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Vol. 46, No. 12, December 2006

Vending Features
5-Hour Energy Adds Variety To Bolster Glassfront Menus
Emily Jed
NOVI, MI — 5-Hour Energy is now offering its 2-fl.oz.vitamin-based energy shot in a new lemon-lime flavor that joins the original berry-flavored version and providing additional point-of-sale materials to draw attention to the product...

Fastcorp Sets Rebate Offer For Z400 Food Court Express
Tim Sanford
MORRIS PLAINS, NJ — Fastcorp LLC has unveiled its Food Court Express Cold Hard Cash Rebate Program for 2007. The promotion offers operators who purchase a new Z400 Food Court Express machine a total of $1,000 (at wholesale; approximately $2,000 at retail) in product rebates from leading suppliers of frozen food and ice cream.

NAMA NATIONAL EXPO: Controlling Finances Keys Growth, ProStar’s Randy Parks Emphasizes
Tim Sanford
ORLANDO, FL — The importance of sound financial practices in building a profitable coffee service operation was addressed by Randy Parks, ProStar Services (Carrollton, TX) at the National Automatic Merchandising Association National Expo here. Leading a seminar on “OCS Best Financial Practices,” Parks offered an overview of profit-and-loss statements, their components and the value of the information they can provide...

New Year Places Payment Issues Atop Problems/Opportunities List
Tim Sanford
U.S.A. — A number of recent developments are working to make currency the hot topic of the new year for the vending, music and amusement industries. These include a federal court ruling that may affect the size and/or other physical characteristics of banknotes, the arrival of the new Presidential Series of dollar coins, and persistent dissatisfaction – here and abroad – with the continued circulation of notes too worn or damaged to be validated reliably by the best available technology...

Music and Games Features
AMI Entertainment Bolsters Content Capabilities With Expanded Spanish Music Disk Cache, World Music And Country Catalogs
Nick Montano
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Now available from Rowe International Corp. are premixed hard disks predominantly loaded with Spanish music stored in cache. The new Spanish music hard drive arrangements are available for all Rowe Internet-access jukeboxes and Merit Entertainment’s MoD BoX, which connect to the AMI Entertainment Network. Rowe’s content division also has added catalogs from several independent labels that specialize in niche music...

Global Associations Ponder Action Against Counterfeits
Marcus Webb
ATLANTA — Six leaders representing nine trade associations from the U.S. and Europe met here on November 18, in conjunction with the 2006 International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions show, to discuss possible joint actions and policies that would defend them against “unfair” competition from a new generation of Asian counterfeits, especially in the redemption game sector...

IT Reports Silent Partner Sales Surge With Release Of EX Route Mgt. Software Upgrade
Nick Montano
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL — Silent Partner, a route management software package for music and amusement operators that is nearing its 20th birthday, has enjoyed a sharp upturn in sales since the release of its latest version, EX. The new version has won favorable reviews from operators around the country, according to Incredible Technologies...

Theisen Vending Co. Strengthens Its Domestic Kiddie Ride Manufacturing Business
Nick Montano
GOLDEN VALLEY, MN — Theisen Vending Co. said it is strengthening its manufacturing business to develop competitively priced kiddie ride equipment for the American market. The company’s expanding line will complement the interactive and licensed character rides it distributes for Jolly Roger, the UK-based kiddie ride manufacturing division of Photo-Me International Plc...

Bulk Vending
Allstar Expands Vend Line With Tweety Figurines
Larisa Jayne Shewczyk
POINTE CLAIRE, PQ, Canada — Allstar Vending has been awarded rights to distribute capsuled Tweety figurines in North America on behalf of Cool Things, an Italian company that holds the license for the product line...

American Enhances Battery-Powered Changers; New Version’s Hopper Capacity Increases 320%
Nick Montano
FT. LAUDERDALE, FL — American Changer Corp. said it has modified the size and design of its battery-powered bill changer line to increase capacity and improve performance. The third generation of a series, the design of the new AC401 is based on feedback from operators’ experiences in the field...

Beaver Debuts Value-Priced Southern Beaver Machine
Hank Schlesinger
NEWMARKET, ON, Canada — Beaver Machine Corp. said it is introducing a low-cost version of its popular Southern Beaver bulk vender. The new machine features all components found in the original Southern Beaver, including a sturdy ABS body, shatterproof polycarbonate globe and geographically assigned keys, said company officials. The difference between the new machine and the original is that the new unit features a lid, hopper and base made of lightweight aluminum, rather than zinc alloy...

Editorial: Vending
EDITORIAL: Time For A Closer Look
Tim Sanford
The substantial consumer research project commissioned by the National Automatic Merchandising Association and conducted by Harris Interactive under the sponsorship of Masterfoods USA (see VT, November) produced findings that should give us all pause. In general, the majority of respondents agreed that vending is convenient and the machines are easy to use. However, a majority regard the selection of products available through vending equipment as limited and lacking in “fresh” and “healthy” items... by Tim Sanford

Editorial: Music and Games
EDITORIAL: Crystal Ball Gazing
Marcus Webb
A magazine’s final issue of the year is the traditional spot for a year-in-review story and a forecast of the coming year. VT actually began this twin focus (both retrospective and prospective) with Frank Seninsky’s article in our December issue, headlined “In Five Years, This Will Be A Very Different Industry – With Phenomenal Opportunities.” If you haven’t read it yet, go back and give it a careful study... by Marcus Webb

Upfront with the Publisher
UPFRONT: We Must Learn From The Past And Embrace New Opportunities In The New Year Ahead
Alicia Lavay
As 2006 comes to a close, it’s natural to reflect on the past 12 months and ponder the new year ahead. What have we accomplished? What might we do differently in the future? What untapped opportunities might we find as we go forward? What are our short-term and long-term goals? How will we get from here to there? by Alicia Lavay-Kertes

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