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Lavit has taken the wraps off its commercial single-serve cold beverage system. The system has been under development over the past five years for the U.S. office coffee and refreshment services sector...
Performance Food Group Co., parent company of vend product distributor Vistar, rang the New York Stock Exchange Opening Bell on Friday, Oct. 2, in celebration of its initial public offering...
Three Square Market emphasizes that it has always been in compliance with its credit-card processing certification. "However, we felt that earning this PCI-DSS certification was a necessary step to ensure complete satisfaction and confidence from our operator clients, market location clients and the daily market customer," said 32M chief operating officer Patrick McMullan...
Cushman & Wakefield, the commercial real estate firm that oversaw the sale, said the full-line vending and office coffee service operation will occupy the entire 41,490-sq.ft. facility in stages during the fourth quarter of 2015...
The nation's largest independent Coke bottler said it has signed a nonbinding letter of intent with Coca-Cola Co. to purchase manufacturing facilities and expand its franchise distribution territory in several states...
The switch from magstripe credit and debit cards to chip-and-pin technology goes into effect Oct. 1. The date is not so much a dreaded deadline as a line of demarcation beyond which the burden of fraudulent transactions is transferred from credit card companies to merchants and banks...
PFG, the nation's third-largest foodservice distributor, said it plans to sell 14.5 million shares of stock at a price between $22 and $25 a share, according to a filing with the Security Exchange Commission...
More than 200 NAMA members and industry leaders convened in Washington, DC in July for the association's inaugural industry fly-in, dubbed "NAMA Takes the Hill"...

Coffee Service News

Keurig Green Mountain's single-serve, home-brew cold drink machine hit the market on Sept. 29. Keurig Kold allows consumers to make cold sparkling and still beverages, including favorites from Coke and Dr Pepper...

Foodservice News

EDine targets millennials in the workplace, offering gaming, frequency rewards, news feed, push notifications, and a "refer a coworker" feature...

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In this column, I want to discuss something very important to our product and to our company image: packaging. Wait! Before you quickly flip the page at the thought of 800 words on polypropylene, consider your film and boxes, and whether they fully convey your company's attributes, vision and quality... by Kevin Daw
I often wonder why office coffee and vending operators, many of whom I have encountered through my training programs, so often fail to tap into one of the best forms of account growth and least costly methods of new customer acquisitions... by Len Rashkin
A well-executed audio-video promotional message, run periodically as an alternative to an operation's regular advertisement, can attract attention and lead to new inquiries. Here's one aimed at office managers … by Len Rashkin
Private labeling can help to set a coffee service operation apart from its competitors. It can be done with single-cup coffee, and it's worth the operator's while to consider the advantages and drawbacks of doing it... by Kevin Daw

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Created by the AMOA-National Dart Association, International Play Darts Day raises awareness of electronic soft-tip darting and the community behind the pastime, often played in bars and taverns...
While computer models of Hurricane Joaquin's projected track vary, New Jersey is not taking any chances. With the memory of 2012's devastating Superstorm Sandy still fresh, operators up and down the Jersey Shore are taking precautions: boarding up buildings, and moving rides and arcade games to safe locations...

Bulk Vending News & Features

Gumball Depot’s rerelease of Football-A-Roo bulk vender includes a new graphics package and $1 coin mech...
The agreement between the NBVA and the Amusement Expo owners, the Amusement and Music Operators Association and the American Amusement Machine Association, continues a trade show partnership initiated in 2011...

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We recently took part in the National Automatic Merchandising Association's first "Fly-In" in Washington, DC. The experience led us to reflect on the current impatience with contemporary politics that sometimes seems to dominate news and opinion forums... by Tim Sanford
One man's dilution is another's solution... by Alicia Lavay
There is much wringing of hands in the business world about a rise in the minimum wage. The rhetoric has become heated, if not hysterical, in many business publications and blogs. But higher wages could bring greater returns to many small businesses... by Hank Schlesinger

Sponsored Content

Based in Searcy, AR, Advantage Vending and Coffee Services is a growing operation with big aspirations. Owner Mike Kever runs this family business, and in 2012 he set upon a long-term growth strategy for Advantage. The first step in his journey occurred in 2013 when he doubled his operation by acquiring a similar size company. Once Kever coordinated the integration of the two, he immediately recognized the critical need for a vending management system (VMS) that would not only help him run the now larger operation, but would also help accelerate his expansion plans... sponsored by Parlevel Systems
Video and camera technology is used in a wide range of vending machines from food and beverage-type dispensers to ticketing kiosks and ATMs. Applications range from video security to prevent damage and theft, to uses of cameras as an intrinsic part of the transaction, such as reading barcodes or QR codes for access control... by Steve Heard, sponsored by IDS

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