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Vol. 52, No. 8, August 2012

Vending Features
'Million Gulp March' Protests Bloomberg Soda Limits
Emily Jed
Demonstration at NYC City Hall assembles business owners, pols and others against Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed ban on large-size sugary drinks. The marchers' mantra was "Drink Free Or Die"...

AVT And Lunarpages Form Venture; ARC Will License Remote Vending Management Technology
Emily Jed
AVT teams up with Lunarpages to form Automated Retail Control, a new company that will provide cloud-based management for automated retailing and compliance solutions for AVT's patented technology...

Bag Of Ice Venders Pack Large Capacity Into Small Footprint
Emily Jed
New ice vending machines offer selections of 10, 16 or 20 lbs. of ice, which can be dispensed into a bag supplied by the machine or into a cooler...

Bipartisan Think Tank Urges Wider Adoption Of NAMA's Fit Pick Program
Emily Jed
Bipartisan Policy Center report focuses on U.S. Army's Soldier Fueling Initiative, which promotes healthier eating through, among other things, more nutritious foods identified as "Fit Pick" in the vending machine...

Biz-Op Firm Earmarks $1M To Pay Accounts For Switching To 'Healthy' Vending
Emily Jed
Fresh Healthy Vending is using grant funds to acquire locations. The business opportunity company will offer incentives to schools and businesses that sign on for its "healthy" vending machines...

Campbell Creates $1.2B 'Healthy' Products Platform Through Bolthouse Farms Deal
Tim Sanford
New $1.2 billion healthy beverages platform will combine Campbell Soup's V8 brand and Bolthouse's super-premium chilled beverages to boost Campbell's presence in fresh-food categories...

Coca-Cola Announces New Operating Structure, Promotes Senior Leaders
Emily Jed
The beverage giant's business will be built around three units: Coca-Cola Americas, Coca-Cola International and Bottling Investments Group...

Coca-Cola Q2 Profit Flat, Revenue Climbs 3%
Emily Jed
Net income was $2.79 billion compared with $2.8 billion in the comparable 2011 period. Revenue in the quarter climbed 2.7% to $13.1 billion...

Coke's Lemondade Venders Drop Price As Temperatures Rise In Spanish Promotion
by Staff Reporter
A new summer promotion for Coca-Cola's Minute Maid Limón & Nada lemonade drink in Spain slashes vended drink prices when temperatures rise...

Compass Group Posts 5.7% Q3 Revenue Increase
Emily Jed
Compass Group, the world's biggest contract foodservice provider and parent of Canteen Vending, expects positive performance to continue for the remainder of the year...

Crane Merchandising Systems' Sales Grow 4% In 2012 Second Quarter
Emily Jed
Crane Co.'s vending machine and payment solutions division saw sales climb $3.6 million to $97.6 million in the second quarter, according to a report issued yesterday...

El Monte, CA, Puts 1¢ Sugary Drink Tax On Ballot
Emily Jed
In November, El Monte voters will decide on a measure that would impose a 1¢-per-fl.oz. tax on sugary drinks sold within the city...

EMV Migration Forum Supports U.S. Move To Chip-Based Payments
Emily Jed
Smart Card Alliance forms cross-industry organization to lay groundwork for the U.S. to move from magnetic stripe technology to the more secure EMV standard in widespread use elsewhere...

EVA Publishes Statistics For Vending In European Union, Profiles 21 Nations
Tim Sanford
The vending industry's turnover for the markets covered by the European Vending Association's new report is around €11 billion. The ratio of workers to hot-drink machines ranges from 36 to 140 workers per machine in the six top national markets...

Florida Awards Community Refreshments With State's Woman-Owned Business Certification
Emily Jed
OCS operator Community Refreshments is owned by Marni Frank. The company's certification is Florida's premier stamp of approval for minority, women, and service-disabled veteran business enterprises...

