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Vol. 51, No. 5, May 2011

Vending Features
'Online Vending Machine' Vies For Snack Dollar
Emily Jed
Online startup Snack & Munch has launched an e-commerce site that attempts to go head to head with the breakroom vending machine...

A.H. Management Applauds NAMA's Cashless Solution Program
Tim Sanford
Craig Hesch of A.H. Management Group reports that his company has adopted the National Automatic Merchandising Association's Cashless Solution program...

Apriva Vend Security, RMM Enhancements Will Make OneShow Debut
Emily Jed
Apriva Vend upgrades include a new security feature to protect sensitive credit card information and enhanced reporting tools...

Australia's Largest Vending Operator Strikes Deal With Cantaloupe Systems
Emily Jed
PepsiCo Vending subsidiary Smith's Snackvend of Chatswood, Australia, said it will install the Cantaloupe Retail Optimization Platform in 9,100 vending locations across Australia...

Coke's PlantBottles Roll Out Nationwide
by Staff Reporter
Coca-Cola said its 100% recyclable beverage packages made from plants are available. Dasani bottles and Odwalla single-serve containers are PlantBottle exclusives...

Crane Co. Reports Strong Q1; Raises FY Guidance; Sales In Vending Jump 35%
Nick Montano
Crane Co. said Monday that its profit for the first quarter of 2011 increased 46% over last year. Sales of vending machines and payment systems improved 35%...

Criminal Trial Begins For Men Behind Collapse Of VTL, A New Zealand Vending Technology Company
Emily Jed
New Zealand's high court is hearing evidence against the directors of Nathans Finance, the collapsed financing subsidiary of a global vending machine technology company...

Diamond Foods Acquires P&G's Pringles, Positioning Company As No. 2 Snackmaker
Emily Jed
Diamond Foods has agreed to purchase Procter & Gamble's Pringles potato chips brand in a deal valued at $2.35 billion...

Dollar Coin Model Says Indians View Sacagawea As 'Traitor'
Marcus Webb
The Shoshone Indian woman who modeled for the Sacajawea dollar coin said her people consider the guide of Lewis and Clark to be a "traitor" to Native Americans...

EVA Publishes New Vending Energy Management Protocol
Tim Sanford
The European Vending Association has issued Version 3.0 of its Energy Management Protocol for vending. It succeeds the edition published in 2005...

EVMMA Votes To Become EVA Committee
Tim Sanford
The European Vending Machine Manufacturers Association is now the Machine Manufacturers Committee of the Brussels-based European Vending Association...

Finnish Manufacturer Selects E.E. URD Gearmotors For Snack Vender
Tim Sanford
E.E. URD Design & Manufacturing reports that Finland's Global Vending Oy has chosen its standard 12V. gearmotors for Global's Snaxiboxi equipment...

Flowers Foods Acquires Tasty Baking Co.
Emily Jed
Tastykake is merging with the giant southern baker from Georgia in a move that will likely save 100-year-old Philadelphia food icon...

James (Jim) Frye, Distribution Pioneer, Dies
Tim Sanford
Vending distribution pioneer James (Jim) Frye died on April 9. He was 79...

Jofemar's Vision E-S Plus Satellite Transcends Space Constraints
Emily Jed
Jofemar Using a product elevator that spans the width of the machine cabinet, Jofemar's new "extra space" satellite accommodates larger-than-usual products of all all shapes...

Mars Previews Marathon Smart Stuff Bar
Emily Jed
Mars Chocolate North America offered a sneak peek at its Marathon Smart Stuff Bar at this week's big vending show...

Model 400 Rowe Bill Changer Offers Many Operator Options
Tim Sanford
AMI Entertainment Network (formerly Rowe International) has introduced the latest in its long line of bill changers. The new Rowe Model 400 is extensively customizable...

NAMA Marks 75th Year With Buoyant OneShow And Vending Industry Growth Strategy
by Emily Jed and Tim Sanford
Increased operator attendance and plaudits from exhibitors characterized the National Automatic Merchandising Association's 75th anniversary, celebrated at the 2011 OneShow in Chicago. NAMA's Industry Growth Strategy highlights the event...

Nestlé Launches Skinny Cow Candy Bar
Emily Jed
Popular diet-friendly Skinny Cow ice cream line enters confection category with two low-cal, natural candies...

Nestlé Waters North America To Purchase Sweet Leaf Tea Co.
Emily Jed
Nestlé SA water unit agrees to acquire Austin, TX-based Sweet Leaf Tea Co. following its initial investment in the ready-to-drink tea company in March 2009...

