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Vol. 45, No. 10, October 2005

Vending Features
Get & Go Express Plans Franchise Debuts At NAMA ‘05 National Expo
Tim Sanford
SPRINGFIELD, IL — Get & Go Express is set to announce the formal rollout of its franchising program for outdoor vending kiosks during the National Automatic Merchandising Association 2005 Expo in Atlanta, GA. The program rolled out on October 27.

MilkPEP Hails ABA Guidelines As Offering Wider Opportunity For School Milk Vending
Tim Sanford
WASHINGTON, DC — The American Beverage Association’s new guidelines for the sale of cold drinks in schools by its member companies have opened the door for vending operators to expand their milk sales, according to the Milk Processor Educational Program. The guidelines were drafted by ABA (formerly the National Soft Drink Association) to help address concern over childhood obesity.

Vending Industry Keeps Pace With Wider Consumer Preferences For Cold Drinks
Emily Jed
U.S.A. — The variety of packaged cold beverages available to on-the-go consumers through vending machines continues to expand and shift, keeping pace with today’s kaleidoscope of taste and dietary preferences. Cold drink machines have found their way into a wide range of locations populated by just about every identifiable demographic group. And many of these groups continue to move away from the traditional model, under which the majority of customers would be satisfied by a limited selection of soft drinks.

Music and Games Features
Pool Is White-Hot Worldwide
Marcus Webb
U.S.A. — If you thought Tom Cruise and Paul Newman sparked the ultimate pool craze in 1986 with their film “The Color of Money,” then wake up and smell the chalk dust. Today pool is hotter than ever, boosted by million-dollar purses, breathless cable TV broadcasts, and sexy female stars. Indeed, from Seoul to Cincinnati, the sport of billiards has reached an all-time zenith of popularity and appears poised to keep rocketing ever skyward as prize money, TV coverage and celebrity influence all expand.

Successful AMOA/Fun Expo Sees Solid Attendance, Strong Product
Marcus Webb
LAS VEGAS — A generally upbeat mood prevailed at the combined AMOA and Fun Expo, held at the Las Vegas Convention Center from Sept. 14 through 16. Coming in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina, this was the second combined trade show in four years to take place just days after a national disaster.

Bulk Vending
Koko’s Confections Expands Panned Candy Range With New Formulas For Looks, Tastes
Hank Schlesinger
COCKEYSVILLE, MD — Panned Candy may be ready to make a significant comeback in bulk vending. According to industry experts, new color formulas, technology and the fact that candy still offers one of the highest profit margins, have set the stage for increased popularity.

Smartmech Uses Infrared Technology For New System
Hank Schlesinger
BRIGHTON, ON, Canada — Smartmech Corp. has announced the release of its updated “Smartmech,” tamper-proof revenue tracking system.

Editorial: Vending
Time Warp
Tim Sanford

Editorial: Music and Games
Counting Blessings, Sounding Alarms
Marcus Webb

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