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Vol. 53, No. 7, July 2013

Vending Features
AVT And Neebo Pact To Put Marley Coffee Venders In College Bookstores
Tim Sanford
The next-generation Marley Coffee Stores provide onscreen advertising opportunities that can deliver an additional revenue stream for the operators, Marley Coffee Stores and location...

AVT Begins Enforcing Wireless Vending Patent Through Licensing Agreements
Emily Jed
AVT Inc. said it has signed up several of its large customers as licensees of its patented wireless vending control systems, and has begun bringing other manufacturers and operators into compliance through licensing arrangements...

AVT Inc. Begins Shipping Marley Coffee 'Mall' Kiosks
Emily Jed
AVT Inc. said it will begin shipping Marley Coffee-branded kiosks designed for placement in malls and other large venues like sports stadiums and convention centers...

B&G Foods Acquires Pirate's Booty Maker For $195 Million
Emily Jed


BEP: $10 Note With Tactile Features For Blind Will Enter Circulation In 2020
Emily Jed
The Bureau of Engraving and Printing recently released an update on its progress toward changes to U.S. banknotes to make paper money more intelligible to blind and visually impaired individuals...

Carts Blanche And Jofemar Deliver Moveable Vending Machines
Emily Jed
Carts Blanche has partnered with Jofemar to create a moveable vending machine bank that uses its VendaCarts trailers and Jofemar's versatile vending machines. The combination could be used as a mini convenience store at outdoor events like fairs and festivals...

City Vending Optimizes USA Technologies' Cashless Payment For Improved Business Performance, Competitive Edge And Consumer Satisfaction
USAT Press Release
Texas vending company transitioned from zero to more than 300 cashless payment terminals in less than a year [press release]

Coca-Cola Expands Contactless Vending Payment To Debit Cards In Canada
Emily Jed
The beverage giant said it will deploy the payment option on 4,000 Coca-Cola vending machines across Canada by the end of July...

Coinstar Changes Name To Outerwall, Acquires EcoATM
Emily Jed
Coinstar Inc. is officially Outerwall Inc., following stockholder approval of the name change. The company began trading under the new name and Nasdaq ticker symbol OUTR on July 2...

Crane Merchandising Systems' Media Machines Selected As Part Of Vending RFP At Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
CMS Press Relaease
As part of the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport’s new technology program, 49 of Crane Merchandising Systems' new Merchant Media machines, all equipped with credit card swipes and touchscreens, were installed throughout the airport [press release]

Crane's 'Get Connected' Cashless Vending Program Launches With 5.4% Processing Fees
Emily Jed
Crane Merchandising Systems, a Crane Co. company, has announced the commercial launch of Get Connected, a cashless vending program offering credit card processing fees of 5.4% per transaction...

Delaware Bill Seeks To Expand Blind Vendor Opportunities
Emily Jed
Under federal law and state law, Delaware's Business Enterprise Program is already granted priority to operate vending machines on federal and state property...

DOE Considers New Refrigerated Beverage Vender Energy Standards; Industry Weighs In At Public Meeting, Webinar June 20
Emily Jed
The U.S. Department of Energy is considering amending energy conservation standards for refrigerated beverage vending machines...

Fresh Healthy Vending Secures 90 New Contracts In June
Emily Jed
The biz-op healthy vending company reports that it had acquired 90 locations for its franchisees across North America in June, a record number for the organization...

Frito-Lay Begins Constructing CNG Fueling Network For Vehicle Fleet
Tim Sanford
The Frito-Lay North American Division of PepsiCo has announced that it is ready to break ground for a compressed natural gas fueling station in Beloit, WI. The station is the first of seven to be constructed this year...

George Langdon Dies; Led Colorado Vending Council
Tim Sanford
George Langdon, a 60-year veteran of the vending industry is remembered for his long and effective efforts to secure equitable sales tax treatment for vending operators. He was 89...

Illinois Vendor Mark Stein Lends Voice To NAMA Advocacy Visit In DC
Emily Jed
Mark Stein, co-owner of MarkVend (Northbrook, IL), and representatives from Dr Pepper Snapple Group joined National Automatic Merchandising Association senior government affairs vice-president Eric Dell on a recent visit with U.S. Congress members...

