Seminars Comprise Part Of This Week's IAAPA Attractions Expo
Marcus Webb
From bulk vending suppliers to member game manufacturers of AAMA, more than 100 exhibitors will display goods and services for FECS and coin-op routes at this week's IAAPA show in Florida...

Dave & Buster's Reportedly Plans Major Rebranding
Marcus Webb
Dave & Buster's is reportedly planning a chainwide rebranding that could see many of its 57 locations taking on the look of a retro-nightclub...

Ecast Founder Mouli Cohen Convicted Of $30M Fraud
Marcus Webb
Cofounder of digital jukebox company has been convicted of defrauding investors out of $30 million with false promises that Microsoft Corp. was acquiring the business...

Ecast Unveils Compact Revo Jukebox And Enhanced Software, Priced To Operators At Less Than $3,000
Nick Montano
New compact Revo complements Ecast's EQ wall-mounted digital downloading jukebox. It's designed to make the advanced EQ features available to a wider market by shrinking the dimensions, and the price...

Elaut USA Announces Trade-Up For Wizard Of Oz Pusher; 3-Player WOZ Debuts
by Staff Reporter
To stimulate sales, Elaut USA is taking up to $15,000 in trades of accepted games for the purchase of Wizard of Oz pushers, one of the summer's hottest amusements...

GameTech, AGS Ink Illinois VLT License Deal
Marcus Webb
GameTech International Inc. has entered into a licensing agreement for VLT content for the Illinois Video Gaming market with American Gaming Systems...

HB Leisure Launches U.S. Presence
Marcus Webb
HB Leisure Ltd., a British operation, is moving into the U.S. where it will operate games at Legoland parks located in Florida and California...

Ice Age Redemption Piece Boasts Video, Popular Content; Deal Wheel Variants Debut
by Staff Reporter
New from Innovative Concepts in Entertainment is Ice Age, a video redemption game based on the animated movie franchise of the same name. Also new are high-value wheel variants for Deal or No Deal Mega...

Illinois Awards SciGames VLT Contract
Marcus Webb
Vending Times has learned that the Illinois Gaming Board has, for the second time, awarded the contract to create and run the system for VLTs to Scientific Games...

Illinois Gambling Compromise Fails; Cook County Seeks Higher Juke, VLT Fees
Marcus Webb
The Illinois market for video lottery terminals, expected to launch next year, may be on its way to regulatory modifications demanded by Gov. Pat Quinn...

Illinois VLT Market To Launch As Late As 2012 Q4, Says Official
Marcus Webb
IGM official says operator-run video lottery terminals in the Land of Lincoln are expected to go live in the third or fourth quarter of 2012...

IT Previews All-New PowerPutt Live Videogame
by Staff Reporter
Amusement machine operators will get their first look at Incredible Technologies' fully redesigned PowerPutt videogame at the IAAPA Attractions Expo in Florida this week...

Jim LaRoux, Distribution Veteran, Dies At 63
Nick Montano
James H. LaRoux, a coin machine veteran from Michigan who most recently worked for Moss Distributing, died on Nov. 19. He was 63...

Namco Plans Tournament In U.S. Arcades
Marcus Webb
Namco Bandai and Mad Catz, a provider of competition-grade arcade sticks, are putting on a tournament for the highly anticipated Tekken Tag Tournament 2-Tag Assault...

Ongoing Raids In South Carolina Nab Hest Brand Sweepstakes Videogames
Marcus Webb
Sheriffs in Beaufort County staged a series of raids on sweepstakes videogame locations in various towns from June through October. Here's what happened...

Sega Profits Sharply Down; Overseas Coin-Op Game Sales Up 15.8%
Marcus Webb
Sega Sammy said net profits plummeted 83.7% to $51.2 million while revenue fell 29.9% to $1.95 billion. Officials blame weak home videogame market and tsunami...

Sega Readies Glasses-Free 3D Viddie For Release
Marcus Webb
Sega Corp. and 3D International Group have successfully created a large-format and glasses-free 3D arcade experience. Let's Go Island 3D is the first implementation...

Sega's Lavish IAAPA Exhibit Displays 9 New Titles
by Staff Reporter
A reorganized Sega Amusements will be a major coin-op amusement exhibitor at this week's IAAPA Attractions Expo. Virtua Tennis 4 and Operation Ghost lead off new games...

Stern Pinball: Under The Southern Cross
by Staff Reporter
Stern Pinball Inc. chief executive Gary Stern visits the Land Down Under to address the Pinball Symposium in Camperdown (Sydney)...

U.S. Wins First Conviction For Illegal Internet Gambling
Marcus Webb
A federal jury on Dec. 5 convicted two operators of an Antigua-based online casino of racketeering and related offenses...

