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Vol. 50, No. 9, September 2010

Vending Features
Apriva Teams Up With MWJ For Cashless Vending At Atlanta Airport
Tim Sanford
Apriva is working with MWJ, an operator of food concessions at the Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport, to provide a cashless payment option for 48 vending machines...

Apriva Vend Cuts Expenses For Washington Vending
Tim Sanford
Washington, DC-based vending operation deploys Apriva Vend cashless technology to help reduce expenses and combat theft...

Cantaloupe Helps Vendors Aid School Menu Changes, Maintain Revenues
Tim Sanford
Alert vendors are identifying menu items that conform to the various new requirements, and deploying Cantaloupe's sales-monitoring technology to track the popularity of these offerings...

Cantaloupe Ranks Among Inc.'s Top 500
Emily Jed
A provider of wireless solutions to the vending industry is recognized as one of the 500 fastest-growing private companies in America...

Cantaloupe Systems Names Tech Vet Sales VP
Emily Jed
Cantaloupe Systems Inc. has appointed Brett Powell to the newly created position of vice-president of sales...

Carts Blanche Ships Vending Trailer, Inks Falcon Leasing Deal
Nick Montano
Alabama's Carts Blanche LLC ships the novel VendaCarts trailer, which can be equipped with a full bank of vending machines and auxiliary equipment...

Coinstar's 'Next Big Idea' Contest Fosters Kiosk Innovation
Emily Jed
Coinstar Inc. said it's accepting entries for its second annual "Next Big Idea" contest. The company also said it has invested an undisclosed sum in last year's winning company, ecoATM, a maker of mobile phone recycling kiosks...

FDA Releases Restaurant Menu-Labeling Guidance; Vending Draft May Not Be Ready Until March
Emily Jed
The Food and Drug Administration released draft guidance to help chain restaurants comply with the federal government's new nutrition labeling requirements, but has not yet provided directions for vending machines...

FDA Says E-Cigarettes Violate Drug, Device Rules
by Staff Reporter
Electronic cigarettes sold in the U.S. are being marketed illegally as smoking-cessation aids, said the Food and Drug Administration, which is acting against five electronic cigarette distributors...

Flowers Foods Q2 Profit Climbs, Revenue Falls
Emily Jed
Flowers Foods Inc.'s second-quarter profits rose 11% as lower expenses offset a decline in sales. The maker of Mrs. Freshley's pastries posted net income of $33.8 million...

Government Releases $100 Note Counterfeit-Awareness Video
Emily Jed
The federal government has released the second in a series of educational Web videos created to increase public awareness of the new $100 note...

Healthy Choices Vender Draw Visit From U.S. Senator
by Staff Reporter
All Brands Vending, a division of the Wittern Group, has customized a "healthy" vending machine that it is marketing to schools in Iowa....

Kraft's Q2 Net Income Rises 13%
Emily Jed
Kraft Foods Inc. posted second-quarter net profit of $937 million, up 13.3% from $827 million in the year-ago period...

Lance And Snyder's Get FTC Clearance To Proceed With Merger
Emily Jed
Lance Inc. and Snyder's of Hanover Inc. have received clearance from the Federal Trade Commission for their previously announced proposed merger...

MEI Reaches 4 Million Production Milestone
Nick Montano
MEI's three millionth Series 2000 VN/AE bill validator and millionth Cashflow 7000 coin manager have just rolled off the production lines at its plant...

NAMA Rallies Opposition To 1099 Filing Mandate In Healthcare Law
Tim Sanford
The National Automatic Merchandising Association is calling on vending operators to oppose a proposed rule requiring all businesses to file a 1099 form whenever they pay a supplier or service provider more than $600 in the course of a year...

Next Generation Acquires Canteen's Boston And RI Operations
Emily Jed
Canton, MA-based Canteen franchise acquires Canteen's vending service covering the greater Boston and Rhode Island market areas...

PepsiCo, Senomyx Collaborate On Low-Cal Beverage Development
Emily Jed
PepsiCo enters partnership with a leading ingredients maker to develop lower-calorie beverages made with natural and high-potency sweeteners...

Report: Energy Drink Sales Surge, But Category Fails To Attract New Customers
Emily Jed
Manufacturers of energy drinks and shots are having difficulties attracting new customers, according to Mintel, a market research firm...