Florida County Bans Energy Drinks In Schools
Emily Jed
Manatee County School Board votes unanimously to ban energy drinks in schools. They say high sugar and caffeine content affects concentration...

Heartland Payment Systems Secures 15 New Colleges And Universities For Campus OneCard
Emily Jed
The payments-processing company's Campus OneCard System is a multifunctional contactless or magnetic-stripe campus ID card...

Houston Vendor Charged With Bankruptcy Fraud
by Staff Reporter
Christoper Fields owned an unincorporated business named Good Game Investments, which consisted of snack and beverage vending machines located in Texas and southern California...

Interactive 'Jell-Oh Face' Vender Draws Crowds In Canada
Emily Jed
One-of-a-kind vending machine takes center stage during Jell-O sampling event in Toronto. Thousands of Canadians turn out to interact with vender to sample free pudding -- and enjoy 15 seconds of fame...

Kraft Foods Inc. Sets Spinoff For Oct. 1, Names Board And Strategy EVP
Emily Jed
Spinoff will separate the food giant's North American grocery business, Kraft Foods Group Inc., from its snacks business, which will become Mondelez International. Separately, Kraft's Q2 profits climbed 5% on declining revenue...

Kraft Selects HQ Location For Mondelēz Snack Spinoff
Emily Jed
Kraft's international snack business will be headquartered in Deerfield, IL, after it separates from the company's North American grocery unit later this year...

Leveraging Technology - Part 2: Cashless Options Multiply, Interoperability Advances
Tim Sanford
This month, Vending Times covers the second portion of a technology seminar that is devoted to developments in payment systems and interoperability among vending-related applications and services...

Lone Star Food Store Pilots Vendgogh's Gas Island Vending
Emily Jed
Douglass Distributing Retail Co. has partnered with Vendgogh LLC to pilot gas island vending machines at its stations and stories in Sherman, TX...

Marc Molella Joins Suncoast Coffee Service & Vending As IT Manager
Tim Sanford
Suncoast Coffee Service & Vending reports that Marc Molella has come aboard as information technology manager. He is the company's first IT appointment...

Mass. Lawmakers Drop Bottle Bill From Jobs Act
Emily Jed
Massachusetts lawmakers decided to remove a bottle bill amendment from legislation designed to spur economic development and create jobs in the state...

MEI And Eon Enter License Agreement
Emily Jed
Eon Corp. holds several patents relating to transmission methods for interactive video and data over fixed and mobile wireless networks...

Mooing Milk Venders Make Debut On Streets Of Central Russian City
Emily Jed
Solar-powered milk vending machines that dispense fresh milk, and "moo" when a purchase is made, are popping up in Tambov, Russia...

NAMA, NYC Health Dept. Agree To Work Together On Future Recommendations For Vending Machines
Nick Montano
Officials from NAMA and New York vending operators met in July with Health Department Deputy Commissioner Andrew Goodman to open the lines of communication...

NCVA Invites Nominations For Vendor, Supplier Awards
Emily Jed
The North Carolina Vending Association is seeking nominations for its annual 2011 Vendor of the Year and Supplier of the Year Awards...

New Program From CC Vending Makes Parents Accountable For Kids' Drinks In NYC Schools
Emily Jed
Drink Accountability Program allows a parent to create an online account for a child, funded with a debit or credit card, and specify what drinks the child can buy and how often...

New York Soda Ban Opponents, Supporters Speak Out At Public Hearing
Emily Jed
More than 20 food and beverage industry representatives, health advocates and politicians testify on July 25. NYC's Board of Health votes on the proposal Sept. 13...

New Yorkers For Beverage Choices Surpasses 100,000 Supporters, Names Liz Berman Chairwoman
Emily Jed
Advocacy group opposing Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed size restrictions on sugar-sweetened beverages continues to grow...

Novel Clamshell Container Vends Fresh Fruit From Beverage Machines
Emily Jed
F-D-S Manufacturing Co. has created a clear plastic clamshell container the size and shape of a 12-fl.oz. can or bottle that vends fresh fruit from a cold drink vending machine...

