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Vol. 54, No. 6, June 2014

Vending Features
All State Manufacturing Names Rudolph Stakeman Jr. CEO
Nick Montano
Stakeman brings experience in the metals industry to his new post, including specialty housewares manufacturing and management consulting...

Appeals Court Tosses $475K Award For Blind Vendor
Emily Jed
Ron Fellows operated vending machines and sold coffee at Cadillac Place, the former headquarters of General Motors, from 2005 to 2008...

Aramark Returns To Profit In Q2
Emily Jed
Aramark Holdings Corp. reported strong sales and swung back to profit in the second quarter. Net income was $12.9 million, or 5¢ a share, for the period ended March 28, compared with a year-earlier loss of $40.1 million, or 20¢ per share. Revenue climbed 2.9% to $3.5 billion...

Burdette Beckmann Acquires Focus 365, Bolstering West Coast Presence
Emily Jed
Nationwide sales agency Burdette Beckmann Inc. said it will acquire Anaheim, CA-based vend brokerage firm, effective June 1...

Byndl And USAT Pact To Deliver New Mobile Services To ePort Vending Operators
Emily Jed
Byndl Inc., a mobile transaction services company based here, has entered into a strategic alliance with cashless leader USA Technologies to deliver mobile marketing, payment and support services to vending operators who subscribe to USAT's ePort Connect service...

California Shelves Soda-Labeling Bill Over Costs
Emily Jed
The Senate Appropriations Committee suspended SB 1000 on April 28 for further review of the costs of enforcing it, estimated at $390,000. The state Senate Committee on Health had passed the bill on April 10...

CaptureTech Key Controls Leverage RFID And Barcode Technology
Emily Jed


Cephas Holdings Launches Bitcoin Vending Network
Emily Jed
With the launch of its Bitcoin Vending Network, the Phoenix company is targeting individuals, retailers and commercial landlords interested in selling bitcoin via vending machines and POS terminals...

Coca-Cola Raises Stake In Keurig Green Mountain
Emily Jed


Coke Consolidated Expands Tennessee Franchise Territory
Emily Jed
Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, the nation's largest independent Coca-Cola bottler, has been granted rights by Coca-Cola Co. to expand its territories to the Tennessee markets of Morristown and Johnson City. Coca-Cola Refreshments USA Inc. currently serves the territories...

Connecticut Governor Won't Pass School Chocolate Milk Ban
Emily Jed


Credit And Debit Card Skimming Is Sophisticated And Global, Targeting Vending, Kiosks And ATMs
Hank Schlesinger
Thieves targeting vending machines and kiosks that accept credit cards, along with ATMs, are becoming increasingly brazen and technologically sophisticated. Devices called "skimmers" are now providing high-tech crooks access to both credit card numbers and ready cash...

EVA Publishes European Vending Market Study
Emily Jed
The report provides an in-depth look into European vending, analyzes key performance indicators and identifies industry trends. The study points to stagnation or decline in vending in certain countries...

Fresh Healthy Vending Taps Master Franchisee For Australia
Emily Jed


Illinois Lawmakers Nix Soda Tax
Emily Jed
Illinois House committee on May 27 voted down a proposed penny-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages...

Industry Scores Calorie-Disclosure Victory On Capitol Hill
Emily Jed
omplying with pending federal calorie-labeling rules moved closer to being the best-case scenario for vending operators thanks to a major victory on Capitol Hill...

Inventure Foods, TGI Friday's Extend Cobranded Snacks To New Categories, Countries
Emily Jed


Isis Brings Operators Up To Speed At Mobile Innovation Forum: Sept. 17-18
Emily Jed
Vending operators are invited to learn how to leverage Isis's mobile payment and loyalty solution in their businesses by attending the Isis Mobile Innovation Forum...

Isis Mobile Wallet Adoption Spikes
Emily Jed
Isis chief executive Michael Abbott attributed the spike in adoption to the growing ecosystem support for contactless payments...

Manchester Will Host AVEX 2015, A Vending And Coffee Show
Tim Sanford
AVEX 2015, vending industry, vending machine, vending trade show, vending coffee and pure water trade show, Automatic Vending Association, European Drinking Water Cooler Association

Mars Moves Toward Carbon-Neutral Operations With Massive Wind Farm In Texas
Emily Jed


Microtronic US Places In Annual 'Coolest Mifare Application' Contest
Tim Sanford
Microtronic US reports that its use of Microtronic Mifare terminals in micromarket kiosks has placed second in the "Coolest Mifare application in use" category of the International Mifare Awards 2014 competition...

