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Vol. 51, No. 1, January 2011

Vending Features
Betson Extends Sales And Marketing Pact With ASI, CES To Southeast
Emily Jed
Betson Enterprises, Automated Services International and Choice Equipment Sales are expanding their used vending machine sales agreement to the southeastern U.S....

DeMet's Acquires Frito-Lay’s TrueNorth
Emily Jed
DeMet's Candy Co. has completed its acquisition of the TrueNorth nut snack brand from PepsiCo's Frito-Lay North America...

Fed Seeks Comments On Debit Card Fee Rule Proposals
Tim Sanford
The Federal Reserve has published a proposed rule establishing debit card interchange fee standards, and is requesting comment on potential frameworks for adjusting fees...

Frito-Lay Ramps Up All-Natural Product Portfolio
Emily Jed
PepsiCo's snack division said that approximately 50% of its product portfolio will be made with all-natural ingredients, including three of its biggest brands...

Full Service Vending Lands NYU Medical Center Contract
Emily Jed
Vending operation signs multiyear contract with New York University Langone Medical Center in Manhattan...

G&J Names 4 Regional Managers To Head Nationwide Coverage
Emily Jed
G&J Marketing and Sales says its positioning itself to provide nationwide coverage to its principals. Greg Sidwell, who founded the vend brokerage in 1984, explains the expansion...

Georgia Operators Count Down To Jan. 1 Tax Relief
Emily Jed
In the new year in Georgia, all vending items, packaged beverages and candy are among the foods that will be subject to local taxes only...

Indian Bank Places Bill Changer At Historic Temple In Tamil Nadu
Emily Jed
Indian Bank Rajeev Rishi The Indian Bank has installed a banknote changer at the famous hill temple, devoted to Sri Dhandayuthapaniswamy, in the ancient city of Palani, Tamil Nadu...

NAMA Says Enactment Of Federal Tax Bill Benefits Vendors
Tim Sanford
The vending association says the tax bill signed by President Obama last week will offer tax relief to the industry...

OVC Urges Vending Operators To Submit Comments, Attend Hearing On 300% Coin-Op Tax Hike
Emily Jed
Responding to a measure that increases Oklahoma's tax on vending machines by 300%, the Oklahoma Vendors Association is urging the state's operators to submit written comments and attend a public hearing...

Pennsylvania Shuts Down Wine Venders To Probe Breakdowns
Emily Jed
Pennsylvania's Liquor Control Board abruptly shut down the state's wine kiosks last Tuesday, citing persistent mechanical problems. Chief among them is the inability to dispense the bottles...

Performance Food Group Acquires Ledyard Co.
Emily Jed
Performance Food Group, parent company of Vistar, has acquired Ledyard Co., a broadline foodservice distributor based in Santa Cruz, CA...

Shanghai Gears Up For 2011 China Vending & OCS Show, June 22-24
Tim Sanford
The 8th China Vending & OCS Show will take place in the historic seaport city of Shanghai. Planners anticipate attendance by more than 8,000...

STORM ALERT: Tri-State Council Postpones Meeting As Storm Approaches
by Staff Reporter
The Tri-State Automatic Merchandising Council has postponed the meeting scheduled for Jan. 11 in Cherry Hill, NJ, because of concern over the approaching winter storm...

Vending Industry Expertise Wrings Profits From Water's Appeal
Emily Jed
The rise of the workplace services industry spurred the development of modern water purification technology. First installed in hot and cold beverage vending machines and then in automatic coffee brewers, these filters also were applied by imaginative operators to solving water quality problems for their locations, thereby converting an expense item into another profit center. Today, pure water has attained prominence as the healthy drink of choice at home, work, school and on the go - and the industry is in an enviable position to deliver it to the many consumers thirsting for it...

Music and Games Features
Best Shot Air Hockey Concentrates On Features For Serious Play
Tim Sanford
Joining the Dynamo line of surface-effect frictionless table hockey games is Best Shot, engineered specifically to appeal to tournament-caliber players...

