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Vol. 53, No. 12, December 2013

Vending Features
Amazon Unveils Drone Delivery Service, A Concept That Could Take Automated Retailing To New Heights
Emily Jed
vending, Amazon drone Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos revealed a futuristic delivery system that would whiz packages to customers on unmanned aerial vehicles. Called Prime Air, the service would be available for packages weighing 5 lbs. or less. The goal would be for customers to receive their online orders on their doorsteps within a half hour...

Apriva Reports Over 300% Increase for Mobile Payments Solutions in U.S.; Higher Adoption Rates Are Seen In Major Metropolitan Areas
Apriva Press Release
The number of U.S. merchants actively using its mobile payment acceptance software, which includes AprivaPay Plus and several white-labeled solutions delivered through various channel partners, has increased by over 300% over the past year. In addition, the company is reporting substantially higher adoption rates in several major metropolitan areas [press release]

Apriva Video Details Integrating Cashless Vending And Campus Card
Nick Montano
The video case study was produced in conjunction with the University of British Columbia (Vancouver) and VendMaster, a Vancouver-based vending operator. It focuses on the school's implementation of the Apriva Vend cashless payment solution...

Aramark Sets Terms For IPO
by Staff Reporter
The stock is expected to be priced between $20 and $23 a share, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Aramark expects to offer 28 million shares, while private-equity stockholders will sell the remaining 8.3 million shares...

AVT Wants To Revolutionize Dynamic Machine Displays
Emily Jed
The Corona, CA, company said it is seeking to partner with "dynamic, innovative and creative" display company to develop the next generation of vending machines and automated retailing kiosks...

Calorie Disclosure Update: Final Action Projected For February 2014
NAMA Press Release
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Food and Drug Administration's pending calorie disclosure rules are projected for February 2014 for final action [NAMA press release]

Canadian Healthy Vending's Max Menu 2.0 Lets Customers Request Products Online
Emily Jed
Canadian Healthy Vending is enabling users of its Max! venders to have a say in their planograms with its new Max Menu 2.0 online menu system...

CDS Plans Training Program To Help Veterans Get Started In Vending
Tim Sanford
CDS Vending Inc. has announced a program designed to assist veterans to make the transition from military service to small-business employment or ownership...

Champagne Vender Puts London Shoppers In Holiday Spirit
Emily Jed
From cupcakes to caviar, more and more delicacies are being sold through vending machines. Stepping it up a notch for the holiday season is an extravagant gold-colored champagne vending...

Coke Consolidated Kicks Off 'Lots of Choices. Calories Optional' Campaign In SC Hospitals
Emily Jed
The nation's largest independent Coca-Cola bottler partners with the Medical University of South Carolina to inform consumers in South Carolina hospitals that they have "Lots of Choices. Calories Optional"...

Colorado Ski Town Rejects Sugary Drink Tax
Emily Jed
A group called Kick the Can Telluride that was pushing for the measure said Telluride voters shot down the tax by a 68% to 32% margin...

Cromer Food Services Wins Verizon Innovation Award For Use Of Wireless Technology
Emily Jed
Cromer has provided vending services in South Carolina and Georgia for three decades. It recently began to upgrade all of its machines with USA Technologies' ePort card readers to provide cashless convenience to its customers...

Cupflow Brings Social Media Campaigns To Coffee Machines
Emily Jed
An Italian technology called OpenPicus has unveiled Cupflow, an application that facilitates social interactions between people and hot beverage machines...

Diet Soda Sales Fizzling Faster Than Regular Sodas
Emily Jed
Americans have been losing their love for carbonated drinks for years, but sales of diet soda are falling the fastest. Sales of zero- and low-calorie soda plunged 6.8% in the past year, while sales of regular sodas dropped 2.2%...

European Commission Clears Path For Crane Co.'s Acquisition Of MEI, Expected To Close Next Week
Crane Co. Press Release
Crane Co. said that with this approval, it intends to close the acquisition of MEI during the week of Dec. 9. The $804 million purchase price for MEI will be financed through a combination of cash on hand and additional debt [press release]

Farmer's Fridge Vending Machines Dispense Jars Of Fresh, Wholesome Foods
Emily Jed
A food company has begun offering a unique healthy vending concept in the Chicagoland area. Farmer's Fridge makes salads, sides and snacks from scratch each morning, using ingredients from local farms when possible, and delivers its products to machines by 10 a.m....