Inaugural Healthy Beverage Expo Signals Demand For Growing Drink Category
Emily Jed


Innovolt Unveils 'Cloud' Management Platform For Electronic Assets
Tim Sanford
Called Innovolt Management Cloud, the program offers customers the ability to receive and analyze key information, including the type and frequency of power-related events at each location...

Intel Introduces Content-Management System For Digital Signage
Tim Sanford
Vending operators and other retailers can organize, control and tailor their digital signage marketing programs across multiple devices with Intel's new Retail Client Management (RCM) system...

Joe Hedrich, Vending Operator From Maine, Dies At 85
Emily Jed
Vending operator Uriah Joseph "Joe" Hedrich II died on June 24. After serving in the Navy in the South Pacific, Hedrich returned to Presque Isle, ME, to begin his first business venture, the Hedrich Vending Co....

Kennesaw State University Gets Georgia's First Shop24
Emily Jed
KSU has more than 25,000 students and is the third-largest institution in the Georgia's university system...

Kraft Foodservice's Bev1 Brands Portfolio Combines Hot And Cold Drinks
Tim Sanford
According to Kraft Foods Group Inc., Bev1 Brands provides vending and foodservice operators with everything they need to meet customer demands, from products through merchandising to service support...

Ladies Flat Shoe Kiosk Steps Out At Atlanta Airport
Emily Jed
Flat Out of Heels's soft-sole, "rollable," ballet-style flats can serve as an emergency shoe replacement or for everyday use by everyone from business commuters and late night party goers to travelers and students...

MD-DCVA Elects Durnbaugh; NAMA's Dell Offers Legislative Update
Tim Sanford
The Maryland-DC Vending Association elected David Durnbaugh, SunDun Inc. (Beltsville, MD), president at its annual meeting in June...

MEI Video: 5 Ways To Reclaim Your Margins In 90 Days
Nick Montano
MEI marketing director Chuck Reed moderates s discussion featuring five vending operators who relate their experiences in deploying the best existing and new technology to take back their margins...

Microtronic Launches Facebook Contest To Celebrate 'U-Key' Milestone
Emily Jed
Microtronic US said it has sold 10 million U-Keys and is marking the milestone with a Facebook contest for users of the cashless payment device...

Missouri Congressman Billy Long Gets Industry Perspective From Mid-America Vendors
Emily Jed


NAMA Launches Government Affairs Website
Emily Jed
NAMAVoice.org was created by the vending association's government affairs team in partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce...

NAMA Lays Groundwork For October's Public Policy Confab; Meets With Sen. Boozman and Rep. Mulvaney
Tim Sanford
National Automatic Merchandising Association senior staff members recently visited the nation's capital to meet with elected officials and public policy organizations. Discussions centered on current issues of concern to the vending industry...

NCVA Readies July 26-27 Membership Meeting And Golf Outing
Emily Jed


New England's Vending Associations Present Wishart Award To Dennis Surprenant
Emily Jed
Nearly 100 industry members from New England gathered at Connecticut's Mohegan Sun for their annual joint meeting, which organizers are hailing as one of the most successful to date. A much-anticipated part of the festivities was the presentation of the Harry Wishart Award...

Next Generation Pacts With Shop24 To Service, Market Automated C-Stores In Northeast
Emily Jed
Next Generation Vending LLC is headquartered in Stoughton, MA, and provides full-line vending and office coffee services to 8,500 clients. It has 15 regional and branch offices across the Northeast...

NYC $1.4M Ad Campaign Plasters Anti-Sugary Drink Message On City Buses
Emily Jed
New York City's crusade against sugary drinks is revving back up following the defeat of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's effort to restrict their portion sizes. The city's health department has launched a $1.4 million advertising campaign that began appearing on TV and on buses around the city in early June...

NYC Lawyers Argue For Large-Size Soda Ban In Appeals Court
Emily Jed
Lawyers from Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration appeared before an appellate court on June 11 to ask panel of judges to overturn a lower court ruling that shot down his proposed ban on large-size sugary drinks three months ago...

