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Vol. 54, No. 2, February 2014

Vending Features
365 Retail Markets Finalizes Series A Funding Led By Plymouth Ventures
365 Retail Markets Press Release
--press release

Amazon Tests Vending Machines That Hold, Sell And Dispense Kindle Products
by Staff Reporter
Amazon sees vending as a way get to closer to consumers in the world of physical retail. Its vending machines are made by Zoom Systems...

Arizona Company Readies First Medical Marijuana Vender For Deployment
Emily Jed
The Patient Alternative Relief Center, an Arizona state licensed medical marijuana dispensary, will be the first location to feature Tranzbyte Corp.'s Altitude Organix ZaZZZ pot vending machine...

AVT Creates Automated 'Outdoor Micro Store' For California Skate And Surf Shop
Emily Jed


AVT Licenses Wireless Vending Management System To Marley Coffee Automated Stores
Emily Jed
AVT Inc. said it has licensed its wireless vending management system to Marley Coffee Automated Stores Inc. Under the terms of the deal, AVT will receive a monthly fee for the use of its management technology on each Marley coffee machine...

Consumer Reports Says Many Soft Drinks Contain A Potential Carcinogen
Emily Jed
Recent tests of sodas and other soft drinks by Consumer Reports found varying levels of a potentially carcinogenic chemical in all of the samples that listed caramel color as an ingredient. The ingredient, called 4-methylimidazole (4-MeI), is a byproduct of the production of certain types of caramel color...

Could 'Wearable' Payments Replace Cash, Cards And Phones?
Emily Jed
New research from Mercator Advisory Group examines how rings, wristbands, watches and other "wearable" items are being used for payments in place of physical and mobile wallets...

Crane Co. Q4 Profit Is Up 9%, Merchandising Soars 30%; Payment Innovations Segment Announced
Nick Montano
Crane's latest quarterly results included after-tax transaction-related costs of $11.9 million, or $0.20 a share, related to the recent acquisition of Conlux Holdings. Crane closed its $804 million acquisition of MEI Conlux Holdings on Dec. 11...

Equity Firm Invests $1 Million In AVT Inc.
Emily Jed
Ironridge Global Partners LLC said it has concluded its $1 million equity investment in AVT Inc., a Corona, CA-based developer of automated retailing systems...

Fox 8 Cleveland Reports On MIND System As Label Data Solution
Tim Sanford
Fox Broadcasting affiliate WJW (Fox 8 Cleveland) aired an informative news story on January 10 about Vendors Exchange International Inc.'s M.I.N.D. touchscreen video display and information-retrieval system for vending machines...

Fresh Healthy Vending Takes Franchise Business Overseas
Emily Jed
Biz-op firm plans to expand outside North America and appoints twi master franchisors to get its vendig business off the ground in international markets...

Garment Maker Takes Experimental Bra Vender Out Of Service
Hank Schlesinger
Despite the publicity, Japanese lingerie maker Wacoal has decided to pull the machine from its flagship store for lack of sales...

Georgia State Rep. Lynne Riley Learns About Vending Industry During Visit With GAMC
NAMA Press Release
--press release

Mondelez Names Activist Investor Nelson Peltz To Board
Emily Jed
The food giant said it will add Nelson Peltz to its board of directors as news surfaced that the activist investor was considering a proxy fight to boost its profit margins...

NAMA Calls For Industry Award Nominations: Feb. 3 Is Deadline
Emily Jed
The National Automatic Merchandising Association is accepting nominations for the 2014 NAMA Industry Awards through Feb. 3...

New Fund Aims To Raise $4.9 Million To Purchase Marley Coffee Vending Machines
Emily Jed
On the heels of Outerwall's December announcement that it was shuttering the Rubi Coffee kiosk business, AVT Inc. hastily boasted that its Marley Coffee-branded machines were well positioned to fill the Rubi void. Now, an independent investment fund has been created to raise $4.9 million to do just that...

Pennsylvania Woman Sentenced In Energy Candy Vending Swindle
Emily Jed
Pearl Pastilock, 50, pleaded guilty in June to conspiring with L.J. Gubitosa Inc., which did business as American Vending Systems...