MIT Students Plan Campus-Wide Bitcoin Distribution
Emily Jed
Two Massachusetts Institute of Technology students have raised $500,000 for a project to distribute $100 in bitcoin to every undergraduate student at MIT this fall...

Moderation, Healthful Choices To Be Highlighted At Sweets & Snacks Expo: May 20-22
Emily Jed


NAMA Alerts Legislators To Concerns Over Proposed Washington, DC, Bottled Water Ban
Emily Jed


NAMA Foundation Provides Planned Giving Guidance At New Website
Emily Jed


NAMA Introduces Product Navigator For New School Snack Standards
Emily Jed
A new tool available to National Automatic Merchandising Association members makes it easier to comply with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards taking effect July 1...

NAMA Past-Chairman Merrill Krakauer Dies At 86; Led Rowe International
Emily Jed
An accomplished businessman and engineer, Merrill Krakauer entered the vending industry on the operating side, he served as director of engineering and then as vice-president and general manager of regional full-line vending pioneer The Macke Co....

New England's Next Generation Vending Closes Doors, Divests Regional Route Operations
Emily Jed
Next Generation Vending LLC, one of the nation's largest regional vending companies, until this week, has divested its operations to nine different companies. Eight of the firms are Canteen franchises...

New York City Asks Highest Court To Reinstate Bloomberg Soda Ban
Emily Jed
New York City attorneys asked the Court of Appeals here on June 5 to reinstate the city's ban on large sugary drinks, saying its health department has the power to ban any products that pose a health risk...

Obesity Study Suggests Diet Beverages Play Positive Role In Weight Loss, Refuting Contrary Claims
Emily Jed
A new study to be published in the June issue of Obesity suggests that drinking diet beverages helps people lose weight. The findings counter recent research that suggests diet drinks fuel a preference for sweet foods and drinks and contribute to weight gain...

Outerwall Names Jim Gaherity Coinstar Prexy
Emily Jed


Outerwall Posts Better-Than-Expected Q1 Results; But Has Redbox Reached Its Peak?
Emily Jed
Earnings in the first quarter of Redbox parent Outerwall climbed 2.5%, bolstered by higher revenue from its video rental and Coinstar coin-counting kiosks, and exceeding Wall Street expectations. But Outerwall's guidance for the current quarter has analysts questioning whether the company has reached its peak...

Pentair Everpure Honors Vendors Exchange As Supplier Of Year


Pepsi Rivals Coke's Freestyle With Touchscreen 'Spire' Debut
Emily Jed
PepsiCo is taking on Coke's Freestyle with its own futuristic soda fountain machine that lets patrons customize up to 1,000 drinks. The sleek, engaging equipment borrows design features from Pepsi's interactive touchscreen vending machine...



Perceptions Become Reality: Shifts In Cold-Drink Preferences Keep Operators On Their Toes
Emily Jed
Carbonated soft drinks have become a lightning rod for consumer health concerns and the resulting regulatory initiatives. This sentiment is contributing to a continued shift in preference toward the wellness and functional beverage categories. This trend is increasingly pronounced in vending as operators go head to head with c-stores, harnessing the merchandising power of glassfront cold beverage machines and micromarkets, striving to deliver the optimal balance of products to quench their patrons' evolving and wide-ranging thirsts...

Pete Tullio Serves Second Term As NAMA Chair, New Board Members Installed
Emily Jed
vending Pete Tullio of Gourmet Coffee Service/World Wide Vending (Van Nuys, CA) was elected by the National Automatic Merchandising Association's board of directors to serve as chairman for a second term. Dennis Hogan, chief executive of Canteen Vending, had been in line to succeed Tullio following his 2013 term. However...

Selecta Pacts With Russia's Unicum To Manufacture Next-Generation Vending Machines
Nick Montano
Europe's largest vending machine operator has partnered with a Russian vending equipment manufacturer to develop novel food and beverage vending machines...

