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Vol. 43, No. 11, November 2003

Vending Features
A&B Vending Co.'s Creativity Inspires Swift Sales Growth
Allan Z. Gilbert
The Best and the Brightest'A&B Vending Co. (Wakefield, MA) possesses creativity, passion, intelligence, focus and intensity, all of which contribute to a successful vending operations, and impressive bottom line'by Allan Z. Gilbert

MilkPEP's 2nd Vending Study Suggests Strong Adult Appeal
Tim Sanford
WASHINGTON, DC - Research initiated by the Milk Processor Education Program (MilkPEP) shows that flavored milk is a hit with business and industry consumers, and that milk vending machines retain their popularity even after the novelty of their installation wears off.

NAMA 2003 National Expo Marks Launch Of New Programs, Services For Operators
Tim Sanford
WASHINGTON, DC - A new public relations video for vending, the first examination for National Certified Executive status, and an expanded array of educational opportunities highlighted the National Automatic Merchandising Association's 2003 National Expo here.

NAMA Panelists Offer Operators' Viewpoint On Single-Cup Brewers
Tim Sanford
WASHINGTON, DC - Small-site single-cup coffee brewers have been around for as long as their full-sized fresh-brew coffee vending stablemates, but only have attracted mainstream industry attention over the past decade. The reasons for this, and the interrelationships among technology, operations and marketing, were explored by an expert panel at the National Automatic Merchandising Association National Expo here.

VT Cofounder Morris 'Tiny' Weintraub Dies At 86
NEW YORK CITY - Morris (Tiny) Weintraub, who cofounded VENDING TIMES in 1962, died here in late October. He was 86. Tiny entered the vending industry as a bench technician after serving as an engineer officer with the 10th Armored Division of Gen. Patton's Third Army during World War II. During campaigns in 1944-45, he won the Bronze Star, Silver Star and Purple Heart decorations

Music and Games Features
Chicago Gaming's New 'Nicktoons Racing' Blends Driving Action And Cartoon Hilarity In Coin-Op Piece
Nick Montano
CICERO, IL - Chicago Gaming Co. Inc. is now offering "Nicktoons Racing," a hit in home-based platforms since its 2000  introduction, for the coin-op market. Built on Nickelodeon cartoon concepts and featuring the cable network's popular cartoon characters, "Nicktoons Racing" offers a choice of 12 exciting high-speed race courses, with four races at three skill levels in each.

Harbour Group Acquires Rowe International Inc.
Nick Montano
ST. LOUIS, MO - Harbour Group announced on Oct. 30 that it has acquired certain assets and the business of Grand Rapids, MI-based Rowe International Inc. Harbour purchased the jukebox manufacturer through a new entity, RWI Acquisition Corp.

Wallace Distributing Sets Market Launch Of 'E-Token' Cashless Payment Technology
Marcus Webb
MINERAL WELLS, TX - Now available from Wallace Distributing Co. Inc. is "E-Token," a PC-based smart key payment system for arcades and street locations. Designed by operators for operators, the "E-Token" System  can be used for amusement and vending applications.

Bulk Vending
Ball Gum Category Retains Strength; Product Diversity Sustains Growth
Hank Schlesinger
U.S.A. - Although ball gum remains a bulk vending staple, the past few years have seen significant changes in this timeless product category. The generic single head machine packed with a standard colorful assortment is quickly becoming more uncommon. Both operators and product and equipment manufacturers are seeking to maximize sales of this bulk standard with new flavors, delivery systems and marketing techniques.

Editorial: Vending
Hanging Together
Tim Sanford

Editorial: Music and Games
Secrets, Scapegoats And Schedules
Marcus Webb

Ahead of the Times: Vending
Nov. 13, 2003: Bitter Vending Acquires Houser Vending; McDonald's Pulls Plug On Redboxes

Nov. 14, 2003: NAMA Streamlines 2004 Spring Expo; New Focused Format Features Extended Daily Show Hours, Stand-Alone Education Programming

Nov. 18, 2003: Pentair Acquires Everpure For $215 Million

Ahead of the Times: Music and Games
Dec. 3, 2003: TouchTunes Third Quarter Results; Video Poker News Roundup

Nov. 10, 2003: Hundreds Of 'Redemption' Videos Seized In Florida; Congress Steps Up Pressure On Violent Media

Nov. 12, 2003: Remembering Rich Holley; Sega Profits Up 485%; Climbing Wall Fatality Reveals Dangers

Nov. 18, 2003: Global VR Bows Conversion Kits; LAI Games To Award Free 'Lighthouse'; TouchTunes Hails 7,000 Units On Location

Nov. 24, 2003: Jukebox License Office Announces 2004 Rates

Nov. 25, 2003: Parks Show Is History's 2nd Largest; IAAPA Plans New Euro Exposition; San Antonio Police Seize Eight-Liners, Arrest Five


Nov. 3, 2003: Rowe Buys Arachnid's Digital Jukebox Patents; Video Violence Becomes Presidential Campaign Issue

Oct. 25, 2003: Co-Located AMOA International Expo, Fun Expo Rescheduled

Oct. 29, 2003: Texas Eight-Liners Raids; Triotech Starts New Financing Program And Names UK Distributor; AMOA-Fun Expos Date Correction

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