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Vol. 51, No. 4, April 2011

Vending Features
Salon Endorses $1 Coin
Marcus Webb
The fashionable left-leaning online magazine of culture and politics endorses the elimination of the U.S. $1 banknote - and its replacement with $1 coins...

3 Northeast States May Lower Cigarette Taxes
Marcus Webb
More cigarette sales can mean more tax revenues for state governments, which is why budget-conscious New Hampshire, Rhode Island and New Jersey are tax decrease...

Bronx Zoo And Other Tourist Hot Spots Deploy Nanny Caddy Venders
Emily Jed
Baby care products machine vends everything from diapers in three sizes, diaper cream and baby wipes to ready-to-feed formula and sippy cups...

China Bans Cigarette Machines And Indoor Smoking, Except In Workplaces
Marcus Webb
With 300 million smokers, China is the world's leading producer and consumer of tobacco products...

Coinco Acquires Controlling Interest In InOne Technology
Emily Jed
Coin Acceptors Inc. has acquired InOne Technology, a specialist in DEX, retrofit controllers, cashless vending and telemetry...

Diet Coke Edges Out Pepsi As No. 2 Soda
Emily Jed
Diet Coke outsold Pepsi cola in the U.S. for the first time, making the diet soda the No. 2 carbonated soft drink in the country behind Coca-Cola...

Ed Yaffe, Firestone Pioneer, Dies At 74
Nick Montano
Ed Yaffe, the first employee of Firestone Financial Corp. and vending equipment financing pioneer, died on March 27. He was 74...

Energy Chew Vending Scam Leaders Sentenced To Prison, Ordered To Pay $5M
Emily Jed
The two leaders of a vending scheme -- Richard Black and Gary Luckner -- who defrauded more than 400 investors of $5 million have been sentenced to prison...

EVA Hails Response To Inaugural Innovation Awards Competition; Winner Will Be Honored At EurOps Conference In Portugal, Apr. 15
Tim Sanford
The European Vending Association has begun evaluating entries in its first Image of Vending award competition...

FDA Deadline Passes, No Vending Calorie-Labeling Rules Issued
Emily Jed
The March 23 deadline for the FDA to release rules on how the vending industry will be expected to disclose calorie counts passed without any rules being published...

Hershey's Raises Prices
Emily Jed
The maker of Reese's, Kit Kat and Twizzlers, popular vended candy, announced a 9.7% wholesale price increase on most of its products...

HHS Issues 'Health And Sustainability' Guidelines For Federal Vending And Manual Foodservice Concession Operators
Emily Jed
The new guidelines are designed to make healthy and sustainable choices more accessible, appealing and affordable for federal employees without restricting the product range...

Jimmy The Mover: Transport Pro Lightens Loads For Mid-Atlantic Operators
Emily Jed
Jimmy Grasso is known in the industry as "Jimmy the Mover," and a loyal clientele of operators has come to rely on him to ensure their vending equipment is moved with care...

Kooler Ice Takes Wraps Off Latest Ice And Water Vender
Emily Jed
The IM1000 automatically produces, stores and bags fresh ice on demand...

NAMA Tries To Forestall Ban On Outdoor Vending In Gretna, LA
Tim Sanford
The City Council of Gretna, LA, is considering a proposal to outlaw outdoor food and beverage vending machines within the city limits...

NAMA Urges Red Cross Donations To Aid Japanese Vending Industry
Tim Sanford
NAMA recommends donations to the American Red Cross as best way to assist Japan and that nation's earthquake-traumatized vending industry...

Nevada Lawmakers Seek Trans Fat Ban In School Vending Machines
Emily Jed
Snacks that contain trans fat will no longer be allowed in school vending machines if a Nevada bill sponsored by 10 Democratic lawmakers passes...

New Bottle-Shaped RO Water Machine Grabs Attention
Emily Jed
The indoor/outdoor SW-1000 Sidewalk Kiosk from Blue Bottle Vending is rolling out as a "green" alternative to prepackaged bottled water...

New Vender Dispenses 'Ultra-Hydrating' Alkaline Water
Emily Jed
EarthTrade takes wraps off a vending machine that dispenses alkaline water, prized by health enthusiasts for its superior hydrating properties...

Oklahoma House Votes To Roll Back Vending Tax
Emily Jed
Supporting the industry and small business, state Rep. Charles Ortega said the proposed 300% fee increase on vending equipment was excessive and threatened to drive many operators out of business...

PepsiCo Takes Wraps Off 100% Plant-Based Bottle
Emily Jed
The beverage giant's 100% recyclable PET bottle is made entirely of plant material, including switch grass, pine bark and corn husks...

