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Vol. 52, No. 7, July 2012

Vending Features
Geithner Says No Set Timetable For Currency Redesign; That's Good News For Vending
Nick Montano
A report from the Treasury Secretary stating that a date for a currency redesign has not yet been designated is good news for the vending industry, says NAMA chief operating officer Dan Mathews...

Missouri AG Orders Beef Jerky Vending Promoters To Refund Firefighters
Emily Jed
James Adam Jenkins, owner of BK Premium Products, reportedly targeted firefighters in St. Louis and Springfield, MO, to whom he sold beef jerky vending franchises for $2,500...

USA Technologies Partners With Visa To Bring Olympics Sweepstakes To Vending
Emily Jed
The cashless vending leader and Visa have teamed up to give vending patrons a chance to enter the Visa Olympic Games Trip for Life Sweepstakes with each swipe of their Visa credit or debit cards...

AVT Explores Enforcing Patent For Wireless Vending Machine Management
Emily Jed
AVT Inc. chairman and founder Shannon Illingworth told Vending Times that the company is exploring the legal ramifications of its recently issued patent...

AVT Is Granted U.S. Patent For Wireless Management Of Remote Vending Machines
Emily Jed
Patent No. 8,191,779 B2 was issued for technology relating to a unique wireless system designed to manage a network of remote vending machines...

AVT Reports Dramatic Revenue, Income Improvement In First Quarter
Emily Jed
AVT Inc.'s net income for the three months ended March 31 rose sharply to $225,0000 from $9,000 in the comparable 2011 period. Revenues climbed 150%...

Canteen Expands Operations In NC And NV With Two Acquisitions
by Staff Reporter
Canteen Vending Services has acquired Carolina Quality Snacks (Dunn, NC), and Canteen franchise Horizon Vending has purchased Pacific Vending Services (both in Las Vegas)...

Coca-Cola Develops Daytime Power-Free Vending Machine That Still Keeps Drinks Cold
Emily Jed
Coca-Cola (Japan) Co. Ltd. and Fuji Electric Retail Systems Co. Ltd. have developed a new vending machine that can keep beverages cold without using power for up to 16 hours a day...

Coinstar Completes NCR Buy, Lowers FY Guidance
by Staff Reporter
The addition of NCR's automated movie rental business will allow Coinstar to extend its Redbox DVD rental kiosks to new retail partners...

Coke Teams With Major U.S. Brands To Rev Up Plant-Based Plastics Use
Emily Jed
H.J. Heinz Co., Nike Inc. and Procter & Gamble Co. team up with the beverage giant to to accelerate the development and use of plant-based plastic...

Colorado Operator Encourages Customers To Request Service Online
Tim Sanford
Dave Carpenter's Quench Beverage & Snack Co., a full-line vending provider, has launched a Web-based service request feature. Customers visit the firm's site to report machines requiring service, or to request specific items...

Conan O'Brien Creates Fanfare With Vending Machine T-Shirt Giveaway In Chicago
Emily Jed
Conan O’Brien's late-night TBS program tapes Monday through Thursday at the Chicago Theatre. The producers turn to vending to promote the Chicago shows...

Dieffenbach Begins Term As NAMA Board Chairman
Nick Montano
Mark Dieffenbach, director of special channels for the Hershey Co., has begun his one-year term as chairman of the board of the National Automatic Merchandising Association...

Dollar Bill Lobbying Front Shuts Down
N. Montano
Americans for George, a pro-dollar bill lobbying organization, has apparently shut down operations after making a big splash in the nation's capital back in March...

Following Bloomberg's Lead, Cambridge, MA, Mayor Proposes Large-Size Soda Ban
Emily Jed
Mayor Henrietta Davis has proposed limiting the size of soda and sugar-sweetened beverages sold in restaurants in Massachusetts' famous university town...

FTC Returns $3M To Victims Of DVD Vending Machine Scam
Emily Jed
The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 454 refund checks totaling more than $2.9 million to investors in a swindle that promoted video rental machines as a business opportunity...

Giant Vender Dispenses Free Bikes And Surfboards To Promote British Columbia Tourism
Emily Jed
A larger-than-life vending machine (14-ft. tall, 10-ft. wide) dispenses mountain bikes, surfboards, golf clubs and other high-end giveaways...

Global Beverage Trends: Tracking Consumer Preferences Builds Sales Through Vending Machines, Expert Says
Emily Jed
Vending operators who stay informed about the trends shaping the fast-changing beverage market can best position themselves for success in the largest segment of their businesses, said Ross Colbert, global beverage strategist for Rabobank...