Betson Plans Florida Office
Nick Montano
Betson Enterprises said it plans to open a sales and service office in central Florida. The office, which will be the distributor's 12th, is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2011...

Beverage Sales In Taverns Recover: Study
Marcus Webb
Beverage Information Group says that on-premise consumption of alcoholic beverages rebounded in 2010 over the depressed levels seen in 2009...

Birmingham Vending Acquires Franco Novelty
Marcus Webb
The 80-year-old distribution and operating company has acquired most assets of Franco Novelty (Montgomery), an operating company based in Montgomery, AL...

Budding Sweepstakes Viddies Confront Uncertain Future In 2011
Marcus Webb
There are three key facts to know about Internet-based sweepstakes video games, the popular devices that are typically played in Internet cafés on commercial desktop computer terminals....

Chuck E. Cheese's Tries Online Ticket Redemption
Marcus Webb
The Chuck E. Cheese's chain began awarding tickets and prizes to online players of a game called Ticket Blaster...

Coast To Coast Adds Gun Game, Expands Redemption Line With 3 Diverse Designs
Tim Sanford
Coast to Coast Entertainment is now shipping its first target-shooting simulator, a coin-vortex redemption piece, mini crane for wall mounting and coin pusher...

Dave & Buster's Sees Flat Third Quarter
Marcus Webb
The restaurant and amusement machine chain said gross revenues dropped half a percent during its third quarter ended Oct. 31, 2010...

EAG Planners Hail Strong Response To Coin-Op Expo In London, Jan. 25-27
Nick Montano
European Amusement and Gaming Expo organizers say exhibit reservations and advance registration for the event are moving at a gratifying pace, heralding a triumphant follow-up to the event's 2010 debut...

Elaut USA Introduces Modular Fantasy Football Redemption Game
Nick Montano
Fantasy Football Tickets challenges coin machine customers to move a football down a vertical flatscreen display and into a high ticket-value "slot" in the end zone. It ships this month...

Illinois Trade Lobbies Against Racetrack Slots
Marcus Webb
The Illinois Coin Machine Operators Association is fighting a measure that would massively expand legalized gambling in Illinois -- and would provide more competition for operator-run VLTs...

Jersey Jack Pinball To Design And Manufacture Flipper Games
Nick Montano
Coin-op veteran Jack Guarnieri is planning to produce fully loaded pinball machines under the name Jersey Jack Pinball. The first game, The Wizard of Oz, is expected to ship before Christmas 2011. Guarnieri makes big bet that there's strong demand for feature-rich games that sell for more...

Miami Mayor May Lose Job For Defending 'Gray' Games
Marcus Webb
The Commissioner of the City of Miami said he plans to call for the resignation of Mayor Tomás Regalado at a Jan. 13 city commission meeting...

Montana Video Poker Tax Earnings Drop 16% In 2010
Marcus Webb
License fee income generated by video poker machines in the state fell 16% in 2010, even though the number of machines on location increased 3%...

NC Governor Mulls Sweeps Games Legalization; Many Sweeps Cafes Stay Open
Marcus Webb
Gov. Bev Perdue told reporters that to resolve North Carolina's 2011 budget deficit, she may support legalization of Internet sweepstakes videogames...

NSM Music Readies New Jukebox Platform And Marketing Strategy For U.S.
Nick Montano
NSM Music will market and administer its own digital jukebox music platform in the U.S., as it begins a sales strategy that goes direct to vending operators and locations...

Possible Bill Could Legalize - Or Ban - Eight-Liners In Texas
Marcus Webb
Sometime during the 82nd session of the Texas Legislature, Rep. Richard Pena Raymond said he plans to introduce a bill that will either legalize eight-liners with $1,000 payouts or ban them entirely...

