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Vol. 48, No. 12, December 2008

Vending Features
Cyrus Melikian, Vending And Coffee Pioneer, Dies At 88
Tim Sanford

HAVERFORD, PA — K. Cyrus Melikian, a pioneer in vending equipment design and coffee brewing technology, has died. He met eventual business partner Lloyd Rudd while both were in U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II, and they later teamed up to invent and produce a coffee machine under the Rudd-Melikian name. Melikian was 88…

Industry Rallies Against NY Governor’s Sugary Drink Surcharge, Bottle Bill Expansion
Emily Jed

ALBANY, NY — NAMA and the American Beverage Association have pledged to lobby against New York Gov. David Paterson’s proposed “obesity tax” on sugary drinks and extension of the state’s 5¢-per-container bottle bill tax to include noncarbonated beverages. Unveiled last week, Paterson’s budget proposal aims to close a $12.5 billion deficit for next year and is supported by New York City Health Commissioner Thomas Frieden. It imposes an additional 18% “obesity” tax on nondiet sodas and fruit drinks containing less than 70% natural fruit juice…

NAMA Tech Seminar Spotlights Software

ST. LOUIS — Overviews of technical developments have highlighted educational programming at National Automatic Merchandising Association Expos in recent years. At the 2008 National Expo, the spotlight was turned on the management software that receives, organizes, stores and processes information from a variety of sources, providing operators with timely, accurate and useful reports.

Next Generation Gains Canteen New England Franchise, Acquires Loose Ends Vending, Some A&B Vending Assets
Tim Sanford
CANTON, MA — Next Generation Vending said it has signed an agreement to become a Canteen franchisee. Under the pact with Canteen, the company will acquire and divest specific territories with Canteen Vending Services and selected Canteen franchisees in the Northeast. Further to the agreement, Next Generation reported that it has acquired Canteen franchises Loose Ends Vending & Foodservice (Batavia, NY) and the Massachusetts and Rhode Island assets of A&B Vending (Wakefield, MA)…

Premium Baked Goods Drive Demand As Pastry Season Kicks Into High Gear
Emily Jed
ST. LOUIS Pastry season is in full swing as consumers turn to hot beverages as their drink of choice during the cold weather months, and baked goods serve as an appealing accompaniment. Manufacturers exhibiting at the recent NAMA Expo say demand for premium packaged pastries is accelerating. New products at the vending show reflected the trend…

TOP VENDING STORIES (Dec. 23): FreshDirect Goes Vending; Recycling Initiatives; NAMA Chairman Resigns; NCS&V Opens In Canada

Online grocer begins placing vending machines in Manhattan offices… Companies announce initiatives and technology to improve recycling efforts… National Coffee Service & Vending plans Canadian division for 2009… Chairman-elect Randy Parks resigns from his position on the NAMA board of directors

TOP VENDING STORIES (Dec. 30): NRA Makes Its 2009 Forecast; Oregon Cigarette Machine Ban; Carbonated Beverages To Grow; EnergyMisers Save Millions
Restaurant industry sales are expected to reach $566 billion in 2009… Oregon’s governor proposes cigarette vending ban and tobacco tax hike… Volume in the global carbonated beverage category is expected to grow between 1% and 2% in 2009… USA Technologies reports EnergyMiser installations are spreading, generating more interest among “green” programs that are saving upwards of $100 million annually...

