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Vol. 50, No. 8, August 2010

Vending Features
'Candwich' Brings Shelf-Stable Meal To Canned Drink Venders
Emily Jed
Mark One Foods is rolling out a line of shelf-stable canned sandwiches that can vend from a standard packaged cold drink machine...

AVT Offers Video Virtual Factory Tour
Emily Jed
The Corona, CA, company has produced a video that provides a glimpse inside its vending machine manufacturing operations...

Ben Ginsberg, Trade Magazine Publisher, Dies
Nick Montano
Ben Ginsberg, vending Trade publishing pioneer Ben Ginsberg died on Saturday, Aug. 14. Ginsberg edited and produced the bimonthly Vending and OCS and founded American Automatic Merchandiser...

Bottler Acquisitions Drive PepsiCo's Q2 Growth; Profits Fall 3%
Emily Jed
PepsiCo's second-quarter revenue jumped 40% to $14.8 billion, driven by acquisitions of its anchor bottlers. But the snack and soda giant's profit slumps...

Cheez Doodle Inventor Dies
Emily Jed
Morrie Yohai, creator of the Cheez Doodle, died in July. Yohai credited his colleagues at Old London Foods for helping him develop the cheese-powder-covered baked corn puff...

Coinstar Q2 Profits Soar On Redbox Growth, But Same-Store Momentum Slows
Emily Jed
Rapid expansion of the Redbox movie-rental business fueled Coinstar Inc.'s second-quarter profit of $13.4 million, almost compared with a year earlier...

Crane Co. Reports Robust Q2 Earnings
Tim Sanford
The industrial company said second-quarter earnings per diluted share increased to 67¢ from 47¢. Crane Merchandising Systems sales increase $1.2 million...

Hershey's Q2 Profits Slide, But Revenue Climbs
Emily Jed
The chocolate giant's second-quarter net income fell 35%, but increased advertising helped to boost sales, resulting in higher-than-expected revenues...

Judge Gives Green Light For Vitaminwater Lawsuit
Emily Jed
A federal judge has denied Coca-Cola Co.'s motion to dismiss a lawsuit over claims about the company's Vitaminwater fortified water beverages...

Kraft Plans To Double Whole Grain In Nabisco Crackers
Emily Jed
Kraft Foods will significantly increase the whole-grain content in its leading Nabisco crackers, continuing a transformation plan that began a year ago...

Lance, Snyder's Of Hanover Pact To Merge
by Staff Reporter
Lance Inc., the maker of Cape Cod potato chips and Stella D'oro cookies, agreed to merge with pretzel maker Snyder's of Hanover Inc. to improve distribution of the companies' snacks...

Mobile Carriers Plan Phone-Based Payments Venture
Tim Sanford
AT&T and Verizon Wireless are readying tests of a cashless payment system based on "smart" mobile phones, Bloomberg reports...

NAMA Advises Operators Of Revised ADA Accessibility Regulations
Tim Sanford
The vending association alerted members about the new equipment "side reach" requirement specified in the DOJ's revised regulations in relation to the Americans with Disabilities Act...

NAMA Chairman Testifies Before Congress Against Currency Changes
Emily Jed
National Automatic Merchandising Association chairman Craig Hesch testified this week before members of Congress that any modifications to coins or paper currency will cost the industry more than $530 million...

NAMA Kicks Off Vending-Specific Cashless Payment Program
Emily Jed
National Automatic Merchandising Association can now sign up for its new cashless vending program, offered in partnership with Bank of America Merchant Services...

NAMA Schedules July 28 Conference Call On Calorie Disclosure
Emily Jed
The FDA is seeking industry comments on new calorie-disclosure rules for vending. To facilitate these comments, the National Automatic Merchandising Association will hold a conference call on Wednesday, July 28...

New Tomra Recycling Machine Targets Retailers With Limited Space
Emily Jed
Tomra Tomra of North America is expanding its T63 reverse vending machine line with a compact model for retailers with limited floor space...

NYC Schools Drink Vendor Uses Easitrax
Tim Sanford
MEI's Easitrax software system has been chosen to manage the New York City Department of Education's network of more than 3,000 beverage venders run by CC Vending...

Pierre To Merge With 2 Convenience Food Companies
Emily Jed
Pierre Foods Inc., a leading maker of sandwiches sold through vending machines, is merging with two Oklahoma-based convenience food makers. Advance Pierre Foods is the new company...

Pop N Go Adds Vending Management Technology
Emily Jed
Pop N Go Inc. said that its model N9000 popcorn vending machines will incorporate "Pop N Go Tracker" management technology using AVT's VMS software platform...