Oklahoma Gov Gives Green Light To Roll Back Vending Tax
Emily Jed
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill that rolls back last year's 300% fee increase on vending and amusement machines. But the state's machine fees will still be 50% higher over a year ago...

Penn. Tests Hard Liquor In Wine Venders
Emily Jed
The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is planning a pilot program to allow the sale of hard liquor through the wine vending kiosks currently operating...

Pepsi's 'Social Vending' Machine Features 'Gifting' Function
Tim Sanford
PepsiCo's networked vending machine with large "full-touch" screen enables consumers to connect with Pepsi brands -- and one another...

Red Bull Vending Promoter Is Sentenced To 17-1/2 Years
by Staff Reporter
Andrew Levinson, founder of Florida-based Creative Concepts of America, receives a hefty sentence for a vending biz-op scam that pulled in $22 million...

Redbox Venders Will Begin Videogame Rentals In June
Marcus Webb
Coinstar Inc. said it will begin renting videogames next month for consumer consoles through 21,000 Redbox DVD vending machines, about 64% of its installed base...

Research Flags Gen Y As Target For Industry Growth Campaign
Emily Jed
Research commissioned by the National Automatic Merchandising Association has found that consumers generally have a favorable view of vending, and those belonging to "Generation Y" are its biggest fans. The findings are the basis for a major NAMA public relations campaign with strong social media components...

Saeco Appoints Seaga Master Distributor For North America
Tim Sanford
Seaga Manufacturing Inc. is now North America's master distributor for the famed Italian equipment producer's lines of vending and professional coffee machines...

TMVA Updates Membership On Legislative Outlook For 2011 Session
Tim Sanford
The Texas Merchandise Vending Association reports that its Day at the Capitol strengthened legislators' perception of vending and its unique challenges...

Unified Strategies Group And Vend Marketing Institute Join Forces
Emily Jed
Two of the vending industry's top buying and marketing cooperatives are uniting. Some 17 operating companies comprising VMI will become full members of USG, effective July 1...

Union Blasts PA Liquor Venders
Emily Jed
Independent State Store Union statement denounces the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board's wine vending machines...

Verizon Wireless And USAT Team Up To Offer Cashless Payment Services
Tim Sanford
USA Technologies latest alliance will help accelerate the adoption of wireless small-ticket cashless payment capability and m2m applications through ePort Connect...

Boston Mayor Extends Sugary Drink Ban To All City Facilities
Emily Jed
Mayor Thomas Menino issued an executive order on April 7 that expands his ban on sugar-sweetened drinks in schools to include all city properties and functions...

FDA Nutrition Labeling Director Will Discuss Proposed Vending Rule
Tim Sanford
Felicia Billingslea, director of food labeling and standards staff at the FDA, will lead a business session on the proposed rule on calorie disclosure in vending in Chicago on April 27...

Seattle Adopts Healthy Vending Guidelines
Emily Jed
Washington's King County Board of Health approved guidelines that encourage organizations in greater Seattle to provide healthier choices in vending machines...


National Park Service Unveils 'Healthy' Food Plan For Concessions
Tim Sanford
National Park Service director Jon Jarvis is introducing a major food strategy that will provide healthy foodstuff options to park visitors...

Music and Games Features
After Receiving Restructuring Approval, JVL Unveils Updated Streaming Media System
by Marcus Webb and Nick Montano
JVL Corp. announced in mid-February that its restructuring plan had won support from suppliers. In March, the company introduced a new pay-for-play music product for operators...

Alabama Bingo Machine Operator Pleads Guilty
Marcus Webb
The developer of the County Crossing electronic bingo hall pled guilty on April 25 to 11 counts of conspiracy, money laundering and bribery...

AMI Releases Version 2011.5 For Megatouch
by Staff Reporter
The latest software update for Megatouch Ion countertop devices features a range of updated content for several games...

Brady Bolsters Management To Reinforce Sales
by Staff Reporter
Brady Distributing Co. has announced a series of appointments that reinforce the organization's expanded coverage. They include Dave Sexton, Neil Desio, Steve Fabian and Bernie Robinson...

California Pusher Verdict Sets Important Precedent
Marcus Webb
A jury in a Los Angeles County Superior Court unanimously found a coin-operated -- "quarters in, quarters out" -- pusher game to be an illegal gambling device...

Cineplex Buys Canadian Distributor New Way Sales Games For $3.3M
Marcus Webb
Canada's largest motion picture theater owner-operator acquires one of the country's biggest amusement equipment distributors and suppliers...

