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Vol. 53, No. 1, January 2013

Vending Features
'Healthy' Vending Gives NC Schoolchildren Practical Algebra Lessons
Emily Jed
Seventh graders at Evergreen Community Charter School (Asheville) are honing their algebra skills outside the classroom by calculating which products meet the school's new "healthy" vending standards and deliver the most profit...

All Stop Inks 3-Year Pact With USAT For Telemetry Services; Wants To Go All Cashless By 2014
Nick Montano
Southeastern Florida vending and foodservice operator has signed an exclusive agreement with USA Technologies for cashless payment and telemetry services, and indicated its intention of advancing to 100% cashless equipment...

AMS Unveils Epoch Vender Series With New Look, Enhanced Features
Tim Sanford
Automated Merchandising Systems' Epoch styling is highlighted by a redesigned escutcheon, slightly contoured and finished in silver-gray. A POS card frame and enhanced selector panel improve customer experience...

Canada Puts Cap On Energy Drink Caffeine Content
Emily Jed
Canada's federal health department has issued new regulations that will limit the amount of caffeine allowed in energy drinks. Caffeine will be capped at 180mg. in a single-serving can or bottle...

Canadian Operators Scramble To Accept New Plastic $20 Notes; Do $100s Melt?
Emily Jed
Thousands of vending machines are still not programmed to accept the new polymer $20 banknotes that the Canadian government released two months ago, and operators are blaming the Bank of Canada for not providing enough lead time...

Canteen Acquires Wisconsin's Stansfield Vending; Family Successor Focuses On Music And Games
Emily Jed
Stansfield Vending has 200 employees and serves more than 2,000 vending and amusement accounts in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa...

Census Bureau Releases Detailed Neighborhood-by-Neighborhood Data
Hank Schlesinger
Although relatively unknown by the general public, the American Community Survey is highly anticipated by marketers. Large retailers are expected to use it to pinpoint potential store locations and merchandise selections...

Coca-Cola Buys Sacramento Bottler
Emily Jed
Sacramento Coca-Cola Bottling Co. is the sixth-largest independent Coca-Cola bottler in the United States, with exclusive territories in nine northern California counties...

Costa Coffee And PepsiCo Intelligent Vending Machines Take Spotlight At Intel's NRF Exhibit
Tim Sanford
Intel Corp. showed a few of the developments in its "intelligent vending" initiative during this year's National Retail Federation in NYC. Also on display were concepts applicable to micromarket operators...

Crane Co. To Buy MEI Conlux For $820 Million
Nick Montano
The purchase price is 9.6 times greater than MEI's estimated 2012 EBITDA of $85 million. Crane Merchandising Systems and MEI both develop payment solutions for unattended transaction systems in the vending and amusement industries...

David Singer Steps Down As Snyder's-Lance CEO In May; Carl Lee Steps Up
Emily Jed
The Charlotte, NC-based snack maker acknowledged Singer for spearheading a turnaround beginning in 2005, which involved overhauling its supply chain...

Drivers On America's Highways Hit Safety Milestone
Hank Schlesinger
Roads were safer in 2011 than they have been in more than 60 years, the DOT says. This is good news for route personnel who spend a good portion of their days on America's roads...

Eu'Vend+Coffeena Organizers Hail Brisk Exhibit Sales For 2013 Event
Tim Sanford
The sixth presentation of the biennial Eu'Vend trade fair is set for the Cologne Fairgrounds from Sept. 19 through 21 once again in conjunction with the international coffee fair, coffeena...

Flowers Foods Becomes Stalking Horse Bidder For Certain Hostess Bread Brands And Bakeries
Nick Montano
Flowers Foods Inc. on Jan. 11 signed two purchase agreements with Hostess Brands Inc. as the "stalking horse bidder" for certain Hostess assets...

Hostess Hires Liquidator To Help Sell Assets
Emily Jed
Hostess Brands Inc. has received court permission to hire Hilco Trading Co. help sell off real estate and other assets...