Government Affairs Take Spotlight At Tri-State Meet; Susan McManus Becomes Prexy
Tim Sanford
Vistar's Susan McManus succeeds Tony Buckholz of Goodman Vending (Reading, PA) as president of the Tri-State Automatic Merchandising Council...

Government Launches Credit Card Complaint Database
Emily Jed
Consumers can view the types of complaints people have filed against any bank that issues credit cards. The database also allows them to search grievances...

Industry Testifies Against Soda Ban In Los Angeles Park And Library Vending Machines
Emily Jed
The National Automatic Merchandising Association was among the vending and beverage industry advocates to testify at a hearing last week against a proposal to ban sodas from vending machines in Los Angeles parks and libraries...

Kraft Foods Moves To Nasdaq
Emily Jed
Kraft Foods is moving its stock listing to the Nasdaq from the New York Stock Exchange ahead of its plans to divide into two publicly traded companies...

Kraft Offers Gum & Mint Trays To Maximize Sales Of Popular Brands
Tim Sanford
Vending operators can order retrofittable gum and mint shelves designed to accommodate today's greater variety of package sizes and shapes, including the brand-new Split2Fit pack for premium Dentyne Ice gum...

Made-From-Scratch Italian Pizza Vending Machine Heads To U.S.
Emily Jed
Introduced in Italy in 2009, the bright red vender starts by making dough from scratch, by combining a prepackaged flour mix, and finishes the process in 2.5 minutes...

MEI Featured As 'World's Greatest!...' Unattended Payment Systems Company
Emily Jed
Popular TV show interviews MEI chief executive Mike Hayes, MEI vending president Jeff Jordan and chief technology officer Tom Shuren...

NAMA And NAC Join NYC Coalition To Fight Soft Drink Serving Size Rules
Tim Sanford
Trade groups representing vending machine and food concession operators are joining forces with New Yorkers for Beverage Choices to oppose Bloomberg's proposed soda ban...

New Conlux CV1000 Optical Bill Validator Encourages Operator Merchandising
Tim Sanford
The CV1000 is said to be the first Conlux validator to make use only of optical sensors for note validation. Also new are expanded coupon options to support marketing efforts for vending operators...

New England Associations Honor Steve Foley With Wishart Award
Emily Jed
The Harry Wishart Award recognizes an operator or supplier who has demonstrated effective leadership in promoting the vending industry's interests in any New England state...

NY Assembly OKs Sales Tax Relief; Bill Awaits Governor's Signature
by Staff Reporter
A bill that exempts from sales tax items sold through a vending machine for a $1.50 or less is awaiting Gov. Andrew Cuomo's signature...

Pending Federal School Vending Standards Worry Cranberry Industry
Emily Jed
New nutrition standards for what can be sold in school vending machines, inspired by the first lady's Let's Move initiative, could eliminate some cranberry drinks...

Snyder's-Lance Acquires O'Byrne Distributing
Emily Jed
O'Byrne operates a direct-store delivery system that distributes Snyder's-Lance-branded products and other snack lines in the Augusta, GA, region...

Sugar Amendment To Farm Bill Fails In Close Senate Vote: 50-46
Hank Schlesinger
Tariffs and quotas have protected domestic sugar-cane and sugar-beet growers since the Depression era. As a result, American consumers and candy manufacturers often pay more than twice the global market price, to the tune of $3.5 billion a year these days...

Teen Gets Stuck In Vending Machine While Trying To Steal Soda
by Staff Reporter
We've published reports about toddlers climbing into crane machines with toys and becoming trapped. Making headlines this week is a story about a teenage boy getting stuck in a soda vending machine...

Vistar To Acquire Liberty Distribution, A Specialist In Nonperishable Candy And Snacks
Emily Jed
Liberty is a pioneer in marketing and delivering candy and snacks to retailers that carry only nonperishable food products...

Micromarkets
NAMA And OAMA Endorse Draft Health For Ohio Rules On Micromarkets
Emily Jed
The National Automatic Merchandising Association and the Ohio Automatic Merchandising Association said they are working closely with Ohio's Department of Health...

Music and Games Features
AEM Completes 7 FEC Projects In 12 Months
N. Montano
Amusement Entertainment Management's recent projects range from a $19 million boutique bowling center to an 11,000-sq.ft. family entertainment center addition at a RV campground...

AMI Recruits Gilson To Assist Transition Of Ecast Network Subscribers, Promotes Howe
Tim Sanford
Ecast tech veteran Mike Gilson will assist in the transition of former Ecast customers and equipment to the AMI Entertainment jukebox network...

AMI Unveils Bar Link Jukebox Selector App For Android Smartphones
Tim Sanford
New version offers Android users all the features and functionality of the first AMI Bar Link published for the iPhone. "It's the music you love, right at your fingertips," AMI Entertainment says...