Playbook For Vending And OCS: OneShow Education Keeps Operators On Top Of Their Game
by Emily Jed and Tim Sanford
An educational program covering all the industry's hot topics will deliver the tools operators need to drive their businesses forward at the National Automatic Merchandising Association's 2011 OneShow...

Sodexo Files Federal Racketeering Suit Against Labor Union
Emily Jed
Sodexo USA has filed a RICO lawsuit against the Service Employees International Union, which is charged with extortion in an attempt to unionize employees...

Theaters Pilot 3D Glasses Vender
Emily Jed
Beginning this summer, moviegoers in San Diego will be able to purchase 3D glasses from a vending machine in the theater lobby...

Toronto Officials Vote Down Soda Ban In City Venders
Emily Jed
A proposal by civic officials to ban soda from Toronto's vending machines is shot down by city's government management committee...

USAT Funds JumpStart Expansion With $10.7 Million Stock Offering
Emily Jed
USA Technologies Inc. has signed an agreement with investors to purchase $10.7 million of common stock in a private placement. Proceeds will support the expansion of JumpStart...

Vend Rite Unveils Energy Shot Vender
Emily Jed
Compact Energy Centre, which can be floor- or wall-mounted, vends two selections of any 2- to 3-fl.oz. energy shot varieties...

VendEver Appoints Leffke To Succeed Duke As CEO
Tim Sanford
VendEver LLC, the maker of the Cotton Candy Factory vending machine, has named Rick Leffke chief executive. He succeeds Brian Duke in the post...

Vending's Virtual Eye-Catcher: Kraft, Next Generation Wrap Up Diji-Touch Beta Test
Emily Jed
Kraft Foods and Next Generation conclude beta test for revolutionary Diji-Touch snack vending machine, which appears to have passed with flying colors. Next steps: a nationwide pilot and full commercialization...

Virginia Seeks Vending Proposals Under New Rest Area Program
Emily Jed
Gov. Bob McDonnell is requesting proposals for vending machine management at Virginia's 42 rest areas and welcome centers...

WeGoBabies Vends Essentials For Parents On The Go, Makes OneShow Debut
Emily Jed
New vending machine supplies parents away from home with the essentials they need to keep their babies clean, fed and happy...


FDA Issues Proposed Labeling Requirements For Vending Machines
Nick Montano
WASHINGTON -- The Food and Drug Administration on April 1 issued two proposed regulations regarding calorie labeling on menus and menu boards in chain restaurants, retail food establishments and vending machines.

Music and Games Features
California Crackdown On Pushers Moves To San Diego
Marcus Webb
State and local officials seized pusher-style games and video gambling devices and arrested 10 individuals during raids on seven locations...

Champion Shuffleboard Acquires Arizona's Connelly Billiards
Nick Montano
Table game honcho Kelye Stites adds another manufacturing interest to his Dallas/Ft. Worth-based holdings. The Connelly acquisition will expand offerings for gamerooms at home...

Chuck E. Cheese's Heads To Mexico
Marcus Webb
CEC Entertainment said 10 of its pizza-arcade stores are under development in northeastern Mexico by a franchisee...

Ecast Releases New Jukebox Software, Social Media Apps And Hardware Upgrade
Tim Sanford
Ecast has added a variety of products to its digital downloading jukebox system, including the Juke 4 control software, a social networking bundle and EQ enhancements...

Elixir Launches 3D TV-Computer On Revenue-Sharing Basis; Ships Preloaded With Ad Content
by Marcus Webb and Nick Montano
Elixir XES 3D, glasses-free 3D Display systems delivering ad and entertainment content in 3D might play an important part in the digital services bundle offered by operators. Hollywood, CA-based Elixir XES 3D is now offering such a system...

Florida Bill Would Eliminate Internet Sweepstakes Games
Marcus Webb
State senator proposes measure that would revise Florida's statutes regulating amusement and gambling devices -- specifically electronic devices that conduct sweepstakes...

Free Ball! Extra Credit! New Law Extends Play On New York's Amusement Machines
Nick Montano
Gov. Cuomo has signed into law a measure that allows coin-op amusements to award extra balls, free games or additional time. AMOA-NY says expanded features and legal clarity will aid operators across New York State...

Illinois Gov Is 'Open' To Video Gaming Act Repeal
Marcus Webb
Nearly two years after Gov. Pat Quinn signed the Video Gaming Act, paving the way for operators to run heavily taxed VLTs in his state, he said he was "open" to the measure's repeal...

Japan's Game Industry Combats Disaster
Marcus Webb
Sega, Namco, Konami and Capcom, among other giants of Japan's amusement industry, are working to overcome physical and financial damages that resulted from the 9.0 earthquake and tsunami...