San Francisco Considers Banning Bottled Water At City Events
Emily Jed
The sale of single-use water bottles at events on San Francisco property may be a thing of the past if city environment commissioner Ruth Gravanis has her way...

Smithsonian Museum Houses Art-o-mat Machine
Emily Jed
The Art-o-mat, a converted vending machine, has made a new conquest: the Smithsonian American Art Museum in the nation's capital...

U.S. Naval Academy Taps Vend Natural For Healthy Vending
Emily Jed
Vend Natural has contracted with the United States Naval Academy to provide healthier snacks and beverages to its midshipmen undergraduates...

Virginia's Gov. Reverses Bottled Water Ban
Emily Jed
Virginia's state government agencies can once again buy single-serve bottled water for their employees, thanks to Bob McDonnell's reversal of a ban...

Worldwide Food Services To Acquire Rainbow Food Services
Emily Jed
A food company that serves blind vendors has entered into negotiations to acquire Rainbow Food Services of Little Falls, NJ...

WSJ Report Cites Cantaloupe Seed Among Vend Sales-Building Tools
Tim Sanford
The Wall Street Journal offers an overview of the vending industry's efforts to bolster sales and revenues by adopting innovative information and payment concepts...

Music and Games Features
11 States Support Videogame Ban Before Supremes
Marcus Webb
State Attorneys General submitted amicus briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court, supporting California's Assembly Bill 1179...

Ala. High Court Nixes VictoryLand Raid; Hall Opens Without Bingo Anyway
Marcus Webb
Alabama's Supreme Court ruled unanimously against the Governor's Task Force on Illegal Gambling, denying it the opportunity to stage an immediate raid...

Alabama Supreme Court Clears Way For More Bingo Raids
Marcus Webb
A ruling from the Alabama Supreme Court opens the door for raiding or shutting down Alabama's last remaining major electronic bingo hall, VictoryLand...

Bayside's Bellettieri Dies At 79
Nick Montano
Veteran New York City operator Rocco (Roy Beltier) Bellettieri died on July 23. He was 79. Beltier was a lifelong member of coin-op...

Canada Launches N. America's First Legal Internet Casino
Marcus Webb
North America now has its first legal Internet casino, launched on an existing Canadian lottery website called PlayNow.com in British Columbia...

CEC Shares Dip 10% On Weak Earnings News
Marcus Webb
CEC Entertainment Inc., parent company of Chuck E. Cheese's, saw share prices fall 10% during the first week of August after it reported a 47% drop in profits...

Celebrity Columnist Perez Hilton Bashes Chuck E. Cheese's
Marcus Webb
CEC Inc., owner-operator Chuck E. Cheese's, got another black eye on July 28 when celebrity blogger Perez Hilton wrote about the latest unfavorable story...

Elaut Extends Big One I, II Crane Buyback Opportunity To Aug. 1
Nick Montano
Elaut USA is offering a buy-back opportunity to operators with Big One cranes to sell or trade. The offer is being made to enable the company to meet growing demand...

IT Named Best And Brightest Employer For Third Time
Nick Montano
The National Association for Business Resources again named Incredible Technologies one of Chicago's "101 best and brightest companies to work for"...

LAI And Print Supplier Offer Online Photobooth Paper Sales
Nick Montano
LAI Games and Imaging Spectrum are now selling photobooth paper online. Product is compatible with LAI's equipment line...

Musicati: The First DIY Jukebox Promotional Tool For Indies
Nick Montano
AMI Entertainment Network is launching a "do-it-yourself" promotional tool that allows unsigned independent artists to add their music to jukeboxes...

Nebraska's Trade Is Satisfied With Bankshot Ruling
Marcus Webb
A new version of the adult redemption videogame Bankshot is reportedly earning well following its first eight days on location in Nebraska...

New FECs Open In Two Former GameWorks Sites
Marcus Webb
Management group will open a new FEC concept on Aug. 5 called KDB, which stands for Kitchen-Den-Bar, in sites formerly occupied by Gameworks...

New Valley Panther Pool Tables Offer Design, Control Enhancements
Tim Sanford
Valley-Dynamo's new Panther series combines proven design and styling with ultramodern construction refinements. New pool table line is available in push-chute coin-op or electronic configurations...

North Carolina Governor Reopens Video Poker Legalization Debate
Marcus Webb
After Beverly Perdue signed into law a bill banning video sweepstakes games in North Carolina, she reportedly is open to the idea of legalizing video gaming again...

North Carolina Governor Signs Electronic Sweepstakes Game Ban
Hank Schlesinger
Gov. Bev Perdue signed the Ban Electronic Sweepstakes bill, which will force some 900 Internet gaming cafés in North Carolina to close their doors by Dec. 1...