AMI Website Now Tracks Mobile Contribution To Jukebox Revenues
Nick Montano
New jukebox website update allows music vending operators to track the revenue being brought in by AMI Entertainment's Bar Link mobile application...

Arachnid Hails 27th Bullshooter Electronic Dart Finals 'Huge Success'
Nick Montano
Arachnid Inc.'s longtime soft-tip dart tournament once again culminated with final matches held over Memorial Day weekend. Team U.S.A. wins Bullshooter's coveted International Cup...

Blackbeard's Family Entertainment Center Will Begin Using Solar Power This Fall
N. Montano
The 35-year-old FEC in Fresno, CA, will break ground on June 25 on a new solar-energy system that will be fully operational in four months...

Bowltech Signs Letter Of Intent To Acquire QubicaAMF; World's Largest Bowling Products Company Will Result
by Staff Reporter
The transaction proposal between the two bowling products giants is still subject to due diligence and other conditions...

Chip Cleary Will Exit IAAPA Early Next Year; Paul Noland, Former Disney Exec, Will Be New CEO
N. Montano
The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions' president and chief executive is returning to the private sector. IAAPA's leadership transition in fall...

Chuck Weiner Steps Down As President Of Weiner Distributing Co.
Tim Sanford
Plans to reorganize the amusement equipment distributorship under new management have begun, and the company plans to report those details within a week...

Disney Animated Feature Is Set In Video Arcade
N. Montano
The glory days of the coin-op videogame is the setting for "Wreck-It Ralph," a full-length CG animated feature from Disney opening in theaters this fall...

Ex-NBA Star Hosts Pinball Championships At His Home; Italy's Acciari Is IFPA Victor
Nick Montano
Todd MacCulloch, former starting center for the Philadelphia 76ers, hosted this year's main event in competitive pinball -- the International Flipper Pinball Association's 2012 World Pinball Championship -- better known as IFPA9...

Famous Chinatown Arcade Reopens, Sans Tic-Tac-Toe Chicken Game
Hank Schlesinger
Chinatown Fair arcade, chicken machine Occupying a storefront in the heart of lower Manhattan's Chinatown, the venerable arcade was once a haven for countless generations of schoolchildren playing hooky, as well as pinball aficionados. Not making a return is the fondly remembered tic-tac-toe playing live chicken...

Germany's 2013 IMA Is Cancelled Due To Ambiguity Of Arcade Gaming Laws
Nick Montano
Germany's next IMA was originally scheduled for January in Düsseldorf. Trade show organizers cite uncertainty about the country's arcade gaming laws as a cause of the cancellation. The long-running trade fair for amusement and vending equipment returns in 2014...

Gray Games Rundown: Texas, New Hampshire, Ohio And Florida
by Staff Reporter
Eight-liners, video pokers, sweepstakes videogames and a curious novelty known as the Jukebox Coin Pusher have sparked crackdowns and controversy in several states in June...

Indiana Smoking Ban Challenged In Court
N. Montano
American Legion Post 243 filed a lawsuit in federal court, moving for a preliminary injunction to stop state officials from enforcing Indiana's smoking ban...

John Schultz Renews Contract With AAMA
Nick Montano
The American Amusement Machine Association has extended its employment contract with John Schultz for another two years. Schultz started his first term as AAMA president in 2009...

Louisiana Gov. Vetoes Video Poker Deregulation
N. Montano
Gov. Bobby Jindal has vetoed two bills -- SB 362 and SB 365 -- claiming they would deregulate Louisiana's location-based video poker industry...

N. Carolina Lawmakers Fail To Tax Sweeps Viddies
N. Montano
North Carolina's General Assembly will conclude its current session the first week of July without passing a bill to tax and regulate sweepstakes videogames...

NC Gov. Perdue Proposes Sweepstakes Videogame Tax
N. Montano
If you can't beat 'em, tax 'em. Gov. Bev Perdue urges North Carolina legislators to pass law taxing sweepstakes videogames to the tune of $300 million a year...

New AMI ML-1 Software V2.2 Adds Music Selector And Enhanced Menu
Nick Montano
New in Megatouch Live version 2.2 is music selection support for jukeboxes made by AMI Entertainment and TouchTunes, as well as a simplified and enhanced menu...

New Stores Fuel Dave & Buster's Q1 Gains
Emily Jed
The operator of big box entertainment-dining complexes saw 2012 first-quarter profit rise $11 million from $6.7 million in the comparable 2011 period...

