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Vol. 49, No.12, December 2009

Vending Features
Coke Commits To Climate-Friendly Refrigeration
Emily Jed
Coca-Cola Co. announced that 100% of its new vending machines and coolers will be hydrofluorocarbon-free by 2015. Using HFC-free refrigerant will reportedly generate 99% fewer direct greenhouse emissions than those created by legacy equipment...

EVA Reelects van Amerongen President At Annual General Meeting
Tim Sanford
The European Vending Association held its annual general meeting here. The event, accompanied by round-table idea exchanges, attracted diverse attendance by executives of leading operating and manufacturing companies as well as officials of EVA's constituent national trade associations...

More Operators Are Finding Locations For Self-Service Coin-Counting Equipment
Hank Schlesinger
Cummins-Allison, vending An increasing number of operators, bulk vendors among them, are looking at self-service coin-counting kiosks to help them maximize location real estate. The vending concept, which launched service giant Coinstar Inc., is now gaining traction with small and midsize operators. Cummins-Allison, best known for its wide range of "backroom" currency- and coin-handling equipment, is supplying the market...

NFL Legend Mike Ditka To Emcee One Show Awards Ceremony; NAMA Seeks Nominations
by Staff Reporter
The National Automatic Merchandising Association has announced that NFL hall-of-famer and former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka will host the industry awards ceremony at the inaugural One Show this spring. Nominations are now being accepted for the awards...

Sam's Club Ramps Up Services To Support Small Business Owners
Emily Jed
vending Sam's Club's promise of rock-bottom prices is a draw for independent vending operators, especially in times when every penny added to their bottom line is essential to running a profitable operation. The warehouse club is also finding that more vending professionals hit by the economy say they're managing their cashflow by using its stores as their "warehouses" by buying only what they need as they need it...

SCVA Puts Finishing Touches On January Winter Training Conference
Emily Jed
The South Carolina Vending Association's eagerly anticipated annual event is slated for the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston, SC, from Jan. 28 through 31. A highlight of the program will be a three-hour session led by noted entrepreneur, consultant and author John Carroll...

Show Planners Preview All-New 2010 Atlantic Coast Expo, Oct. 14-16
Tim Sanford
The organizers of the Atlantic Coast Exposition have announced initial plans for the innovative 2010 event. The 56th annual staging of the show is set for Oct. 14-16 at the Embassy Suites Hotel at Kingston Plantation in Myrtle Beach, SC...

Snyder's And Utz Discontinue Merger
by Staff Reporter
Snyder's of Hanover Inc.'s plan to acquire Utz Quality Foods has fallen through. Utz chief Michael W. Rice said that satisfying the FTC's request for additional information after two filings on the proposed merger failed to gain its approval would put a strain on the company...

VAMA Briefs Membership On Legislative Happenings In Virginia
by Staff Reporter
Some 30 members of the Virginia Automatic Merchandising Association gathered in Sandston, VA, in late October to get a legislative update from VAMA lobbyist Jeff Smith. He explained how Virginia legislators are rated in terms of their pro-business positions on legislation...

Music and Games Features
Alabama Officials Vow Raids, Arrests Of Illegal Bingo Operators
Marcus Webb
The stage is set for a major confrontation over electronic bingo in Alabama beginning on Wednesday, Dec. 2, when a new ruling by the state Supreme Court takes effect for the state's $2 billion a year bingo machine market. The state's attorney general has asked 18 local district attorneys across Alabama to enforce the high court's ban on bingo machines that fail to meet a six-point test...

American Changer Launches High-Capacity Token Unit, Offers Wireless Upgrade For Optional Credit Card Payment
Tim Sanford
American Changer and its Hoffman Mint subsidiary have introduced a full-featured dispenser able to hold as many as 20,000 quarter-sized tokens, as well as a kit that can adapt any American Changer token dispenser for credit-card transactions. The innovations made their debuts at the recent Attractions Expo staged by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions in Las Vegas...

Astrosystems Inc.'s ST1-T Makes Bill Acceptance Easier For Amusements, Placing Point Of Sale In Front Of Customer
Nick Montano
astrosystems, bill validator, vending Astrosystems Inc. has developed a new payment system that offers a horizontal note entry for top bill insertion. Called the GBA ST1-T, the novel validator is based on the company's popular ST1 model, which has been available in the U.S. for the past three years. The adaptation is designed specifically for any type of machine that features a console-type control panel, making it ideal for such amusement devices as cranes, sports games and videos...

Australian Fashion Photographers Develop Inflatable Photobooth
Hank Schlesinger
Who better to design a photobooth than a couple of commercial photographers? Melbourne’s Marija Ivkovic and Lachlan Moore, whose clients include Elle Magazine and Foster’s, the world-renowned brewery, have done just that. And the new picture machine boasts an unexpected feature: it’s partially inflatable...

Country And Rock Dominate 100 Top Songs On AMI Jukeboxes
Nick Montano
Toby KeithAMI Entertainment Network Inc. released its top 100 played songs of 2009, and Toby Keith's "I Love this Bar" was the year's No. 1 single on AMI-powered jukeboxes. Country and rock classics of the past decade dominate AMI's first-ever list of Top 100 Most-Played Songs...