Industry Pioneer Sid Rudin Dies; Founded Coffee-Inns Of America
Tim Sanford
Sidney S. Rudin, legendary coffee vending operator and OCS equipment manufacturer, died in Scottsdale, AZ, early in December. He was 87...

Lock America's Chief Steps Down From Daily Operations, Promotes Employees
Emily Jed
"I've been active in the security lock business for over 30 years, and it's time for a new generation to take over operations and marketing for Lock America," LAI Group's Frank Minnella said...

Maryland Legislator Bans Sugary Drinks
Emily Jed
Howard County Executive Ken Ulman signed an executive order to ban the sale of high-sugar drinks in parks, libraries and other county properties, and at county-sponsored events...

MEI Relocates To 60,000-Sq.Ft. Headquarters Facility In Malvern, PA
Tim Sanford
MEI has moved to a brand-new 60,000-sq.ft. building in Malvern, PA, located seven miles from its former home in West Chester. The relocation was completed in early December...

Mondelez Celebrates Rich Heritage, New Beginnings At NYC Oreo Event
Emily Jed
During a festive gathering at the original home of the National Biscuit Co. factory, where the Oreo cookie was invented and manufactured, Mondelez International Inc. recently celebrated its launch...

Mondelez Taps Nine Tech Startups For New Mobile Program
Emily Jed
The chosen startups will participate in a new mobile technology program aimed at driving more impulse purchases and better in-store marketing...

NAMA Names Dell Senior Government Affairs Vice-President
Nick Montano
The National Automatic Merchandising Association has named W. Eric Dell senior vice-president of government affairs. Dell will assume the position on Jan. 2...

NBTY Acquires Balance Bar
by Staff Reporter
NBTY, owned by Washington, DC-based private equity firm Carlyle Group LP, bought Balance Bar from Brynwood Partners...

New York Governor Vetoes Vending Sales Tax Relief Bill
Nick Montano
Gov. Andrew Cuomo vetoed a bill on Dec. 19 that would exempt vending machine purchases of less than $1.50 from being subject to sales tax in New York State...

Novel Smoothie And Slushie Vending Machine Begins Global Distribution
Emily Jed
The Quinzee from Israel's Nicevend Ltd. prepares and delivers frozen smoothies and slushies at the touch of a button...

NY Vendors Plan Big Showing At Cuomo Gala To Sustain Momentum
Emily Jed
The New York State Automatic Vending Association is urging industry members to attend a birthday celebration for Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Jan. 7. Its goal is to keep in close touch with state lawmakers and the Governor, who vetoed a vending tax relief bill last month...

NYC Soda Sellers Get Grace Period Before Supersize Drink Fines Kick In Mar. 12; Hearing Next Week
Emily Jed
Bloomberg's ban on large-size sodas will take effect in March, but businesses will still have a few months to conform to the new regulations before they're hit with fines...

Obama's Signature Eliminates Redundant ATM Signage Requirement
Hank Schlesinger
The President signed into law a measure that eliminates the requirement for two notifications of fees at ATMs. The redundant regulation had become a source of frivolous lawsuits aimed at ATM operators...

Pay-As-You-Drive Tax Studied In Washington
Hank Schlesinger
What you pay at the pump to gas up route vehicles could soon be based on mileage. With highway infrastructure badly in need of repair, Congress is looking at a program that would...

Philadelphia Installs Condom Venders In High Schools
Hank Schlesinger
he pilot program, intended to combat a purported "epidemic" of sexually transmitted diseases, will serve one-third of the city's high schools...

Redbox Instant Goes Live
Emily Jed
Redbox Instant by Verizon, the much-anticipated video-streaming service that's going head to head with Netflix, has begun selling subscriptions through a beta test...

