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Vol. 54, No. 8, August 2014

Vending Features
Aguavida Puts Contemporary Spin On Bulk Water Vending
Emily Jed
Los Angeles company targets health-focused, eco-minded customers with its new alkaline drinking water vending machine. The machine filters the water in nine stages..

Answer Vending Wins Long Island Rail Road Contract
Nick Montano
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board approved the contract, which allows for a five-year extension, on July 28...

AVT Inks Exclusive Pact With Gulf For Marley Coffee Machines
Emily Jed
AVT Inc. said it has reached an agreement with Gulf Oil LLC that names Marley Coffee Automated Stores as the exclusive provider of automated coffee for Gulf retailers. Three dealers have already received kiosks, according to AVT, and Gulf has 2,800 retail locations nationwide...

Brazilian Vending And Jukebox Associations Ready Combined Trade Show: Aug. 7-8
Tim Sanford


Champion Vending Now Serves Adelphi University And Manhattan College
Emily Jed
Altogether, Champion Vending U.S.A. Corp. has placed 65 machines at Manhattan College and 37 at Adelphi University, all customized with the schools' respective logos. The state-of-the-art equipment includes...

China's New Condom Vender Accepts ID Cards, Not Cash
Hank Schlesinger


Coca-Cola's 2Q Earnings, Revenue Fall Amid Weak Diet Coke Sales
Emily Jed
Coca-Cola Co.'s sales and profit declined in its second quarter as demand for Diet Coke remained weak in North America...

Coke Sues USA Technologies For $1M
by Staff Reporter
Coca-Cola Refreshments is suing USA Technologies Inc. for almost $1 million in fees it claims the cashless vending provider collected from Coke vending machines after the two companies severed ties two years ago...

Colossal Vending Machines Replace Street Carts In Moscow
Emily Jed
Moscow's mayor's big push to do away with unsightly street stands to beautify the city has 60 "new breed" vending machines taking their place over the next two months, The Moscow Times reported...

Congresswoman DeLauro Proposes National Tax On Sugar-Sweetened Beverages
by Staff Reporters
Rosa DeLauro's SWEET Act, officially the Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Tax Act (HR 5279), would levy a 1¢ tax on manufacturers, producers and distributors for every teaspoon of sugar in most beverages...

Crane Co. 2014 Q2 Results: EPS Rises 7%; Payments And Vending Segment Posts $184.6 Million In Sales
Nick Montano
Crane Co.'s Payment & Merchandising Technologies segment, which comprises Crane Payment Innovations and Crane Merchandising Systems, had sales of $184.6 million, an increase of $99.8 million over last year's same period...

Crane Payment Innovations Continues And Enhances MEI Vending Blog
Nick Montano
CPI blog topics range from payment system installation and maintenance through the strategic aspects of deploying such technologies as banknote recyclers, cashless payment systems and vending management software...

Facebook-Powered Vending Machine Dispenses Cadbury Chocolate Based On User's Profile
Emily Jed
The Joy Generator wows chocoholics in Sydney, Australia, where Cadbury staged its latest publicity stunt...

Fit Pick Machine Stocked With Fresh Fruits And Veggies Takes Spotlight At School Nutrition Conference
Emily Jed


Former NJ Vending Executive Is Sentenced In Pepsi Commission Scheme
Emily Jed
Joseph Belasco, 65, was sentenced on July 29 to serve six months in prison and six months of home confinement. He was also ordered to pay $1 million in restitution...

Fresh Healthy Vending Breaks 2014 Record With July Placements
Emily Jed
The vending biz-op said it secured 115 locations in July for the placement of 121 snack machines across the country. This reportedly marks the vending franchisor's largest monthly total during 2014...

FuelRod Pilots Portable Phone Charger Vending Machine At San Diego Convention Center
Emily Jed
The pilot will include six to eight vending machines throughout the convention center...

