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Vol. 52, No. 6, June 2012

Vending Features
Apriva's Q1 Wireless Transaction Volume Climbs 22%, $1.86 Billion Processed
Emily Jed
Apriva reported that transactions on its wireless point-of-sale gateway climbed nearly 22% over the same period in 2011. Its wireless products are used in retail and vending...

Aramark Appoints Eric Foss, Former Pepsi Beverages Chief, CEO And President
Emily Jed
Joseph Neubauer, who served as Aramark's chief executive for 29 years, will remain as chairman of the board of directors...

Bankruptcy Judge Says Hostess Must Keep Teamsters Contracts, Gives Green Light To Shed Others
Emily Jed
Judge denies Hostess's motion to throw out its employment contracts with the Teamsters, but clears way for the troubled baked goods manufacturer to end some other union contracts...

Canteen Of Kentuckiana Buys Williams' Vending Assets
Tim Sanford
Canteen expands footprint in Kentucky where Owensboro firm acquires Louisville vending operation. Williams Food Service was established more than 80 years ago...

Coinstar Will Begin Seattle's Best Coffee Vending Rollout In Summer
Nick Montano
Called Rubi, the coffee kiosk looks like a standard 6-ft. tall vending machine and will be located in grocery, drug and mass merchant retail channels...

Coke Engages Consumers Via On-Pack QR Codes
Emily Jed
Coca Cola ScanLife Can Coca-Cola selects ScanLife quick-response barcode platform to interact with consumers in Spain, right from Coke packaging QR codes will be printed on all Coca-Cola Classic and Coca-Cola Zero products in Spain...

Colorado Legislature Passes Public School Trans Fat Ban
Emily Jed
The Colorado Legislature has passed a bill that prohibits sales of products made with trans fat in public schools' vending machines, cafeterias and elsewhere...

ConAgra Acquires Pita Chip Maker Kangaroo Brands
Emily Jed
ConAgra Foods Inc. has acquired the private-label pita chip business of Kangaroo Brands Inc., consistent with its strategy to grow its presence in private label foods...

Debit Card Transaction Fees: Sen. Durbin Supports Merchants' Suit Against Fed
by Staff Reporter
Sen. Richard Durbin has filed an amicus curiae brief supporting a lawsuit brought by the National Restaurant Association and other merchant groups against the Fed's Board of Governors' debit card transaction-fee regulations...

EPA Readies Release Of Energy Star v.3 Cold Drink Vender Specs
Tim Sanford
The Environmental Protection Agency said it is readying the final version of its latest Energy Star specification (Version 3.0) for refrigerated beverage machines...

Fed Fines Two Utah Schools For Selling Soda In Vending Machines During Lunch
The federal government fined a Kaysville, UT, school 75¢ per student, totaling $15,000, for not disabling a soda machine during a restricted period...

Ferrara Pan Candy, Farley’s & Sathers Ink Merger Accord
Tim Sanford
The two well-known confection companies will unite to become a general-line candy producer to be called Ferrara Candy Co. Terms of the merger were not disclosed...

Flowers Foods To Acquire Lepage Bakeries For $370M
Emily Jed
The deal includes two bakeries and a direct-store-delivery platform that Flowers said will speed the expansion of its Nature's Own and Tastykake brands in the Northeast...

Frito-Lay Begins Gluten-Free Labeling
Emily Jed
Frito-Lay North America has established a testing process to validate many of its products as gluten-free and will identify them on its packaging...

Japan's Vending Machine Industry Declines 2%
Nick Montano
Revenue generated by vending machines in Japan slid 2.1% to about 5.3 trillion yen ($67 billion) in 2011 as the of number on machines on location declined 2.4% to 5,084,340 units. Data on the Japanese vending market are compiled by the Japan Vending Machine Manufacturers Association...

Jelly Belly Kicks Off Direct Sales Program; Debuts Chocolate-Covered Jellybeans
Emily Jed
Direct sales program for the vending channel will ship the confection maker's gourmet jellybeans directly to operators anywhere in the U.S....

Kellogg Completes Pringles Acquisition
Emily Jed
Kellogg Co. has completed its acquisition of Procter & Gamble's Pringles business. The $ 2.7 billion deal positions Kellogg as the world's second-largest savory snacks player...

Kraft Shareholders Approve Mondelez As New Name For Global Snacks Company
Nick Montano
Mondelez International Inc. is official. The contentious new name of Kraft Foods was approved by a unanimous vote on May 23 by its shareholders...

