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Vol. 44, No. 7, July 2004

Vending Features
Court Rules Against MAMC Challenge To Sales Tax Law
Tim Sanford
ST. PAUL, MN - The Minnesota Supreme Court has declined to overturn two lower court decisions upholding the constitutionality of the state's sales tax law.

Entrepreneur Develops Novel Nutritional Beverage Machine; 'Nutri-Vend' Automates Preparation And Sales Of Powder-Based Health Drinks
Emily Jed
NEW YORK CITY (JULY 2004) - Fitness-minded consumers can now spend more time working out at the gym and less time on line at the juice bar with the rollout of the "Nutri-Vend" machine. Invented by Jeffrey Badin, the vender dispenses ready-to-drink, powder-based protein, meal replacement, energy, low-carb and weight loss beverages, reconstituting a single serving of the customer's selected drink in 20 to 30 seconds. It offers 10 drink selections and two cup sizes to suit widely varied diets and nutritional objectives

Kraft Hails Progress With Health & Wellness Initiatives
Emily Jed
NORTHFIELD, IL - Kraft Foods recently reported on the progress it has made since announcing its global health and wellness initiatives last July. The company is implementing a wide-ranging program to modernize the nutrition profile of its portfolio, adjust its marketing practices and policies, provide consumers with more information to help them make informed food and activity choices, and advocate constructive public policy changes.

Music and Games Features
Incredible Technologies Begins Direct Sales; Move Provokes Defection Among Key Distributors
Marcus Webb
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL - Incredible Technologies on June 3 announced a new distribution policy, effective immediately, whereby operators who are members of the Amusement and Music Operators Association may purchase equipment from IT on the same tiered pricing basis as distributors. Service, parts and eventually financing will also be offered by IT, said officials.

Rowe Pacts Harry Fox And BMI To License Digital Jukebox Music
Tim Sanford
NASHVILLE, TN - Rowe International Corp. (Grand Rapids, MI), has reached agreements with The Harry Fox Agency and Broadcast Music Inc. to license songs for its secure digital jukebox network.

Bulk Vending
CPSC, 4 Major Suppliers Launch Recall Of Metal Toys; Industry Forms Safe Jewelry Council To Set Standards
Hank Schlesinger
WASHINGTON, DC - The Consumer Product Safety Commission is coordinating the recall of vendible metal jewelry with four toy importers. About 150 million pieces are being removed from machines as a result.

Editorial: Music and Games
Clash Of The Titans
Marcus Webb

Ahead of the Times: Vending
July 8, 2004: CPSC, Safe Jewelry Council Announce Bulk Toys Recall
Vended Bulk Toys Recall

Ahead of the Times: Music and Games
July 19, 2004: Judge Overturns State Anti-Video Law; AMOA Plans Fall Move; CEC Beats Expectations; Rudowicz To Attend AAMA Meeting

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