Salvation Army Raises Hunger Awareness - And Donations - With Synthetic Waste-Filled Vending Machine
Emily Jed
The one-of-a-kind vending machine is part of the multifaceted "Simple Dreams" campaign created for the Salvation Army by advertising agency Gray Canada...

Seaborne Lipton Iced Tea Vender Rewards South African Beachgoers
Emily Jed
Beachgoers can swim out to the buoyant contraption, where they can enjoy a free Lipton Ice Tea, get sprayed with water and take a photograph before making their way back to shore...

Shop24 Opens At Nebraska Tourist Attraction, Shares Revenue With Parks Department
Emily Jed
The first Shop24 robotic convenience store in Nebraska is up and running at the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge in downtown Omaha...

Survey: Consumers Snack More Than They Dine
Emily Jed
Snacks account for more than half of all eating occasions among American consumers, according to research from The Hartman Group...

U.S. Mint Tests Cheaper Coinage, Seeks Minimal Effect On Vending
Emily Jed
The agency is on a mission to find a way to bring the metal and production costs of U.S. coins closer to their actual face value, and with the least possible impact to vending...

USA Technologies On Track To Achieve Profitability In Second Quarter
Emily Jed
In its preliminary results for the second quarter ended Dec. 31, the cashless vending provider expects total revenues to be in the range of $8.8 million to $8.9 million, a 29% increase over the same period in 2011...

Vender In Sweden Rewards Singing Patrons With Free Cokes
Emily Jed
The closed-front beverage vender, adorned with snowflakes, a Christmas tree and the words "Sjung for mig" (sing for me), was equipped with a karaoke machine and touchscreen panel...

Vending Machine Revenues Rise 1.9% On Price Improvements; Amusement Sector Dips 2.7%
Nick Montano
The vending industry began to regain ground in 2011, following a downturn that appears to have bottomed out the year before. The music and games sector had considerable success in slowing an overall decline that became pronounced six years ago...

Music and Games Features
2012 Jukebox Play: Aldean Is No. 1 On The TouchTunes And AMI Entertainment Networks
Nick Montano
Jason Aldean's "Dirt Road Anthem" was the most played song on TouchTunes and AMI Entertainment's digital jukebox networks...

AAMA Statement Supports Dialogue On Videogame Content
Nick Montano
A statement by the American Amusement Machine Association explains its position on videogame "violence" in relation to crime...

AMF Bankruptcy: Bowling Center Operator Secures $50 Million For Restructuring
by Staff Reporter
AMF Bowling Worldwide Inc., which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Nov. 12, said it has secured $50 million in new financing that it can use during its restructuring...

AMI Entertainment And Apple Industries Begin Shipping Photobooth Jukebox
Nick Montano
NGX Face Place is powered by AMI's Version 3 operating system and Apple's Smile 2.0 software. It houses the same Mitsubishi dye-sub printer used on Apple's photobooths...

AMI's Maas Says Restructuring Is On Course As Progress Accelerates
Nick Montano
AMI Entertainment's planned reorganization into separate businesses, AMI (music and TV) and Megatouch (games), is proceeding smoothly, according to chief executive Michael Maas. "The two divisions will each operate their own business systems, in their own legal entities," he said...

Are 3D Photobooths Coming? They're Already Here (More Or Less)
Hank Schlesinger
Digital imaging company Direct Dimensions teams up with MakerBot Industries, a designer, manufacturer and marketer of 3D printers, to launch the ShapeShot three-dimensional photobooth...

Atari's U.S. Unit Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
by Staff Reporter
The company filed on Jan. 21 a Chapter 11 proceeding in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan amid "adverse trading conditions and limited development funds"...

Barron Games Shrinks Air Hockey Table To Junior Size For Half-Pint Players
Hank Schlesinger
Quad Air Jr.'s 60" x 60" footprint and 26.5" height trims a full 18" off the playfield dimensions, and 9.5" off the height of the standard-size 4-player Quad Air...