German Government Recognizes 'Vending Professional' As Official Job, Provides Training
Emily Jed


Hershey Hikes Candy Prices 8% Amid Skyrocketing Cocoa Costs
Emily Jed
The No. 1 candy producer in the U.S. said rising commodity costs have forced the candy giant to raise prices on most of its products by an average of 8%...

Hollywood, FL, Mandates Healthy Vending Choices
Emily Jed


John Conti Retires, Sells Coffee Business To Canteen Service - Kentuckiana
Tim Sanford
Coffee service industry pioneer John Conti said he is retiring after 52 years in business. "I never thought I'd be ready, but I am," he said. During 10 months of planning for the transition, Conti worked with advisors Hilliard Lyons. They chose Louisville's Canteen Service Co. of Kentuckiana to take the reins of the john conti Coffee Co....

Lawsuits Target Popular Energy Drink
Nick Montano
A spokesperson for 5-Hour Energy said the suits amount to civil intimidation and that the companies behind 5-Hour Energy will defend themselves...

Mars To Raise Chocolate Prices 7%
Emily Jed
The candy and snack food giant says its U.S. chocolate prices will go up to "offset rising costs"...

MARV Motorized Vending Machines Poised To Hit The Market In Big Way
Emily Jed
US Candy Network, the Dutch producer of a motorized vending machine on wheels, said it has partnered with one of its suppliers to meet what it says is big demand for the futuristic advertising platform from major retail chains and entertainment companies throughout the world...

Micromarkets Are HUMAN's Point Of Entry To B&I Accounts
Emily Jed
HUMAN Healthy Vending chief executive Sean Kelly reports that micromarkets are opening new doors in business and industry, an enormous segment that the healthy vending franchisor has not previously targeted...

Microtronic US Schedules Cashless Vending Webinar: Aug. 7
Tim Sanford


Minnesota Automatic Merchandising Council Reorganizes Under NAMA
Emily Jed


Mints Are Chewing Up U.S. Gum Sales, Rabobank Research Suggests
Emily Jed


Nail Polish Vending Machines Pop Up At Airports And Malls


NAMA Signs Letter To U.S. House In Support Of Bonus Depreciation
Emily Jed


Nascar Hall Of Famer Dale Jarrett Headlines August's SEVA Convention
Emily Jed


New York's Suffolk County Passes Vending Restrictions; NAMA Says Compliance Will Be Difficult
Emily Jed
Local lawmakers passed a law on July 30 to establish healthy food standards at public facilities in Long Island's Suffolk County, NY. The National Automatic Merchandising Association says compliance with the new rules will be difficult...

Payment Industry VIPs Invest In PayRange; Vistar Pacts To Distribute Devices To Operators Nationwide
Emily Jed
On the heels of a $2.75 million funding round that closed in July, PayRange has disclosed a list of high-profile investors. It includes Nyca Partners, which includes Osama Bedier, former head of Google Payments, and Hans Morris, former president of Visa, among other notables...

PayRange Raises $2.6M, Appoints Former Google Payments Head Director
Emily Jed
The mobile payment startup offering a Bluetooth-enabled solution for vending and amusements has raised a $2.6 million funding round, according to Geekwire.com...

PepsiCo Profit Dips In Q2; Strong Snack Sales, Cost Cuts Boost Forecast
Emily Jed
PepsiCo Inc.'s second-quarter profit fell 2%, hit by a drop in soda sales in North America. But strong sales of such snacks as Lays and Doritos chips in North America led the company to raise its FY forecast...

Red Bull Agrees To Pay $13M To Customers In Advertising Settlement
Emily Jed


Regal Cinemas Partners With Beverage Giant On 'Tweet a Coke’ Promotion
Emily Jed


Report Ranks USAT 6th in U.S., 28th In Worldwide POS Terminal Shipments
Emily Jed


Sodexo Posts 9-Month Revenue Decline, Lowers Forecast
Emily Jed


Stealthy Nike Vending Hits Streets Of New York
by Staff Reporter


Study: College Vending Sales Hold Steady When Healthier Choices Added
Emily Jed
Researchers at Ithaca College carried out an experiment on two campus vending machines in which they swapped out high sugar, salt and fat snacks for healthier options...