FDA Commissioner Says Calorie-Labeling Rules For Vending Machines Are Coming Soon
Emily Jed
Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said she expects calorie-labeling rules to be released soon. The law is mandated by the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act...

Former Vending Exec Admits To Defrauding Pepsi Bottler, Agrees To Pay $1 Million In Restitution
Emily Jed
Joseph Belasco, 62, of Cedar Grove, NJ, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Jose L. Linares in Newark federal court to charges that he conspired with two others to provide a IRS form for consulting services that were never performed...

Fresh Healthy Partners With Franchisee To Operate Vending Machines; Biz-Op Plans To Buy Locations
Emily Jed
Fresh Healthy Vending International Inc. said it has struck a deal with one its franchisees to operate up to 60 of FHV's corporate-owned machines within a 25-mile radius of Clearwater, FL...

Fresh Healthy Sells 2,500th Vender
Emily Jed
The San Diego-based healthy vending biz-op also announced that it has generated more than $25 million in gross revenue from January 2010 through September 2013...

Fresh Healthy Vending Opens East Coast Satellite Office In Maryland
Tim Sanford
The healthy vending biz-op promoter says its new office will allow it to increase "face-to-face" franchise sales and strengthen its local presence in New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, the District of Columbia, Raleigh, Atlanta and Miami...

Industry Applauds Legislative Wins In Colorado And Washington State
Tim Sanford
Voters in Washington state and Colorado rejected proposals that, if enacted, would have had adverse effects on the vending industry, and many other food and beverage businesses. The National Automatic Merchandising Association hailed the success of these public education efforts...

Isis Creates Alliance To Speed Cashless System's Adoption
Tim Sanford
he Isis Alliance Program supports merchant technology "ecosystem" partners by providing exclusive tools and resources to assist in capitalizing on mobile commerce opportunities.

Japanese Soft Drink Maker Expands Vending Business Into Moscow
Emily Jed
DyDo Drinco Inc. said it will establish a wholly owned beverage vending subsidiary in Moscow by the end of January 2014...

MEI's Querétaro Manufacturing Facility Earns Shingo Silver Medallion
Tim Sanford
MEI Inc.'s plant in El Marqués, Querétaro, Mexico, has been awarded a 2013 Silver Medallion by the Shingo Institute. The award recognizes operational excellence and accomplishments in "lean" manufacturing...

Motorized Vending Machine Called MARV Takes New Approach To Advertising
Emily Jed
US Candy Network, a Dutch company, has created a futuristic vending machine on wheels as a new platform for marketing and advertising. Called MARV -- Media and Advertising Racing Vehicle -- the electric-powered robotic tricycle dispenses goods and displays advertisements...

NAMA Achieves $5 Million Fundraising Goal
Emily Jed
Contributions from Nestlé, Burdette Beckman and Sodexo reportedly helped push the vending association over its fundraising goal on the heels of the recent Coffee, Tea & Water Show in Nashville, TN...

NAMA Expands Role With U.S. Chamber Of Commerce
Emily Jed
The National Automatic Merchandising said it is strengthening its ties with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as a new member of its Government Operations, Oversight & Consumer Affairs Committee and Council on Small Business...

NAMA's Coffee, Tea & Water Convention Draws Record Crowds To Nashville
Emily Jed
Standing-room-only education sessions and a sold-out exhibit characterized this year's record-breaking National Automatic Merchandising Association Coffee, Tea & Water conference. The 2013 convention and exhibition for workplace refreshment providers took place from Nov. 12 to 14 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville...

Naturals 2 Go Healthy Vending Named Top Biz-Op
Emily Jed
Naturals 2 Go, based in Idaho Falls, IN, promotes a "turnkey healthy" vending program that includes machines, online training, Web-based business management tools and marketing programs...

New 'Coin' Cashless Medium Grabs Attention; Creator Adds Features To Digital Credit Card To Bolster Security
Emily Jed
Coin is a credit card-sized device that can store as many as eight credit and debit card accounts. The new cashless medium has caught the attention of technophiles and some skeptics...