California Industry Will Launch New State Association In January
Marcus Webb
For at least the third time in 25 years, California trade members are gearing up to form a state association. The California Entertainment Machine Association will hold an organizational meeting Jan. 15...

Chuck E Cheese's Redesigns Website
Marcus Webb
New design carries "Promise To Parents" pages detailing security ("Kid Check") procedures and wholesome family fun...

Connecticut Town To Burn Videogames
Marcus Webb
A citizen group calling itself Southington SOS said it plans to sponsor a public burning of videogames deemed "violent" on Jan. 12...

Digital Centre Continues On Path Of Photobooth Innovation; Share Secure ID Protection And Expressions 3.0 Are Latest Enhancements
Hank Schlesinger
By consistently pursuing a strategy of continual innovation, Digital Centre has established itself as a global leader in coin-operated photobooth design and manufacture. The company now is introducing the latest version of its system software and convenient Share Secure identity-protection technology, both of which are expected to improve the consumer experience...

DNA Will Host Daylong Workshop On Jan. 21 In London; Digital Out-Of-Home Entertainment Is Focus
Nick Montano
The one-day London event, before the EAG International, will examine several areas of top interest in the digital out-of-home entertainment (DOE) sector...

Firestone Financial Renews Partners Rewards Program For Vending And Amusement Operators
by Staff Reporter
The program pays customers who finance above their annual target half a percentage point, or a minimum of $250, on all business funded in 2013...

Getlan Leads Redemption Workshop At UK's EAG International Expo
Tim Sanford
Family entertainment center expert Michael Getlan again will conduct his Redemption Master Class in conjunction with the European Amusement and Gaming Expo next week at the Exhibition Centre London...

Ideal Launches Cashless Express Card System For Smaller Locations
Hank Schlesinger
Ideal Software, arcade game, cashless vending, Ideal Flash Reader Ideal Software Systems is looking to bend the cost curve for arcades and family entertainment centers wanting the benefits of a cashless payment system...

Illinois Gaming Board Tracks Growing VLT Sector
by Staff Reporter
Operator-run video lottery in Illinois is "off to a slow start...with mixed early results," according to one Midwest newspaper...

Incredible Technologies' Roll-N-Win Cash Rewards Software Hits Silver Strike LIVE In January
Nick Montano
The automatic software patch will install free in January on all registered Silver Strike LIVE games, and it will be instantly available where prize play and Roll-N-Win is allowed...

L.A.'s Family Fun Arcade Closes After Nearly 40 Years
Marcus Webb
The facility, which featured videogames almost exclusively, was one of six standalone arcades left in the area. It's legendary Street Fighter tournaments drew players...

LAI Games Introduces Pay Lockers
Tim Sanford
These are not old-style coin lockers. They offer access-control options like barcodes, RFID or magnetic strip media, as well as PIN entry...

Legacy Coin-Op Rolls Out Virtuo Stands To Enhance Jukebox And Photo Booth Features
Hank Schlesinger
The Song Bird peripheral not only turns the wall-mounted TouchTunes device into a freestanding jukebox, but it also enhances many of Virtuo's services. Operators can deploy the stand in several ways...

Maryland Association To Lobby Against $10 Prize Limit
Marcus Webb
The Maryland Amusement and Music Operators Association held an emergency session on Jan. 3 to review newly proposed gambling regulations in Maryland...

Maryland Operators Fear New Law Could Squash Redemption
Marcus Webb
The Maryland Amusement and Music Operators Association is rallying the industry to ensure that a new gaming law won't be interpreted in such a way as to make redemption games unprofitable...

Media Personalities And Political Leaders Link Videogames To Shootings; Sen. Lieberman Wants To Restore Commission On Violence
Marcus Webb
Within 48 hours after the mass murder at Sandy Hook Elementary School here on Dec. 14, some U.S. political figures and national and international media voices began linking the tragedy to "violent" videogames...