Seaga Introduces VC730 Compact Electronic Combo Machine, Updates Smartware
Nick Montano
Freeport, IL-based Seaga Manufacturing Inc. is offering a new snack and beverage vender that can serve small and midsize locations...

Senate Passes School Nutrition Bill
Emily Jed
The U.S. Senate has passed the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act, which would create new standards for all foods in schools, including vending machine items...

Spring Water Company Converts To 100% Recycled Plastic Bottles
Emily Jed
Eldorado Artesian Springs Inc. claims to be the first U.S. bottled spring water company to use 100% recycled plastic in its bottles...

Tenn. Gov. Orders Healthy Options In Venders On State Properties
Emily Jed
Gov. Phil Bredesen signed an executive order mandating "healthy" food and beverage options in vending machines on the Tennessee state government's executive properties...

USAT Sees Cashless Vending Adoption Rate Accelerating
Emily Jed
USA Technologies Inc. said customer feedback and its latest performance data suggest that the adoption of cashless payment technology is accelerating...

Vendor Selects Ford Transit Connect For Nationwide Fleet
Emily Jed
Fresh Fresh Healthy Vending has selected the Ford Transit Connect as the official vehicle for its franchisee operators from coast to coast...

Wisconsin Pays $25,000 In Settlement With Blind Vendor
Emily Jed
Wisconsin has paid $25,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a blind businesswoman who lost the foodservice contract at the state's Fort McCoy military base...

Music and Games Features
AAMA And AMOA Summer Meeting Reports
Nick Montano
The American Amusement Machine Association bestowed its prestigious Joe Robbins Award on Firestone Financial’s David Cohen during its annual Distributor Gala in Bloomingdale, IL. The Amusement and Music Operators Association holds midyear meeting in Nashville...

AMI And Universal Announce Paper Tongues Contest Results
Emily Jed
More than 4,000 fans entered an AMI jukebox contest to win a one-of-a-kind Ride snowboard signed by members of Paper Tongues...

AMI Entertainment Wraps Up Godsmack Contest
Nick Montano
AMI Entertainment Network put the spotlight on Godsmack during a special promotion sponsored by the jukebox company and Universal Music Group...

Bay Tek Unveils Bike Rally Self-Merchandising Game For Varied Sites
Nick Montano
The descendant of the popular Road Trip self-merchandiser is re-themed to appeal to a wider range of amusement locations...

Champion To Develop New Table Games For Home Market
Nick Montano
Champion Shuffleboard Ltd., which also owns the Valley, Dynamo and Tornado table game brands, is planning to introduce a line of pool tables for the home recreation market...

Death Penalty Upheld In Killings At Chuck E. Cheese's
by Marcus Webb
The U.S. District Court in Denver ruled that Nathan Dunlap may be executed for committing mass murder at a Chuck E. Cheese's restaurant in Aurora, CO, in 1993...

Despite Good Weather And Strong Turnout, Jersey Shore Operators Report Summer Slump
Hank Schlesinger
Last year, weather was blamed for a dismal summer season at New Jersey shore arcades. This year, it's the dark clouds hanging over the economy playing the role of spoiler...

Ecast Founder Arrested, Indicted On Fraud Charges
Marcus Webb
Mouli Cohen, a founder of Ecast, was arrested and charged with 32 felony counts of wire fraud and money laundering by a federal grand jury...

Ecast Runs Black Crowes, Buckcherry Promos Through Aug. 17
Nick Montano
Ecast is running two concurrent promotions that end Aug. 17: Black Crowes' 20th anniversary acoustic album, "Croweology," and Buckcherry's "All Night Long"...

First Family Visits Florida FEC, Plays Mini Golf
by Staff Reporter
In a trip combining recreation and politics, President Obama and the first family visited a family entertainment center in Panama City Beach, FL, in mid-August...

FTC Probes Chuck E. Cheese's Marketing To Kids
Marcus Webb
Chuck E. Cheese's parent CEC Entertainment Inc. is among 48 national food and beverage companies to receive a subpoena from the Federal Trade Commission...

Gov. Quinn Signs Illinois VLT 'Trailer Bill'
Marcus Webb
Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill on July 30 that clears the way for more operators to participate in the state's planned video lottery market...

