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Vol. 45, No. 5, May 2005

Vending Features
Milk Vending In 2005 Is Work In Progress With Great Potential
Gina A. Monaco
NORTH AMERICA - Milk vending is at a crossroads. With the introduction of plastic, resealable bottles in the late '90s, many vending operators jumped on the bandwagon, hoping to cash in on the sales potential of a product which had been sold for many years as a food item. Now returned to its former importance as an away-from-home cold beverage, milk is being positioned as something to drink outside of mealtimes.

NAMA Spring Expo Draws Record Crowds, Addresses Evolving Market Needs
Tim Sanford
LAS VEGAS - The fast-evolving world of workplace refreshment and food services was reviewed at the National Automatic Merchandising Association's 2005 Spring Expo here. The trade show was co-located for the first time with the Better Vendors Association's annual convention, and by all accounts, was a great success.

New Haven Operator Encourages Vendors Of Cigarettes To Organize For Litigation Against Tobacco Companies
Tim Sanford
NEW HAVEN, CT - Douglas Montano of Modern Cigarette Vending Inc. is seeking to organize his fellow operators in the Northeastern region, and across the country, to address the losses they have suffered from discriminatory promotional policies adopted by some tobacco manufacturers.

THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST: Shopping Around, Doing Homework Are Keys To Finding Best Bank
Allan Z. Gilbert
A good working relationship with a bank is the most critical supplier relationship an operator can have, yet very few operators are comfortable with their existing bank relationship'by Allan Z. Gilbert

Music and Games Features
'Percussion Master' Challenges Players To Competitive Drumming, Offers Winners Instant Fame
Nick Montano
MONMOUTH JUNCTION, NJ - New from American Alpha, Inc. is an interactive video game that rewards manual dexterity in striking drumheads in time with a musical score and on-screen prompts. Called "Percussion Master," the game also takes digital photographs of high scorers and displays them on screen, to inspire emulation by their peers.

National Dart Assn. Celebrates 20 Years; STAR Program Facilitates State Tourneys
Marcus Webb
LAS VEGAS - The Amusement and Music Operators Association this spring is toasting one of its biggest successes: the AMOA National Dart Association, which celebrates its 20th year this season. And beyond simply turning a page on the calendar, AMOA and the electronic dart industry as a whole have much to be happy about.

OK Manufacturing Pairs 'Old School' Game Concepts With Innovative Features For Crane, Gumball And Novelty Lines
Marcus Webb
SALT LAKE CITY - Brothers Kurt and Jeff Ostler, founders of OK Manufacturing, have built their successful amusement machine manufacturing company based on two timeless principles: if you want something done right, do it yourself; and don't reinvent the wheel , but do keep upgrading it.

United Textile Fabricators Grows By Meeting Equipment And Merchandise Needs Of Today's Vibrant Skill Crane Industry
Nick Montano
TOMS RIVER, NJ - Skill crane maker United Textile Fabricators expects to have its most successful year yet as it continues to follow a course of nationwide expansion'

Bulk Vending
Bulk Vending's Jax Convention Leaves Participants In High Spirits
Hank Schlesinger
JACKSONVILLE, FL - The 55th annual National Bulk Vendors Association convention and trade show may have been slightly downsized from past years, but it packed a punch. According to initial figures released by the association, operator participation , with a total 535 registered for the show , was down some 30% from last year. Despite the lower visitor turnout, sales reported by exhibitors were higher compared with prior years.

NBVA Elects Tejas Distributors' Case President; Installs New Officer Slate
Hank Schlesinger
JACKSONVILLE, FL - Dan Case of Tejas Distributors, headquartered in Round Rock, TX, was elected NBVA president, heading up a new leadership team that includes Peter Becker, What's Up, as vice-president; Steve Siegel, The Great American Vending Machine Co. (Hauppauge, NY), as treasurer; and Randy Chilton of Louisville, CO-based Sugarloaf Creations (now owned by Coinstar), as secretary.

Editorial: Vending
Learning From History: Part 2
Tim Sanford

Editorial: Music and Games
Biggest Marketing Success: Tournaments
Marcus Webb

Ahead of the Times: Vending
May 20, 2005: Betson's Hugh Betti Dies

May 6, 2005: New NAMA Website Goes Live; CT Operator Calls For Cig Vendors To File Suit

Ahead of the Times: Music and Games
May 17, 2005: Michigan, California Video Violence Bills Move Ahead; Production Advisories From TLC Industries And View Interactive; Sega Sammy Revises FY05 Net Profit; Benchmark Revamps Website

May 18, 2005: Industry Mourns Loss Of Eileen (Jane) Betti; Jukebox Veteran Bolsters TouchTunes Sales Efforts

May 2, 2005: Namco And Bandai Merger

May 20, 2005: Betson's Hugh Betti Dies

May 30, 2005: Ecast, Rock-Ola Plan Summer Technical School; Ecast Moves On June 3; Central Distributing Plans NSM Technical Presentation; Birthday Parties Are The Answer

May 6, 2005: Global VR Names DeRose President; Video Violence Updates: IL, CA; Rowe Reports Digital Juke Demand, Production Up; HBI Tees Up For Charity; Gray Area Gaming Updates: TX, FL

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