N.C. Supreme Court Outlaws Sweepstakes Video Gaming; Dec. 14 Ruling Says Games Are Not Protected By Free Speech
Nick Montano
The North Carolina Supreme Court has outlawed Internet sweepstakes gaming. In its ruling announced on Dec. 14, the N.C. Supreme Court reversed an appellate court decision that said the state's law which banned video sweepstakes gaming was overbroad and restricted free speech...

Namco Plans New Restaurant-Arcade Chain
Marcus Webb
Namco Entertainment is reportedly planning an international chain of upscale restaurant-arcades...

Ninety Percent Of NC Sweepstakes Operators To Shut Down; Who's Not?
Marcus Webb
Enforcement of the state Supreme Court's negative verdict on sweepstakes videogames began Jan. 3. But not all operators are shutting down...

NJ Online Gambling Bill Awaits Governor's Signature
Marcus Webb
Gov. Chris Christie has not signaled whether he plans to sign or veto a new measure that passed the Legislature on Dec. 17...

No Stay For North Carolina's Sweepstakes Videogame Ruling; Appeal To U.S. Supremes Is Next
Marcus Webb
Hest Technologies and International Internet Technologies said they will seek to appeal last week's anti-sweepstakes videogame ruling by the N.C. high court...

North Carolina's Operators Hope To Keep Running Sweepstakes Videogames Despite Court Ruling
International Internet Technologies said it is exploring ways to continue providing sweepstakes terminals in North Carolina, where the state's high court ruled them illegal...

Omaha's NTS Offers Progress Report On Digital Advertising Initiative
Hank Schlesinger
Nebraska Technical Services' Joe Wojcik provides update on a two-year-old digital marketing program that now has 1,400 displays in more than 400 Omaha metro-area locations...

Photo-Me's First-Half Profit Rises, Despite Lower Revenues; Begins Placing Coin Laundry Machines Next To Photobooths
Nick Montano
Photo-Me International Plc reports that profit for its first half, ended Oct. 31, increased over last year. Board recommended a higher interim dividend. Starck photobooth placements increase...

Photobooth Maker Apple Industries Hires Jacobs, Promotes LaForce
Nick Montano
At Apple Industries, coin-op industry veteran Paul Jacobs will oversee the sales of Face Place digital photobooths in Europe, Latin America and Asia...

Southern California Arcade To Host Sega Coin-Op Tournament
Marcus Webb
The Super Arcade has scheduled this year's Sega Cup: Virtua Fighter Tournament for April 20. Sega is partnering with Level Up...

TouchTunes Opens New York Warehouse
Nick Montano
The facility is located in Jamaica, Queens, and addresses what the jukebox company said is "surging demand from New York area operators for TouchTunes products and services...

UK Arcades See 10% Earnings Drop
by Staff Reporter
British amusement arcades suffered a 10% drop in revenues between April 2011 and March 2012, while gambling revenues increased, according to a report...

UNIS Opens Dallas Service Center, Names Tim Snelling To Top Post
Nick Montano
Founded in 1993, UNIS (originally Universal Space Video Game) is among the amusement industry's premier contract manufacturers and licensors of original games...

Videogame Violence Debate Explodes After Sandy Hook Massacre
Marcus Webb
On Capitol Hill, there are vague threats of censorship and new bills that would require federal studies of the issue, while industry groups insist that there is no link between fantasy violence and real-life violence...

VLTs Going 'Hog Wild,' Says Illinois Gaming Board
Marcus Webb
Statewide gross revenues in November, the first full month of VLT operations, exceeded $12.2 million, from which the machines kept $3.8 million...

Website Promoting Game Featured Links To Gun Sales; EA Removes Them
by Staff Reporter
A spokesman for Electronic Arts said the company has taken down the links to real-life weapons-makers at its Medal of Honor Warfighter website...