Online Gaming Moves Forward In New Jersey and Delaware, Sees Setback in Calif.
N. Montano
Amusement machine operators may soon face more competition for leisure dollars in states where governments are considering legalizing online gambling...

Operator Bruce Bauldridge Dies At 70
N. Montano
Operator Bruce Bauldridge of Aspen Amusement Services died on June 1 following a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 70...

Police Coverage For Dave & Buster's Is Cut In Massachusetts Town
N. Montano
Braintree, MA's city council has agreed to significantly reduce policing requirements at the local Dave & Buster's for the remainder of the summer...

Profit Rises At Photo-Me International; Photobooth Installations Climb To 23,500
Nick Montano
Shares of Photo-Me International are on the rise after the company said it expects further progress in the year ahead. The London-based company reported a 12% increase in FY profit...

Roqbot Raises $1.2M From Google Ventures And Detroit VP; Positions Mobile App To Compete In Jukebox And Background Music Markets
Nick Montano
Oakland, CA, tech startup says traditional jukeboxes are bulky, offer limited selections and ignore the smartphone generation. Is the jukebox industry keeping up with consumer preferences? One industry expert says it might be ahead...

Sega Closes Offices In Several European Nations, One In Australia
N. Montano
In a major restructuring move, the once-mighty videogame company will close branch offices in France, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands and Australia on July 1...

Sega Reportedly Begins Layoffs In U.S., France
N. Montano
Sega has begun reducing its home videogame workforce in the U.S. and France, and layoffs elsewhere are planned, according to various Internet sources...

Stern's X-Men Pinball Machine Celebrates Marvel Superhero Comic Series
Tim Sanford
The new piece is the latest flipper game inspired by comic-book superheroes. X-Men joins Stern Pinball's fondly remembered Spider-Man, Iron Man and Batman pin games...

Suzo-Happ Offers UCM SafeCash Vault To Illinois Gaming Operators
Tim Sanford
Suzo-Happ Group reports that it has been named exclusive Illinois distributor and sales agent for United Coin Machine's SafeCash secured vault and payout terminal system for use with Illinois video gaming terminals...

Sweepstakes: N.H. Ban, Texas Crackdown; Ohio Lawsuit
by Staff Reporter
Sweepstakes videogames awarding cash prizes remain a flashpoint for prosecutors and police in several states. New Hampshire's ban moves toward enactment while clampdowns and lawsuits advance in other states...



TouchTunes Names Patricia Shores CMO; Former Amex Exec Will Lead Product Marketing And Consumer Engagement
Nick Montano
The new chief marketing officer will spearhead TouchTunes' product marketing and consumer engagement efforts. She reports to TouchTunes chief operating officer Steve Brecher...

VNEA Hosts 5,000 Pool Players At 32nd Annual Championship Confab
Nick Montano
The Valley National 8-Ball League Association welcomes amateur pool players sponsored by coin machine operating companies for its 2012 International Pool Championships in Las Vegas...

Bulk Vending
Bulk Vending Organization Streamlines Board
Hank Schlesinger
The National Bulk Vendors Association reports that it again has reduced the size of its board of directors...

E.J. Korvette Founder Ferkauf Dies At 91
Hank Schlesinger
The pioneer in the discount big box store concept opened his first store in a small loft in midtown Manhattan in 1948...

NBVA Updates Amusement Expo Exhibit Layout
Hank Schlesinger
The National Bulk Vendor Association's exhibit is being redesigned to heighten the visibility of the bulk vending exhibits...

Texas Justice Reigns On Gumball Bandit
Hank Schlesinger
A gumball bandit in Corpus Christi, TX, has been sentenced to five years in jail. Robert Lee Johnson was apprehended after...

Editorial: Music and Games
Editorial
What’s New?
N. Montano
The amusement industry has a complicated and paradoxical relationship with the concept of newness. Some operators believe staple equipment requires only periodic updating to remain competitive. Others believe industry growth demands offering experiences that consumers cannot get at home. Which side of this debate is right? by Marcus Webb

Bulk Vending and Crane Products
Coast To Coast Discounts Patriotic Crane Plush Ahead Of July 4 Holiday
Emily Jed


Spotlight, June 2012: What's new for Bulk Vending, Cranes, Amusement Merchandisers and Redemption Counters


Coffee Service News
Cretors Caramelizers Simplify Expanding Concession Popcorn Menu
Tim Sanford
The CMD line includes three combination cooker-mixers, all featuring stainless steel construction, digital temperature control with audible alarm, and one-switch operation...

Eltek Water Block Valve Protects Premises From Appliance Overflow
Tim Sanford
Holiday House Distributing is accepting preorders for a novel valve from Italy's Eltek Group that prevents the overflow of water in appliances...