Snyders-Lance Acquires Baptista's, Sells Private Brands To Shearer's
Tim Sanford


Soda Warning Label Passes California Senate
Emily Jed
The legislation moves on to the state Assembly before Gov.Jerry Brown can sign it into law...

Spruce Vending Boutiques Deliver Beauty Essentials To NYC Club-Goers
Emily Jed
The ladies of New York City nightlife will soon have beauty essentials at their fingertips in some of the city's premier nightclubs thanks to Spruce vending boutiques...

Square Replaces Failed Mobile Wallet With Order-Ahead App
Emily Jed


Suspect Sought In Philadelphia Vending Machine Explosion
Hank Schlesinger
At the scene, authorities found the remnants of a cardboard tube among other evidence indicating that a homemade device caused the explosion...

UK's AVA Plans Annual General Meeting And Vending Awards Fête: June 26
Tim Sanford
The Automatic Vending Association will hold its annual general meeting, conference and awards ceremony on Thursday, June 26, at the Palace Hotel in Manchester. Also on the agenda is balloting for premium exhibition space at next year's AVEX convention and trade show...

USA Technologies Announces Third-Quarter, Fiscal 2014 Results: Revenue, Connections And Customers Increase
USAT Press Release
--press release

USA Technologies Celebrates Cashless Adoption in Self-Serve Retail with a Milestone 250,000 Connections to its ePort Connect Service
USAT Press Release
--press release

Vend Natural Wins Minneapolis Public Schools Contract
Emily Jed
Vend Natural said it will install its dual-zone machines merchandised with snacks and chilled drinks to serve the nearly 35,000 students and 5,800 school district employees...

Vending Machines Can Deliver Unibat Charger Empowerment 24/7
Tim Sanford
Unibat LLC has introduced a line of pocketsize chargers for cellular phones and other mobile consumer devices. The company is offering its top-of-the-line energy storage system, the PowerShake 2600, through a vending machine...

Vending Technical Education Pioneer D. Robert Sertell Dies At 71
Tim Sanford
D. Robert Sertell, a pioneer in high school level vending vocational training, died on May 6. He was 71...

Vending Thief Nabbed By DNA Evidence Accepts Plea Deal
Emily Jed
A Michigan prisoner who was linked by DNA evidence to vending machines he burglarized in 2011 has accepted a plea offer. William M. O'Connor, 35, pleaded guilty on May 15...

VendScreen Adds Verizon Wireless As 2nd Available Cellular Carrier
Tim Sanford


VendScreen And USG Pact To Market Touchscreen Devices
Emily Jed
Under the agreement, Unified Strategies Group members qualify for special device pricing through Dec., 31, 2015...

Virginia Marine Base Gets Marley Coffee Vending Machines
Emily Jed


Micromarkets
Fresh Healthy Vending Enters Micromarket Arena With Custom-Built Solution
Emily Jed


Vending Video


Canada Follows Colorado's Lead With First Pot Vending Machine
Emily Jed




Crane Payment Innovations Releases Video Footage of Third-Annual Technology Panel
CPI Press Release
--press release



Pepsi Vender Challenges Soccer Fans To Strut Their Stuff
Emily Jed
Pepsi is engaging consumers with an interactive vending machine that invites football (soccer) fans around the world to show off their skills for a free drink...

Music and Games Features
AMI Releases Major Update To Tap TV: Version 2.4 Introduces Poker, Custom Ad Support And '90s Trivia
AMI Press Release
--press release

Arachnid Hails 29th BullShooter Electronic Dart Finals, Largest Since 2008
Nick Montano
Arachnid hosted its 29th Anniversary BullShooter Finals in late May at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Rosemont, IL The five-day, $125,000+ international competition generated an impressive seven-country turnout, with the number of players up by 200 over last year...

Betson Baltimore Hosts AMI Service School With MAMOA And Comcast: May 17
Nick Montano


Chuck E. Cheese's Beats Established Game Makers To Market With Breakthrough Oculus VR Technology
Hank Schlesinger
CEC Entertainment, parent company of Chuck E. Cheese's, has announced plans for a high-tech redemption game that challenges young patrons to grab virtual-reality tickets. The attraction will employ technology from Oculus VR...