Study: Removing School Vending Machines May Increase Soda And Fast Food Consumption
Emily Jed
Banning vending machines from schools can actually increase soda and fast food consumption among students, if it's the only food policy change implemented, according to research conducted at the University of Illinois at Chicago...

Vending Machine In India Brews Fresh Tea By The Cup
Emily Jed


Vermont's Green Mountain College Bans Bottled Water
Emily Jed


Vistar Of New England Heads To Springfield, MA, For Sept. 11-12 Open House
Emily Jed


Washington, DC, Sets Nutrition Standards For Vending Machines On Public Property
Emily Jed


Micromarkets


Retail Mindset And Connected Clientele Advance Social And Smarter Micromarkets
Emily Jed
An accelerating stream of transaction data is giving micromarket suppliers a wealth of information that's helped them refine merchandising, operational and marketing tactics to help operators maximize profitability. A principal objective is leveraging new technologies that connect operators and their stores to today's mobile consumers. Avanti's Jim Brinton and 365 Retail's Joseph Hessling share their experiences as two of the largest suppliers of micromarkets...

Revive Self Checkout Readies Software Upgrade, Brings Micromarket Manufacturing In House
Emily Jed
Revive Self Checkout Café is putting the finishing touches on an upgrade to its backend software that will add offline credit card acceptance to its micromarket kiosks, among other enhancements. The two-year-old company has also augmented its support team to maintain its responsive customer service as its base of self-checkout stores continues to grow...

Smartphones Replace Kiosks At Latest Three Square Micromarkets
Emily Jed
Three Square Market is taking a pioneering approach to micromarkets with the deployment of its first two self-checkout stores in which customers' only way to scan their product and pay is by using their smartphones...

USG Seminars Bring Will Show Operators How To Leverage Rebate Programs And Tools: Sept., Oct. and Nov.
Nick Montano


Vending Video


Coke's 'Hello Happiness' Phone Booth Accepts Bottle Caps In Place Of Coins
by Staff Reporter
Coca-Cola connected migrant workers in Dubai with their families through special phone booths that accepted bottle caps instead of coins in its latest marketing effort to spread happiness...



Pantry Pilots Smart Sensor Vending Machine
Emily Jed
San Francisco-based tech company said it has completed a pilot for its automated glass-door kiosk that allows customers to grab, pay and go quickly and conveniently...



Vending Machine Feeds Stray Dogs And Cats In Exchange For Recycled Bottles
Emily Jed
A Turkish company called Pugedon has created a vending machine that feeds stray animals each time someone deposits an empty bottle...



Vending Machines Swap Trash For Rewards Down Under
Emily Jed




Woodbine Launches Tommy Gate 'Tuckunder' Style Lifting Tailgates
Tim Sanford


Music and Games Features
AAMA Kicks Off Annual Meeting This Week
Nick Montano
The meeting began on Aug. 4 and culminates on Thursday evening, Aug. 7, with the Gala Product Review...

AMI Entertainment Introduces First Seasonal Background Skins For Tap TV Trivia
Nick Montano
The background images are themed to seasons and holidays, and the first commemorates the end of summer with warm-toned pictures of waves on beaches and summertime fun in general...

AMOA's 2015 Affiliated States Meeting Opens In San Diego On Feb. 5
Nick Montano


Atari Brings LGBT Pride To Sim City
Hank Schlesinger
Pridefest empowers a player to create and launch their own personalized gay pride parade in a city of their choosing. Users can customize a parade flotilla with colorful decorations, and adorn a locale with eye-catching attractions and entertainment...

Big Buck Hunter's 2014 World Championship Qualifier Begins Aug. 18
Nick Montano
Coin-op's popular bar videogame will hold its qualifier tournament Aug. 18 through Sept. 28. The top 64 players, those who achieve top scores on each of the five animal adventures in the game, will compete in the international championships in Minneapolis...