Gold Medal Offers Auto Shutoff Kit For Popper Kettles Up To 14 Oz.
Tim Sanford
New auto shutoff control powers down popping kettle after 15 minutes' idle time, conserving electricity and extending heating element life...

J&J Snack Foods Acquires Gourmet Pretzel Firm
Emily Jed
The snack food giant acquires Kim & Scott's Gourmet Pretzels, a Chicago-based soft pretzel manufacturer. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed...

Key Impact Enters Arizona Market With Creative Food Service Acquisition
Emily Jed
Maryland's Key Impact Sales & Systems Inc. expands its national footprint with the acquisition of Creative Food Service of Phoenix...

NYC Health Board Advances Bloomberg's Soda Ban
Emily Jed
The New York City Board of Health unanimously approves Mayor Michael Bloomberg's controversial proposal to ban supersized sugary drinks at city foodservice establishments...

Restaurant Delivery Service Expediter DiningIn Goes Biodegradable
Tim Sanford
DiningIn has replaced the disposable cutlery and paper products that it provides to its restaurant partners with biodegradable products from Transitions2Earth...

Safeway, Krogers K-Cup Competition Puts Pressure On Green Mountain Shares
Emily Jed
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc.'s shares take hit after two large supermarket chains announce plans to launch store-branded portion packs compatible with Keurig single-cup brewers...

Smucker Adds Douwe Egberts Liquid Coffee Machine, New Dark Roast To OCS Repertoire
Emily Jed
Smucker Foodservice is expanding its office coffee service program with Douwe Egberts Cafitesse Liquid Coffee System and Folgers Black Silk, a new dark roast coffee...

Starbucks Buys Bakery Chain For $100M
Emily Jed
The coffee company plans to purchase San Francisco-based artisan bakery chain Bay Bread and its La Boulange brand for $100 million in a move to upgrade its pastry offerings...

Tomlinson Offers ADA-Compliant Food, Beverage Service Solutions
Tim Sanford
The company manufactures several products that can help operators of manual equipment in foodservice establishments to comply with the new ADA rules...

Guest Columns
A National Tragedy: How The Income Tax System Really Works
by Irv Blackman
This article continues an every-four-year -- before the presidential election -- tradition. It first appeared in this column in October 2003. And every time this article was published, I was flooded with requests for copies. In its own way, what you are about to read has been viral for almost a decade... by Irv Blackman

Hardware/Tools
A. Rifkin Offers Versatile High-Capacity Keyless Security Supply Bags
Tim Sanford


Apple Maps: New GPS Technology For iPhone Could Become Handy Fleet Tool
by Staff Reporter


Illinois Lock Unveils Plastic Cam Lock For Economy, Lighter Weight
Tim Sanford


Juniper And SDG Ready Launch Of Rugged Android Tablet Computer
Hank Schlesinger


Medeco Enhances Web-Based Management Of Logic, M3 Logic Keys
Tim Sanford


Sprint Nextel FleetSafer Mobile App Blocks Phone Use While Driving
Hank Schlesinger


UC Berkeley Unveils Mobile Phone Battery-Use Analysis Application
Hank Schlesinger


Meetings/Events
Vendmart Readies Masquerade Ball-Themed Show: Sept. 12
Emily Jed


Vistar Northern California Hosts Casino-Themed Open House
Emily Jed


Names in the News
Bill Hutton Joins ConAgra Foods As Consumer Foods International Prexy
Emily Jed


Hershey Appoints Former Coke Exec Leslie Turner Senior VP And General Counsel
Emily Jed


IAAPA Hires Strowger For Top Expo Post, Pepin As Meetings Manager
Emily Jed


National Coffee Service & Vending Names Tony Scarpino Western Sales Manager
Emily Jed


PepsiCo Names Larry Thompson Government Affairs EVP, General Counsel
Tim Sanford


Sodexo Names Simon Seaton To Head Up Remote Sites
Emily Jed


Vending Machine Products
AdvancePierre Debuts Steak-EZE Sandwiches
Emily Jed


Honest Tea Introduces Fresh Brewed Iced Tea For Foodservice
Emily Jed


Love & Quiches Offers Pre-Cut Brownies, Blondies For Foodservice
Tim Sanford


Minute Maid Launches Single-Serve Fruit Punch, Strawberry Passion Drinks
Emily Jed


Mrs. Freshley's Debuts Co-Branded Cinnabon Pastries
Emily Jed


Nature's Hand Introduces All-Natural GoNola Single-Serve Snacks In 2 Flavors
Tim Sanford


Ready Pac Debuts Organic Bowl Salads
Emily Jed


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