Coast To Coast Readies Shipments Of Prize Cube, Monkey Bizz-ness And Side Box
Nick Montano


Dave & Buster's Gets $1.1 Billion Bid From Private Equity Firm
Nick Montano
Arcade and restaurant chain Dave & Buster's Inc. reportedly received a $1.1 billion offer from Roark Capital, an Atlanta-based private equity company...

Dave & Buster's Inc. To Report First-Quarter 2014 Financial Results On June 17
Dave & Buster’s Press Release


Dave & Buster's Q4 And FY 2013: Reaches Record Adjusted EBITDA And Margins
Dave & Buster's Inc. Press Release
--press release

Electronic Darters Compete For $500K In NDA's 2014 Team Dart
Nick Montano
Bally's Las Vegas Hotel and Casino was the setting for the 2014 Team Dart finals organized by the Amusement and Music Operators Association-National Dart Association. The 29th annual international soft-tip dart tournament was conducted from April 25 through May 3...

Firestone Financial Relocates, Closes New Multiyear Credit Facility
Emily Jed
The lender and its 49 employees are now located at 117 Kendrick St. in Needham, MA. Officials said the new office space will accommodate the company's doubling in size...

Foundations Entertainment University Presents Two-Day Dubai Program
Nick Montano
Amusement industry experts Randy White, Frank Seninsky and Kevin Williams presented the educational program, which ran alongside the Middle East Safety Forum in late April...

Georgia's Amusement Machine Association Plans Conference And Exhibit: Sept. 5-6
Nick Montano


IAAPA Announces Next FEC Conference: Dallas, February
Nick Montano
The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions will host its next family entertainment center educational conference in Dallas from Feb. 8 through 10...

IAAPA Appoints Moragrega Senior Manager Of European Operations
Tim Sanford


IAAPA Extends Orlando Contract For Attractions Expo To 2025; Registration For This Year's Show Opens
Nick Montano
The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions and the Orange County Convention Center have agreed to a six-year extension to host the IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando, FL. The new contract revises a previous agreement to host the exposition in Orlando from 2010 to 2019...

IFPA World Pinball Championships Open On May 22 In Denver
Nick Montano
The International Flipper Pinball Association 11th World Pinball Championship will be held from May 22 to 25 in Denver. This year's field is expected to be one of the most closely contested in the history of competitive pinball, IFPA said...

Impulse Industries' Cranes Ship With Eco-Friendly LEDs
Nick Montano
Impulse Industries reports that its Prize Transporter and other crane machines are now equipped with LED lighting as a standard feature...

Kardashian And West Commemorate Wedding With Photobooth Pictures
Hank Schlesinger


LAI Games Appoints Harry Levy Exclusive UK Distributor
Emily Jed


Medieval Madness Re-Makers Move Assembly To Stern Pinball's Chicago Factory
Nick Montano
The two firms behind Medieval Madness Remake -- Planetary Pinball Supply and Chicago Gaming Co. -- have entered into a manufacturing agreement with Stern Pinball Inc. As a result of the agreement, the production line and labor force at Stern's Melrose Park, IL, factory will be used to assemble the new pinball machines...

MOMA's 2014 Summer Meet Heads Back To Shores Of Minnesota's Leech Lake: June 11-12
Nick Montano


National Dart Association Inducts Hodges And Horak Into 2014 Hall Of Fame
Nick Montano
Nancy Hodges and Reggie Horak are the recipients of NDA's 2014 Hall of Fame awards, which recognize their service and dedication to the coin-op sport of soft-tip darting...

Photo-Me To Sell Land; Profit Windfall Could Go To Shareholders Or Development
Nick Montano
The sale to a property development company will give Photo-Me a profit of of £3.5 million...

Redesigned AMI Website Expedites Access To Information
Nick Montano


S&B Candy Introduces Dino Egg Vender And Redemption Merchandise
Hank Schlesinger
The Dinosaur Egg Machine is offered in two models. One incorporates a lifelike replica of the ferocious Tyrannosaurus rex and the other is a cartoon-inspired dinosaur model with a friendlier aspect...

San Francisco Removes Archaic Game Restrictions, Making It Safe For Coin-Op Viddies And Pinballs
by Hank Schlesinger and Nick Montano
San Francisco is preparing to lift a decades-old restriction on arcade videogame games and pinball machines. Bar owner Shawn Vergara and his sister Tiffny Vergara Chung are among the amusement machine advocates leading a campaign to make the Bay Area more coin-op friendly. They and other advocates have the support of City Supervisors Scott Wiener and London Breed...