NY State University At Albany Pacts Shop24 For 2 Robotic C-Stores
Emily Jed
Shop24 Global LLC will install two of its robotic convenience stores on the UAlbany campus, located in the capital city of the Empire State...

Oklahoma High Schools To Test Debit And Credit Cards In Vending Machines
Emily Jed
School district extends vending contract with the Great Plains Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Deal includes pilot test of debit and credit card acceptance on machines...

PepsiCo Gives NAMA $1 Million
Nick Montano
PepsiCo Foodservice is committing $1 million to the National Automatic Merchandising Association, the Chicago-based trade group reported on July 30...

PepsiCo Q2 Profit Falls 21%, Revenue Dips 2.2%
Emily Jed
The beverage giant and maker of Frito-Lay snacks attributes declines to a strong U.S. dollar and refranchising transactions in China and Mexico...

Poll: Americans Say Obesity Outranks Smoking As Health Problem
Emily Jed
In a nationwide survey by Gallup, 81% say they consider obesity to be an "extremely" or "very" serious problem, up from 69% who said the same in 2005...

RVMs Reward Beijing Subway Commuters For Depositing Empty Bottles
by Staff Reporter
Beijing Incom Resources Recovery Co. Ltd., a large recycler, plans to install and operate more than 100 recycle-to-ride devices...

Shareholders OK Coca-Cola Stock Split
by Staff Reporter
The split is the 11th in the stock's 92-year history and the first in 16 years...

Smart Lunches Acquires Smart Snax's Vending Business
Emily Jed
Smart Lunches partners with schools, daycare centers and summer camps to provide wholesome lunches to kids through its online ordering and meal delivery service...

Treasury Resists Court-Ordered Redesign Of U.S. Banknotes
by Staff Reporter
The Treasury Department is resisting attempts by the American Council for the Blind to persuade the Court of Appeals to set specific dates for U.S. currency redesign. The ACB had filed suit in 2002, arguing that the United States "discriminates" against sight-impaired people...

Virtual Supermarket Makes Test Run At UK Airport
Emily Jed
British supermarket giant Tesco has launched at two-week trial of a virtual grocery store at Gatwick, one of the UK's busiest airports...

Visa And MasterCard Agree To Pay Merchants $6B In Historic Antitrust Settlement
Emily Jed
Visa, MasterCard and several major banks will pay 7 million retailers more than $6 billion to settle a 2005 antitrust case over credit card swipe fees. It's considered to be the largest in U.S. antitrust history...

Wi-Fi Services Could Save Private Payphone Market
N. Montano
Payphones may be on the brink of extinction in the U.S. unless new services rescue them from being 100% replaced by the increasingly ubiquitous cellphone...

Wisconsin Vending Operator Charged With Pension Plan Theft
Emily Jed
A federal grand jury in the Western District of Wisconsin has charged David R. Biggerstaff with embezzling from his vending company's employee pension benefit plan...

Workplace Encouragement Specialist Gregory Blake To Keynote ACE Awards Breakfast
Emily Jed
Gregory Blake is chief encouragement officer of PepWorks -- Positively Encouraging People in the Workforce -- International...

Music and Games Features
AAMA Members Assemble Near Chicago For 2012 Board Meeting And Gala Exhibits
Nick Montano
Last week's Distributor Gala in Lisle, IL, put the spotlight on two dozen new games. Trade show manager Bill Glasgow is honored with Joe Robbins Award...

ACON Buys Amusement And Vending Parts Giant Suzo-Happ, Retains Management
Tim Sanford
Suzo-Happ Group has been acquired by an affiliate of Washington-based ACON Investments. CEO James Brendel and other present managers will continue to run company...

AMI Entertainment Releases Megatouch Software v2.4, Updates Classics
Tim Sanford
The latest software version for the ML-1 videogame terminal brings together games for operator-organized tournaments that run on the Megatouch Live network...