USAT And AMI Entertainment Ink 3-Year Transaction Processing Accord For Jukeboxes, C-tops
Nick Montano
USA Technologies is now the exclusive provider of transaction processing services for all AMI Megatouch countertop game terminals and digital jukeboxes...

Bulk Vending
Bulk Vending Joins Dollar Coin Alliance To Fight Pro-Paper Legislative Push
Tim Sanford
The National Bulk Vendors Association has teamed up with other leading stakeholders in the Dollar Coin Alliance...

FTC Passes New Biz-Op Rule; Revamped Regulations, Which Will Impact Bulk Vending, Go Into Effect March 1
by Staff Reporter
Aspiring businesspeople who want to explore the vending machine businesses soon will be entitled to get a lot more information about opportunities before they invest...

Myrna Dorfman Returns As CEO At Allstar Vending
Nick Montano
Allstar Vending, Myrna Dorfman Myrna Dorfman returns as president and chief executive at Allstar Vending, a bulk and flat vending supply organization she founded 20 years ago...

Spanish Firm Plans To Launch 2 Interactive Bulk Venders In North America
Hank Schlesinger
The past four decades have witnessed Spain's emergence as a leader in vending. Ancieto Alcaraz-García of Control Vending exemplifies the global character of today's industry; he sees similarities between bulk vending operators on both sides of the Atlantic...

Swedish School Welcomes Gum
Hank Schlesinger
Students at a middle school in Parsokolan, a small town in northern Sweden, can now chew in the classroom...

Toy Firearms In Bulk Venders Are Back In The News
by Staff Reporter
Parents in the Bronx, NY, are looking askance at tiny toy firearms frequently sold in bulk vending machines. The New York Daily News reports...

Editorial: Vending
Editorial
Unfinished Business
Tim Sanford
The arrival of a new year is a good time to reflect on what we have done, and also what we have yet to do. Over the past four decades, the vending and coffee service industries certainly have made great progress from the early "seat-of-the-pants flying" management approach to sophisticated analyses of contributors to cost and profit. But there still is work to be done... by Tim Sanford

Editorial: Music and Games
Why Not Make Business Resolutions?
Hank Schlesinger
There's something hopeful to be said for the traditional list whose sole purpose is self-improvement. It is one of the rare traditions that implore us to take stock of ourselves... by Hank Schlesinger

Working 'On' Your Business
Marcus Webb
Successful businesspeople often talk about the importance of working "on" your business, not working "in" your business. Others stress "becoming a real entrepreneur. Sounds interesting, but what does it mean? by Marcus Webb

Bulk Vending and Crane Products
A&A Launches Disney-Themed Cards, Second South Park Sticker Line
Tim Sanford


Allstar Vending Debuts iGlow Jewelry, Googly Eyes Yo-Yos And Cuff 'Ems Charms
Tim Sanford


Cardinal Unveils 3 Metallic Jewelry Mixes For 50¢ Turns
Tim Sanford


Gumballs.com Expands Specialty Holiday-Themed Bulk Varieties
Hank Schlesinger


Spotlight On Prizes: Valentines Items Join Latest Candy And Toy Mixes; Redemption Plus Offers Ticket-To-Prize Packaging


Coffee Service News
DS Waters Acquires Deep Rock Water
Emily Jed
DS Waters of America Inc., a nationwide bottled water supplier and office coffee service provider, has acquired Denver-based Deep Rock Water Co...

Green Mountain Q4 Profit Triples On Higher Revenue
Emily Jed
The roaster and maker of Keurig single-cup brewers said it earned $75.4 million, or 47¢ a share, for the quarter that ended Sept. 24, up from $27 million, or 20¢ per share, a year earlier...

Haitian Coffee Seeks To Regain Global Stature
Emily Jed
Haiti was once a major global supplier of coffee and its government is determined to help it regain that stature...

NAMA Supervisor Development, Quality Coffee Certification Programs Return To OneShow
Emily Jed
The National Automatic Merchandising Association once again will offer its Supervisor Development and Quality Coffee Certification programs during next year's OneShow...

Sara Lee Names Ingrid Baron Chief Marketing Officer Of CoffeeCo
Emily Jed
The new marketing chief will be in charge of driving brand strategy for CoffeeCo's brands, which will include Douwe Egberts, Senseo, Pickwick, Maison du Café, L'Or, Café Pilão and Marcilla...

Sodexo Profit Rises In 2011, Outlook Upbeat For 2012
Emily Jed
Sodexo's net income increased 10.3% in the fiscal year ended Aug. 31 as revenues grew 5.4%. The company's net income increased to $609 million from $553 million...