Lieberman Cos. Hosts 33rd Vending Food & Equipment Show In Minnesota
Tim Sanford
Exhibits staffed by 24 manufacturer and supplier companies showcased the latest vending equipment and vendible foods, snacks and beverages...

Mass. Senate Approves Limit On Vending Machine Fee Increases
Emily Jed
The Massachusetts Senate has passed a budget amendment that would prevent the state's Department of Health from raising the licensing fee for vending machines more than 100% in a calendar year...

Michigan Gov. Snyder Keynotes MDVA 'Day At The Capitol' Gathering
Emily Jed
More than 70 members of Michigan Distributors & Vendors Association met with elected officials and presented candy boxes at association's annual Legislative luncheon...

Mike And Ike Divorce In Ad Campaign
Emily Jed
Mike and Ike are going their separate ways as part of a marketing campaign for the chewy fruit flavored candies that is sparking attention -- and controversy...

NYSAVA Hails New York Tax Bill Passage, Urges Assembly To Act; Call Set For Wed. Morning
Tim Sanford
The New York State Automatic Vending Association has worked for several years to pass $1.50 tax-exemption legislation, and is urging the Assembly to act on it this session...

OneShow Vending Tech Experts Review Innovations And Progress
Tim Sanford
The National Automatic Merchandising Association continued its tradition of presenting a technology overview during the annual OneShow. The theme of the two-part seminar was "leveraging technology in vending operations." In part one, vending tech experts probe latest capabilities and advise operators on implementation strategies...

Promotion In Motion Cuts Ribbon For New Corporate HQ; Congressman Scott Garrett Joins Festivities
Emily Jed
The candy company held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new Allendale, NJ, corporate headquarters on June 4. National and local leaders turn out for historic event...

Redbox Momentum Spurs Coinstar's 1Q Revenue, Income Growth
Emily Jed
Coinstar Inc.'s revenue grew 34% and its net income rose nearly six fold, driven by gains at its Redbox DVD rental vending machines. The company's net income rose to $53.7 million...

SandenVendo America Marks 75th Anniversary; Pouchlink Vender Wins Innovation Award
Emily Jed
Founded in Kansas City, MO, in 1937 by brothers Elmer F. and John T. Pierson, the original Vendo organization marketed a novel bottled cold-beverage vending machine that used a patented lid...

Seaga Partners With Fresh Healthy Vending To Market Coffee Machine
Nick Montano
The manufacturer will help San Diego-based franchise company market Fresh Healthy Vending Café, a version of the Diamante coffee/cold drink/snack combination made by Italy's Saeco and marketed by Seaga...

Senate Bill Recommends Removal Of Redundant Signage For ATM Fee Disclosures
Hank Schlesinger
Senate bill S.3204 proposes to amend the Electronic Funds Transfer Act by eliminating the placard requirement for fee disclosures on ATMs...

Southeastern Vending Association Sets Annual Membership Convention: Aug. 8-10
Tim Sanford
Regional vending association returns to Florida's Gulf Coast for its annual convention. NAMA president Carla Balakgie kicks off formal program on Aug. 9...

Technivend Seminar Reviews ADA-Ready Features Of U-Select-It Snack Machine
Emily Jed
USI's Mercato 5000 snack vender meets the revised requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. New England's Technivend hosts seminar to review the machine's advanced features...

USA Technologies Readies Launch Of New Consumer Engagement Services
Emily Jed
New services will be offered as separately priced, add-on modules to the company's core ePort Connect cashless payment and telemetry service...

Vending Operator Of The Year: Georgia's Southern Refreshment Services Innovates To Address New Customer Needs
Emily Jed
Dan Hart, vending operator Dan Hart has established Southern Refreshment Services as a dominant player in the Atlanta market by embracing new technology and services. He was honored this year as NAMA's Vending Operator of the Year...

Vending Supports Green Revolution In Southern Indian
by Staff Reporter
The Kerala State Horticulture Mission is planning to install seed vending machines in Trivandrum, which Gandhi dubbed the Evergreen City of India...

Music and Games Features
AMI Adds Ability To Save And Transfer Jukebox Functions On Flash Drive Or Remotely
Nick Montano
Saved settings can be used to restore an earlier configuration to the original jukebox and to configure other AMI boxes...