Amusement Pro Steve Paris Joins Elaut USA As Chief Operating Officer
Nick Montano
Steve Paris brings more than 17 years of amusements industry experience to Elaut USA's management team, which is led by Neal Rosenberg...

Angry Crowd Flips Car, Reportedly At A Long Island Dave & Buster's
N. Montano
Smartphone video records crowd of young men flipping over Honda Civic, reportedly taking place in the parking lot of a Long Island Dave & Buster's...

Bay Tek Celebrates Four Years Of Big Bass Wheel; D&B's Deploys Connect 4
by Staff Reporter
The Pulaski, WI, game factory has manufactured more than 3,600 units in the Big Bass Wheel line, which rolled out in 2008...

Bud Light Toast or Roast Rolls Out On AMI Entertainment's Jukeboxes
Nick Montano
The jukebox company and popular beer brand team up to bring a novel on-premise promotion to bar locations. Music patrons can personalize songs to "punk, praise or celebrate their friends"...

Carmen Ricci, Mogul Of Greyhound Electronics, Dies
N. Montano
The manufacturing and operating kingpin, best known to the industry as president of Greyhound Electronics (Toms River, NJ), died at his New Jersey home on July 21. He was 73...

CD Sales Drop 60% Since 2005
N. Montano
U.S. sales of CDs have fallen from roughly 600 million units in 2005 to an estimated 2 million units this year. From 2007 to 2010, CD sales fell 18% to 20% annually...

Chuck E. Cheese Gets Hipster Makeover
N. Montano
CEC Entertainment Inc., owner of the Chuck E. Cheese's chain, has updated its eponymous mascot in an effort to strengthen its appeal to contemporary children and their parents...

Chuck E. Cheese's Q2 Profits Down 37%
N. Montano
CEC Entertainment Inc., parent of the Chuck E. Cheese's chain, said its 2012 second-quarter net income declined 37.3% to $4.1 million, compared with $6.5 million for the second quarter of 2011...

Coastal Amusements Relocates Without Missing A Beat On Production; Spin-Out And Monkey Mania Are Summer Hits
Hank Schlesinger
New Jersey-based amusement machine factory choreographs timely relocation amid two of its largest production runs. Spin-Out makes top 10 summer games list at Dave & Buster's...

Coin Mechanisms Debuts Azkoyen R1 Payout Hopper In N. America
Tim Sanford
The North American distributor for Spain's Azkoyen Payment Systems has announced the availability of the new Azkoyen R1 mini payout hopper...

Dave & Buster's Hacker Gets 7-Year Sentence, Ordered To Pay $975,000
N. Montano
Aleksander Suvorov has been sentenced for stealing data on more than 240,000 credit cards. Data from 81,000 of those cards were stolen at Dave & Buster's stores in six states...

Ex-IT Exec Colabuono Forms GTG Marketing To Rep Golden Tee Golf
by Staff Reporter
GTG Marketing will assist companies in using the reach and appeal of Golden Tee Golf and other games made by Incredible Technologies...

Federal Agents Target Two Eight-Liner Businesses in Texas
by Staff Reporter
Eight-liner game centers, normally a target of county sheriffs or state police, recently came under fire from Uncle Sam in two separate actions in Texas...

Foundations Entertainment University Reports Successful Chicago Event
N. Montano
The FEC educational program said it drew 28 individuals from the U.S. and Canada to its 26th multiday workshop, held mid-July in Chicago...

Illinois Plans VLT Test In Five Locations Before It Throws Statewide Switch On
by Staff Reporter
The Illinois Gaming Board says its central computer system is ready, and video lottery terminals have been installed in dozens of locations. But first, a test...

Illinois VLTs Could Launch In August; ICMOA Taps Phil Webb President
by Staff Reporter
Launch arrives 40 months after Gov. Pat Quinn signed the Video Gaming Act. VLTs dominate Illinois Coin Machine Operators Association meeting...

