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Vol. 52, No. 12, December 2012

Vending Features
5-Hour Energy Distributor Claims To Have Shut Down Counterfeiters
Emily Jed
Living Essentials LLC says it has discovered counterfeit energy shot products circulating in the marketplace, and has acted swiftly to identify and shut down the counterfeiters' factory...

Allen Key Activates Vending Machine For Promotion At Ikea Opening
Emily Jed
A vending machine with a novel twist is building excitement around the grand opening of the first Ikea store in Winnipeg, Manitoba...

Apriva Continues Discounted Pre-Durbin Visa Vending Rates
Emily Jed
The rates, implemented last February, are comparable to those before the enactment of the Durbin Amendment, and cover payments made by Visa-branded credit, debit and prepaid cards...

Beyonce Inks $50M Endorsement Deal With Pepsi
Emily Jed
The chart-topping pop singer will appear on a limited-edition run of soda cans...

California Voters Reject Initiative Requiring GMO Ingredient Labeling
Tim Sanford
The Grocery Manufacturers Association hailed the voters' decision, saying Proposition 37 was a deeply flawed measure that would have resulted in higher food costs, frivolous lawsuits and increased state bureaucracies...

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Wants Healthier Vending Menus In City Buildings
Emily Jed
The mayor's proposed ordinance detailing guidelines on fat, sugar and calorie content was set to be introduced to the city council this week...

Coca-Cola Buys Stake In Milk Drink Company
Emily Jed
The Coca-Cola Co. and dairy cooperative Select Milk Producers are taking equity stakes in Fair Oaks Farms, maker of Core Power high-protein post-workout recovery milkshakes ...

Coca-Cola Japan Readies Large-Scale Deployment Of 'Peak-Shift' Vending Machines
Emily Jed
Coca-Cola Japan said it will begin deploying its energy-saving "peak-shift" vending machines, developed with Fuji Electric, in January. Sets 25,000 machine target for year...

Coffee Tea & Water 2012: NAMA Unveils Strategy And Research For OCS Sector
Tim Sanford
Trends in coffee production and consumption, and the evolution of the United States coffee market, suggest very strongly that specialty coffee is the key to winning the future...

Coinstar Machines Facilitate Hurricane Sandy Donations
Emily Jed
"If half of the U.S. population donated just $1, it would translate to more than $150 million in aid to help families get back on their feet," said Coinstar chief Paul Davis...

Colorado Vending Company Offers Clients Machine-Rental Option
Emily Jed
Quench Beverage & Snack Co., a full-line vending company serving greater Denver and northern Colorado, now offers area businesses the option to rent its machines and fill them...

EatWave Vending Machine Dispenses Hot Meals, Cold Drinks And Snacks
Emily Jed
The full-service vending machine can zap meals, cool beverages and vend snacks. It's a glassfront combo with an internal microwave oven that uses proprietary technology to heat and dispense prepackaged foods in a minute or less...

FDA Investigates Reports Linking 5-Hour Energy Shots To 13 Deaths
Nick Montano
Federal health authorities are investigating reports of deaths that may be associated with a highly caffeinated energy shot. Senators complain about lack of FDA oversight...

G&J Acquires Cross Marketing
Emily Jed
Florida-based G&J Marketing and Sales said it will acquire Ohio's Cross Marketing, and has added personnel to cover its new territory...

Georgia Tech Discounts Vending Purchases For BuzzCard Users
Emily Jed
The Georgia Institute of Technology is offering a 5% discount on all vending machine purchases when students use the BuzzCard campus identification and prepaid medium...

Hostess Liquidation Likely As Mediation Fails
Emily Jed
Nov. 20's last-ditch mediation between Hostess Brands Inc. and its striking bakery union failed to produce a deal to keep the troubled Twinkies maker afloat...

Hostess Proceeds With Liquidation, Potential Bidders Line Up
Emily Jed
Twinkies, Ding Dongs and other popular vending machine pastries from Hostess are destined to find new homes as potential bidders "flood" the company with inquiries...

Hostess Says Strike Could Force Liquidation, Closes Three Plants
Emily Jed
A nationwide strike by Hostess Brands' bakers union has forced the bankrupt Twinkies and Ding Dong maker to permanently close three bakeries and may ultimately lead to its demise...

Iowa's Hasty Tasty Acquires Gateway Vending
Emily Jed
Hasty Tasty Vending, a Canteen Vending Services franchise, acquires Clinton, IA-based Gateway Vending, increasing penetration of its previously expanded service area...

Kangaroo Express Tests Fuel Island Beverage Vending
Emily Jed
Vendgogh's vending systems are integrated with the Kangaroo's POS system, giving customers the opportunity to purchase fuel and cold drinks at the same time at the pump...

MEI Releases Easitrax Core v3.15 With Upgraded Interface And Integration
Tim Sanford
Noteworthy in the new vending management software version are an improved user interface, wider integration with supporting platforms and streamlined audit data handling...

Mexico Chews Over Gum Tax
by Staff Reporter
Mexico produces 92,000 tons of gum annually, and Mexicans chew an average 2.5 pieces a day. A proposed tax would help "un-stick" discarded gum...

Missouri Children's Hospital Bans Soda
Emily Jed
Beginning on Jan. 1, 2013, drink choices will be limited to water, diet soda, juice, milk, coffee and tea. The exception will be...