Southern-Fried Gameroom Expo Celebrates Atlanta's 'Pinhibition' With Classic Arcade Gaming Event: June 20-22
Southern-Fried Gameroom Expo Press Release
Some 75 years after pinball was banned in Atlanta, the Southern-Fried Gameroom Expo celebrates "pinhibition" with a family-friendly pinball machine and classic arcade gaming event [press release]

Step Right Up: ICE Ships Two Carnival-Themed Games
Hank Schlesinger
Innovative Concepts in Entertainment is offering two new games in its Ultimate Family Fun Zone Series. Games in the line emulate classic midway games...

Stern Pinball Reveals 'Top Secret' Mustang LE Images
Nick Montano
The pinball machine maker finally reveals never-before-seen images of Ford's Special Edition Mustang that are featured on its 50 Years of Mustang Limited Edition pin game...

The Beall Brothers Take Over Arachnid Inc., A Maker Of Electronic Dartboards
Nick Montano
Arachnid Inc. has been acquired by brothers Tony, Chris and Shawn Beall. The Beall brothers are the sons of one of the original Arachnid founders, Paul Beall...

The Pinball Co. Acquires GameRoom Magazine, Plans Fall '14 Restart
Nick Montano
GameRoom, a magazine primarily aimed at collectors, had been founded in 1988. It ceased publication four years ago...

Three Amigos Iceberg, Jones And Smith Plan Independent FEC Confab: Phoenix, Feb. 24-26
Nick Montano
Three longtime innovators in the family entertainment center industry are planning to stage a comprehensive conference in February 2015. F2FEC -- the Face to Face Entertainment Conference -- is being staged as a North American conference for the benefit of entertainment center professionals...

TouchTunes Acquires UK's Soundnet To Begin European Expansion
Nick Montano
The acquisition complements TouchTunes' current business and adds a further 13,000 jukebox sites in Europe to TouchTunes' existing 60,000 bars, clubs and restaurants in North America...

TouchTunes Kicks Off 'Hear It First' Jukebox Prerelease Program With O.A.R's 'The Rockville LP'
TouchTunes Press Release
--press release



AMOA-New York Releases 2014 Dinner Video Featuring Jukebox Award Winner Judy Collins
Nick Montano
The Amusement and Music Owners of New York has released a souvenir video of its annual dinner and Jukebox Artist of the Year tribute, which took place on April 29...



Bandai Namco Amusement Ships Goal Line Rush
Nick Montano




Coca-Cola Recycling Promotion Features 'Bottle-Op' Videogame
Hank Schlesinger
The beverage giant has teamed up with Grey Worldwide's office in Bangladesh to create a novel method to promote recycling. At the center of the promotion is a classic Coke-themed arcade game that accepts plastic bottles rather than coins...



Incredible Technologies Releases GT Caddy; Free App Enhances Golden Tee Experience
Nick Montano
Golden Tee players rejoice! Incredible Technologies has released the first-ever mobile app for its Golden Tee videogame. GT Caddy is companion app available for download to Android. An Apple iOS version will be available in the fall...



North Korean Videogame: Bad Idea or Elaborate Hoax?
Hank Schlesinger
Moneyhorse Games claims to be developing a videogame featuring North Korean despot Kim Jong-un as its central character. Although some are claiming the game is a hoax, the mysterious Atlanta-based company seems to be standing by its claims that the game is for real...



Sega's Plants vs. Zombies Offers New Dimensions To Garden Warfare Game
Hank Schlesinger
Sega Amusements has released a promotional video to correspond with the release of its new "vid-redemption" game, Plants vs. Zombies -- The Last Stand...

Bulk Vending
As Retailers Struggle To Keep Up With Changes In Consumer Habits, Coin-Op Traffic Remains Uncertain
Hank Schlesinger
According to several disparate sources, consumer spending and shopping habits appear to be changing in a dramatic and long-term manner. Evidence of this can be seen in one survey conducted by the market research firm NPD Group. As the survey discovered, families aren't eating out as much as they did just a few years ago...