Bulk Vending
China Sets Path For Cautious Currency, Trade Policy In 2013
Hank Schlesinger
No news is often good news for the bulk vending and coin-op amusement industries when it comes to China's trade policy...

NBVA Is Adding More Member Value, Schechner Reports
Hank Schlesinger
How is the National Bulk Vendors Association doing these days? Just fine, says NBVA president Steve Schechner...

Editorial: Vending
Editorial
Healthier Vending
Tim Sanford
Most operators agree that it's bad business to attempt to gain a competitive edge by discrediting other vendors. They sell by emphasizing their strengths, not the supposed deficiencies of rivals. To that end, there is no warrant for calling a vending machine or service "healthy"... by Tim Sanford

Editorial: Music and Games
Debunking 'The New Normal'
Hank Schlesinger
A new year prompts an obligatory look back, and for many this won't be a particularly pleasant exercise this time around... by Hank Schlesinger

When You're On Your Own
Marcus Webb
Let's face it: 2012 was a challenging year for much of the amusement industry. Between Hurricane Sandy and the N.C. Supreme Court's thumbs-down on sweepstakes videogames, trade members encountered some very tough weather. The year's best news? by Marcus Webb

Bulk Vending and Crane Products
January 2013's Spotlight: What's new for Bulk Vending, Cranes, Amusement Merchandisers and Redemption Counters


Coffee Service News
Aramark Sales Data Illuminates Workplace Coffee-Drinking Habits
Emily Jed
People working in the Houston, Los Angeles and Chicago metropolitan areas consumed the most cups of coffee on the job at Aramark sites. Boston and Philadelphia follow...

Cafe2U Coffee And Foodservice Vans Head Out On The Highways In 5 States
Emily Jed
Cafe2U puts a full specialty coffee shop inside a van. The back doors open to reveal a $7,000 espresso machine and $1,000 grinder that produce coffeehouse-quality drinks...

D.E. Master Blenders CEO Steps Down
Emily Jed
The Amsterdam-based maker of Douwe Egberts coffee and Senseo single-cup coffee machines said Michiel Harkemij departed last month "by mutual consent"...

Lipton Campaign Puts Flagship Black Tea In Spotlight
Emily Jed
The "Drink Positive" campaign aims to draw younger consumers to Lipton's black tea bags, which have been overshadowed in recent years by a growing mix of green, white and herbal varieties....

Marley Coffee Ships 500,000 Real Cups In First Month
Emily Jed
Real Cups, compatible with most Keurig machines, are now available both in the U.S. and Canada, and reportedly represent the fastest-moving product in the company's history...

Metroplex Data Systems Enhances Off-Site Backup Service For Route Management Software
Emily Jed
MDS's offsite automated backup service allows OCS operators to save business files automatically to safeguard them in the event of a computer system failure, weather-related event or other emergency...

NAMA Releases Coffee Research
Emily Jed
The National Automatic Merchandising Association is now selling its coffee research originally presented at the Coffee, Tea and Water show...

Peet's Owner Buys Caribou Coffee For $340M
Emily Jed
German private investment firm Joh. A. Bensiker has agreed to buy Caribou Coffee, the No. 2 coffeehouse chain in the U.S. behind Starbucks, for $340 million...

Performance Food Group Acquires Fox River Foods
Emily Jed
Parent company of vending and OCS distributor Vistar has entered into an agreement to acquire Fox River Foods Inc., an independently owned broadline foodservice distributor...

Research Links Sweetened Drinks To Depression, Ties Coffee To Lower Risk
Emily Jed
New research suggests that drinking sweetened beverages, especially diet drinks, is associated with an increased risk of depression in adults while drinking coffee appears to slightly lower that risk...

Starbucks Rolls Out $1 Reusable Cup To Reduce Trash
Emily Jed
Starbucks already gives customers a dime discount each time they bring in reusable cups for refills, but it's hoping the new cup's low price will encourage more of them to get into the routine...