Brunswick Sells Retail Bowling Centers To Bowlmor AMF For $270M; Seeks Another Buyer For Products Business
Nick Montano
Brunswick Corp. is selling its retail bowling business to Bowlmor AMF for $270 million, and plans to divest its bowling products business. The sale to Bowlmor is expected to close before the end of October...

Chuck E. Cheese's Names Thomas Leverton Chief Executive
Emily Jed
Leverton most recently was chief executive of Topgolf, a chain of golf entertainment centers. He will report to CEC Entertainment chairman Lance Milken, who is a partner at Apollo Global Management, Chuck E. Cheese's new owner...

Coin ConneXion Times Software Release For Apple iPhone 6 Rollout
Hank Schlesinger
According to Coin ConneXion president and chief executive Dave Jensen, the new system is on track to offer operators a powerful tool for using their smartphones to handle routes of all sizes...

Coin-Op's Comic-Con Mentions: Pixels Movie Stars, Oculus Rift And Pinball
Nick Montano
San Diego's 45th annual Comic-Con International attracted some 130,000 visitors to the San Diego Convention Center and surrounding venues, July 24-27...

Ex Dictator Manual Noriega Sues Videogame Maker
Hank Schlesinger


Illinois Coin Machine Operators Association Honors Don Hesch As Its Man Of The Year
Nick Montano
ICMOA: Don Hesch is the ultimate operator. A competitive, enterprising and ethical businessman, he is willing to push the envelope in his own operations. He also possesses a cohesive vision for the amusement and vending industries, one in which operators can compete and thrive on level playing fields, whether in gaming, amusements or merchandise vending...

Illinois Video Gaming Play Volume Declines 6.5% In June; Amendment To Restrict Parlor-Style Locations Fails
Nick Montano
According to data reported by the Illinois Gaming Board, the amount of money played on the state's video gaming terminals in June was $638 million, compared with $684 million in May, a 6.5% month-to-month decrease. Net terminal income (revenue after payouts) was $50.8 million in June, compared with $54.6 million in May, a decline of almost 7%...

JCM Global To Acquire FutureLogic
Nick Montano


Kiddie Ride Leader Joaquim Falgas Dies At 41
by Staff Reporter
Falgas took the helm of the family-run Falgas Amusement Rides three years ago as its chief executive. His father, the senior Joaquim Falgàs, founded the company in 1960...

Louisiana's AMA Distributors Becomes A TouchTunes Sales And Service Rep
Nick Montano
AMA Distributors, a 70-year-old equipment sales and services specialist based in Metairie, LA, is now representing TouchTunes in its home state, as well as in Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas...

Museum Features Sounds Of Classic Arcade Games
Hank Schlesinger


New LG Displays Are Rollable And See-Through
Nick Montano
LG has introduced two display technologies that someday might have applications in vending and amusement equipment designs...

Regional Coin-Op Dart Tournaments Return For Second Year
by Staff Reporter


Skee-Ball And Full Circle United End Lawsuits
Nick Montano
Skee-Ball Inc., the original maker of skee-ball alleys, and Full Circle United LLC, which runs leagues and tournaments played on those games, say they have reached a confidential settlement and licensing agreement...

Social WiFi And Apple Vending Co. Team Up To Offer Coin-Op Locations Hotspots
Tim Sanford
The half-century-old jukebox and amusement machine operation will offer Social's proprietary E-Pay WiFi system to its accounts, reportedly creating new marketing opportunities for 600 local business owners in the hospitality industry...

Space Invaders Is Optioned For Film
Hank Schlesinger


Specialty Coin Products Acquires Mountain Coin Machine Distributors
Nick Montano
Specialty Coin Products has announced its acquisition of Mountain Coin Machine Distributors (Salt Lake City, UT). SCP will continue to serve the territories covered by MCMD, which has formally closed its offices in Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington...