PepsiCo Announces $5 Billion Investment In Mexico
PepsiCo Press Release
--press release

Rollasole Vending Machines Ramp Up On Vegas Strip, Make Return To Golden Globes
Emily Jed
British shoe designer Rollasole has placed its first outdoor vending machine on the Las Vegas Strip. Rollasole roll-up shoes sold through the machines let Vegas' party crowd ditch their heels for comfy flats, on the spot...

Sodexo Q1 Hit By Strong Currency, U.S. Tops Performance
Emily Jed
The contract foodservice and facilities management giant said its first-quarter sales fell 1.9% due to the strength of the euro, which more than offset sales growth. U.S. sales rose 5.1%...

Sony Vends Waterproof MP3 Players Inside Water-Filled Bottles
Emily Jed
Sony is demonstrating just how rugged its waterproof MP3 players are by immersing them inside water-filled bottles and selling them through vending machines...

Spindle Integrates Payment Wallet Into SpotShop Vending Machines
Tim Sanford
The mobile commerce solutions provider partners with Signifi, a provider of interactive vending machines, under which Spindle's MeNetwork mobile wallet payment capability will be incorporated into SpotShop machines...

Study: Diet Beverages Are Not Solution For Weight Loss
Emily Jed
Heavy adults who believe drinking diet soda will help them lose or keep weight off should think again, according to researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health...

Sugar Linked To Cardiovascular Disease, Soda Singled Out As Contributor
Emily Jed
Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found an association between consuming "too much" added sugar in foods and beverages to be an independent risk factor for dying of cardiovascular disease...

USA Technologies Announces Second Quarter, Fiscal 2014 Results; EBITDA Rises 8%
USAT Press Release
--press release

USA Technologies, A Cashless Vending Leader, Is Among 2014 Future 50 Award Winners
USAT Press Release
The Future 50 awards program recognizes the Philadelphia region's 50 fast-growth, midsize companies, five large blue chip companies and five small emerging growth companies --press release

Vended Tomatoes Fuel Tokyo Joggers
Emily Jed
apan's Kagome Co. is selling fresh tomatoes to joggers through vending machines as a replenishing on-the-spot alternative to sports drinks and energy bars...

Vending Equipment Veteran Ernest Ray Wright Dies At 68
Emily Jed
Ernest Ray Wright, who worked in vending equipment sales for over four decades, died on Jan. 11 in Arkansas. Wright spent most of his career at Polyvend Inc....

Vending Industry Effort Helps Thwart California Soda Tax
Emily Jed
The National Automatic Merchandising Association’s and California Automatic Vending Council’s advocacy efforts on the vending industry’s behalf helped defeat a proposed sugar-sweetened beverages tax...

VendScreen Secures Additional $17.8 Million In Financing; Goes Commercial With 3G Vending Platform
Emily Jed
The Portland, OR, tech startup has closed a $17.8 million round of financing to take its 3G vending machine touchscreen into broad commercialization. The financing was secured from 3x5 Special Opportunity Fund and Merrickhanna Ventures, its two current investors...

Vending Video


Giant 'Vending Machines' Rent Electric Cars For $3 An Hour
Emily Jed
Renters can take the ultra-compact electric vehicles for a spin for about $3 an hour by after paying with their debit or credit cards. They run for about 75 miles on a charge and reach a maximum speed of 50 mph...

Music and Games Features
America's Incredible Pizza Pacts BMI For Upgrade To FEC In Missouri
Tim Sanford


AMOA Beefs Up State Support With Rebate Program And START Resources
Hank Schlesinger
The Amusement and Music Operators Association is bolstering its outreach initiatives aimed at state coin machine associations. The programs will be introduced formally at the AMOA Council of Affiliated States Meeting in early February in Tampa, FL...

