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Vending News & Features

Lofton L. (Schott) Little, who founded L.C. Vending Co. in San Antonio, TX, more than 50 years ago, died on Sept. 14. He was 106...
The organizers of the 2016 China International Vending & OCS Showcase are putting the finishing touches on the latest in a series of successful tradeshows that have catalyzed the dramatic growth of the Chinese vending industry. It's set for Nov. 16-18 at the new China International Exhibition Center, Beijing's largest convention venue...
Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated will open a new chapter in its 93-year history in Annapolis with the imminent opening of its new regional operations center. The center will specialize in refurbishing vending machines and other beverage equipment...
The vending industry entrepreneur, who currently heads RSA Management Group, a cooperative for blind vendors, said he acquired the assets of AVT Inc. in June and opened a new facility in Corona, CA. He has renamed the high-tech vending machine company Accelerated Retail Technologies Inc., which he says is moving full speed ahead at the forefront of vending equipment innovation...
The contract foodservice giant announced plans to relocate its Philadelphia global headquarters in fall 2018 to a new 600,000-sq.ft. site situated along the Schuylkill River...
The Southeast's largest annual vending tradeshow and convention will return to the Embassy Suites Kingston Plantation in Myrtle Beach from Oct. 13 to 15. Atlantic Coast Exposition's complete schedule is now ready...
As the one-year anniversary of the shift to chip approaches in the U.S., Mastercard has unveiled data suggesting the positive impact the technology is having for issuing banks, merchants and consumers...

Coffee Service News

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Farmer Bros. Co., a national coffee roaster, said it has entered into an agreement to acquire China Mist Brands Inc., a maker of iced teas sold in the office coffee (OCS) and food services channels...
Tetley Super Teas, infused with essential vitamins, provide drinkers with 20% of the recommended daily intake of vitamins including vitamin C, B6 and B7...
Karen and Joe Webster and their team of Newco Enterprises Inc. welcomed U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt for a visit to Newco's manufacturing plant and headquarters in St. Charles, MO...
Citing lack of "sustainable demand," J. M. Smucker Co. recently discontinued its Millstone Coffee brand...

Foodservice News

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Coin-Op Music & Games

Stern Pinball Inc. is celebrating its 30th year in business and the 50th anniversary of the iconic American TV series with an Anniversary Edition pinball machine themed to the world-famous "Dynamic Duo," Batman and Robin, and titled "Batman '66." Deadline for Super Limited Edition applications is Sept. 30 at 11:59 p.m. (Central Time)...
Jukebox legend AMI Entertainment Network has partnered with the Grand Rapids, MI, ArtPrize program to sponsor its 2016 Blue Bridge Music Competition. Now in its eighth year, ArtPrize is a 19-day international art competition and festival held in downtown Grand Rapids, the longtime home to AMI's main office...
Cineplex Entertainment announced today [Sep. 21] that it is acquiring all issued and outstanding shares of Tricorp Amusements Inc. Upon completion of the transaction, which is expected to close in early October, New Jersey-based Tricorp will become part of Cineplex Starburst Inc., a wholly owned and operated subsidiary of Cineplex Entertainment. ..
Pernod Ricard USA's Absolut Vodka, Malibu and Jameson Irish Whiskey brands are sponsoring what is said to be the first integrated local-transit information program displayed on TouchTunes digital jukeboxes in bars and taverns nationwide...
New Jersey's Morris Museum has created an exhibit of classic coin-op machines from the early 20th century. "For Amusement Only: Arcades and Caf├ęs," the exhibit features objects from the museum's own collection and items on loan from private collections. It offers a fresh perspective on the longevity of coin-op as entertainment and its innovative roots...

Bulk Vending News & Features

A well-known figure in the bulk vending industry, Judi Heston-Donnell has joined Indiana-based Funtastic Novelties Inc. as an account executive. Heston-Donnell is also president of the National Bulk Vendors Association, an elected position she's held since March 2014...
Just like their full-line counterparts, bulk vending operators who have 20 or more machines on location are required to comply with the Food and Drug Administration's calorie-disclosure rule that goes into effect on Dec. 1...

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Editorials & Opinions

The British have an expression, "state of play," which is genius on a number of different levels. Loosely translated, it means "current situation." But in the subtext conveys a suggestion of action that the current situation is naturally in a state of flux -- like a soccer game... by Hank Schlesinger
Agitation for a higher minimum wage, and new Labor Department rules for "hourly" workers, will have consequences for employers. The outcome is likely to be greater interest in productivity improvement and automation, which may erode employment... by Alicia Lavay
The National Automatic Merchandising Association's annual Fly-In outreach and advocacy program brings together people with an upbeat industry success story to tell and the lawmakers who need to hear and understand it... by Tim Sanford

Guest Columns

In the mid-1960s, the office coffee service industry provided only a dozen or fewer products. Fifty years later, today's OCS businesses might provide more than 1,000 SKUs. As an operator, you have to become a marketer to sell all these products and get your inventory to turn over... by Len Rashkin
I wrote about the green coffee market as recently as this March, but I think it is worth another look, in the light of recent developments, especially its sizeable upward push... by Kevin Daw
In my last article, I discussed reasons for you to have an office refreshments brochure or menu, and the overall process of planning and creating one. In this month's article, I will suggest an actual layout to use that will help increase allied product ordering... by Len Rashkin
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