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Vol. 40, No. 11 / August 25, 2000 - September 24, 2000

Vending Features
Aramark Healthcare Introduces Quick Casual Restaurant Concept
Emily Jed
PHILADELPHIA — Aramark Healthcare said it will open its first brand of free-standing retail restaurants later this month in Houston, TX, and early next year in Columbus, OH, and San Diego, CA.

Fairfield U. Installs Tomra Reverse Venders To Encourage Recycling
by Staff Reporter
Fairfield University has acquired Tomra recycling machines for use by students, faculty and visitors on campus. Students will be able to recycle glass, plastic and aluminum beverage containers in the reverse vending machines...

J&J Snack Foods To Acquire Handheld Frozen Brands From ConAgra
Tim Sanford
The Pennsauken, PA-based maker of Superpretzel, Slush Puppie and other brands will acquire several frozen brands from food giant ConAgra...

NAMA Chief Details Association's Plans For Change
Emily Jed
NAMA chief executive Rich Geerdes unveiled details of the association's plans for change over the next year. The vending association's plan for a single annual exposition in 2010 and strategies to bolster its coffee service division and government affairs efforts take center stage...

NAMA Eastern Office Issues Alert Warning Of Philadelphia Truck Burglars
Tim Sanford
A string of recent truck break-ins prompts the National Automatic Merchandising Association to issue a security alert for operators in southeastern Pennsylvania and adjacent states...

NAMA Rebuts Atlanta Journal-Constitution $1 Coin Attack

CHICAGO   The National Automatic Merchandising Association has responded to a column authored by Richard Miniter of the Hudson Institute that appeared in the Nov. 30 edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The opinion-piece alleged that “special interests” were lobbying Congress to waste taxpayer money on replacing the $1 bill with a coin. NAMA disagrees and sets the record straight…

SCAA Honors Coffee’s Ethiopian Roots At 2008 Conference At Minneapolis, MN Convention Center, May 2 Through 5
Tim Sanford

LONG BEACH, CA (April 2008) — The Specialty Coffee Association of America is putting the finishing touches on its 20th Annual Conference & Exhibition, themed “Roots,” as VT goes to press. It’s scheduled for May 2-5 at the Minneapolis (MN) Convention Center. 

Music and Games Features
AMI Updates Systems And Services; Backs Hardware With 3-Year Warranty; Offers $25/Mo. Minimum To TAP.tv Operators
Nick Montano
AMI Entertainment Network is launching a wide range of initiatives to re-energize the coin-op business. These include an extended warranty program for domestic Aurora Widescreen and Rx broadband-connected videogame terminals, a new user interface for all its downloading jukeboxes, a vertical-display jukebox and a Megatouch puzzle game. And to help prime its advertising product, AMI is guaranteeing a minimum $25 a month, per location, to every TAP.tv operator...

ASI And Fun Expo Put Final Touches On Collocation: March 11-13
Marcus Webb
The amusement industry is gearing up for the first collocated Amusement Showcase International and Fun Expo, which will run from March 11 to 13 in Las Vegas. VT runs down the main events...

Council Of Affiliated States Is Underway
Marcus Webb
SOUTH BARRINGTON, IL (February 2008) — The Amusement and Music Operators Association is putting the final touches on its 18th annual meeting of its Council of Affiliated States here at the Hoffman Estates near AMOA headquarters. The meeting is being held  from February 14 to 16.

Industry Files Suit To Block Indianapolis Ordinance; Outcome May Impact Video Operations Nationwide
Marcus Webb

Bulk Vending
Blame Banks, Unexpected Micropayment Growth For Delay Of Cashless Applications In Bulk Vending

U.S.A. (December 2007) — American operators are starting to look enviously at industry professionals in Europe and Canada, where the equivalent of a $2 bulk vend is commonplace. Many vendors have even expanded offerings to include products that retail for more than $4, and merchandise like licensed toys, which typically sell for 75¢ here, is now fetching $1 in Canada.

Have Bulk Vending Products With Phthalates Won Temporary Reprieve?
Hank Schlesinger

WASHINGTON, DC A recent letter from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s general counsel may spell good news for bulk vending operators and suppliers. Cheryl Falvey’s letter, dated November 17, suggested that products containing phthalates, a plastic-softening chemical used in some vendible novelties, might still be sold through bulk vending machines without fear of prosecution, if those products were manufactured prior to February 10, 2009, the effective date of the new CPSC standards…

Editorial: Vending
EDITORIAL: Be There Or Be Square
Tim Sanford
The upcoming NAMA Spring Expo in Las Vegas will be the last in an annual series of conventions dating back to 1960. We think it is essential that everyone attend who possibly can do so. Not only will it provide short-term benefits to the registrants, but it can also be important to the long-term health of the industry as a whole... by Tim Sanford

The Revolution Continues
Tim Sanford

Editorial: Music and Games
EDITORIAL: The High Cost Of Gray-Area Games
Marcus Webb
The amusements industry has a long and painful memory of being classed with illegal gambling. Twenty years ago, trade members began a lengthy, difficult and expensive process to persuade state and local authorities that cranes and redemption machines can be innocent games of skill. Today, the industry continues battling, for the most part successfully, to ensure that online skill-based tournaments are not lumped in with Internet casinos...By MARCUS WEBB

Vic Lavay: Report from Wall Street
A.L Van Houtte

Midway Games

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