Benchmark Applies Amusement Know-How To Kinetic Bulk Vender
Hank Schlesinger
Benchmark Games, best known for its amusement redemption devices, has developed its first bulk vending machine line. The factory's Beat the Alienz and Beat the Monsters venders are scheduled to ship in the fourth quarter...

In Texas, An Operator Creates Niche In Marketing Family-Oriented Products
Hank Schlesinger
Matt Miller of Marzs Vending (Kingwood, TX) has found a Texas-size niche in bulk vending. The operator who serves the central Texas market is promoting family-friendly bulk products that eschew the more edgy designs and themes. With a route comprised of some 100 locations, primarily mom and pops, Miller has found that wholesome product makes for happy consumers and location owners...

OK Manufacturing Returns Under New Management; Bulk Vending Machines Roll Out
Hank Schlesinger
OK Manufacturing Co. is back. The company that pioneered giant and kinetic bulk vending machines is under new management. Purchased in an employee buyout in August 2013, OK is now a division of Salt Lake City's Gumball Depot...

Sticky Situation For Gum: U.S. Sales Continue Decline
Hank Schlesinger


Editorial: Vending
Editorial
Market Research As A Byproduct
Tim Sanford
Digital imaging and pattern recognition technology at the vending machine can be put to good use by tackling the age-old problem of finding out just what a vending patron does when approaching a machine... by Tim Sanford

Editorial: Music and Games
Churn, Baby, Churn. Declining Dynamism In Larger Economy
Hank Schlesinger
A recent Brookings Institute study suggests that the creation and failure rate of businesses in the U.S. is on a sustained decline. For more than 30 years, the number of businesses less than a year old has been falling... by Hank Schlesinger

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


Coffee Service News
Breakfast From A Brewer: General Mills Introduces Oatmeal K-Cups
Emily Jed
Now vending and coffee service operators can offer breakfast in a cup. General Mills Inc. is rolling out a line of Nature Valley-brand oatmeal that is prepared using Keurig single-cup brewers...

Cake Boss Coffees Come To Single Cup
Emily Jed


Coca-Cola Pilots Breakroom-Friendly Freestyle Fountain Machines
Emily Jed
Coke, Freestyle Countertop Coca-Cola Co. is piloting several new countertop models of its state-of-the-art Freestyle fountain dispenser, one of which is intended for workplace breakrooms. The smallest countertop machine provides more than 35 drink choices...

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Founder Herbert Hyman Dies At 82
Nick Montano
Herbert Hyman, who founded the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in the early 1960s and saw the premium coffee chain grow to hundreds of stores around the world, died on April 28 at his home in southern California. He was 82...

Coffee Rust Epidemic Threatens To Drive Up Arabica Prices
Emily Jed
The U.S. government is working with researchers to eradicate the coffee rust fungus that has caused $1 billion in damage to Latin American crops and is threatening to further drive up Arabica coffee prices...

DS Services Acquires Wintercreek's Water And OCS
Emily Jed


J.M. Smucker Hikes Coffee Prices
Emily Jed


Keurig And Smucker Extend Brands To Bolt And 2.0 Pack Formats
Emily Jed


Keurig Green Mountain Q2 Profit Soars Amid Higher Brewer And Portion Pack Sales
Emily Jed
Net sales of portion packs climbed 13% year-over-year, and net sales of brewers and accessories rose 9%. Some 1.8 million Keurig system brewers were sold during the quarter...

Marley Becomes Exclusive Colorado Rapids Coffee Partner
Emily Jed


Mobile App Offers Unlimited Coffeehouse Brews For $45 A Month
Emily Jed


Mondelez And DE Master Blenders Merge Coffee Businesses
Emily Jed
The new company, to be called Jacobs Douwe Egberts, will be headquartered in the Netherlands, with projected annual revenue of more than $7 billion. It is expected to be the world's leading "pure play" coffee company (publicly traded and focused on a single business), but Nestlé will remain the world's coffee leader...

NCA Study Finds Shift To Gourmet Coffee Options, Java Widening Lead Over Soft Drinks
Emily Jed
Consumers are increasingly favoring gourmet coffee options and drinking more coffee than soft drinks, according to the National Coffee Association's 2014 drinking trends study. NCA's latest survey is based on the results of an online survey of about 3,000 adults conducted from mid-January through mid-February...