Gustafson Exits LAI Games, Returns To Sega
Nick Montano
Peter Gustafson is exiting LAI Games and will rejoin Sega Amusements USA as U.S. general manager. Gustafson managed LAI's U.S. office Dallas for three years...

Illinois Awards VLT Control System Contract To Scientific Games
Marcus Webb
The Illinois Gaming Board awarded Scientific Games International the contract to design and administer the central control system for the state's video gaming terminals...

Internet Sweepstakes Cafés A Growing Trend In Ohio
Marcus Webb
Internet cafés with terminals that sell phone cards and award cash prizes based on predetermined sweepstakes outcomes emerge in Ohio...

NC Operators Defend Sweepstakes Games; VA Attorney General Approves
Marcus Webb
The new Internet-Based Sweepstakes Organization said its members will modify electronic sweepstakes games to comply with North Carolina's new laws, but will consider challenging the ban...

NC Operators Sue Five Cities Over Sweepstakes Laws
by Staff Reporter
Two operators of sweepstakes videogames filed a lawsuit in Burke County Superior Court against five North Carolina city governments for allegedly violating Internet tax laws...

New MyTouchTunes Platform Integrates Social Networks With Jukebox Locations
Nick Montano
TouchTunes' new social networking tools connect the virtual community with locations. Company plans to launch iPhone app to give the jukebox experience greater appeal...

Pentavision, Pipeline Games Merger Broadens Footprint
Nick Montano
South Korea's Pentavision Entertainment and Gardena, CA's Pipeline Games have merged into Pentavision Global Inc., which will develop coin-op games...

Play Mechanix Adds 2 Models To Terminator Salvation Shooter Line
Nick Montano
Terminator Salvation now features two variants: a smaller-footprint for locations in which space is at a premium and a Super Deluxe that incorporates a projection video system for life-size graphics...

PokerTek Exits Amusement Business, Focuses On Casinos
Marcus Webb
The North Carolina-based maker of Heads-Up Challenge and and PokerPro electronic poker tables said it is exiting the amusement industry to focus on its casino products...

Protesters Tell Alabama Lawmakers That Bingo Means Jobs
Marcus Webb
"Jobs, jobs, jobs" was the chant as angry citizens marched on the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery to protest job losses triggered by the shutdown of electronic bingo...

Sega And Namco See Improved Q1 Results
Marcus Webb
Japan's two leading videogame manufacturers reported improved results for the first quarter of fiscal 2011, ended June 30...

Smoking Bans Hurt Locations More Than They Help, Says Survey
Marcus Webb
Bars and restaurants are 250% more likely to lose sales than gain them after smoking bans are imposed, according to a study by the Michigan Restaurant Association...

Software Update Enhances Namco's Tank Motion Game
Nick Montano
Updated Tank! Tank! Tank! software adds new enemies, "NamCam" picture frames, and audio and video instructions to improve game play...

TouchTunes Releases Exclusive Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Album
Emily Jed
TouchTunes Universal Music Enterprises names the digital jukebox company the exclusive tavern network to feature a new tribute album to Lynyrd Skynyrd through 2011...

Valley-Dynamo Webstore Goes Live
Nick Montano
Parts and accessories for Valley, Dynamo and Tornado table games can now be shopped for and purchased online...

W. Va. Operators Sue State Over VLT Bid Process
by Staff Reporter
The West Virginia Amusement and Limited Lottery Association and location owners have sued the lottery commission over the state's new VLT license renewal process..

Bulk Vending
Bulk Vending Shipments Escape China's Monster Traffic Jam
Hank Schlesinger
The record-breaking, 60-mile long traffic jam that clogged a major expressway in China for more than a week, had little or no impact on bulk vending supply chains...

Editorial: Vending
Editorial
If It Bleeds, It Leads
Tim Sanford
The Journal of School Health published an article linking children's health to vending machines that has been reported on rather widely in a manner that illustrates a prevailing mindset which is perverting public discourse... by Tim Sanford

Editorial: Music and Games
First Fall Without AMOA Expo
Marcus Webb
Once or twice you've had the fleeting thought: "Hey, it's nearly September! I'd better get busy and make my hotel and plane reservations for this fall's AMOA show." Then you remember: "Oh, yes -- there won't be an AMOA... by Marcus Webb

The Wisdom Of Getting Smacked Upside The Head
Hank Schlesinger
A science professor from my college days had the habit of stalking up and down rows of desks while he asked questions. He would ask a question while standing behind a student, and then deliver a glancing Three Stooges open-handed slap to the back of the head if the answer was incorrect... by Hank Schlesinger

Coffee Service News
Aramark Launches 'Healthy For Life' School Program
Emily Jed
The foodservice giant's new wellness and nutrition education program for schools supports Michelle Obama's "Let's Move!" campaign against childhood obesity...

