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Vol. 48, No.2, February 2008

Vending Features
NAMA Expands Education Options At 2008 Spring Expo In Las Vegas
Tim Sanford
LAS VEGAS (February 2008) — The National Automatic Merchandising Association continues to add options to its Spring Expo program, bolstering the early-bird education choices and streamlining the business sessions schedule during the convention proper.

NCA Puts Final Touches On ‘08 Convention
Tim Sanford
NEW YORK CITY (February 2008) — The National Coffee Association of USA will hold its 97th Annual Convention on March 6-8 at The Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort and Club in Aventura, FL. Official host of the event is the Starbucks Coffee Co.; its chief operating officer, Martin Coles, will deliver the keynote address.

Technomic Shifts Foodservice Industry Forecast Downward; B&I Sales To Drop
Emily Jed
CHICAGO (February 2008) — Citing a larger-than-expected slowdown in discretionary consumer spending, foodservice consultancy Technomic Inc. revised its 2008 U.S. foodservice industry growth forecast downward from 5.1% to 3.6%. 

Vroom Foods, Mad Dog Partner To Bring Energy Candies To Vending
Emily Jed
COSTA MESA, CA (February 2008) — Vending patrons looking for a quick fix to power them through that afternoon slump can now find it in a novel line of energy chews and mints from Vroom Foods Inc. The candymaker, well established at retail, says vending factors heavily in its growth strategy through its new exclusive marketing and distribution agreement with Mad Dog Energy Products.

Music and Games Features
'American Photo Booth' Illuminates History Of Invention, Enterprise And Marketing In Coin Industry’s Early Years
Tim Sanford
The Industrial Revolution was launched and is being renewed continually by entrepreneurs, and this has led to astonishing gaps in its historical record. Governments, especially their armed forces, have a keen sense of tradition, and establish museums to showcase not only such dramatic advances as the Wright Flyer, but also important but little-remembered innovations like the Bell P-59 Airacomet, America’s first turbojet airplane.

Show Planners Ready Special Events For Upcoming ASI
Marcus Webb
LAS VEGAS (February 2008) — Organizers of the Amusement Showcase International said many special events are planned for the 2008 trade show, which runs from March 27 to 29 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. ASI is owned by the American Amusement Machine Association and produced by William T. Glasgow Inc.

Bulk Vending
Slingshot Enters Bulk Vending With Product Bonanza: Speed Racer’ Novelties Highlight Capsule And Flat Merchandise
Nick Montano
AGOURA HILLS, CA (February 2008) — Slingshot Promotions makes its bulk vending debut this month with a variety of inventive products directed at young patrons. Two capsuled novelty lines, along with figurines and flat merchandise coinciding with the release of the upcoming Wachowski brothers’ feature film, highlight the rollout.

The Homieshop’s New Fight Club Figurines Target $1 Vends
Nick Montano
HERCULES, CA (February 2008) — New from the Homieshop is Fight Club, a collectible figurine series that taps into the growing sport of mixed martial arts fighting. Standing a full 2.5 ins. tall and decked out with tribal tattooing, these are some of the most detailed figurines created by urban artist Dave Gonzales, founder of the Homieshop.

Editorial: Vending
EDITORIAL: What Do Patrons Want?
Tim Sanford
We recently received the most intriguing telephone call of the new year, from a radio reporter following up on a story idea. He said that some of the newsroom staffers had been speaking with the route driver who fills their vending machines, and the driver told them that the current economic uncertainties and stresses were increasing his workload. With fuel prices high and concern with job security on the rise, people were not going out for lunch and snacks, he explained; they were buying these things from the vending machines. Thus, he was busier than he had been in a long time...By TIM SANFORD

Editorial: Music and Games
EDITORIAL: Support Your Local Distributor
Marcus Webb
For several years I lived in a remote mountain region in California. The nearest gas station was one mile from my home; it charged 25% more per gallon than stations in the nearest city (which was a good 45 minute drive). The next closest gas stations were 10 miles away and 15 miles away, respectively. These lonely outposts near the Interstate still charged 15% above city prices...By MARCUS WEBB

Upfront with the Publisher
UPFRONT: VT is Investing in the Future, and I Hope Everyone Reading this is Resolved to do the Same.
Alicia Lavay
There has been a pervasive lack of confidence in the economy, even before the current recession talk began. However good business may have been, employers have put off rebuilding their staffs to pre-2001 levels. Our industry has not been immune from the effects...By ALICIA LAVAY-KERTES

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