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WASHINGTON -- The National Automatic Merchandising Association reports that hundreds of policymakers visited its Vending and Coffee Service Innovations Showcase, held in the Caucus Room of the Cannon House Office Building on Wednesday, Feb. 3.
Designed to highlight advances in technology and to underscore the industry's commitment to health and wellness, the exhibit was staged in conjunction with NAMA's winter board meeting.
"This event was even more successful than we imagined it would be," said Ned Monroe, NAMA's vice-president of government affairs. "So many policymakers attended that, at one point, the line was practically out the door."
According to Monroe, crowds surrounded dozens of the industry's most advanced machines, and many visitors raved about the event. "We created the showcase so that our nation's policymakers could see the truth about our industry, and there's no question that we accomplished our goal."
The showcase attracted considerable media attention, NAMA added. In addition to television news coverage, it was the subject of articles in major newspapers and online outlets, including the Washington Post, special-interest publications like the The Hill, a congressional newspaper, and myfoxdc.com.
"This was a powerful event, and everyone in our industry will benefit from the new vision policymakers have about our industry," Monroe concluded. "It's one example of how we are working to protect the economic interests of our membership, and we thank all of our participating members for their help with this important event."