New Facial-Detection Technology Enables Adaptive Advertising In Vending Machines
Emily Jed
CARA from Digital Touch Systems can be installed in vending machines, doorway entrances, cash registers and other retail points of sale. It detects and gathers such real-time anonymous consumer data as gender, age, attention time and even emotions...

Online Auto Retailer Launches Nation's First Car Vending Machine
Emily Jed
Carvana has created a first-of-its kind vending machine to offer customers a new flexible pick-up option after they purchase a vehicle online. At carvana.com, consumers can shop, finance and buy cars on the Web in less than 15 minutes

Pepi Cos.' Pemberton Hosts Alabama Vending Facility Tour For Congresswoman Roby
Tim Sanford
Vic Pemberton, the founder of the Pepi Cos., recently welcomed Congresswoman Martha Roby (R-AL) to the company's headquarters in Alabama...

Revive Self-Service Café Inks Master Purchase Pact With USConnect
Tim Sanford
Revive has announced its entry into a master purchase and licensing agreement with USConnect. The pact covers the operation of Revive Self-Service Café micromarkets nationwide under the USConnect platform.

SelfPay App Lets Shoppers Skip The Line
Emily Jed
SelfPay enables shoppers at participating retailers to user their own devices to scan products in store, view pricing and information, and pay for their purchases...

Smart Industries Takes Over Marketing For Feiloli's Cotton Candy Vending Machine
Emily Jed
Smart Industries Manufacturing Corp. is now marketing Feiloli Electronic Co. Ltd.'s cotton candy vending machine. The vender was previously distributed as the Cotton Candy Factory by VendEver LLC...

USA Technologies Announces Q1, Fiscal 2014 Results; Service Revenues Up 23%; Total Revenues Up 21%
USAT Press Release
License and transaction fee revenues, which represented 84% of total revenues in the quarter, were largely driven by connections to USAT's comprehensive and turnkey cashless payment and M2M telemetry service, ePort Connect [press release]

USA Technologies Enables Isis Capability At 62,000+ ePort Locations
Tim Sanford
USA Technologies reports that more than 62,000 locations that use ePort point-of-sale devices with its cashless payment service have been enabled to work with Isis SmartTap technology...

USA Technologies' Customers Ready for 'Fifth Purchase Free' Promotion With Over 62,000 ePorts Enabled with Isis SmartTap Technology for Contactless Payments, Loyalty and Rewards
USA Technologies Inc. Press Release
-- USAT press release...

Vagabond Enhances Its Mobile VMS With Economical RMM Hardware
Tim Sanford
The company reports that its new Wi-Fi Insight telemetry hardware is the first in a line of economical telemetry products. Other products will be introduced in the coming months...

Vending Machine Manufacturer Expands With High-Tech Tools In Business-Friendly West Virginia County
Tim Sanford
Automated Merchandising Systems has installed a door-folding machine that holds tools on two faces of a rotating beam to permit continuous folding without the need for tool changes and the "start-and-stop" bending that they require...

VeriFone Unveils UX Solutions For Vending And Other Unattended POS Machinery
Emily Jed
Devices in the UX Solutions series accept payments from mobile wallets, NFC and mag-stripe cards, and meet current security standards, including PCI PTS 3.1 and EMV Levels 1 and 2...

Micromarkets
HUMAN Launches 'Healthy' Micromarkets
Emily Jed
The self-checkout stores, merchandised with a wholesome array of food, snacks and beverages, have made their debuts in the Los Angeles area at Ogilvy Public Relations and Oakwood Worldwide...

Music and Games Features
2nd Annual Pearl Vodka Dart Tourney Grows 45%; Ladies Win Big Chunk Of $350K Prize Bucket
Nick Montano
Partners Promoting Darts welcomed more than 500 darters who took part in 2,000 events at second annual Pearl Vodka Darts Tournament of Champions held Oct. 19-23 in Kansas City, MO. PPD is an organization of amusement operators...