Sega Adds Ticket Feature To 13th Monkey Ball Game
Tim Sanford
Monkey Ball Ticket Blitz builds on a decade of success by adding ticket dispensing capability...

Sega's Restroom Viddie Lets Japanese Gamers Pee For Points
by Staff Reporter
The videogame company wants to add sensors and screens to create mini-games based on performance...

Yes, Again: Girl Trapped In Crane Merchandiser
Marcus Webb
In what has become an almost routine event, a two-year-old crawled inside the vending chute of an oversized claw machine in early December...

Editorial: Vending
Knowing What We Don't Know
Tim Sanford
Is the operator is his own worst enemy? With the passage of time, we have come to recognize that this principle is not confined to operators... by Tim Sanford

Editorial: Music and Games
A Sign Of The Times: Do-It-Yourself Vandalism
Hank Schlesinger
We live in an age of really stupid crimes. Even worse, the criminals seem to be getting dumber by the day. I remember writing a story about a thief who had ripped off dozens of bulk vending racks... by Hank Schlesinger

The Promise And The Peril
Marcus Webb
VT devoted plenty of coverage to the infamous "Alabama bingo brawl" and North Carolina's sweepstakes videogames. Where are these two roller coasters going in 2011? by Marcus Webb

Coffee Service News
Kraft Raises Coffee Prices 12%
by Staff Reporter
Kraft Foods Inc. again raised list prices on its Maxwell House and Yuban coffee brands in the U.S...

Obama Signs Food Safety Bill
Emily Jed
President Obama on Tuesday signed a food safety bill that gives the FDA new authority to prevent foodborne illness...

Senseo, Hamilton Beach Forge Home Pod Brewer Alliance
Emily Jed
Sara Lee North American Retail and Hamilton Beach Brand Inc. have partnered to introduce single-serve machines compatible with Senseo coffee pods.

Subway Tests Gluten-Free Offerings
Emily Jed
The chain announced that it began testing a gluten-free roll and brownie in the Dallas-Fort Worth and Tyler Longview, TX, markets last month...

Guest Columns
ALERTS AND REPORTS: Getting The Most From Wireless Networks
by Michael Merriam
As advanced technology continues to permeate the vending space, one of the most attractive (and certainly most talked-about) solutions appears to be telemetry-based remote machine monitoring... by Michael Merriam

AMAF Plans Jan. 19 Networking Event
Emily Jed
The Automatic Merchandising Association of Florida plans networking gathering at the Fort Lauderdale Airport South Inn & Suites...

NY Association Announces Speakers For Jan. 18
Emily Jed
A state senator and D/FW's Paul Schlossberg will present at the New York Automatic Vending Association inaugural supplier networking event in Latham, NY...

SCVA Extends Winter Confab Hotel Reservation Deadline To Jan. 5
Tim Sanford
The South Carolina Vending Association expands the deadline for registering at the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston to Wednesday, Jan. 5...

SEVA Sets 2011 Convention For Early August
Emily Jed
The Southeastern Vending Association will return to Florida's Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort for its 2011 summer convention...

TN Assn. Plans Feb. 22 Legislative Day
Emily Jed
The Tennessee Automatic Merchandising Association will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 22, in Nashville at Legislative Plaza...

Small Business News
Gas Prices At The Pump On The Rise
Hank Schlesinger
According to energy experts, the price of gas at the pump is primed for steady increases as the world economic recovery progresses, energy demand increases and production declines...

IRS Announces 2011 Standard Mileage Rates
by Staff Reporter
In a new revenue procedure, the optional mileage allowance for owned or leased autos (including vans, pickups or panel trucks) is 51¢ a mile for business travel after 2010...by Staff Reporter

Upfront with the Publisher
In 2011, The Journey Will Be The Reward
Alicia Lavay
The arrival of a new year traditionally has been a time of reflection for many people. I, for one, have been thinking a lot about the events that have led up to where we are now... by Alicia Lavay

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