Illinois: Poker Operators Get 30-Day Warning; VLT Market Size Could Be 50% Bigger
by Staff Reporter
Illinois Gaming Board orders shut down of illegal video poker machines... State's authorized operator-run video lottery terminals are expected to go online next month -- and the number of machines could eventually reach 75,000...

Incredible Technologies' Richard Ditton Enters Vegas Bar Business
N. Montano
The founder of the company that makes Golden Tee Golf is getting into bar business in Las Vegas with two locations opening mid-August...

Insert Coin(s) Takes Videogame Nightclub Concept To Minneapolis
N. Montano
A trendy Las Vegas nightclub that features classic coin-op and home console games is opening a second store in Minnesota...

LAI Games Increases Factory Capacity
by Staff Reporter
Strong demand for Speed of Light and Mega Stacker has prompted the amusement machine maker to increase its factory output...

Michigan Hits Video Poker Operators With Record Fine
by Staff Reporter
After pleading guilty to gambling violations, two video poker operators are ordered to pay $200,000...

Minnesota Operators Hopeful As Electronic Pull-Tabs Move Closer To Launch
N. Montano
MOMA board member Chuck Leininger of CDL Inc. said he believes manufacturers and charities would find valuable advantages in working with vendors, who can provide locations and professional services...

Minnesota's Only Sweepstakes Location Raided; Owner Vows Lawsuit
by Staff Reporter
The owner of Triple Crown Sweepstakes said he will sue following an Aug. 9 raid of his establishment...

Namco American Hails Response To Dunk Tank Prize Instant Redemption Game
by Staff Reporter
Operators continue to find creative new uses for Dunk Tank Prize's flexible design, and ways to merchandise the game advantageously...

Namco's Q1 Profits Triple On Strong Home Videogame Sales
N. Montano
Namco Bandai said its first-quarter profits for the 2013 fiscal year tripled to $130 million, compared with the same period last year. Overall revenues rose to $1.39 billion, up nearly 50%...

News Media Revisit Violent Videogames In 'Dark Knight' Mass Shooting Aftermath
N. Montano
Pundits on at least two national TV networks partly linked so-called "violent" videogames to the mass murder of 12 moviegoers in Aurora, CO...

Noteworthy Anniversaries: Atari, Chuck E. Cheese's And Canada's Loonie
N. Montano
Atari Games was founded 40 years ago -- June 27, 1972, in Milpitas, CA. Atari founder Nolan Bushnell is also the originator of Chuck E. Cheese's, which he launched 35 years ago...

NSM Offers Low-Cost Upgrade Program For Ex-Ecast Icon Jukeboxes
Tim Sanford
The new digital jukebox upgrade program includes a replacement hard drive that NSM Music is making available at no cost to its customers...

Number Of Ohio Spots Operating Sweepstakes Videogames Jumps 13%
N. Montano
Attorney General Mike DeWine has updated Ohio's running total of sweepstakes videogame locations from his mid-July count of 667 to 772...

Police Arrest Suspects In Stabbing At Entertainment Center
by Staff Reporter
Police in Braintree, MA, arrested two people on Aug. 3 who were believed to be involved in a July 15 stabbing which took place at the local Dave & Buster's...

Raw Thrills, Play Mechanix Will Use PayLeap Platform For Credit Card Payments On Arcade Games
Nick Montano
The PayLeap cashless system will be enabled on more than 4,000 Big Buck Hunter games in locations throughout the United States and Canada...

SAPAR, Rimini Fiera Plan Fall 2012 Enada Show For Rome: Oct. 17-19
Tim Sanford
In addition to the always-popular exhibits, a hot topic will be the Italian government's plan to consolidate the State Monopoly and the Customs Agency...

SC's Green Coin Becomes Legacy Coin-Operated Distributors Inc.
Nick Montano
Green Coin Machine Distributor Co., a 30-year-old amusement machine and jukebox dealership based in Myrtle Beach, SC, has changed its name...