Pepsi Bottling Ventures Acquires Charlotte Territory From PepsiCo
Emily Jed
Pepsi Bottling Ventures LLC has completed its acquisition of franchise territories in five counties around the greater Charlotte area from PepsiCo. Terms were not disclosed...

Senators Reintroduce COINS Act In Push To Replace $1 Bill With Coin
Emily Jed
The Currency Optimization, Innovation and National Savings Act (S. 1105), or COINS Act, was introduced on June 6 by five senators. The lawmakers first introduced the COINS Act in February 2012. But it, and companion legislation introduced in the House of Representatives, failed to become law...

Starbucks Expands 'Corner Café' Vending Program Throughout Europe
Emily Jed
Starbucks Corp. said it plans to install vending cafés in large offices throughout Europe, expanding upon a pilot it launched in Switzerland last fall. Called Corner Café, the Seattle coffee giant's automated workplace coffee bars feature...

They’re Back! Twinkies Return On July 15
Emily Jed
winkies and other iconic Hostess snack cakes will make a high-profile comeback under new ownership, reappearing on store shelves on July 15...

To Address Antitrust Concerns, The European Commission Extends Review Period For Crane Co.'s Acquisition Of MEI Conlux To July 19
Nick Montano
Crane said the commission is focused on two product lines in the European market, so it is engaged in discussions with the EU's executive body regarding potential remedies that would affect less than 10% of the aggregate sales of the combined businesses...

Tri-State Honors Andy Calhoun, Reelects McManus President
Emily Jed
The Tri-State Automatic Merchandising Council's annual membership meeting in June drew a record number of industry members from New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware for business meetings, a mini trade show, golf and networking...

UK Culinary Arts Students Ready Concepts For Display At 2013 AVEX
Tim Sanford
The Automatic Vending Association, which represents the vending industry in the United Kingdom and Ireland, challenged final-year culinary arts management students from the University College, Birmingham, to develop products for six key vending segments...

Upstate Networks Unveils Wiegand RFID Badge-To-Vender Interface
Tim Sanford
The UNI Wiegand-to-MDB product, called W2MDB, is a hardware interface installed inside the vending machine. It is connected to a suitable RFID proximity reader mounted on the front of the vender...

USA Technologies And Setomatic Team Up To Advance Cashless Payments In Laundries
Tim Sanford
The pact will combine Setomatic's SpyderWash technology with USAT's ePort Connect service to bring cashless payment value to laundry operators as consumers increasingly opt to use their credit/debit cards and mobile phones to pay for laundry services...

USConnect Operator Network Grows To 21 Companies
Emily Jed
When fully deployed, the current group will reportedly have about 35,000 connected points of sale that consist of vending machines, micromarkets and dining facilities...

USDA Issues Nationwide Nutrition Standards For Venders In Schools
Emily Jed
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's first-ever nationwide nutrition standards for vending dictate what can and can't be sold through machines placed in schools...

Vagabond Vending Unveils 2.0 Web Interface For Larger Operations
Tim Sanford
The new Vagabond 2.0 Web interface is designed to provide a complete solution for operators managing from 1 to 2,500 machines...

Vending Industry Puts Spotlight On Workplace Refreshments At World's Largest HR Conference
Emily Jed
Vending operators and suppliers promoted their products and services to more than 15,000 workplace decision makers attending the recent Society for Human Resources conference and trade show in Chicago...

Vending Pioneer Gene Rountree Dies
Emily Jed
Aubrey Eugene "Gene" Rountree died at his home in Lexington, SC, on June 9. He was 74. Rountree founded Food Service Inc. in Lexington in 1967...

VendTek To Show Off Vending Equipment At Aug. 22 Open House In Wixom, MI
Emily Jed


Will Coinstar Become Outerwall? Retail Automation Leader Proposes Name Change
Emily Jed
Coinstar Inc. said it will seek approval to change its name to Outerwall Inc. at its stockholders meeting on June 27. The company's core businesses -- Redbox and Coinstar -- will retain their current brand names...