Operators See Tougher Market In 2009 Due To Economy, DUI Policies
Marcus Webb
On-premise sales of alcoholic beverages in U.S. bars and restaurants declined by 4.6% in 2009. Reduced sales reflect slower traffic in classic street locations...

Pro-Bingo Coalition Plans Protest At Alabama Capital
Marcus Webb
Electronic bingo supporters rallied at the Alabama Supreme Court this month, protesting policies by Gov. Bob Riley that have effectively wiped out the state's $2 billion bingo market...

Stern Launches Online Store For Pinball Paraphernalia
Nick Montano
Stern Pinball Inc. has unveiled an "e-store" designed for devotees of flipper games. The online outlet offers a variety of Stern-branded items...

TouchTunes Taps Barry Sr. VP And CFO
Nick Montano
TouchTunes Interactive Networks has appointed Patrick Barry as senior vice-president and chief financial officer. He will be based in New York City...

U.S. Congress Moves To Legalize Online Casinos
Marcus Webb
The House Financial Services Committee on July 28 voted on a bipartisan basis in favor of the Internet Gambling Regulation and Consumer Protection and Enforcement Act...

Videogame Hall Of Fame Inducts Namco Founder Masaya Nakamura
Tim Sanford
The International Video Game Hall of Fame inducted Masaya Nakamura, founder of Namco, in a ceremony on Aug. 7. At the same time, Pac-Man was enshrined in the Hall of Fame…

Bulk Vending
L.M. Becker Closes Doors, Holds Weeklong Online Clearance Sale
Nick Montano
L.M. Becker & Co. Inc. is going out of business after nearly seven decades in the bulk vending industry...

Editorial: Vending
Sell The Sizzle, Talk Up The Steak
Tim Sanford
A recurrent theme in the industry conversation has been: "The operator is his own worst enemy." We've heard that charge leveled against everyone... by Tim Sanford

Editorial: Music and Games
Coping With Uncertainty
Marcus Webb
This summer, financial and business experts latched onto a common mantra to explain why U.S. companies aren't hiring, aren't investing and aren't growing... by Marcus Webb

The Shirley Temple Effect
Hank Schlesinger
A longtime industry professional recently reminded me that "Even when times are tough, people need entertainment..." by Hank Schlesinger

Coffee Service News
Cafection Taps BSC As U.S. Parts And Service Provider
Emily Jed
Cafection Enterprises' U.S. customers will have quicker access to spare parts and service for Avalon single-cup brewers through Butensky Services Co....

J. M. Smucker Raises Coffee Prices
Emily Jed
The J.M. Smucker Co. again raised the list price for the majority of its Folgers, Dunkin' Donuts and Millstone coffee products...

KCA Awards Scholarships, Plans Aug. 23 Phillies Outing
Emily Jed
The Keystone Coffee Association has awarded three Irv Greif scholarships. It also announced plans for its annual Phillies baseball outing...

NAMA Debuts QCCP Brewing Fundamentals Course At CoffeeShow
Tim Sanford
A highlight of the upcoming CoffeeShow will be an in-depth presentation on coffee brewing fundamentals led by Mike Tompkins of Coffee Products Associates...

Guest Columns
ESTABLISHING CONFIDENCE: Product Knowledge Is Essential In Selling To Informed Clients
Len Rashkin
I was once asked, "Why do I need to know about coffee and tea, and how they are grown and processed? I just sell what my customer wants." There is a good answer to this question... by Len Rashkin

PLAYING TO STRENGTH: Foodservice Offers Tool For Building Business
Jerry McVety
How can foodservice benefit your business? A company in the vending business can "prospect" its clients with a view to adding some type of food or coffee services... by Jerry McVety

ROUTINIZING: How To Get The Most From Route Technicians
Frank Seninsky
Getting the most from route and FEC technicians on the road is both art and science. Efficient operators make every effort to "routinize"... by Frank Seninsky

IAAPA Adds FEC Rookies Program To Curriculum At 2010 Conference
Nick Montano
The amusement park association is adding a family entertainment center workshop to its comprehensive educational program offered in conjunction with November's Attractions Expo...

IAAPA Pacts To Hold Show In Orlando Through 2019
Nick Montano
The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions said it will conduct its annual trade show in Orlando, FL, for the next 10 years. This year's is set for Nov. 15-19...

NDA And VNEA Host Joint Educational Conference, July 29-31
Nick Montano
The leading dart and pool associations for vending operators will host their first-ever joint educational conference, called League SMART...

Upfront with the Publisher
Learn From The Past, But Don't Live In It
Alicia Lavay
Taking another look at your current business plan, making projections and setting goals should be on top of the operator's agenda... by Alicia Lavay

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