Sega's Amusement Sales And Profits Rise In First Quarter
N. Montano
Sega Corp.'s sales of coin-op videogames and novelties rose nearly 8% in Japan and 15.4% in other markets during the first quarter of fiscal 2013...

Smart Industries' Galaxy Garrison Invites Alien-Swatting For Tickets
Tim Sanford
Eye-catching "whacker" redemption game is sized to fit into nearly any location. It offers two stages of play, and an interactive sound system...

So. Calif. Judge Orders Halt To Sweepstakes Videogame Operations
by Staff Reporter
Internet cafés in three Golden State communities have been ordered to cease operating sweepstakes videogames by a local judge...

So. Carolina Officials Seize 90 Sweeps Games In Two Raids
by Staff Reporter
South Carolina's State Law Enforcement Division raided two locations In Florence on Aug. 1. Authorities seized 90 sweepstakes videogames...

South Dakota VLTs Rebounding As Lottery Marks 25 Years
N. Montano
The South Dakota Lottery is marking its 25th anniversary with a months-long celebration. It began selling scratch-off tickets in 1987, and operator-run video lottery terminals in 1989...

Speedy's Repair Supports Namco's ShiftyLook Retro Arcade At Comic-Con
Tim Sanford
ShiftyLook, a unit of Namco Bandai Group that develops webcomics, set up a free-play retro arcade at the Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter Hotel during this month's Comic-Con...

Sweeps Viddie Operators In Two States File Constitutional Lawsuits
by Staff Reporter
Operators of sweepstakes videogames in New Hampshire and South Carolina have filed lawsuits against their respective state governments. Both suits assert bans violate free speech and equal protection...

TouchTunes Taps Ecast Veteran Ryan Smith To Head East Coast Sales
Tim Sanford
Ryan Smith has joined TouchTunes Interactive Networks as director of sales for the East Coast region of the U.S....

Video Sweeps Mushroom In Ohio And Hawaii; Some Officials Urge Action Against The Games
N. Montano
In both states, some officials are calling for swift regulations of and investigations into sweepstakes games. In Hawaii, sweepstakes operators cite Ohio case law...

Video Sweepstakes And Poker Venues Are Raided in So. Carolina, Georgia
N. Montano
State police staged raids on video sweepstakes and poker locations in early July in Midlands, SC, and Clayton GA...

WAMO Holds Record-Setting Wisconsin Meet, Elects Lucchi Prexy, Honors Fleege
by Staff Reporter
The Wisconsin Amusement and Music Operators Association drew more than 300 participants to its annual meeting held June 19-20...

World's Largest Pinball Show Set For September In California
N. Montano
Alameda's Pacific Pinball Museum and Novato's Pinball Revival Co. are holding the sixth annual Pacific Pinball Exposition in San Rafael, CA, from Sept. 21 to 23...

Bulk Vending
Artist Uses Bulk Vender To Fashion Shock Art
Hank Schlesinger
Artist Thomas Kuebler shares his inspiration for the "Geinball Machine," which is both representational and a functioning vending machine...

Gumball.com Announces Lifetime Of Gumballs Sweepstakes Promo
Hank Schlesinger
The bulk vending supplier is hoping the "Win Gumballs for Life" sweepstakes will generate a buzz through social media...

Quick Collect Base Speeds Collections For Oak's Vista Bulk Venders
Hank Schlesinger
New from Oak Manufacturing Co. Inc. is a bulk vending machine component that allows operators to quickly scoop coins by hand from the cashbox...

RPG Enterprises Introduces Latest Coin Twister Charity Wishing Well
by Staff Reporter
New coin funnel, designed for charity applications, is manufactured as one piece in a broad spectrum of colors...