Dave & Buster's Hacker Says He's Innocent
Marcus Webb
Albert Gonzalez, leader of a ring of thieves who stole 130 million credit and debit card numbers from 2003 to 2008, wants to withdraw his guilty plea...

Dave & Buster's Praises Strong Q4 Amid Tough FY Results
Marcus Webb
The 57-unit chain of restaurants and arcades had a quarterly profit of $4.5 million in a year that lost $7.3 million...

Dave & Buster's Q1 Comp Store Sales Rise
Marcus Webb
The restaurant and gameroom chain said that for the first quarter of fiscal 2011, ended May 1, comparable store sales increased 6%...

Electronic Bingo Returns To Alabama - And So Do Police Raids
Marcus Webb
The apparent "all quiet on Alabama's bingo front" that began with the swearing-in of new Gov. Robert Bentley in late January lasted just over two months...

FBI Busts Top Online Poker Firms - But Legalization Is 'Increasingly Likely'
Marcus Webb
On April 15, the FBI indicted the three leading online poker companies for allegedly running illegal casinos...

FL Operator Avoids Gambling Charges
Marcus Webb
A former operator of an Internet sweepstakes videogame café pleaded no contest on April 4 to a misdemeanor charge of improper advertising...

Florida State Legislator Operates, Defends Sweepstakes Video Games
Marcus Webb
Peter Nehr is not only a Florida state rep, he is also the owner of Fun City Sweepstakes, an Internet café in North Port, FL, equipped with phone card vending machines...

Gordon Smart, Amusement Pioneer, Dies At 79
Nick Montano
Gordon Smart Gordon M. Smart, founder and chief executive of Smart Industries of Des Moines, IA, died on April 21. He was 79. Smart is the longest-running producer of crane machines in the U.S...

ICE Launches Buccaneer-Themed Treasure Quest Redemption Game
Tim Sanford
ICE game Innovative Concepts in Entertainment's latest ticket redemption piece features eye-catching transilluminated pirate atop a four-foot-diameter wheel...

Internet Gambling Gains Momentum
Marcus Webb
Legislative activity designed to create regulated online poker or other Internet gambling in the U.S. has been increasing in recent weeks...

JAMMA Show May Be Canceled Due To Japan's Twin Disasters
Marcus Webb
This year's Amusement Machine Show in Tokyo, scheduled for Sept. 8-10, could be canceled due to continuing problems caused by the recent natural disasters...

Massachusetts Town Retains 28-Year-Old Arcade Ban
Marcus Webb
Marshfield, MA's citizens voted to continue the antigame ordinance. The towns right to ban arcades was upheld by U.S. Supreme Court 28 years ago...

Michigan Bar Traffic Dives 30% After Smoking Ban's First Year
Marcus Webb
Taverns and restaurant have seen customer traffic and revenues drop by 20% to 30% in the year since Michigan imposed a statewide smoking ban...

Minnesota Bar Owners Lobby For VLTs
Marcus Webb
Profit Minnesota, the lobbying organization for pro-VLT bar owners, unveils a gambling legalization bill and stages a rally at state Capitol...

New $1 Coin Lobby Spends $250K - But Coin-Op Industry Stays On Sidelines, This Time
Marcus Webb
The Dollar Coin Alliance, formed in December of 2010, has already spent $250,000 lobbying Congress to kill the $1 banknote in favor of exclusive reliance on the $1 coin...

Officials Charged In Video Gambling Crimes In 2 States
Marcus Webb
Public officials have been charged with misusing their authority to aid illegal gaming in two high-profile cases in Texas and South Carolina...

Pioneer's Joel Kleiman Dies
Marcus Webb
The founder of Pioneer Sales and Service, and respected equipment distributor from Wisconsin, died on April 27. He was 91...

PlayStation Network Is Hacked
Marcus Webb
Sony Corp. revealed earlier this week that a hacker stole information from 77 million player accounts in the company's PlayStation Network between April 17 and 19.

Quake Costs Japanese Videogame Industry $88.9M In Sales
Marcus Webb
The earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11 might have cost the nation's videogame industry $88.9 million in cancelled home game and hardware sales alone...

Rented Inflatable Goes Airborne, Two Kids Hospitalized
by Staff Reporter
A dust devil lifted a bouncing castle 15 feet into the air and carried it across three lanes of traffic in Tucson...

SD Lottery Commission Okays Slot-Style Games For Existing VLTs
by Staff Reporter
Lottery authorities voted unanimously on March 25 for a rule change that will allow operators to add slot-style games to South Dakota's 9,156 video lottery terminals...