Starbucks Acquires Evolution Fresh Juice Chain For $30M
Emily Jed
The coffeehouse giant acquires premium juice company for $30 million in cash as part of plan to launch a new chain of juice bars in mid-2012...

Starbucks Q4 Profit Jumps 29%
Emily Jed
Starbucks Corp.'s profit climbed nearly 29% in the fourth quarter, beating Wall Street estimates. The coffeehouse giant earned $358.5 million, or 47¢ a share, up from $278.9 million, or 37¢ per share, last year...

Technomic: C-Stores Are Taking A Bite Out Of Fast-Food Restaurant Sales
Emily Jed
New research suggests consumers are taking advantage of the expanding foodservice options at convenience stores at the expense of quick-service restaurants...

Cover Stories
Micromarkets


Grab 'N' Go: Emerging Self-Checkout Micromarkets Find Favor As Vending Machines Alternatives, Route Complements
Emily Jed
Self-service micromarkets are taking hold in the vending space, as early adopters impressed with the results are deploying them in larger numbers and inspiring others to follow suit. The features and benefits of this new retailing concept were explored by a panel of experts at the recent Atlantic Coast Exposition in Myrtle Beach, SC...

Guest Columns
Collateral Damage: Regulation Is No Substitute For Integrity, And Costs A Lot More
by Kevin Daw
In speaking with some of the folks we buy from, I learned that they too had accounts with MF Global. Since coffee trading is the only thing they do, the numbers involved represented a far greater percentage of their total cashflow and the impacts ranged from the not too good to the utterly disastrous... by Kevin Daw

In Demand: How Bill Recycling And Cashless Payments Work Together
by Chuck Reed
Americans take their freedom seriously -- especially their freedom to choose. Consumers today, especially Generation Y, have come to expect choices in nearly every area of their lives ... even methods of payment... by Chuck Reed

Mental Preparation: Review The Fundamentals When Preparing Your Presentation
by Len Rashkin
Over the past 43 years that I have been involved in the OCS, I have lived by a series of essential principles or statements that I kept always in mind when preparing to present to a potential customer... by Len Rashkin

What Will Be The Most Important Amusement Machine Location Of The 21st Century?
by Kevin Williams
Everything is changing in the amusement industry, from entertainment types to locations. Even the language is changing. The familiar term "coin-op" is less and less applicable every day. Why? by Kevin Williams

Hardware/Tools
Tommy Gate Launches Medium-Duty Railgate For Stake And Van Bodies
Tim Sanford
Tommy Gate's latest railgate is the manufacturer's fist to handle 3,000 lbs. It's designed for attachment to stake and van bodies...

ToolVest Is A Handy Carrier For Route Techs
Tim Sanford


Meetings/Events
OneShow: Las Vegas, April 25-27, 2012
by Staff Reporter


Betson Florida Hosts Gala Grand Opening For New Office In Orlando
Tim Sanford


Foundations To Run FEC Program At Amusement Expo
Marcus Webb


SCVA Winter Training Conference: Charleston, SC, Jan. 26-29
Emily Jed
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State Legislators Keynote Connecticut Vending Association Dinner Meeting: Dec. 8
Emily Jed


Names in the News
Andrew Ross Joins ConAgra As EVP And Chief Strategy Officer
Emily Jed


Del Monte Foods Names Carl Johnson Brands EVP
Emily Jed


Green Mountain's Turgelsky Joins VE Global Solutions As Regional Manager
Emily Jed


Jeff Breazeale Augments 365 Retail Markets Salesforce
Emily Jed


Lavazza USA Names Mancino Marketing Director
Emily Jed


Namco America Ups Evangelista To National Sales Team Position
Tim Sanford


OCS Access Ups Christine Grecco To Web Development Director
Tim Sanford


Scott Avery Joins Photobooth Maker Apple Industries As Operations Director
Emily Jed


Venco Business Solutions Names Randy Cesco National Sales Manager
Tim Sanford


Vijay Raghavan Joins Ecast As Marketing Director
Emily Jed


Small Business News
Amid Tough Talk, Chinese Imports Maintain Stability (For Now) - Good News For Vendors And Suppliers?
Hank Schlesinger


Retail Federation Survey Anticipates Modest Holiday Gains
Hank Schlesinger


Returning Vets Worried Over Job Prospects After Completing Tour
Hank Schlesinger


Upfront with the Publisher
Editorial
Moving Ahead So Life Won't Pass Us By
Alicia Lavay
So many of us struggle with the issues of how our lives fit into the greater scheme of things. Some might think this a "spiritual" question. In the context of this column, spirituality means... by Alicia Lavay

Vending Machine Products
AdvancePierre Adds FastChoice Bacon Cheeseburger




Blue Diamond Now Has Almond Milk For Foodservice


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