Arcade Boxing Game Leaves Chinese Man Paralyzed
Hank Schlesinger


BARometer Handbook: On-Premise Beverage Alcohol Consumption Slows; Sales Still Predicted To Increase
BIG Press Release
--press release

CEC Entertainment Inc. Adopts Shareholder Rights Plan
CEC Press Release
--press release

CEC Entertainment Inc. Agrees To Be Acquired By An Affiliate Of Apollo Global Management For $54 Per Share In Cash
CEC Press Release
Apollo affiliate enters into a definitive merger agreement to acquire Chuck E. Cheese's parent company for approximately $1.3 billion, including the assumption of CEC's outstanding debt --press release

Chuck E. Cheese's Sold To Private Equity Firm; Three Shareholders Sue To Stop Sale
Nick Montano
CEC Entertainment, the corporate owner of the famous pizza-arcade chain, is being gobbled up by a private equity firm for $1.3 billion. New York City-based Apollo Global Management is paying $54 a share in cash for the company. But not all shareholders approve, and some are suing to stop the sale...

Coast To Coast Rolls Out New Candy Street Prize-Every-Time Crane
Tim Sanford
The new crane machine stands 70" high and has a footprint 24" wide by 32" deep. It is supplied with a modern-style backlit topper and extended top cutout sign, and features a candy scoop claw...

Expert Predicts Death Of Traditional Mall; Can Amusements And Coin-Op Adapt To New Retail Concepts?
Hank Schlesinger
Real estate expert Rick J. Caruso predicts the demise of shopping malls as we know them within just a few years -- unless the retail industry makes some fundamental and significant changes.



Golden Tee LIVE 2014 Free Equipment Weekend: The 'Bottomless Bag' Promotion Runs Jan. 24-27
IT Press Release
--press release

IN MEMORIAM | Paul Simpson Gies, 51
Nick Montano
Paul Simpson Gies, a former director of the Amusement and Music Operators Association, died on Jan. 16 at the Central Montana Medical Center here. He was 51...

Investor Brings Funds To Jersey Jack Pinball Inc.; Could It Become A $20M Company?
Nick Montano
Jersey Jack Pinball Inc. said it has entered into an equity partnership with an investment firm identified only as JDA. The up-and-coming pinball machine manufacturer said the partnership will provide means to fund multiple game platforms, allow it to expand into related technologies and markets, and attract "deeper management" resources...

New Direct-To-Location Jukebox Program Sparks Alarm Among Operators
Nick Montano
Direct location sales have been hot topics for the jukebox industry in recent years. At least two operators have lost locations after their accounts purchased used TouchTunes boxes from a Michigan-based reseller...

New Jersey Amusement Association Readies 19th Annual East Coast Expo: Feb. 19-20
Hank Schlesinger


Next Week's California Spotlight Show Will Host Over Two Dozen Exhibitors; Booth Space Is Still Available
Nick Montano


Photobooth Volume Swings Up In Record Photo-Me First Half
Emily Jed
Photo-Me's vending operations comprise mostly photobooths, along with digital printing kiosks, photobook makers, amusement machines (kiddie rides in the UK) and business service equipment, as well as its new laundry machines...

Planetary Pinball And Chicago Gaming Co. Remake Medieval Madness
Hank Schlesinger
Announced in October at Pinball Expo, Medieval's first run of 1,000 games was sold out within hours in advance orders. The remake of the most beloved of all pin games is expected to roll off the Chicago Gaming's production line in the second quarter...

Proposal Would Ease Worries For Florida's Amusement Game Operators
Nick Montano
State Sen. Kelli Stargel's new proposal addresses unintentional harm on amusements by last year's anti-sweeps law, and addresses restrictions on games that have been on Florida's books for a long time but have generally not been enforced...

Stern Pinball Takes Wraps Off Mustang At Chicago Auto Show, Feb. 6
Tim Sanford
At the show's media preview, six brand-new Stern "pro-level" Mustang pinball machines will be on display, along with the new Ford Mustang. Top-ranked competitive pinball player Zach Sharpe will demonstrate the game, establishing benchmark scores and challenging journalists to beat them...

Stern Pinball To Sponsor IFPA State Championship Series
Nick Montano
The pinball machine maker will be a premier sponsor of the International Flipper Pinball Association's upcoming state championship series. The first-ever IFPA state series is expected to draw 440 finalists representing 28 different IFPA championships all taking place on Saturday, Feb. 8, in different locations across the country...