Strategic Benchmarking: AMOA Sets Road Scholar Program For Nov. 8-9 In Denver
Nick Montano


Taco Bell Marks Canadian DLT Launch With Whimsical Videogame
Hank Schlesinger
Taco Bell Canada has launched what is claimed to be the world's most boring videogame as a tongue-in-cheek promotion for its new Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Taco...

Tricorp Amusements Leads Gameroom Renaissance By Integrating With Clients' Businesses
Nick Montano
Providing good equipment, service and accountability is how Tricorp Amusements Inc. captured the movie theater business in the mid-1980s. That's what clients want now, but at a much higher level. Today, Tricorp is ready to meet those demands for a wider customer base...

Twin Galaxies Artwork Highlights August Fête For Arcade Videogame Luminaries
Tim Sanford
Videogame champions, designers and other industry personalities will gather at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center's Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts for a festive awards ceremony on Aug. 2 (Saturday), the high point of an "awards weekend" celebrating the history and culture of the sport and the technology...

Unis Rolls Out Squirt-A-Gator With Univend Options In U.S. Market
Nick Montano
Squirt-A-Gator is the first Unis piece to arrive in the United States with the company's new Univend ticket-plus-prize dual feature...

Videogames Make For Well-Adjusted Kids: Study
Hank Schlesinger
Researchers at Oxford University say that children who played videogames for a short time each day were better adjusted than those who did not play any videogames at all...

Vonnie D Pinball Recruits Legendary Designer Barry Oursler, And Kickstarts Funding Campaign
Nick Montano
Startup Vonnie D Pinball LLC is reclaiming longtime game designer Barry Oursler to the company's development team. Oursler has agreed to work on Vonnie D's initial offering, Pinball Gremlins, according to the company's website...



Aussie Hacker Turns ATM Into Videogame
Hank Schlesinger




Denny's Licenses Classic Atari Games For App; Here Come Hashteroids And Centipup
Hank Schlesinger


Bulk Vending
Andrew Lieberman Designs AcuCount Scales For Use On Route
Hank Schlesinger
When Andrew Lieberman introduced the AcuCount coin counter several years ago, he was following a family tradition. The Lieberman name is familiar to bulk vending veterans because Andrew's father founded U-Seal-It Vending half a century ago. That iconic Philadelphia-based company manufactured and operated a pioneering line of flat merchandise machines and became a fixture in some of the nation's largest retailers for decades...

Bulk Vending Machines Under Attack
Hank Schlesinger
Multiple reports from across the country in the past month have described bulk machines that have been intentionally smashed or used as weapons in fits of rage or intoxicated outbursts...

Mergers And Smaller, Urban Locations Hold Hope For Down-Market Retailers And Bulk Vending Operators
Hank Schlesinger
Even large discount retailers, among the most profitable locations in the bulk vending industry, are struggling these days...

S&B Candy And Toy Rolls Out Second Batch Of Dino Egg Bulk Vending Machines
Nick Montano
S&B Candy and Toy Co. reports that the second production run of its animated Dinosaur Egg Machines, which made their debut early this summer, has started shipping...



Vice Profiles Bulk Vending Legend Bradley Ellison: Losing Millions On Homies
Vice is an international magazine focused on arts, culture and news topics. The magazine's portrait of Bradley "Sugarman" Ellison, one of bulk vending's most colorful operators, is poignant...

Editorial: Vending
Editorial
When Less Is More
Tim Sanford
The first practical and widely used vending machines sold gum, often in the guise of "sales stimulators" that allowed patrons to purchase a sample of something for a penny to help them decide whether to buy a quarter-pound of it. The vending machine since has proven to be a very effective tool for getting consumers to try something new before incurring the expense of a major retail rollout... by Tim Sanford

Editorial: Music and Games
Luck Is No Longer A Variable For Bulk Operators
Hank Schlesinger
Not too long ago you could make a good profit in bulk vending simply by being lucky. Success only required basic arithmetic skills and the good fortune of being in the right place at the right time -- but that's no longer the case... by Hank Schlesinger