Editorial: Vending
Editorial
Vended Food Continues To Open Doors
Tim Sanford
The advent of micromarkets opens a new chapter in the continuing adventures of the vending industry in foodservice. At the least, this retailing innovation casts new light on some questions that have been raised about food vending since the dawn of full-line vending... by Tim Sanford

Editorial: Music and Games
Safeguarding Your Company's Online Profile And Reputation
Hank Schlesinger
Today, everyone has an online presence. Like it or not, the chances are that there's enough data about you floating around the Internet to fill a book. Of course, this is old news. The newer news is that information is now available online about even the smallest businesses, too... by Hank Schlesinger

Who Wants $1 Coins?
N. Montano
Okay, here's a quick test. Did you interpret this headline to mean, "Nobody wants dollar coins?" If so, please go back and read it again -- and stop trying so hard to read a political spin into plain English. The headline is an honest question. But its seeming ambiguity reflects the confusion that surrounds this complex issue... by Marcus Webb

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


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


Coffee Service News
Brazil's Coffee Yield Offsets Declines In Other Regions, Drier Weather Boosts Quality
by Staff Reporter
A 13% increase in Brazil's coffee output is making up for weaker crops in Vietnam and Colombia. The world's largest coffee producer is expected to harvest 56 million bags in the 2012-13 season...

Esio Hot And Cold Beverage System Will Feature V8 Splash
Emily Jed
Esio Beverage Co. has entered into a development agreement with Campbell Soup Co. The Esio Hot & Cold Beverage System will launch this fall...

Germany's Benckiser Acquires Peet's For $1B In Cash, Retains Management
Tim Sanford
Peet's, a specialty coffee and tea company, was founded in 1966 and competes with such chains as Starbucks Corp....

Heartland Payment Systems Buys School POS Solutions Provider LunchByte Systems
Emily Jed
LunchByte markets Nutrikids, a suite of inventory management and POS solutions for K-12 administrators, staff, parents and students...

Keurig Drives 30% Profit Growth For Green Mountain In Q3
Emily Jed
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc.'s net income increased 30% in the third quarter of fiscal 2012, pushed by demand for its Keurig single-up brewing system...

Kraft And SodaStream Expand Co-Branded Drinks With Sparkling Kool-Aid
Emily Jed
Kraft Foods Inc. and Israel's SodaStream International Ltd. have expanded their partnership to bring Kraft-branded beverages to the soda-making system...

Kraft Launches 'YES Pack' Dressing Program To Benefit Hunger Relief
Emily Jed
Through the "Fight Hunger with Every Case" program, Kraft Foodservice will donate one meal to Feeding America...

Marley Coffee Secures $4 Million To Fund Expansion
Emily Jed
Jammin Java, which owns the Marley brand, has signed a credit agreement that allows the company to borrow up to $2 million with a term of one year...

McNeil Launches Zero-Cal, Monk Fruit-Based Sweetener Called Nectresse
Emily Jed
Nectresse blends naturally sweet monk fruit extract with natural sweeteners erythritol, sugar and molasses...

NCA Study Finds Daily Coffee Consumption Outpacing Soft Drinks
Tim Sanford
Daily coffee consumption soared by seven percentage points, moving coffee solidly ahead of soft drinks. The National Coffee Association's new figures more precisely reflect consumption behaviors...

Primo Water Posts Record Q2 Sales, Net Loss Widens
Emily Jed
Sales in Primo's dispenser segment surged 58% to $9.3 million in the recent quarter, up from $5.9 million a year earlier, due primarily to new installations...

Tim Hortons Launches Tassimo T-Discs
Emily Jed
T Discs of Tim Hortons premium blend coffee, including decaf and latte, will be sold exclusively through Tim Hortons restaurants and online...

Waterlogic Taps Execs To Spearhead U.S. Growth
Emily Jed
The manufacturer and global distributor of POU drinking water systems appointed Sergio Leymarie to lead its U.S. operations as president and chief executive...

Cover Stories


Workplace Foodservice: Better Tools Keep Robotic Retailing Competitive
Emily Jed
Robotic retailing adapts to deliver dining solutions to downsized workforce. Healthier fare, micromarkets and cashless payments raise price ceiling and draw wider base of white-collar customers...