UltraCade Founder Gets 2 Years In Prison; David Foley Conspired To Commit Mail, Wire And Bank Fraud
Nick Montano
UltraCade Technologies' founder was sentenced to two years in federal prison for secretly making and selling arcade videogame software for his own profit after selling the rights to those games to Global VR...

UNIS: A Global Games Company On The Move
Hank Schlesinger
"We're looking at a global market, but North America is the important starting point for us," said Steven Tan, an executive at China's Unis. "It gives us an opportunity to test our new products and work with our distribution partners to collect feedback..."

Wedges/Ledges Develops Solar Power Solution For Amusement Cranes
Hank Schlesinger
Wedges/Ledges of California wants to take cranes where no crane has gone before -- and with solar-power. The concept may be considered as a move toward "green" technology or as liberation from electrical sockets...



Universal Partnerships & Licensing Signs Dutch Pinball BV As Global Licensee For The Big Lebowski Pinball Machine
Dutch Pinball Press Release


Bulk Vending
LAI's Piñata Redemption Game Offers Unique Bulk Vending Opportunity
Hank Schlesinger
While the game in ticket-redemption mode is a natural fit for amusement facilities, it also presents a new equipment option to bulk vendors when it operates as a skill-based candy vender for the "street"...

Pure Novelty Introduces High-Tech Pic N Mix Bulk Candy Cup Vender
Nick Montano
Pic N Mix is an eye-catching vending machine that displays 10 selections of bulk candy and enables the patron to purchase a cup with any or several of them. The machine is made by Pure Novelty of Leeds, England, and it's the brainchild of father and son team Steve and Daniel Perkins...

Editorial: Vending
Editorial
The Smallest Locations Drink Coffee, Too
Tim Sanford
The first coffee service operators succeeded by focusing on underserved small locations. That segment still is underserved, and still wants coffee Tim Sanford

Editorial: Music and Games
Hiring Veterans Is Worth The Effort
Hank Schlesinger
The government doesn't make it easy to hire former service personnel, but their experience in teamwork and problem-solving should move their job applications to the top of the stack | Hank Schlesinger

Trust Is Paramount In The Relationships Business
Nick Montano
The amusement and music industry no longer is the only source for exciting entertainment equipment, but we are the experts in placing and running it | Nick Montano

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


Coffee Service News
Green Mountain Plans Name Change With Emphasis On Keurig
Emily Jed


Keurig Launches College-Branded K-Cup Mini Brewers And Decals
Emily Jed


Marley Coffee's BRB Services Division Lands Arrow Electronics Account
Nick Montano
Marley Coffee said it has become the corporate coffee option at the Denver-area headquarters of Arrow Electronics. Marley Coffee will be supplied to Arrow Electronics by Black Rock Beverage Services, which Marley Coffee acquired last August...

NAMA's Coffee Service Committee Meets In Dallas, Site Of 2014 CTW Show
NAMA Press Release
"The goal of this year's CTW show is to have education sessions tailored for everyone -- sales, operations and senior management alike," said Dean Gilland, NAMA's vice-president of sales and CTW [press release]

Next-Generation Keurig Home System Will Brew Single Cups And Carafes
Emily Jed
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters' Keurig 2.0 home brewers will be the first to brew both a single cup using K-Cup and a carafe of coffee using the new Keurig K-Carafe pack. The platform is set to debut next fall...

Republic Of Tea Introduces 'Highly' Caffeinated Energy Teas
Emily Jed


White Coffee Licenses Crumbs Bake Shop Brand
Emily Jed


Cover Stories


In Pod We Trust: Global Beverage Analyst Charts Single-Cup Coffee Surge
Emily Jed
Global beverage strategist Ross Colbert of Rabobank International keeps his finger on the pulse of the swiftly evolving single-cup brew-by-pack coffee market. He shares his insights and projections with operators. In 2012, for instance, he forecast that there would be "no clear winner" in single serve. He also predicted that the market segment would reach $8 billion by 2017, mushrooming to two and a half times its 2012 size...