AMI Entertainment Releases 'Awesome Covers' Playlist For Jukeboxes
AMI Press Release
Music lovers who play jukeboxes in bars can immediately find classic songs like Neil Young's "Cinnamon Girl," David Bowie's "Heroes" and John Lennon's "Imagine" covered by artists like Type O Negative, Peter Gabriel and A Perfect Circle -- and many more [press release]

AMI Unveils NGX Jukebox Video Kit; Extends BarLink, Tap TV Features
Nick Montano
AMI Entertainment Network has put the final touches on a kit that converts the popular NGX digital downloading jukebox into a music video playback system. Beta testing begins Dec. 2, and the official launch in early January...

Amusement Parks And Attractions Worldwide Present New Rides And Experiences For 2014 Season
IAAPA Press Release
More than 28,000 attractions industry movers and shakers met in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 17-22, at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2013. As they gathered, facilities from North America, South America, Asia, Australia, and Europe offered details of new rides, slides, attractions, and exhibitions coming to their venues in 2014 [press release]

An Austrian Design Studio Unveils Hi-Tech OLED-Lit Touch-Triggered Photobooth
Hank Schlesinger
What do you get when you mix a forward-thinking Austrian design studio, a cutting-edge artist and a high-tech lighting company with a classic coin-op concept? You get the Thermobooth, a top-to-bottom rethinking of the classic photobooth...

Apple Industries Unveils Pix Place Photobooth With Green Screen Compositing
Nick Montano
The Pix Place photobooth is a freestanding kiosk without a cabinet, so there is no physical constraint on the size of the group that can be photographed...

Betson Rolls Out Four Action-Packed Games At IAAPA Show; Batman And Aliens By Raw Thrills Lead Pack
Nick Montano
Batman! is an arcade-style driving game that offers players the choice of 10 Batmobiles and Alien Armageddon is based on the popular science fiction franchise. Also new is Big Buck Hunter's Duck Dynasty content and a kid-friendly game called Barrel of Monkeys...

Chuck E. Cheese's Augmented Reality App Named Mobile Excellence Award Finalist
Emily Jed
The pizza-arcade chain's first-ever downloadable app allows users to take fun photos with an animated version of Chuck E. Cheese...

Dave & Buster's, Inc. to Report Third Quarter 2013 Financial Results: Dec. 17, 2013
Dave & Buster's Press Release
Dave & Buster's Inc., a leading operator of high-volume entertainment and dining complexes, today announced that it will report financial results for its third quarter 2013 ended Nov. 3 on Dec.17 at 8 a.m. Central Time (9 a.m. Eastern Time) [press release]

Enco Secures CD Pro 2 Replacement Players For Foreseeable Future
Nick Montano
A shortage of Philips CD Pro 2 players has left many jukebox operators wondering whether the manufacturer had discontinued the only compact disc player replacement for their legacy equipment...

GAO's Latest $1 Coin Study Echoes Past Findings; 30-Year Savings Estimate Reduced To $4.4 Billion
Nick Montano
In its latest study prepared for Congress, regarding U.S. coinage management, the Government Accountability Office reported that $1.4 billion in $1 coins are held in Federal Reserve Banks -- enough to meet demand for the next 40 years. In fact, more than half of all $1 coins ever minted are in government vaults...

Georgia's Amusement Operators Hail Strong Turnout For Convention And Trade Show
Nick Montano
The Georgia Amusement and Music Operators Association held its annual convention and trade show at the Hilton Hotel in Norcross, GA. GAMOA secretary Steve Walton of Quarters Amusement (Fayetteville) reports that the 2013 event was the largest in the association's history...

IAAPA Attractions Expo Marks 10-Year High For 
Exhibit Space And Registrants
IAAPA Press Release
The trade show floor buzzed with the business of fun as more than 18,200 buyers shopped their way around the largest floor in 10 years. This show brings to a close a record-breaking year as more than 43,000 people participated in IAAPA’s expos around the world: Asian Attractions Expo, Euro Attractions Show and IAAPA Attractions Expo [press release]

Joe Ingui Exits Betson For VP Role At Tricorp, One Of The Nation's Largest Amusement Operators
Nick Montano
Joe Ingui comes to Tricorp Amusements, the largest amusement route operation on the East Coast, from Betson Enterprises, the nation's biggest amusement and vending machine distributor, where he spent 18 years...