Compass Group, Bon Appetit Commit To Hormone-Free Yogurt
Emily Jed
Compass Group USA and sister company Bon Appetit Management Co. say they will only serve yogurt made from milk produced by rBGH-free cows...

Cretors Anniversary Popcorn Machine Adorns White House Theater
Tim Sanford
C. Cretors & Co. is celebrating its 125th year in business by producing a limited-edition anniversary machine to celebrate...

Lavazza Agrees To Buy $250M Of GMCR Stock, Explores Cooperation
by Staff Reporter
Lavazza, the coffee maker owned by the Italian family of the same name, agreed on Aug. 10 to buy a $250 million stake in Waterbury, VT-based Green Mountain Coffee Roaster...

Starbucks Maintains Prices Despite Climbing Coffee Costs
Emily Jed
The coffee giant says it has no plans to raises prices, even though it expects higher coffee costs to weaken its profits in the upcoming fiscal year...

Guest Columns
ALTERNATIVE AUTOMATED RETAILING: Emerging Innovation Might Be A Game-Changer For Operators
by Allan Z. Gilbert
Struggling vending operators need a "game-changer" to differentiate their companies from the rest of the herd -- and find a way to offer something that the competition is unable or unwilling to offer... by Allan Z. Gilbert

MIDSCALE ATTRACTIONS: Developing Viddie Class Is A Sweet Spot In Today’s Market
by Kevin Williams
Here's a peek at a new videogame category that you will be hearing more about more and more. Let's call it the "midscale attraction," and leading operators are already deploying these hybrid games... by Kevin Williams

NAMA Sets Stage For Blockbuster CoffeeShow 2010
by Dean Gilland
In just a few weeks, many of OCS and vending industries' top leaders will gather in Las Vegas for the new NAMA CoffeeShow. Here's what's on tap for the nation's single largest coffee, tea and water services show for operators... by Dean Gilland

PRESERVING PROFITABILITY: Confidence, Communication Pay Off When Coffee Prices Rise
by Len Rashkin
Coffee prices are on the upswing at present for a variety of reasons, and some office coffee operators might be reluctant to raise their prices. But if you sell by price, you lose by price... by Len Rashkin

Hardware/Tools
Medeco Designs Nexgen XT eCylinder System For Route Businesses
Tim Sanford
Medeco, vending machine lock, Nexgen XT eCylinders The Nexgen XT electronic lock system addresses growing demand by route-based businesses for improved accountability and flexibility from their security systems...

Meetings/Events
2010 SEVA Convention Draws Largest Crowd In 3 Years
Emily Jed
The Southeastern Vending Association convention held in early August drew its largest attendance since 2007, according to SEVA chairman Geoff Paul...

NY Association Urges Industry To Attend Sept. 1 Golf Fundraiser
Emily Jed
The New York State Automatic Vending Association is asking industry members to turn out in full force for its annual golf outing and dinner. It takes place in the Bronx on Sept. 1...

TMVA 2010 Meet Draws 100+To Ft. Worth; Moran Becomes President
Tim Sanford
The Texas Merchandise Vending Association's 2010 conference marks the trade group's 59th anniversary. Operator Patrick Moran, Moran's Munchies, becomes TMVA president...

VEII To Host Anniversary Fête On Sept. 24 In Cleveland
Emily Jed
Vendors Exchange International Inc. will celebrate its 50th year of serving the vending industry on Sept. 24 with an open house at its Cleveland headquarters...

Upfront with the Publisher
Sometimes, You Get What You Need
Alicia Lavay
For more than 20 years, I've been attending seminars explaining the advantages of a circulating dollar coin. From the Susan B. Anthony dollar in 1979 through the Sacagawea dollar... by Alicia Lavay

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