Micromarkets
NAMA Takes Micromarket Seminar On The Road, Starting In Chicago
Tim Sanford
The National Automatic Merchandising Association has announced plans to conduct a series of seminars on micromarket operations. The first is scheduled for Chicago on Aug. 13 and 14...

Self-Service Shopping Grows In Popularity, According To Cisco Study
Cisco Systems Inc. Press Release
Results show that 61% of global consumers are willing to shop in an omni-channel, self-service or completely automated store, and 52% prefer self-service stations for faster checkout lines [press release]

Three Square Establishes Distribution Network For New Micromarket
Emily Jed
Three Square offers a variety of kiosk types, market layouts and service. The system is built on the same technology and processes as its corrections industry kiosk system that has been in use since 2002...

Three Square Market Adapts Self-Checkout System Used By Prisons For Workplace Deployment
Emily Jed
Three Square Market, a subsidiary of TW Vending, has taken the wraps off its new self-checkout micromarket for placement in business and industry sites. The kiosk is a variation of TWV's corrections market kiosk...

Music and Games Features
AMI Entertainment Updates Bar Link Jukebox iOS Mobile Application
Nick Montano
The new version of iOS Bar Link offers a number of new features and an enhanced user interface. Users now are able to check in automatically, search with greater efficiency and make purchases more securely...

AMI Entertainment's Music And TV Businesses Relocate From Bristol To Trevose, PA
Nick Montano
AMI Entertainment Network Inc. reports that it has relocated its music and television marketing business from Bristol, PA, to nearby Trevose, a northeastern suburb of Philadelphia...

Benchmark Games Retires Slam-A-Winner And Pop It For Gold Titles
Tim Sanford
Benchmark Games reports that it is retiring two of its classic redemption games, Slam-A-Winner Std. and Pop it for Gold Std. Slam-A-Winner Std. has proven to be Benchmark's most successful title to date...

Big Buck HD Kicks off Summer Training Tour
Raw Thrills Press Release
Raw Thrills Inc. is driving players to Big Buck HDs this summer with the Summer Training Tour Promotion, which kicked off nationally on June 21. During the month of August, Big Buck Hunter will be traveling to New York City, San Francisco, Houston and a player-selected fourth city [press release]

Core Cashless Introduces Paydia Mobile App For FECs And Parks
Hank Schlesinger
The Paydia Mobile Payment application is designed for use by consumers. It permits users to use their smartphones to store game credits as well as redemption "tickets" won at their local FECs...

Crash Claims Employee Of Tennessee's Brewer Amusement Co.
Nick Montano
Kyle Adcock, a 14-year employee of Brewer Amusement Co. (McMinnville, TN), died in a single-vehicle crash on his way to service machines on July 1. He was 32...

Cutting-Edge Technology Holds Promise For Cheap, High-Quality Holographic Displays
Hank Schlesinger
High-quality holographic video displays, including those for videogames, may be closer than you think. A student in MIT's renowned Media Lab has developed a new approach to a holographic display...

Frankie's Fun Parks, S&M Amusements Choose Embed's Card System
Nick Montano
Frankie's, which operates family entertainment centers in South and North Carolina, has made the transition to electronic tickets in all four of its locations. S&M has installed Embed's wireless debit card system in its Big Top Arcade...

Golden Tee LIVE June Sweeps Pays Off
Incredible Technologies Inc. Press Release
The June Sweeps sweepstakes just completed its third week, and has paid off big for three lucky Golden Tee LIVE players [press release]

Gov. Cuomo Announces Agreement On The Upstate NY Gaming Economic Development Act
NY Governor Press Release
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, Senate Majority Coalition co-leaders Dean Skelos and Jeff Klein, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver announced an agreement that will establish four destination gaming resorts in upstate New York and authorize 2,000 video lottery terminals at off-track-betting parlors in Nassau and Suffolk Counties [press release]

ICMOA Presents Its First Man of the Year Award; John Neville Led Charge For Operator-Run VLTs In Illinois
Nick Montano
John Neville of Blackhawk Music Co. (Sterling) is among a great generation of Illinois operators who helped make VLTs a reality, which could give hope to a future generation of operators. It's no surprise that Neville, one of the architects of a new industry, is the Illinois Coin Machine Operator Association's selection for its Man of the Year…

Iowa Gallery Stages Twin Galaxies Coin-Op Trading Card Exhibition: Aug. 4-11
Tim Sanford
The Iowa Contemporary Art Gallery is planning an exhibition of the game-related artwork created by Twin Galaxies, including its one-of-a-kind series of trading cards honoring individuals who have made historic contributions to the worldwide coin-op amusement industry...