Jersey Jack And Planetary Pact For Pinball Parts; Wizard Of Oz Preorders Pass 300
Nick Montano
Jersey Jack Pinball pacts with Planetary Pinball Supply under which Planetary, a licensee of Williams Electronics, becomes a supplier of parts for Jersey Jack's first game. The Wizard of Oz is slated to debut later this year...

Mass. AG Bans Sweepstakes Viddies
Marcus Webb
Attorney General Martha Coakley announced emergency regulations on April 7 that effectively classified all Internet sweepstakes videogames illegal...

Nevada May Legalize Multistate Internet Poker
Marcus Webb
The Nevada Assembly's minority whip introduced a bill that proposes to legalize Internet poker in state...

NGX Introduces Inside And Out Modularity To Rowe Jukeboxes
Hank Schlesinger
The latest Rowe jukebox from AMI Entertainment provides operators with extreme flexibility when it comes to hardware management...

Ohio Seeks Crackdown On Sweepstakes Videogames
Marcus Webb
Ohio's attorney general and two state representatives are drafting a new law to regulate Internet sweepstakes videogames and cafés in the Buckeye State...

QuadAir: Barron Games' New Hockey Table
Hank Schlesinger
Barron Games International amplifies the air hockey experience with its new four-player table, which is shaping up to be an FEC centerpiece...

Roqbot App Could Compete In Jukebox Space
Marcus Webb
New smartphone application will soon allow bar patrons to pipe music from their smartphones into public locations...

SD Lottery Mulls More Games For Existing VLTs
Marcus Webb
The South Dakota Lottery plans hearings on allowing new games to the state's 9,000+ operator-run video lottery terminals...

Sega's Let's Go Island Is Sequel To Popular Jungle Videogame
Tim Sanford
Let's Go Island, which began shipping in January, is designed to build on the success of Let's Go Jungle, and continues the adventures of that game's protagonists...

SLED Police Arrest 7 In SC Video Poker Raids
Marcus Webb
Officers of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division arrested seven individuals in early March. Some were charged with misdemeanor...

Sweepstakes Viddie Battles Intensify In Georgia And Florida
Marcus Webb
The legal and legislative struggle heats up in two key Southern states to determine the future of Internet sweepstakes videogames that award cash prizes...

Taito Pacts Global VR For Rights To Frightfearland In Americas And Russia
by Staff Reporter
The Japanese videogame company grants Global VR exclusive rights in North and South America and Russia for the eagerly awaited Shh! Welcome to Frightfearland arcade videogame...

Texas Gets 8-Liner Case Victory, VLT Legalization Bill - And More Indictments
Marcus Webb
Legal and illegal gambling is on the minds -- and dockets -- of government officials across the Lone Star State...

TouchTunes Reports Android App's Availability From Verizon Store
Tim Sanford
TouchTunes has its enhanced myTouchTunes mobile Android application is now available for download from V Cast, Verizon Wireless's mobile storefront...

USA Technologies Hails Megatouch Cashless Payment Processing Pact
Tim Sanford
AMI Entertainment Network Inc. selects USAT's SDK software to handle cashless transactions made on Megatouch countertop videogame terminals...

Virtuo Begins Shipping This Week; Premium TouchTunes Product Is Billed As First 'Smart' Jukebox
Nick Montano
Virtuo jukebox, TouchTunes TouchTunes Interactive Networks says its new jukebox platform will redefine out-of-home entertainment and change the way in-venue entertainment is presented. Mounting to a wall, the slightly angled, widescreen Virtuo is designed to catalyze social experiences...

Bulk Vending
Bulk Veteran Neel Clark Becomes Sales Rep For All American Chicken
Tim Sanford
All American Chicken has announced the appointment of Neel Clark as sales representative for the company's eponymous vending machine...

China's Hold On Undervalued Yuan Is Good News For Bulk Vending
Hank Schlesinger
Prime Minister Wen Jiabao sharply defends China's currency and trade, and has no plans increase its currency value. That's good news for bulk vending...

Commonstudio Pacts TNT For Seedbomb And Vender Distribution
Nick Montano
Top Notch Toys enters into exclusive agreement with Commonstudio to distribute "seedbomb" product line in bulk vending machines...

Just Born Adds Bulk Vending Lines, New Channel Manager
Hank Schlesinger
The maker of Mike and Ike and Hot Tamales is bolstering its presence in bulk vending. New gourmet jellybeans and the appointment of Jim Costas signal greater involvement in bulk...

NBVA Welcomes New Board Members
Hank Schlesinger
The National Bulk Vendors Association has appointed seven members to its 21-person board of directors...