Sega Amusements USA Ships Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing Arcade
Nick Montano
The latest driving game from Sega combines fast-paced action with optional ticket-awarding capabilities, and offers players and operators a wide range of possibilities...

Stern Pinball Teams Up With Disney For Tron: Legacy Flipper Game
Tim Sanford
New pinball machine developed by Stern and Disney Consumer Products celebrates Tron: Legacy...

Sweeps Video Crackdowns Reach Utah, Texas
Marcus Webb
After a year of police raids on sweepstakes videogames with cash prizes from Maine to Florida and in the Midwest, the pattern is reportedly spreading west...

Sweepstakes Videogames Spur Debate In Tennessee
Marcus Webb
Police in Shelbyville, TN, raided 10 convenience stores in late April, seizing $27,000 and 48 card-dispensing machines that also offer sweepstakes games with cash awards...

TouchFX Platforms Brings Popular iPhone Game Apps To Big Coin-Op Touchscreens
Hank Schlesinger
A new location-based videogame platform from Quebec's Adrenaline Amusements enables the migration of mobile phone games to larger coin-op touchscreen environments...

Valley-Dynamo's Sedona Coin-Operated Pool Tables Unite Style And Economy
Tim Sanford
The Sedona coin-op and electronic pool table line combines upscale styling and playability, and features new "death to the dead spot" rail configuration...

West Virginia: Good News, Bad News On VLTs
Marcus Webb
Video gaming revenues are rebounding, suggesting the economy is strengthening sufficiently to encourage customers to play more often. But a temporary shutdown looms...

Bulk Vending
Brand Unveils Limited Edition Luminous Sqwish Series
Tim Sanford
Now available from Brand Vending Products is the latest addition to its popular Sqwishland line, a glow-in-the-dark limited edition mix...

Bulk Vending Industry Grows Wary As Worker Wages In China Rise
Hank Schlesinger
Workers' wages in China is on the rise. Labor costs could have a significant impact on Chinese manufacturing, and this could spell bad news for the bulk-vending sector down the road...

The Legacy Of Josef Schwarzli, World-Renowned Vending Machine Designer
Hank Schlesinger
Josef Schwarlzi The Balkan immigrant recalls his journey to Canada, where he became the world's most prolific -- and arguably most innovative -- bulk vending machine engineer and designer...

Vacant Swell Plant At Center Of Lawsuit
Hank Schlesinger
A piece of bulk vending history is embroiled in a real estate controversy. The site of the former Philadelphia Chewing Gum Co. is at the center of a lawsuit between the township of Haverford, PA and the Fenimore family...

Editorial: Vending
Something Old, Something New
Tim Sanford
The National Automatic Merchandising Association's 2011 convention and exhibition offered very welcome relief from the gloom and doom of the past three or four years. Of course, there were a few negatives too... by Tim Sanford

Editorial: Music and Games
Atlas Is Shrugging
Marcus Webb
This spring's movie hit based on Ayn Rand's classic novel speaks to American operators, most of whom are feeling the pinch of taxation and regulations... by Marcus Webb

Transforming Bulk Vending, One Operator And One Location At A Time
Hank Schlesinger
There are some operators in this bad economy who are doing just fine. And as the economy continues to sputter, they have managed to increase machine revenues and locations... by Hank Schlesinger

A Smooth Start Will Make New Accounts Into Customers
by Len Rashkin
When servicing new office coffee customers and protecting the investment required to obtain them, the first impression is the most important... by Len Rashkin

Coffee Service News
Bigelow Introduces Superfruit Teas
by Staff Reporter
The Bigelow Tea Co.'s newest teas boast the flavors and health benefit appeal of today's most popular superfruits...

Dry Bulk Kraft Mac & Cheese
by Staff Reporter
Kraft Macaroni & Cheese is now available in easy-to-prepare bulk dry cases that make eight half-hotel pans at a cost 40% less than frozen pre-made trays. ..

Dunkin' Brands Files For $400M IPO
by Staff Reporter
Dunkin’ Brands Inc. filed plans with U.S. regulators to raise up to $400 million in an initial public offering, the Canton, MA-based company announced on May 4...

Green Mountain Pacts For Swiss Miss K-Cups, Relaunches Café Escapes
Emily Jed
ConAgra's legendary Swiss Miss hot cocoa will be offered in K-Cups for Keurig's home brewing systems. Indulgent dairy-based Café Escapes return to OCS in the novel portion packs...

Jammin' Java Taps Workplace Services Representative
by Staff Reporter
The gourmet hot beverages producer has appointed National Coffee Service & Vending exclusive distributor for the office coffee services and breakrooms...