Foodservice News
Time Magazine Dubs White Castle Slider Most Influential Burger Ever
Emily Jed


Compass Group North America Joins 'Farm-To-Fork' Sustainability Program
Emily Jed


FDA Proposes Rule To Prevent Food Safety Risks During Transportation
Emily Jed


National Restaurant Association's Phil Kafarakis Joins Meals On Wheels Association of America Board of Directors
NRA Press Release
--press release

Guest Columns
Coffee Prices Reflect Supply And Demand - But Unpredictably
by Kevin Daw
Last month, Vending Times and several broad-based media companies reported on the recent decline in coffee prices. When stating numbers in percentage terms, headlines can sound compelling, and this is as true for coffee stories as for anything else... by Kevin Daw

Easing Lower-Cost Coin Production
NAMA Government Affairs
Hand in hand...The National Automatic Merchandising Association teams up with the U.S. Mint to ease transition to lower-cost coin production | NAMA Government Affairs

Effective Telemarketing And Presentations Win Accounts
by Len Rashkin
Sampling for sales? Some of the most successful OCS companies in the country have telemarketing departments that generate quality leads for their sales forces. It takes a lot of trial and error to find the right person(s) to make appointments... by Len Rashkin

Parts Departments Need Easy Access And Tight Inventory Controls
by Stephanie Begley
Things break. It's as simple as that when it comes to pretty much anything these days, and vending machines aren't any different. Today's electronically controlled machines are remarkable in many ways, but like their predecessors, they are collections of subassemblies that have to work smoothly together. So let's get our spares organized to keep things working... by Stephanie Begley

So You Own Annuities? Chances Are You're Being Ripped Off
by Irv Blackman
If you own annuities, you'll love this article. If you don't own any annuities, then pass this article to friends and colleagues who do (but read the article so you'll know why you -- subject to rare exceptions -- should never buy an annuity)... by Irv Blackman

Hardware/Tools
Highfield Extends Smart, Programmable Locks Line
Emily Jed


Meetings/Events
Foundations Entertainment University To Host Phoenix Class: Feb. 25-27
FEU Press Release


NCA Announces 2014 Sweets & Snacks Expo Registration Opens To A Sold-Out Exhibit Hall
NCA Press Release


Spindle Chief Bill Clark To Deliver Keynote At Mobile Payments Conference: Jan. 29
Emily Jed


Names in the News
Apriva Chief Chris Spinella Named To ETA Industry Relations Committee
Emily Jed


Campbell Taps Dave Biegger Global Supply Chain SVP
Emily Jed


Gold Standard/Shelti Appoints Paul Jacobs Marketing Vice-President
Tim Sanford


J. M. Smucker Appoints Kevin Jackson Foodservice VP And GM
Emily Jed


Small Business News
Gas Prices Poised For A Volatile 2014
Hank Schlesinger


Small Businesses Change Hands At Rapid Rate, Restaurants And Retail Leading the Way
Hank Schlesinger


Small Businesses Check Crystal Ball To Predict Prospects For 2014
Hank Schlesinger


Sponsored Content
Digital Weight-Sensing Shelves Are Moving Vending Into The 21st Century
by Andy Franklin, Vice President of Software at ShelfX
Andy Franklin of ShelfX, maker of the Vending Fridge, explores how digitally connected weight-sensing shelves are revolutionizing the traditional vending machine | Sponsored by ShelfX

Upfront with the Publisher
It's Time To Rock The Boat
Alicia Lavay
There always are going to be some locations that buy their own equipment. We can only see the bright side of this if we're willing to talk about it | Alicia Lavay

Vending Machine Products
Energy Drink Startup Pays People To Drink And Promote Its Beverages
Emily Jed


General Mills Details New Products Launching In Company's Second-Half of Fiscal 2014
General Mills Press Release


Snyder's of Hanover Launches Korn Krunchers
Emily Jed


Vending Video


M&M'S Planning To Go (Pea)nuts In New Super Bowl Commercial
Mars Press Release


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