Music and Games Features
Brady Urges Operators To Spur Sales, Gain Tax Deduction
Nick Montano

CHARLOTTE, NC In an open letter to the amusement and arcade industry, Brady Distributing vice-president Jon W. Brady noted that an upturn in orders during December has called attention to a little-publicized change in tax law passed early this year. Part of this year’s Economic Stimulus Act, the overlooked law can be used effectively by operators before the end of the year…

LAI Extends Stacker Line, Introduces Texting Game
Larisa Jayne Shewczyk

CARROLLTON, TX LAI Games has four new developments for coin-op, including two extensions to the popular Stacker merchandiser line, a game that tests “texting” skills and an automated imaging machine…

TOP MUSIC & GAMES STORIES (Dec. 12): Merit ‘09 Software Ups Earnings; AMI Expands Salesforce; Shultz Exits Rock-Ola; D&B’s Mixed Q3

Merit reports its 2009 software is earning 28% more that its 2008 version… AMI Entertainment and Rowe appointment key sales and support staff… John Schultz exits Rock-Ola Manufacturing Corp. after 10 years as president… Dave & Buster’s Inc. said same-store sales in its third quarter, ended Nov. 2, dropped 6%…

TOP MUSIC & GAMES STORIES (Dec. 19): Penn. Task Force Warns Against Videogame Ban; Home Games Hot Sellers; NDA Move…

The Pennsylvania Task Force on Violent Interactive Video Games warns the General Assembly to avoid restrictive legislations similar to those that have been invalidated by the Federal courts… Home videogame sales continue to boom despite the economic recession, with retailers moving $2.9 billion worth of hardware, games and accessories in November… The National Dart Association completes its move into new headquarters..

TOP VENDING STORIES (Dec. 16): Ready-To-Eat Meals Expand; Pierre Emerges From Ch. 11; Anuga Set For Oct. 2009; More…
NPD study says consumers are increasingly turning to retail stores for quick, convenient meals to consume on the go throughout the day… Pierre Foods emerges from bankruptcy protection and names new CEO… Biennial Anuga trade fair opens at Cologne Fairgrounds next year in October… Starbucks expands cup vender lineup…

Bulk Vending
Newsweek Says Malls Are ‘Dead’; Operator Disagrees
Hank Schlesinger

PUNTA GORDA, FL A recent article in Newsweek magazine predicted the death of the American shopping mall. The story points out a sluggish economy, bad business models and a decline in key population groups. The story even pointed to the website deadmalls.com. But Larry Freshman of Kworterz Vending Inc says journalists are premature in writing the obituary for America’s shopping centers…

TOP BULK VENDING STORIES: Consumer Groups Sue CPSC; Tomy Yujin To Exit U.S Market
Hank Schlesinger

A recent decision by the Consumer Product Safety Commission allowing the sales of products containing phthalates, before a congressional ban goes into effect early next year, is being challenged by two consumer advocacy groups… Tomy Yujin Corp., which brought its Gacha machine and merchandise to the nation’s bulk vendors almost a decade ago, will cease all U.S. vending operations on February 28, 2009…

Editorial: Vending
EDITORIAL: The Special Interests Strike Again
Tim Sanford
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution carried an opinion piece in its November 30 edition, authored by Richard Miniter of the Hudson Institute. Headlined “No dollar bill? Coin lobbyists will cost us all,” it accuses the vending industry, metal producers and the National Automatic Merchandising Association of lobbying Congress to eliminate the $1 bill, a move the author does not believe would benefit taxpayer/consumers. He charges that “their case blatantly misrepresents the facts” … by Tim Sanford

Editorial: Music and Games
EDITORIAL: Winter Is Coming
Marcus Webb

The current economy reminds me of the story about a guy who moves to upstate Alaska…in July. Everybody warns him about the climate, but he figures he can handle it. When September arrives, temperatures drop to 10 degrees below zero. The guy is standing at a bus stop, all bundled up, shivering uncontrollably, teeth chattering...By Marcus Webb

Upfront with the Publisher
UPFRONT: Great Marketing Wins Elections, Drives Business
Alicia Lavay

What a remarkable year it has been! Now that the election is over, everyone must agree that Sen. Barack Obama ran a brilliant campaign, whether they like him or not. His winning strategy proved the value of smart marketing and demonstrated that boldness is one of the most important qualities for anyone trying to build brand awareness during uncertain times…by Alicia Lavay-Kertes

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