Kress Starts Up National Kiddie Rides; Manufacturer's First Piece Is Horsin' Around Carousel
Nick Montano
Newly formed National Kiddie Rides LLC made its debut at this year's International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions show, launching a three-rider carousel. The new Horsin' Around ride was designed by company founder A.J. Kress...

LAI Games Introduces 3 New Games And A 100% Skill Balloon Buster Version
Nick Montano
LAI rolls out new merchandisers and redemption games at the IAAPA Attractions Expo in Florida Never-before-seen amusement devices include the Color Match merchandiser and two redemption games, Piñata and UFO Express...

LAI Games Partners With Komuse To Unveil 2 Games At IAAPA Show
Tim Sanford
UFO Express is an alien-themed redemption game, engineered to appeal to players of all ages and featuring highly visible styling and graphics. Rolly Rolly is a ball-rolling piece that tests players' timing and skill...

Live Oak Bank Begins Lending To FEC Industry; Taps Ben Jones Domain Expert
Nick Montano
The small business lender is now providing financing products for family entertainment centers and the FEC industry in general. New to Live Oak Bank is Ben Jones, who will serve as an FEC domain expert...

Megatouch Unveils Consumer Model For Modern Home Gamerooms
Tim Sanford
The state-of-the-art interactive consumer model features a 21.5" flat-panel touchscreen display and user interface, weighs less than 20 lbs. and stands just more than a foot high when adjusted for the maximum viewing angle...

Modern Pinball NYC Opens For Business In Manhattan; IFPA Moves In, Hosts Nov. 16-17 Tournament
Nick Montano
Pinball gurus Steve Epstein and Steve Zahler are bringing the classic coin-op game back to Manhattan, but not in an arcade. Modern Pinball NYC is a retail showroom. On the showroom floor, games are set on free play, and visitors can pay one price to play all of them...

Movie Competition Hits Chuck E. Cheese's In Third Quarter; Net Falls 5.1%
Emily Jed
CEC Entertainment Inc.'s revenue fell slightly as same-store sales at its Chuck E. Cheese's locations sank 2.1% in the last quarter. The parent company of the pizza-and-arcade chain posted a 0.4% decline in third-quarter revenues...

Popcade Miniature Videogame Cabinet Wows Crowds At Maker Faire
Nick Montano
The "maker" movement has always paid homage to coin-op devices by readapting conventional equipment designs for new and unusual applications. This year's Maker Faire New York was no exception. It featured more than a dozen inventions inspired by vending and coin machines -- and a miniature MAME arcade systems in Joust cabinet was a Faire hit...

Stern Pinball And Ford Motor Co. Team Up To Mark Mustang Anniversary
Nick Montano
America's first pony car is celebrating its 50th birthday with a swoon-worthy new design. Stern Pinball will honor the occasion with its own flipper game treatment of the Mustang...

Stern Pinball Hosts Educational Factory Visit For Schoolchildren
Tim Sanford
The pinball machine factory hosted its fourth annual tour for second-grade students of the Academy of Global Citizenship, a Chicago charter school located on the city's underserved southwestern side...

Stern Pinball Unveils 'Luci' Premium Edition Of AC/DC Flipper Game
Nick Montano
The pinball machine lineup celebrating Australia's legendary AC/DC band keeps getting better. Another premium version, called Luci (short for Lucifer), features all-new artwork and is now shipping...

Tricorp Promotes LaPenta To Executive Vice-President Of Operations
Nick Montano


Unis Takes Wraps Off 9 Diverse Arcade Games At IAAPA Expo
Nick Montano
New Universal Space machines, all in production and all integrated into digital play, represent a comprehensive mix of target age groups, with styles of gameplay ranging from the use of air and water to traditional ball-tossing...

Wisconsin's Trevor Gartner Is 2013 Big Buck World Champion; Melinda Van Hoomissen Wins Ladies Challenge
Play Mechanix Press Release
The sixth annual Big Buck World Championship closed with a bang, with a Wisconsinite and Texan going head-to-head. In the end, Trevor Gartner of New Richmond, WI, took home the title...