AMI Entertainment Readies Play4 Crossword Tournamaxx Competition For June
Tim Sanford
Play4 Crossword was made for players who enjoy the fun of crossword puzzles presented in a fresh and challenging format...

AMI Entertainment Ships NGX Grand Jukebox
Nick Montano
The freestanding Rowe NGX Grand is built around the same core computer control package as the wall-mounted NGX, and incorporates the same 32" monitor...

AMI Lauds Promo's Success, Adopts Lower ML-1 Revenue Share Rate: 10%
Tim Sanford
AMI Entertainment Inc. reports that the 10% revenue share promotion conducted in April for its flagship Megatouch Live service and terminal is now a permanent feature of its business model...

AMOA President Shaffer Discusses Antipiracy Efforts In Jukebox Segment
Marcus Webb
The Amusement and Music Operators Association is stepping up its efforts to combat music piracy and to ensure a level playing field for law-abiding jukebox operators, said AMOA president Andy Shaffer...

Chuck E. Cheese's Amplifies Social Media Marketing
by Staff Reporter
Internet video and recruiting mothers to blog about their family's experiences at Chuck E. Cheese's restaurants are part of CEC Entertainment's new marketing strategy...

Chuck E. Cheese's To Test Gluten-Free Products
Emily Jed
The pizza-arcade chain for kids has added gluten-free pizza and cupcakes to its menu in Minnesota to accommodate guests with special dietary needs...

Classic Coin-Op Basketball Game Returns As 'Hoop Jam Stadium' - Enhanced For Street Operations
Hank Schlesinger
The classic arcade game, originally marketed by Atari as Hoop It Up, is back and better. It's now available from PinballSales.com, a Jack Guarnieri company...

Coast to Coast Offers Repairs And Parts For United, Grayhound Cranes
Nick Montano
The Sayreville, NJ, says it can fix most crane models from United Textile Fabricators and Grayhound built from the mid-1980s and on...

Dave & Buster's Is Ready For Long-Planned IPO
by Staff Reporter
Dave & Buster's, which has alternated from a private to a publicly traded company several times during its 30-year history, is preparing to go public yet again...

Frightfearland Kit Adds Earning Power To Old Wood
by Staff Reporter
Global VR is offering a universal kit for most legacy cabinets, and another upgrade specifically for its older gun games...

From Digital Music Piracy To AMOA Culture, Andy Shaffer Is Candid And Cautious On Key Issues
Marcus Webb
In a recent interview with Vending Times, the president of the Amusement and Music Operators Association puts AMOA on the record with respect to several of the industry's current hot-button issues...

Illinois VLTs Could See More Competition
by Staff Reporter
As Illinois awaits the launch of video lottery terminals, some legislators are suggesting that more casinos and online video poker should also be legalized...

Jerry Marcus Sells Dandy Amusements Ownership Share To Pellegrini
Nick Montano
Dandy Amusements International was established in 1992 to operate amusement equipment in movie theater chains. It now serves more than 400 locations...

Minn. Gov Signs Off On Portable Electronic Pull-Tab And Bingo Games For Bars, Restaurants
Marcus Webb
A bill to create a market in Minnesota for electronic pull-tab and bingo games that will run on portable devices was signed by Gov. Mark Dayton on May 14...

National Dart Association Inducts 2 Leaders Into Hall Of Fame In 2012
by Staff Reporter
This year, the AMOA-National Dart Association chose Cora Mahoney and Bernie Marsh for the Hall of Fame...

Philanthropist Donates 100 Vintage Pieces To Pacific Pinball Museum
by Staff Reporter
The gift of classic pinball machines and jukeboxes from Rhino Records founder Richard Foos is valued at $85,000...

Rosenberg Returns To Elaut USA
Nick Montano
Belgium's Elaut has appointed Neal Rosenberg president of its New Jersey-based subsidiary, Elaut USA. Rosenberg will also take a seat on the board of directors...

S&B Candy And Smarties Team Up In Crane-Based Online Scholarship Program
Tim Sanford
S&B Candy & Toy Co. and Smarties Candy Co. have launched a program that offers patrons of S&B's new Smarties Crane the opportunity to compete online for college scholarships...

Sweepstakes Videogames Spread In Hawaii
by Staff Reporter
Hawaii is one of two states that not only has no casinos, but also has no state lottery. But the Aloha State does have videogame sweepstakes arcades...