Foodservice News
Sodexo Brings Workplace Consumers MyFitnessPal App
Emily Jed


Guest Columns
A Stitch In Time: Understand Backflow Prevention Question Before It Costs You
by Kevin Daw
The issue at hand is the potential backflow your plumbed-in brewers could cause, and how it might contaminate the public water supply, and therefore be a hazard to society ... unless remediated... by Kevin Daw

The Best Advertisement Is A Satisfied Customer: Letters Of Recommendation Are First-Class Sales Generators
by Len Rashkin
Over the many years that I have been writing sales and marketing articles, I have found that one area in which most companies are very weak is having a portfolio of endorsements or recommendation letters from their customers... by Len Rashkin

Hardware/Tools
Illinois Lock Increases Miniature Cam Lock Variety For Small Spaces
Tim Sanford


Meetings/Events
EVA Sets Post-General Assembly Workshop For Dec. 14 In Brussels
Tim Sanford


NAMA's Balakgie Headlines NYSAVA Membership Meeting And Golf Outing: Oct. 10
Emily Jed


NCA Plans Fall Coffee Summit For Oct. 10-12 In Philadelphia, Annual Convention For March In San Francisco
Tim Sanford


NCVA Hails Member Meet Turnout, Gears Up For Atlantic Coast Expo
Emily Jed


PSV Plans 2012 Vending Poland Expo For Oct. 3-4 In Warsaw
Tim Sanford


Tri-State AMC Plans Sept. 12 Golf Outing, Dinner Meet To Benefit Boyle Scholarship
Emily Jed


Vending Expo Romania Planners Slate 3rd Exhibition For Nov. 8-10
Tim Sanford


Names in the News
General Counsel Kim Rucker Leaves Avon For Kraft Grocery Group
Emily Jed


Grindmaster-Cecilware Appoints Ibrahim And Dudding To Executive Posts
Emily Jed


Heartland Payment Systems Appoints Ian Drysdale Network Prexy
Emily Jed


Irene Chang Britt Becomes President Of Pepperidge Farm
Emily Jed


Nestlé USA Appoints Paul Grimwood CEO
Emily Jed


Nestlé USA Taps Hannah Coan Corporate, Brand VP
Emily Jed


Waterlogic Taps Aramark's Barry Bleahen As North American Marketing VP
Emily Jed


Small Business News
CNN Ponders Whether 'The Death Of Cash' Is Imminent
by Staff Reporter


Harvard Analysis: Lots Of Fuel, Lower Gas Prices
Hank Schlesinger


Licensing Industry Sales Jump 5%, Marking First Gain In 5 Years
Source: International Licensing Industry Merchandisers' Association's (LIMA) | Released June 14, 2012


Malls And Shopping Centers Show Signs Of Slow Recovery
Hank Schlesinger
Occupied space in neighborhood and community shopping centers reportedly rose by a net of more than 2 million square feet in the second quarter of 2012...

Nation's Oldest Store Closes Doors After 2 Centuries
Hank Schlesinger


Summer Surveys Find Small-Business Employment Flat Or Declining
Hank Schlesinger


Upfront with the Publisher
Stir It Up! The Case For Vended Coffee
Alicia Lavay
Might Coinstar be targeting a segment that mainstream operators have abandoned? I find it interesting that both Seattle's Best and Marley's Coffee have worked with major machine manufacturers to develop full-size fresh-brew venders showcasing their premium brands... by Alicia Lavay

Vending Machine Products
AdvancePierre Debuts Fast Bites Breakfast Sandwiches
Emily Jed


Classic Foods Brings Kettle Classics To Vending
Emily Jed


PepsiCo And Germany's Theo Muller Bring European-Style Yogurt To U.S.
Emily Jed


Sugar Foods Launches Grab-N-Go Oatmeal Kits
Emily Jed


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