Bulk Vending
Andy Paris 'The Bubblegum King' Is Remembered By A Texas Town
Hank Schlesinger
It's not every day that bubblegum history is venerated. But on Oct. 11, the McAllen Texas Historic Preservation Council and the Hidalgo County Historical Commission formally unveiled the Texas Historical Commission plaque honoring Andrew "The Bubblegum King" Paris...

Bulk Vending Operators Map Strategies To Implement Price Adjustment
Hank Schlesinger
Higher vend prices appear to be at a tipping point. Standard pricing for capsule merchandise has been steadily edging up to the 75¢ and $1 price points, which seem poised to become the "new normal" in bulk vending. This pricing level, formerly explored by the adventurous, and viewed with suspicion by more traditional operators, is quickly becoming commonplace...

New Book Traces The History Of Candy
Hank Schlesinger
A new book tracing the history of candy is now available from Faber & Faber. Candy: A Century of Panic and Pleasure packs 416 pages on the history of the sweet stuff, tracing its evolution from luxury treat to everyday snack food...

ParSal Scales Up All American Chicken Vending Machine For Higher-Traffic Locations; Appoints Shaffer Master Distributor
Nick Montano
ParSal Vending Co. has launched the next phase of its campaign to return the animated vending machine to its former prominence. Shaffer Distributing Co. becomes ParSal's master sales agent. Giant Chicken Machine offers greater product capacity to meet demands of higher-traffic locations...

Editorial: Vending
Editorial
On The Air
Tim Sanford
The approach of a new year always brings with it reflections on the past and hopes for the future. There is a good deal to reflect on, as 2013 draws to a close. For example, the implications of the revolution in wireless communications are beginning to sink in... by Tim Sanford

Editorial: Music and Games
Are Amusement Operators Ignoring The Potential Of Innovative Payment Strategies?
Hank Schlesinger
Perhaps it is time to rethink the pricing strategies of street operations and family entertainment centers. Not much has changed since the first penny arcades opened at the turn of the 20th century... by Hank Schlesinger

Bulk Vending and Crane Products
December 2013's Spotlight on Product for Bulk Vending, Cranes and Redemption


Play Time Toys' Candy Crane Toppers Add Holiday Festivity
by Staff Reporter


Sureshot Redemption Rolls Out Rudolph Plush
by Staff Reporter


Coffee Service News
Coffee, Tea & Water Keynoter: Juan Esteban Orduz, Colombian Coffee Growers Federation
Emily Jed
Colombian coffee is backed by a powerful marketing campaign that has established it among today's savvy coffee drinkers as one of best in the world. Keynoting at NAMA's Coffee, Tea & Water confab, Juan Esteban Orduz, president of the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation (FNC), provided the back story on Columbian coffee, its rise to prominence and the steps the organization is taking to position Colombia as the world's first 100% sustainable coffee-producing nation...

Coffee, Tea & Water Keynoter: Luz Marina Trujillo, Santa Elena Coffee Estate
Emily Jed
Third-generation coffee producer Luz Marina Trujillo provided NAMA Coffee, Tea & Water showgoers a firsthand account of what's involved in running a successful coffee farm and shared the deep connection she has with the people who work on hers...

Coffee, Tea & Water Presenter: Stephen Twining, Twinings Of London
Emily Jed
The global ambassador for Twinings of London and 10th-generation member of England's famous tea family, educated operators attending NAMA's conference on the finer points of tea quality and preparation...

DS Waters Acquires Central Florida's Mountain Valley Water
Emily Jed


DS Waters Acquires Gold Springs Premium Spring Water
Emily Jed


Greenwald Exits Betson And Forms CoffeeMatt Corp., An Independent Rep
Nick Montano


Keurig 2.0 Will Shut Out K-Cup Copycats
Emily Jed
The move is in response to the slew of non-licensed K-Cups that have entered the market since Green Mountain’s patents for the portion pack technology expired in 2012, with price points as much as 25% lower than official K-Cups...

Kona And Jamaica Blue Mountain Join Keurig K-Cup Lineup
Emily Jed


McDonald's And Kraft Partner For McCafé Packaged Coffee
Emily Jed


Newco's Joe Webster Wins NAMA Coffee Legend Accolade For 2013
Tim Sanford
Joe Webster, office coffee service The National Automatic Merchandising Association has announced that Joe Webster, founder and chief executive of Newco Enterprises Inc. (St. Charles, MO) has been voted its Coffee Legend for 2013. The award will be presented at NAMA's Coffee, Tea and Water conference in Nashville this week...