Team Play Positions Fun Stop Photos As Contender In Automatic Pictures Category
Hank Schlesinger
Return on investment, operator profitability and value drive Team Play's engineering priorities. Fun Stop Photos reflects the amusement manufacturer's attention to equipment design...

TouchTunes Creates Custom PhotoBooth Experience For NHL Fans In NYC Store
Nick Montano
TouchTunes Interactive Networks said it has placed its Virtuo jukebox in the NHL Powered by Reebok store in midtown Manhattan...

Valley-Dynamo Debuts Pool Table For
High-End Locations And $2 Play

Hank Schlesinger
New table features solid maple construction with high-impact laminate top rails and worsted cloth. It will be offered with either an MEI bill acceptor or an ESD coin slide, both factory preset for $2 play...

West Virginia's Leoma Ballard, AMOA's First Woman President, Dies At 90
Nick Montano
Leoma Wiseman Ballard founded Belle Amusement Co. (Belle, WV) in 1947. She was elected president of the Amusement Music Operators Association in 1981...

Bulk Vending
Brand Vending Products Introduces Sqwishland Charm Jewelry And New Species
Tim Sanford
Accessory bulk vending mix features rings, bracelets and anklets that enable the wearers to display their favorite Sqwishland characters for a new look in classic charms...

Novelty Retailer Offers Gumballs In Bacon, Roast Beef And Other Unusual Flavors
by Staff Reporter
Archie McPhee & Co., the celebrated purveyor of novelty merchandise, is marketing a variety of gumballs in unexpected flavors...

OK Manufacturing Debuts Pinball-Themed Splat Ball For Win-Every-Time Vending
by Staff Reporter
The amusement vender challenges players to a simplified game of pinball in which they can receive either 1" prize or ball gum, or an additional 2" capsuled prize...

Outgoing NBVA Chief Bernie Schwarzli Reflects On 3 Years Of Accomplishments And Teamwork
Hank Schlesinger
When Beaver's Bernie Schwarzli completed his term as NBVA's president this past spring, it marked the end to one of the organization's transformative periods...

President Steve Schechner Says Membership Growth Is Essential To NBVA's Future
Hank Schlesinger
With Capital Vending's Steven Schechner at its helm, the National Bulk Vendors Association enters into a new phase of its 62-year history...

Editorial: Vending
Editorial
Setting The Course
Tim Sanford
The integration of new engineering concepts into vending operations and machine designs progresses through short bursts of innovation followed by longer periods of assimilation. On the trailing edge of one of these bursts, operators form an idea of the benefits the innovation can bring them. The usual question at this point is, "exactly how do I get started?" by Tim Sanford

Editorial: Music and Games
Tempting Consumers By Keeping Up Appearances
Hank Schlesinger
Small luxuries become even more important once larger ones move out of economic reach. The trick for the bulk vending industry is to find a product that strikes a chord with its customer base... by Hank Schlesinger

Coffee Service News
Big Apple Plans To Ban Sale Of Oversized Sodas
Emily Jed
Mayor Bloomberg's proposal would impose a 16-fl.oz. limit on size of sugary drinks sold at restaurants, movie theaters, sports venues and street carts. It would apply to bottled and fountain drinks...

Biomass Packaging Debuts Eco-Friendly Cold Cup
Emily Jed
Ecotainer cold cups employ a plant-based lining to provide leak-proof performance, instead of petroleum-based polyethylene typically used to line paper cups...

Eight O'Clock Coffee, Tetley And Good Earth Teas
Come To K-Cups

Emily Jed
A multiyear deal puts Eight O'Clock coffee and Good Earth and Tetley teas in K-Cups and Vue packs for Keurig single-cup brewers...

Esio Adds Kraft Brands To Hot And Cold Beverage System
Emily Jed
Esio Beverage Co. has entered into an agreement to feature select Kraft Foods cold beverage brands in its beverage system...

Green Mountain Coffee Demotes Founder, Lead Director Following Stock Selloff
Emily Jed
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters stripped founder Robert Stiller of his chairman title and ousted William Davis as lead director for violating company's trading policies...

J. M. Smucker Lowers Coffee Prices 6%
Emily Jed
Price reductions for Folgers and other Smucker brands follow declines in green coffee costs...

Kraft Cuts Maxwell House Coffee Prices
by Staff Reporter
The food giant cites lower green coffee costs, which peaked last year, making it the second major U.S. roaster to lower its coffee prices last week. Maxwell House and Yuban prices cut 6%....