Royal Cup Appoints Bill Smith III CEO
Emily Jed
Bill Smith III will succeed Hatton C.V. Smith as chief executive of the Alabama-based coffee roaster...

Starbucks Joins European Vending Association
Emily Jed


VE Global Begins Marketing Necta's Krea Coffee Machine
Emily Jed


Foodservice News
House Committee Approves Healthy School Meal Waiver
Emily Jed


Panera Speeds Ordering With Mobile App, Kiosks
Emily Jed


Pilgrim's Pride Offers To Buy Hillshire For $5.52 billion
Emily Jed


Ruiz Foods Supports East Coast Expansion With New SC Manufacturing Facility
Emily Jed


Technomic: Quality Is Increasingly Important In Sandwich Category
Emily Jed


Guest Columns
Comparisons Are Key When Confronting Competition
by Len Rashkin
There is an ancient Greek maxim, "know thyself." But it is also important to "know thy competition." Knowledge of your competitors is fundamental to outselling them, especially when presenting your coffee services to a prospective customer who already has one... by Len Rashkin

How To Turn Every Dollar Of Your Investment Income Into Tax-Free Income
by Irv Blackman
"Tax-free" always has a nice ring to it. The higher the income tax rate the nicer the ring. The old top rate, at 35%, was bad enough. The current highest rate -- 39.6% -- has created a flurry of activity to legally avoid the tax. And there are additional surtaxes. This gives us a worthy target to make tax-free. But how? The answer is private placement life insurance... by Irv Blackman

Meetings/Events
2014 Sweets & Snacks Expo Reports Its Largest Event In Show's History
NCA Press Release


Asian Attractions Expo 2014 Exhibit Space Sells Out
IAAPA Press Release


Conn. Vending Assn. Dinner And Legislative Meeting: June 11
Emily Jed


Del Monte Sponsors NAMA Webinar On Smart Snacks In Schools, Presented By USDA : May 21, 2:30 P.M. EST
NAMA Press Release
--press release

Names in the News
Drew Maniscalco Joins Andamiro As North American Sales Director
Nick Montano


Former Coke Exec John Downs To Lead National Confectioners Association
Emily Jed


Hostess Names Food Industry Veteran William Toler CEO
Emily Jed


IAMC Elects Vending's Jennifer Saverino As 2014-16 President
Tim Sanford


Kraft Promotes George Zoghbi To Vice Chairman
Emily Jed


Marley Beverage Names Harry Bigelow CEO
Emily Jed


Paula Rinker Joins S&B Candy And Toy
Hank Schlesinger


Ray Tanzer Rejoins Stern Pinball As Member Of Operations Team
Nick Montano


Roger Sharpe Exits WMS Industries, Becomes CEO Of Creative Firm
Nick Montano


Suzo-Happ Appoints Mila de la Roca As Latin American Sales Agent
Tim Sanford


Veteran Journalist William Dermody Joins ABA As Policy VP
Emily Jed


Upfront with the Publisher
To See His Monument, Look Around You
Alicia Lavay
As we reported (with great sadness) in May, Roger Folz is gone. He was a prominent figure in my hometown, Oceanside, and when the Folz Vending headquarters there was closed seven years ago, an era ended... by Alicia Lavay... by Alicia Lavay

Vending Machine Products
AdvancePierre Adds Two Big AZ Sandwiches
Emily Jed


Brothers-All-Natural Launches Fruit Clusters
Emily Jed


FDA Approves Advantame As New Sweetener
Emily Jed


Herr's Adds Veggie Crisps
Emily Jed


Herr's Extends Old Bay Flavor To Popcorn, Cheese Curls
Emily Jed


Hershey Makes $1B Bid To Acquire Russell Stover
Emily Jed


Hershey's Extends Popular Vending Confection Brands
Emily Jed


New Wrap Kits And Chopped Salad Bowls Expand Grab-And-Go Menus
Emily Jed


Popcorn Indiana Debuts Fit Line
Emily Jed


Steuben Foods And Cold Stone Creamery Launch Premium Milk Shakers
Tim Sanford


Sunny D Tests Energy Drink Alternative
Emily Jed


Micromarkets
Mars Line Extensions Offer Vending Machine And Micromarket Variety
Emily Jed
Mars Chocolate North America has added several new twists to its popular chocolate brands. They are now available for vending machines and micromarkets...

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