Bulk Vending and Crane Products
August 2014's Spotlight on Product for Bulk Vending, Cranes and Redemption


Coffee Service News
Canada's Second Cup Coffee Joins RealCup Single-Serve Capsules
Emily Jed


China Mist Brings Loose-Leaf Iced Teas To Single Cup In EcoCup Capsules
Emily Jed


J.M. Smucker’s Café Bustelo Is Now Available In K-Cups
Emily Jed


Keurig Green Mountain Q3 Profit Spikes 33%
Emily Jed
The Waterbury, VT, roaster and maker of Keurig single-cup brewers said profit rose to $155.2 million, or 94¢ a share, for the three-months ended June 28, from $116.3 million, or 76¢ per share a year earlier...

Kraft Readies Gevalia Pumpkin Spice Espresso Discs For Tassimo Pro
Tim Sanford


Paramount Introduces 2 Joe Coffee Varieties In Single-Serve Format
Tim Sanford


Registration Opens For Coffee, Tea & Water Show
Emily Jed
The National Automatic Merchandising Association's 2014 Coffee, Tea & Water Show takes place Nov. 11 to 13 at the Hyatt Regency Dallas...

Urnex Brands Launches CleanCup For Keurig Brewers
Emily Jed


Vending Video


Nestlé Announces 'REDvolution' Global Update For Nescafé Graphics
Tim Sanford


Foodservice News
Consumer Study Indicates Generational Preferences In Foodservice
Emily Jed


Guest Columns
How To Use 'Trial' Questions During Your Presentation To Speed The Close
by Len Rashkin
Let's look at two real-world sales presentation scenarios used to sell office coffee services. To use the trial closing statement method, you must ask the decision-maker questions throughout the presentation to determine his or her level of interest... by Len Rashkin

Market Analysts' Self-Fulfilling Prophecies Skew Coffee Prices
by Kevin Daw
When the market does what the market has been doing over the first half of this year, I get lots of calls asking for my opinion about where we are headed next... by Kevin Daw

Own A Successful Business? How To Slash Your Taxable Income By $1.2 Million
by Irv Blackman
A Captive is a property and casualty insurance company (P&C Co.) created by a business under Section 831(b) of the Internal Revenue Code to provide a broad range of risk management capabilities. Basically, it insures risks a P&C Co. does not... by Irv Blackman

Hardware/Tools
A&M Vending Blog Series Explores Hand Truck Selection By Operators
Tim Sanford


Meetings/Events
NYSAVA Returns To Westchester For 4th Annual Luckower Golf Outing: Sept. 10
Emily Jed


Names in the News
Bleich Joins Stern Pinball Design Team As Senior Electronics Project Engineer
Nick Montano


Flowers Foods Promotes Senior Executives
Emily Jed


Performance Food Group Names Jim Hope Executive VP Of Operations
Tim Sanford


Stern Pinball Names Paul Mandeltort Director Of Parts And Accessories
Tim Sanford


Small Business News
Washington Lawmakers Pass Highway Funding Bill Before They Head Home For Summer Vacation
Hank Schlesinger


Upfront with the Publisher
Editorial
The Next Big Thing Has Arrived
Alicia Lavay
Micromarkets are very new, and there is a tendency for people to speak of them in terms of things with which they're already familiar: "A self-service convenience store in your location." This has the advantage of painting a picture for the prospective client, but I think it's misleading... by Alicia Lavay

Vending Machine Products
Dole Fruit Snacks Meet USDA And NAMA 'Healthy' Guidelines In Vending And Foodserivce
Tim Sanford


Nu-Health Removes Added Sugar From Fruit-In-Juice, Taps VE South Distributor
Emily Jed


Pretzel Flatbread Sandwiches Expand AdvancePierre Hot 'n' Ready Line
Emily Jed


Sonoma Creamery Unveils Mr. Cheese O’s All-Natural Crunchy Snack
Tim Sanford


Vitaminwater Goes Back To Old Recipe
Emily Jed


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