Robust Keurig Demand Drives 38% Profit Growth For Green Mountain
Emily Jed
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters saw net income jump 35% and revenue climb 11% in the fourth quarter as sales of both Keurig brewer and K-Cup sales rose...

Starbucks To Pay Kraft $2.7 Billion For Early Contract Termination
Emily Jed
An arbitrator ruled that Starbucks must pay Kraft Foods Group more than $2.7 billion for its early termination of the packaged coffee contract between the two companies...

Cover Stories


International Coffee And Tea Experts Share Their Global Perspectives At NAMA Confab
Emily Jed
International figures shared their global coffee and tea perspectives at the National Automatic Merchandising Association's recent Coffee, Tea & Water conference in Nashville. In his keynote speech, Juan Esteban Orduz, president of the Colombian Coffee Federation, described the role the federation has played in raising the standard of living for coffee growers and their families. Also presenting were Stephen Twining, a 10th generation member of England's most famous tea family, and Luz Marina Trujillo, the third-generation owner of the Santa Elena coffee estate in Costa Rica...

Foodservice News
Sysco To Buy U.S. Foods
Emily Jed


Technomic's Breakfast Report Highlights Opportunities to Drive Traffic
Technomic Press Release


Guest Columns
Pitching Foodservice Clients Calls For Different Benefit Emphasis
by Len Rashkin
One segment of OCS that has not been covered very often is selling and servicing restaurants, delis, fast food outlets and convenience stores. All of these foodservice retailers need to be sold by a different approach from the methods used in selling "coffee service" to offices... by Len Rashkin

Why GPS Is Productivity Booster And Liability Reducer For Vending Operators
by Wyn Partington
Owners and managers in the vending industry are aware that it's essential to monitor and manage their fleets. In an industry that relies on drivers servicing their routes in company vehicles, operators know that overseeing those vehicles and drivers is a necessary task... by Wyn Partington

Hardware/Tools
Apriva Joins Samsung Solution Exchange With AprivaPay Plus
Tim Sanford


Ford Fusion Gets Coca-Cola's PlantBottle Interior
Emily Jed


G.A. Murdock Debuts Mur-lok Lead-Free Brass Female Flare Fitting
Tim Sanford


Innovolt Adds H1000 To Intelligent Power Protection Device Lineup
Tim Sanford


Meetings/Events
IMA 2014's Big Industry Players: Gauselmann, Löwen Entertainment And Bally Wulff
IMA Press Release


Independent Operators Association Will Be Out In Force At EAG International: Jan. 21-23
EAG Press Release


Nashville's Elizabeth Lyons Brings Star Power To Coffee, Tea & Water
NAMA Press Release


SCVA Plans South Carolina Winter Conference: Jan. 31-Feb. 1


Names in the News
Confectioners Honor Ferrara's Michael Gilmore For Enduring Industry Service
Tim Sanford


Succession At Walmart Puts Insider At Helm; McMillon Takes Over As Retail Giant Battles Sluggish Sales
by Staff Reporter


USConnect Taps Carmen Gorniak For New National Dietitian's Post
Tim Sanford


Small Business News
NAMA Signs Letter Of Support For 'Small Business Fairness In Obamacare Act'
NAMA Press Release


Upfront with the Publisher
Talking 'bout Regeneration
Alicia Lavay
As we come to the close of another year, it's natural to reflect on what we've accomplished, where we are going and whether we've stayed on course. While the vending industry has experienced a profound upheaval over the past decade, its structural underpinnings remain unchanged... by Alicia Lavay

Vending Machine Products
Coca-Cola North America Acquires Coconut Water Maker Zico Beverages
Emily Jed


Edamame Snacks Expand Healthful Grab-And-Go Options
Emily Jed


Honest Tea Adds Unsweetened Lemon Tea
Emily Jed


Sparkling Fruit2O Goes Nationwide With Dr Pepper Snapple Group As Distribution Partner
Emily Jed


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