LAI Games Seeks Chief Executive In Asia; Ashdown Returns To England As International Sales Director
Nick Montano
LAI Games has begun restructuring its senior management team with the goal of sharpening focus on sales and marketing, while increasing corporate and manufacturing depth. A new chief executive is expected to be appointed in three months...

LAI Games Unveils Bar-Height Version Of Ghost Town Video Shooter
Nick Montano
The new addition's customer interface parapet, on which the guns are mounted, is high enough for comfortable use by patrons seated on barstools...

Manhattan Amusement Settles Location Contract Copyright Suit With AMOA-New York
Nick Montano
Manhattan Amusement has settled a lawsuit brought by the Amusement And Music Owners Association of New York Inc. for violating location contracts copyrighted by AMOA-NY...

MCM Elements Offers Route Boost Management Program To Run On Smartphones, Tablets
Hank Schlesinger
If the goal of automation is to increase efficiency, and MCM Elements LLC (Williamsport, PA) believes its Route Boost software system will do this for amusement machine operators. In large part, this is because operators designed the software...

Namco Bandai's Net Sales Grow 7.3% In FY2013
Nick Montano
Namco Bandai Holdings Inc. reported that its net sales grew 7.3% for its 2013 fiscal year. Sales for the year totaled ¥487 billion ($5 billion), compared with ¥454 billion ($4.7 billion) in the fiscal year prior...

New Study From Oxford Economics Outlines Impacts Of Amusement Parks And Attractions Industry In U.S. Economy
IAAPA Press Release
The attractions industry is a significant driver of the United States economy. Based on research sponsored by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Foundation and conducted by Tourism Economics, an Oxford Economics company, the industry generated a total economic impact of nearly $219 billion in 2011 [press release]

New York Governor And Lawmakers Plan Gambling Expansion Referendum
Nick Montano
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and legislators agreed to ask voters in November to amend the State Constitution to authorize the expansion of casino gambling in New York state. Two thousand VLTs could be installed on Long Island. New proposals exclude independent operators...

Officials Shut Down Lucky 7 Arcades In Massachusetts
Nick Montano
State and local police this week shut down two adult arcades in Danvers and Gloucester, MA. Local reports say there was no explanation for the Lucky 7 Arcade shutdowns, which were ordered by the state attorney general...

Photo-Me FY Pretax Profit Rises 20.7% To £24.3 Million
Nick Montano
Photo-Me International plc reported 2013 full-year pretax profit of £24.2 million ($36 million), up 20.7%, from the prior year's £20.1 million ($30 million). Revenue totaled £195.6 million ($292 million), compared with £207.8 million ($310 million), about a 6% decline....

Sega Debuts Latest 'Vid-Demption' Game With Monsters And Pirates
Tim Sanford
The "vid-demption" concept is designed to offer players wider variety and stronger engagement. By adding a video display to a ticket redemption game, Sega has been able to create content with more depth and a more compelling gameplay experience...

Sega Sammy Sees Fiscal 2013 Net Profit; Net Sales In All Main Business Segments Slide
Nick Montano
Parent of Sega Amusements reported net profit of ¥33.4 billion ($345 million). But Sega Sammy's full-year net sales totaled ¥321.4 billion ($3.3 billion), down almost 19% from the previous fiscal year. Amusement machine sales were ¥39.1 billion ($404 million), down 21%...

Speedy's One Stop Unveils Hopper Kit And Mount For Coin Action Games
Nick Montano
New amusement machine upgrade enables continual supply coins and tokens, especially for quick coin games. Speedy's kit provides all the necessary parts and components, plus a 3D installation template to facilitate installation...