Impulse Industries Launches 'Wall Of Balls' Prize-Every-Time Crane
Tim Sanford
Impulse IndustriesImpulse Industries' new eye-catching winner-every-time game could attract maximum play in high-traffic public locations. Wall of Balls is accompanied by appealing merchandise from Impulse, including Face Balls and Aliens. Other compatible items are under development...

IT Offers Carnival King As WiiWare, Readies Silver Strike Live Debut
by Staff Reporter
CarnivalKink Incredible Technologies' classic shooting-gallery arcade game, Carnival King, is now available for download as WiiWare to Nintendo's Wii home videogame console. It's the coin-op video company's second WiiWare venture, which is expected to boost the popularity of the its commercial products...

Terminator Salvation Captures Blockbuster Excitement
Nick Montano
Play Mechanix and Betson Enterprises are bringing big-screen action to coin-op with the release of their latest arcade shooter, inspired by one of Hollywood’s most successful sci-fi film franchises. Terminator Salvation Arcade captures the thrills and excitement of the 2009 mega-hit movie...

Bulk Vending
A&A Inks Major Licensing Agreement With Disney
Hank Schlesinger
A&A Global Industries said it has closed on a licensing deal with Walt Disney Consumer Products. According to the terms, the bulk vending supplier has acquired a license to produce a variety of capsuled toys and novelties based on Disney properties for distribution in the vending space in the U.S...

Web Glow Vender With Online Prize Redemption Wins IAAPA Kudos
Nick Montano
On display at this year’s fall trade shows in Las Vegas was the new Web Glow Machine, a bulk vender with bill validator and flatscreen display that allows customers to win points with every purchase and accumulate them for attractive prizes. Exhibited by Glow Machine Ltd. of Scottsdale, AZ, the novel vender was honored as Best New Product – Coin Operated Arcade and Redemption Equipment by the IAAPA...

Editorial: Vending
Editorial
Hanging Together, Or Separately
Tim Sanford
...The “Affordable Health Care for America Act” passed by the House includes the requirement that chains of 20 or more restaurants post detailed nutritional and calorie content information on their menus--and equates operators of 20 or more vending machines with chain restaurants. Our concern is that some large enterprises have been known to favor anything that raises the cost of entry for prospective competitors, and so may be prepared to look the other way when unjust proposals like this one are made. We think this attitude is (at best) shortsighted... by Tim Sanford

Editorial: Music and Games
Good News For Neighborhood Bars
Marcus Webb
Ever since Louis Glass first installed the very first nickel-in-the-slot music machine in San Francisco’s Palais Royale Saloon exactly 120 years ago, taverns have been the most important locations for street operators. But the bar market has been under a ferocious assault for the past 25 years. First came wave after wave... by Marcus Webb

Mottos Are Not Enough When It Comes To Best Business Practices
Hank Schlesinger
Businesspeople, particularly owners of small businesses, are in a state of constant combat. They are fighting not only against competitors or regulations, but very often with themselves. The internal conflict is not a simple one: it’s a constant struggle between what they know versus what they believe. Though some folks have taken to using “know” and “believe” interchangeably, it is not a fine distinction. Confusing the two can... by Henry Schlesinger

Coffee Service News
Green Mountain To Acquire Diedrich For $290 Million
by Staff Reporter
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters has agreed to acquire Diedrich Coffee for $35 per share in cash in a transaction with a total value of approximately $290 million. The deal ends a bidding war between the Vermont roaster and Peet's to secure Diedrich's K-Cup business...

InnoWare Microwaveable Foodservice Packaging Reduces Plastic By 30%
by Staff Reporter
InnoWare Plastic Inc. is helping foodservice operators reduce their environmental footprint with the new microwaveable Expressions two-piece line of foodservice containers. The bases are made from Advanta, a proprietary polypropylene blend that uses up to 30% less plastic than standard polypropylene...

Guest Columns
High-End Merchandise Is Changing How We Operate
Frank Seninsky
The hottest trend in the industry today is a new approach to merchandising that offers very high-end prizes of $50 and up. Today we have several top “workhorse’”earners in the merchandiser category such as Winners’ Cube, Barbercut Lite, ’s Amazing Road Trip, Stacker, Lighthouse, X-Prize and Time 2 Win. Together, these games have made 2009 the hottest year for merchandisers since triple cranes... by Frank Seninsky

Stretching Dollars In The Recession - And Having Fun Doing It
by Dave Levine
I like getting good deals on things, and finding out about deals that not many people know about. In today's economy, we all have an incentive to look for bargains... In fact, I think that bargain hunting has turned into something of a sport. I am not affiliated with any of these websites, but I honestly think that using certain sites to find great deals not only is easy to do, but also leads to substantial savings... by Dave Levine

Upfront with the Publisher
Thankful For A Timely Wake-Up Call
Alicia Lavay
As I write the last Upfront column of the year on the eve of Thanksgiving, I have been thinking about the things in life for which I am grateful. This is always worth doing, and more so when the going gets tough. Indeed, 2009 has been year filled with upheavals that riveted our attention... by Alicia Lavay-Kertes

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