Tampa's Community Refreshments Acquires Orlando's CupaCoffee
Emily Jed
Marni Frank, owner of Community Refreshments, said purchasing CupaCoffee will allow her company to increase its customer base along the I-4 corridor, where the need for OCS continues to grow...

Cover Stories
Micromarkets


Vending Operators Share Experiences And Offer Tips On Success In Emerging Micromarkets Sector
By Tim Sanford and Emily Jed
Vending operators who are taking a wait-and-see approach to micromarkets were encouraged to jump on the bandwagon by those who have made the move, and who now are affirming the role these self-checkout stores can play in pleasing locations and boosting sales...

Foodservice News
AdvancePierre Foods Adds 3 Meats To Fast Fixin' Sandwich Bar
Emily Jed
AdvancePierre provides operators with fully cooked sandwich meats in a pre-packaged tray that can be heated in a microwave, conventional or convection oven...

Guest Columns
New Year's Wishes For Improving The Coffee Service Business
By Len Rashkin
Over the years, we all have had "wish lists" of the things affecting our vending and coffee businesses that we want our customers, staff, suppliers and even our competition to be, or to do differently. Here are some suggestions for 2013... by Len Rashkin

Upping Your Game Online: An Effective Site Is Steady Sales-Builder In OCS And Vending
By Christine Grecco
The sheer variety of available products can be overwhelming to someone who is assigned to purchasing office breakroom supplies. If you want to capture their attention in the harried office environment, you have to do it with your website... by Christine Grecco

Where's The Industry Standard? Today's Vending Patrons Look For Datecodes On Single-Serve Products
By Jim Brinton
Years ago, the public was satisfied with the convenience of having soda, snacks, hot beverages and cigarettes available to them through vending machines. That's no longer the case. With the multitude of products we now merchandise, the industry must consider a direction for standardization or consistency when it comes to the dating of the products... by Jim Brinton

Meetings/Events
Arkansas Council Plans 2013 Conference, Legislative Day In February; Business Sessions Explore Government Affairs, Contracts In Vending
Tim Sanford


CAVC Plans First 2013 Board Meeting, Legislative Update For Jan. 22
Tim Sanford
TAGS: vending operator, vending association, California Automatic Vendors Council, CAVA board, vending business, Atnip Co., Larry Atnip

Connecticut Vending Association Plans Jan. 30 Meeting
Emily Jed


Electronic Transactions Association Devotes Day To Mobile Payments At Annual Expo In Spring
Emily Jed


EVA Renews Affiliation With UK's AVEX For 2013 Staging, June 11-13
Tim Sanford


NCA Schedules 2013 Sweets & Snack Expo In May; Opens Registration
Tim Sanford


Webinar Series Will Help Operators Recruit And Train First-Rate Route Drivers: Jan. 24
Emily Jed


Names in the News
Elaut USA Promotes Listash, Taps Tomassone As Merchandise Chief
Tim Sanford


Hillshire Names Brian Davison Corporate Strategy VP
Emily Jed


Matt Walker Joins NRA As Government Affairs VP
Emily Jed


Namco America Names Pick Southern Regional Sales Representative
Tim Sanford


Namco Promotes Ignarski To Region Rep Post, Bolstering Sales Staff
Nick Montano


National Ticket Appoints Keith Bax Sales & Marketing Vice-President
Tim Sanford


Stern Pinball Names Former Topps Exec Chief Revenue Officer
by Staff Reporter


Upfront with the Publisher
Editorial
People, Get Ready!
Alicia Lavay
There's an old joke that if all the economists in the world were laid end to end, they would not reach a conclusion. Getting economists to agree on anything seems like an exercise in futility, but I think we can be sure of one thing: untangling the causes and assessing the results of the financial crisis could take years... by Alicia Lavay

Vending Machine Products
Researchers Introduce Chewable Cure For Common Cold Symptoms
Hank Schlesinger


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