Editorial: Vending
Practical Applications: NAMA's Operator Perspectives
Tim Sanford
The OneShow's novel Operator Perspectives consisted of half-hour sessions led by experienced operators. The attention-getting "37 Million Service Calls" by Bill Buckholz repays study... by Tim Sanford

Editorial: Music and Games
A Brave New World For Bulk Vending
Hank Schlesinger
The collocated Amusement Expo and NBVA convention settled the point about the current state of bulk vending once and for all: It's very much an industry in transition... by Hank Schlesinger

A Tale Of Two Operators
Marcus Webb
The best time to be in the coin-op business is always "right now" -- if you're the right kind of operator... by Marcus Webb

Coffee Service News
De Jong Duke Applies Long History To Modern Coffee Brewer Design
Tim Sanford
De Jong Duke showcased its brewer line at NAMA OneShow in Chicago this week. In the spotlight were the Virtu and Siro Touch series, available in many configurations...

First Colony Closes, Grants White Coffee Rights
Emily Jed
The 109-year-old coffee manufacturer shuts down amid rising bean prices and the weak U.S. economy...

Kraft And Starbucks Raise Coffee Prices
Emily Jed
Kraft Foods upped U.S. list prices for most of its Maxwell House and Yuban coffees by 22% in mid-March, the biggest of four hikes...

Martinson Vending And OCS Pioneer Lou Salvati Dies At 88
Tim Sanford
Louis Salvati, who led vending and coffee service sales for Martinson Coffee, died here late last year. He was 88...

NCA's 2011 Coffee Trends Study Finds Youth Consumption Rebound
Tim Sanford
A highlight of the 2011 National Coffee Association of U.S.A.'s report is the finding that consumption among 18- to 39-year-old consumers has risen to levels attained in 2008 and 2009...

Three New Purification Systems Address Today's Water Challenges
Tim Sanford
Everpure enhances water purification with a chloramine-reducing filter cartridge for foodservice beverage prep, large Claris filter and high-output commercial RO apparatus...

Guest Columns
Build Account Loyalty By Educating To Create Mutual Respect
by Len Rashkin
Contract or no contract, there is never a guarantee that any client will stay with your company for a predictable period of time... by Len Raskin

Coin-Op Gameplay: Namco's Dead Heat
by Evan Kirby
Namco's latest offers operators more than driving game standards. While its elaborate tracks, over-the-top speeds and fantasy stunts are typical fare, Dead Heat takes head-to-head racing to a new level... by Evan Kirby

How To Make Money In Today's Amusement Industry
by Frank Seninsky
There's still money to be made in the amusement industry, and what was true 50 years ago is still true today. Let's revisit four proven moneymaking strategies... by Frank Seninsky

A&A Global Prepares Bulk Vending Gala In Baltimore: June 23-24
Tim Sanford
A&A Global Industries two-day fête in June will be held at its Baltimore-area headquarters...

Gotham Association Honors Tricorp's Chuck Peitz
by Staff Reporter
The Amusement and Music Owners Association conferred its highest honor to Chuck Peitz at a gala affair in New York City on March 14...

IAMC, WAMC Join Forces For 2011 Midwest Vending Confab In May
Tim Sanford
The vending associations of Illinois and Wisconsin are teaming up to host an industry conference May 13-14...

MAMOA Plans Festive 'Spring Into Summer' Bash In Baltimore: May 24
Nick Montano
The Maryland Amusement and Music Operators Association's annual spring event will help raise funds for the group's government-relations warchest...

Maryland/DC Operators Head To St. Michaels, MD, For Annual Meeting, Golf Outing: June 2-3
Emily Jed
The Maryland/DC Vending Association will hold its annual membership meeting in early June at the Harbourtowne Golf Resort...

New England Vendors Set Spring Meet For Portsmouth, NH, June 11-12
Emily Jed
New England's spring meeting is jointly sponsored by the vending associations from New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Vermont...

NYSAVA Plans May 11 Lobby Day, June 8 Membership Meeting
Emily Jed
The New York State Automatic Vending Association goes to the state capital in May and assembles board and members in Binghamton in June...

Small Business News
Nation's Hispanic Population Hits 50.5 Million
by Staff Reporter
Hispanics made up more than half of the nation's population growth between 2000 and 2010, jumping 43% to 50.5 million, the U.S. Census Bureau reports...

Upfront with the Publisher
If There's Not An App For That, Just Wait
Alicia Lavay
The value of today's "smartphone" technology extends far beyond the cool entertainment and social networking capabilities that have tended to monopolize the conversation. They can help operators make more money... by Alicia Lavay

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