Steve Henderson, Founder Of NC's Operators Distributing, Dies At 71
Nick Montano
Steve Henderson founded Operators Distributing in 1985. The amusement and jukebox dealership was created to serve street operators...

Teenage Thieves Busted By Photobooth
Hank Schlesinger
There is dumb, and then there is stunningly dumb. In what may be worthy of joining the annals of world's dumbest crimes, four teens have been apprehended after allegedly using a photobooth to take images of themselves with a stolen credit card...

Timezone Posts Increases In Sales, Net Income For 2013 First Quarter
Nick Montano
The leading family entertainment chain in the Australasian and adjacent regions reports that sales increased 12% in the first quarter of 2013 over the comparable prior-year quarter. Net income grew by 161%...

Unis Fruit Mania Video Coin Pusher Games Offer Simple Play Action
Nick Montano
Fruit Mania Xtreme and its compact stablemat are video-style pusher games offering skill-based challenges and simple play action. "No more coins jamming up the mechanics," Unis claims...

Unis Mini Train Kiddie Ride Attracts Aspiring Locomotive Engineers
Nick Montano
Designed for younger children, the kiddie ride features smoke effects, a train whistle, gentle rocking motion and an interactive mini game to play during the ride...

Unis Unifies Access To Its Social Networking Pages With Media Center
Nick Montano
The manufacturer says the importance of social media in communicating with the "connected" industry has never been greater, and modern amusement corporations must establish dedicated programs in order to share the latest information...

Veatch's Okay, Just One Ride Chronicles Carousel Industries' Rise And Fall
Tim Sanford
Now available from major booksellers is a history of kiddie ride pioneer Carousel Industries, written by Steven E. Veatch. The author is the grandson of company founder Norwood E. Veatch who, with his son Norwood E. Veatch Jr., ran a variety of coin machines and founded Central Distributors (St. Louis, MO) before establishing the iconic kiddie ride company...

Vending Video


Global VR Paper Puts Perspective On 3D And Its New Arcade Videogame, The Swarm
Since debuting its first 3D videogame a year ago, Global VR has fielded many questions about 3D. "It seems that 3D is veiled in mystery, and that has caused some to view The Swarm with some skepticism," the company said. To put some perspective on 3D and how it might fit among today's arcade options, Global VR wrote a brief paper detailing the evolution of 3D...

Bulk Vending
NBVA Hosts Its First Bulk Vending Roadshow In Atlanta
Hank Schlesinger
The roadshow was conceived as a symposium with a focus on nuts-and-bolts strategies for increasing sales, expanding routes and receiving up to date information on the latest trends across a wide variety of topics...

Sugar Reform Suffers Bipartisan Defeat
Hank Schlesinger
Candymakers and baked goods manufacturers suffered a close defeat in a 206-221 vote in the House of Representatives for adoption of a sugar reform amendment in the 2013 farm bill...

Editorial: Vending
Editorial
Buyers Guide 2013
Nick Montano
The 2013 edition of Vending Times' Buyers Guide is the 42nd in a series of reference tools for vending and coin-op professionals, and for business­--people and researchers outside the industry who are interested in learning about the organizations that serve it. VT's Buyers Guide provides practical lists of equipment, products and services useful to merchandise vending, contract foodservice, coffee service, bulk vending, music and amusements operators, with contact information and summary descriptions... by Nick Montano

EatWave Ships Upgrade Kit To Adapt USI Alpine For Hot/Cold Food Vending
Installing the EatWave kit allows the converted Alpine vender, made by U-Select-It, to dispense both hot and cold prepackaged food. A dual-door 1,000W. microwave oven, proprietary to EatWave, is supplied in the upgrade kit...

Bulk Vending and Crane Products
BMI Rolls Out Duck Dynasty-Themed Redemption Merchandise Line
Nick Montano


S&B Candy And Toy Co. Rolls Out Super Sour Summer Confection Assortment For Cranes


Coffee Service News
AVT's Marley-Branded Specialty Coffee Venders Hit Korean Market
Emily Jed
AVT Inc.'s Marley Coffee-branded specialty hot beverage machines are up and running in the Korean market, setting the stage for further expansion throughout Asia...