Marley Coffee To Launch Keurig-Compatible RealCup Portion Pack
Emily Jed
Marley Coffee is gearing up to launch its single-serve portion pack that will be compatible with most models in the Keurig brewer line...

NAMA And IBWA To Collocate Fall Shows In New Orleans: Nov. 14
Emily Jed
The National Automatic Merchandising Association and the International Bottled Water Association will collocate their fall and conferences in New Orleans...

Performance Food Group To Acquire Institution Food House
Emily Jed
Parent company of vending and OCS distribution powerhouse Vistar is acquiring IFH from Alex Lee Inc., a move that will expand PFG's presence in the Southeast...

Cover Stories


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...

Guest Columns
Backflow Hobgoblin May Vex Plumbed-In Brewer Operators
by Kevin Daw
During the NAMA OneShow, I had the pleasure to be a panelist for the OCS roundtable "Best Practices" session. I was asked to host the equipment installation and service component of the discussion, and I accepted with mild trepidation... by Kevin Daw

Evaluating Practice Presentations Can Sharpen Sales Skills
by Len Rashkin
Over the years, I have trained hundreds of salespeople from many OCS, water services and vending companies. I always tried to figure out which salespeople in a company are the best or worst producers. I have been wrong several times in my initial estimations... by Len Rashkin

How To Use The Tax Law To Boost Your Annual Income While Increasing Your Family’s Wealth
by Irv Blackman
Most readers who contact me have a tax question or concern. No doubt about it, taxes -- income and estate -- lead their anxiety parade. Can you guess what's in second place? by Irv Blackman

The Receivables Exchange Offers Businesses A New Financing Approach
by Nic Perkin
Despite the government's push to create jobs and improve economic conditions, most small to midsize businesses lack sufficient access to credit. But don't lose hope. There are alternative financing options... by Nic Perkin

Hardware/Tools
Free iPhone, iPad App Eases Gridlock Agony
Hank Schlesinger


Triton Industries Achieves AS9100:C Certification For ISO9001:8 Compliance
Tim Sanford


Meetings/Events
AMAF Readies June 15 Education Session At Orlando's Rosen Centre
Tim Sanford


Cantaloupe Webinar On Seed Office: May 22


Eu'Vend Planners Move 2013 Trade Fair To 3rd Week In September
Tim Sanford


NAMA-MSU Executive Development Program Set For Oct. 21-25
Emily Jed


New England Vendors Head To Maine For Spring Meet: June 15-17
Emily Jed


Three-Year Streak Of Record-Breaking Growth Positions Sweets & Snacks Expo As The Must-Attend Industry Event
Source: National Confectioners Association | Released May 21, 2012


Names in the News
Beaver Machine Names Nicole Lock Sales Rep
by Staff Reporter


Diamond Foods Names Former Hostess Chief Brian Driscoll President, CEO
Emily Jed


Ron Levi Joins Redemption Plus To Accelerate Sales Volume Growth
Tim Sanford


Namco America Adds Erik Gilly To Product Strategy Division
Nick Montano


Trade Show Impresario Bill Glasgow To Retire In June
Marcus Webb


VendScreen Hires Vending Pros Stephen Pasker And Erich Markee
Emily Jed


Small Business News
7-Eleven Expansion Might Reflect C-Store Health, Opportunities For Bulk Vendors
Hank Schlesinger
If 7-Eleven is any indicator, the convenience store industry seems to be very healthy indeed. The c-story giant added more than 4,600 stores worldwide in 2011...

IL Minimum Wage Plan Threatens Small Business
Tim Sanford


Upfront with the Publisher
See Ourselves As Others See Us
Alicia Lavay
Many operators who started out of their garages went on to build operations running 15 routes or more. A longstanding concern for these companies was the unwillingness or inability of the founder and boss to develop "middle managers" who would take over responsibility for day-to-day operations... by Alicia Lavay

Vending Machine Products
Campbell's Hails Enthusiastic Response To New V-Fusion Sparkling
Tim Sanford


Chicken Of The Sea Introduces No-Drain Tuna For Vending Machines
Emily Jed


Coca-Cola Co. And IllyCaffè Roll Out RTD Coffee Drinks In Resealable Bottles
Emily Jed


Kellogg's Kicks Off Olympic Promo On Rice Krispies Treats Vend Packs
Emily Jed


Promotion In Motion's New Standup Bags Target Away-From-Home Consumers
Emily Jed


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