NCS&V Pacts With Vistar To Launch Turnkey Pod Program
Emily Jed
National Coffee Service & Vending launches nationwide single-serve coffee pod and brewer program through a distribution partnership...

Omnipure Unveils L-Series Fast-Change Filter Line For Coffee Service
Tim Sanford
New water filter design, made with 100% NSF-certified materials, combines durability and ease of changeout with a choice of treatment options to meet specific location water needs...

Guest Columns
Adjusting Coffee Prices To Reflect Higher Costs Is Necessary For Survival
by Kevin Daw
The coffee market remains very bullish. The price per pound is about $1.60 higher than it was a year ago. As a result, OCS operators must consider when and by how much to increase their prices... by Kevin Daw

Aftershock: How Disaster In Japan Is Impacting The Worldwide Amusement Industry
by Kevin Williams
Around the world the amusement industry is finding itself increasingly vulnerable to the economic impact of natural disasters. The latest example of the butterfly effect impacting the industry is not theory, but a tragic fact... by Kevin Williams

Coin-Op Gameplay: Shhh...! Welcome To Frightfearland!
by Evan Kirby
When playing Taito's Shhh…! Welcome to Frightfearland, two words immediately came to mind to describe this game: fun and unique... by Evan Kirby

Shape Of Things To Come: Why The Coinco/InOne Deal Is Vending's Most Significant Of 2011
by Dave Levine
To my mind, Coin Acceptors' acquisition of InOne is very significant, and indicative of where the vending industry is headed.... by David Levine

A. Rifkin Posts Video Demonstrating Keyless Security Bag System
Tim Sanford
Available in a variety of configurations, Rifkin keyless security bags are reusable heavy-duty fabric pouches fitted with a patented security-locking feature...

Locking Systems International Wins Universal Puck Padlock Patent
by Staff Reporter
Locking Systems International, padlock The Orlando, FL-based lock company has been awarded a U.S. patent for its Universal Puck padlock. A total of 18 claims was awarded...

Videx Unveils CyberLock Flex System For More Flexible Access Control
Tim Sanford
New system represents an additional level of integration in Videx's diverse CyberLock line of locks and other access control devices...

MOMA Plans Annual Meeting For June 8-9
by Staff Reporter
The Minnesota Operators of Music and Amusements will hold its annual summer conference in Bloomington at the Radisson by Mall of America...

OAMA Schedules Annual Meeting, Legislative Update For May 12-14
by Staff Reporter
The Deer Creek Resort, about 30 minutes south of Columbus, will host the 2011 annual conference of the Ohio Automatic Merchandising Association next week...

Tri-State Vending Council Heads To Atlantic City: June 16-17
Emily Jed
The Tri-State Automatic Merchandising Council is calling on operators and industry suppliers to participate in the meetings, social events and golf at its annual conference...

Vend Northwest Distributing Plans July 16 Golf Outing In Woodland, WA
Tim Sanford
The product distributor from Portland, OR, will stage its 6th Annual Vend NW Invitational at Lewis River Golf Course in nearby Woodland, WA...

Vistar Florida Plans Mid-August Buying Show
Emily Jed
Vistar Florida will host a one-day buying show, themed "Cruise Into Savings," on Friday, Aug. 12, in Kissimmee...

Names in the News
Coinco Appoints Giroux National Sales Director; Promotes Hoormann

Small Business News
Credit For Small Business Loans Might Be Relaxing
Hank Schlesinger
Economic conditions may be turning around for operators unable to obtain credit from banks or other lending institutions. Federal Reserve Board governor Elizabeth A. Duke expressed...

Gas Prices Could Increase Even More
by Staff Reporter
Gas prices have now topped $4 a gallon in many areas, and there's no end in sight to how high they'll go. Surpassing the $4-a-gallon mark for the first time since...

Upfront with the Publisher
We're The Next Generation: It's Up To Us
Alicia Lavay
As time goes by, more and more of us have grown up watching things happen in this industry -- and it is now our turn to start making them happen... by Alicia Lavay

Vending Machine Products
AdvancePierre Reinvents Grahamwich To Enhance Nutrition
Emily Jed
AdvancePierre Foods has reformulated and renamed its popular Grahamwich to meet demand for school-friendly convenience foods...

AdvancePierre Takes Wraps Off Big Boy Cheeseburger For Vending
Emily Jed
The sandwich maker plans to launch its Classic Big Boy Double Deck Cheeseburger, created with the popular fast-food chain, for vending in June...

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