Cafection Moves To Direct Distribution In Canada
Emily Jed
The company said it made the decision to move to a direct-to-client distribution model to support its Canadian growth strategy...

Convenience Stores Five Times More Likely to Be Source for Grab-and-Go Snacks, Reports NPD
NPD Press Release


Dunkin' Adds Gluten-Free Doughnuts, Muffins To Menu
Emily Jed
Dunkin' Donuts stores will sell gluten-free cinnamon-sugar doughnuts and blueberry muffins in all U.S. stores by the end of the year...

Dunkin' Donuts Debuts Iced Coffee K-Cups
Emily Jed


Flavanols Add Functional Benefit To Steel Horse Coffees For Mars's Flavia Brewers
Emily Jed
Mars Drinks is introducing Steel Horse Coffee enhanced with cocoa flavanols to boost circulation, which can lead employees to be more productive. It is exclusively available in Freshpacks for Mars Drinks' single-cup Flavia beverage system...

Green Mountain To Invest $55M In Montreal Plant
Emily Jed
MCR Canada Holding Inc., the Canadian business unit of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, said it plans to invest $55 million in its existing facilities in Quebec...

Marley Coffee Founder Rohan Marley Makes Media Blitz
Emily Jed
Marley Coffee founder and chairman completes a weeklong media tour of New York’s financial news media circuit that included appearances on major TV and radio outlets...

Mondelēz International Helps Coffee Farmers in Vietnam to Become More Successful Entrepreneurs
Mondelēz International
Tthe world's second-largest coffee company -- with iconic brands such as Jacobs, Carte Noire and Kenco -- unveiled its first-ever training facility for coffee farmers to promote sustainability and entrepreneurship in Vietnam [press release]

NCA: Coffee Consumption Remains Strong, Single-Cup Growth Continues
Emily Jed
Coffee consumption rose over the past-year and single-cup growth showed no signs of slowing, according to the National Coffee Association's 2013 report. Hispanic Americans exhibit stronger consumption habits than all other groups...

New Keurig Bolt Delivers Portion-Pack Convenience In Commercial Carafe Brewer
Emily Jed
Keurig Bolt coffee brewer Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. has taken the wraps off its commercial-grade brewer system. The Keurig Bolt uses a larger portion-pack than the standard K-Cup or Vue cartridge to brew a 64-fl.oz. pot of coffee in approximately two minutes...

OCS Experts Tullio And Fischer To Co-chair Nashville Coffee, Tea And Water Show
Emily Jed
Office coffee service veterans Pete Tullio and Howard Fisher will both chair the National Automatic Merchandising Association's Coffee, Tea and Water show. It will be held Nov. 12 to14 at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville...

Report Sheds Lights On College And University Dining Trends
Emily Jed
Technomic's latest report on the college and university segment suggests that 69% of students are purchasing food and beverage from on-campus foodservice facilities once a week or more often...

Starbucks Prohibits Smoking Within 25 Feet Of Cafés
Emily Jed
he new restriction applies to all 7,000 company-owned cafés in the U.S. and Canada, regardless of whether or not they have outdoor seating...

Starbucks Raises Drink Prices
Emily Jed
Starbucks Corp. has raised prices for select beverages at all of its U.S. company-operated coffeehouses. As of June 25, prices on many brewed coffee, tea, latte and espresso drinks are 1% higher on average...

Sugar Foods Wins IDFA Award For Excellence In Product Innovation
Tim Sanford
The International Foodservice Distributors Association presented Sugar Foods Corp. with this year's IFDA Achievement Award for Excellence in Product Innovation...

Micromarkets
365 Retail Markets Scanners Can Read Tassimo Professional T-Discs
Tim Sanford
365's micromarket kiosks can now scan Tassimo Professional T-Disks, allowing patrons to buy freshly brewed gourmet coffee, along with their other micromarket purchases...

Guest Columns
The Revolution Continues: Operators Must Keep Up With Wireless And Cashless Advances
By Ron Spinella, Apriva - Exec. VP of Unattended Payments
Some may think that the hard work promoting cashless vending is over. They believe that momentum has kicked in, and once the successes of the first wave of cashless-adopting operators are shared around the industry, that 30% will climb exponentially to the point where cashless vending becomes ubiquitous. While this may happen at some point, there are a number of new dynamics that have the potential for inhibiting this growth... by Ron Spinella

The Secret Is Out: How To Transfer Your Business Yet Keep Control
by Irv Blackman
Do you own all or part of a family business? And run it? But the clock is ticking. The time has come to step down (or slow down) and transfer your ownership to the next generation. You want the business (Success Co.) out of your estate (to save estate taxes). So, what's the problem? CONTROL! by Irv Blackman

Why Do The Rich Buy So Much Life Insurance?
by Irv Blackman
Before answering the above question, be assured that the information in this article works perfectly if you are worth $3 million or $333 million. Or any amount in between (or even more)... by Irv Blackman

Meetings/Events
2013 Sweets & Snacks Expo Posts 4th Straight Year Of Growth In Attendance, Exhibitors And Square Footage
NCA Press Release


Amanda Thompson, Bob Rippy And Tom Mehrmann Headline 'CEO Speak' At IAAPA Attractions Expo 2013
IAAPA Press Release


Anuga Planners Highlight Trends At Global Food Show, Oct. 5-9
Tim Sanford


IAAPA's Asian Attractions Expo 2013 Reaches New Heights, Sets Records
IAAPA Press Release


LAI Games Hosts Open House At U.S. Sales HQ
LAI Games | Press Release


NAMA Opens Registration For Affordable Care Act Webinar
NAMA Press Release


NAMA Webinar Will Explain The Affordable Care Act To Operators: July 24
by Staff Reporter


365 Retail Markets Celebrates New Facility And Unveiling Of Micromarket Lounge: July 18
Emily Jed


Kentucky Vending Meeting Reviews Legislative Updates, Explores Micromarket Opportunities
by Staff Reporter


NAMA Adds Micromarket Session To 13th Annual Executive Development Program At Michigan State University
NAMA Press Release


OAMA Reviews Legal, Technical, Legislative Topics At Annual Meeting
Tim Sanford


Names in the News
AMI Names Coin-Op And Hospitality Veteran Dave Kelly To Sales Position
Tim Sanford


Campbell Taps Packaged Food Veteran Carlos Barroso To Lead Global R&D
Emily Jed


LAI Games Appoints Combs To Inside Sales, Customer Relations Post
Nick Montano


PFG Appoints Jim Spatola, Jeff Williamson As Senior Vice-Presidents
Tim Sanford


Vendors Exchange's General Manager, Purchasing Veteran Retire
Emily Jed


Small Business News
Malls Adapt As Consumer Expectations Evolve
Hank Schlesinger


Sage Group Survey: Small Business Owners Continue To Work Longer Hours And Take Less Vacation To Keep Up
Sage North America Press Release


The Retail Winners Are: Drugstores, Dollar Stores And Warehouse Clubs
Hank Schlesinger


Venues Of The Future: Office Park Makeovers
Hank Schlesinger


Vending Machine Products
AdvancePierre Launches Premium Deli-Style Sandwiches
Emily Jed


AriZona And Shaquille O'Neal Roll Out Cream Soda Line
Emily Jed


Jelly Belly Adds Front-Of-Package Nutrition Labeling
Emily Jed


Mars Extends Combos Baked Snack Lineup With 7 Layer Dip Tortilla
Tim Sanford


New Ruffles Snack Captures French Fries Appeal
Emily Jed


Players' Chewing Controls Stride Gum Mobile Game
Emily Jed


Quench Extends Rollout Of Sparkling Water Coolers In Major Markets
Quench USA reports that it has extended the introduction of its new Quench sparkling-water coolers to Philadelphia, Washington, Atlanta, Los Angeles and San Francisco...

Stefano Foods Expands Pizza Dough Variety For In-Store Preparation


Stefano Foods Launches Applewood Bacon Roll For Breakfast Menus
Tim Sanford


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