Mondelez Quarterly Earnings Hit By Spinoff Costs
Emily Jed
Mondelez International Inc.'s earnings dropped 29% in its first quarter as an independent company as spinoff-related costs squeezed the global snacks giant's bottom line...

NAMA Chief Describes Association's 3-Year Strategic Planning Goals For OCS And Vending
Tim Sanford
National Automatic Merchandising Association chief executive Carla Balakgie outlines the association's three-year strategic plan at Coffee, Tea & Water conference in mid-November...

Nestlé Waters' Arrowhead Brand Goes Green With 50% Recycled PET Bottle
Emily Jed
The new "ReBorn" Arrowhead bottle, which maintains the brand's familiar Eco-Shape design, will reportedly use 15% less energy than is required to produce bottles from all-new material...

Pepi Completes Systemwide Cashless Vending Deployment
Emily Jed
The Pepi Cos. has announced that all of its vending machines in more than 1,000 locations now can accept cashless payments after a 2-year upgrade program conducted with USA Technologies ...

PepsiCo Opens Shanghai R&D Center
Emily Jed
The R&D center is said to be the company's largest outside North America. It will serve as a hub of new product, packaging and equipment for PepsiCo's businesses in Asia...

Report: Snack Bar Growth Shows No Signs Of Slowing
Emily Jed
The U.S. snack bar market has grown at twice the rate of other snack foods and nearly three times the rate of the overall packaged food sector over the past 10 years, according to Rabobank...

Research Suggests Healthy Eaters Snack More Often
Emily Jed
Contrary to conventional wisdom, the more consumers snack, the healthier their eating behaviors, according to a new report from NPD Group...

Robotic Store Breaks Ground At Oklahoma Tourist Hotspot
Emily Jed
Athletes and tourists enjoying the Oklahoma River now have easy access to healthy refreshments around the clock...

Spindle Pacts With Integrated Payments To Deliver Bundled Mobile Payment Solutions
Emily Jed
As part of the new relationship, Spindle has become a preferred provider of mobile commerce technologies to Integrated Payments...

Texas Lawmaker Reintroduces Public School Soda Ban
Emily Jed
State Rep. Carol Alvarado is trying once again to ban soda, sports drinks and other sweetened beverages in public schools...

Tomra's New Waste Compactor Revolutionizes Trash Collection In Public Spaces
Emily Jed
Public space compactor called TOM takes up about as much room as an ordinary trash bin but reportedly holds up to seven times more waste than the conventional bin...

Tweet-Powered Billboard ‘Vends’ Sample Men’s Shirts In India
Emily Jed
Men's clothing retailer Allen Solly launched its latest collection with a billboard that showcased 60 shirts and dispensed them as free samples in exchange for tweets...

Twinkies Maker And Union Head For Mediation In Last Hope To Save Company
by Staff Reporter
Hostess Brands and one of its biggest unions agreed to mediation in a last-ditch effort to keep the bankrupt maker of Twinkies and Wonder Bread from closing...

Twinkies Maker Ceases Operations, Moves To Liquidate Business
Emily Jed
Hostess Brands said it has suspended production at all of its plants and is seeking permission from a federal bankruptcy court to permanently close its operations...

Twitter-Activated Vending Machine Wows Crowds In Pittsburgh
Emily Jed
A vending machine activated by tweets sent from patrons' cellphones could be the first use of such an application in the U.S., and it served as a novel promotional tool at the recent One Young World Summit...

U.S. Government Accountability Office Endorses Dollar Coins At Nov. 29 Hearing
N. Montano
Government Accountability Office's Lorelei St. James told Congress in a Nov. 29 hearing that switching from dollar bills to dollar coins would save significant money for taxpayers...

USA Technologies And Isis Will Enable Mobile Payments In 'Thousands' Of Vending Machines
Emily Jed
USAT's ePort will work with Isis Mobile Wallet, an app backed by AT&T, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless that allows consumers to make vending machine purchases with NFC-equipped phones...

USA Technologies' Two-Tier Pricing Program Hits 11,000 Location Milestone
Emily Jed
USAT program gives vending operators the ability to charge two different prices: a standard retail price for credit or debit card transactions, and a discounted price for cash purchases...

Vendgogh Partners With C-Store Service Providers To Expand At-Pump Vending
Emily Jed
Jones & Frank, which supplies c-stores in 16 states between Maine and Florida, and Northwest Pump, which operates throughout the West, will market, install and maintain Vendgogh's gas island vending machines...

Vending Machines In L.A. Malls Dispenses Fish Eggs And Snails
Emily Jed
Operated by Beverly Hills Caviar, the touchscreen vender boasts a selection of truffles and escargot, along with bottarga, blinis, gourmet salts and mother of pearl plates and spoons...

VendScreen Raises More Funds To Sustain Industry Deployment
Emily Jed
VendScreen Inc. reports that it has raised $8.4 million in a Series B round, with another $7 million reserved from the 3x5 Special Opportunity Fund and Merrickhanna Ventures...

Wawa Launches Keurig-Compatible Coffee Packs
Emily Jed
Portion packs of Wawa's private-label original and 100% Colombian coffees are now available in 604 c-stores in Delaware, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia...

Music and Games Features
After-Work Tavern Tradition Fades
N. Montano
Several factors have conspired to depress after-work, on-premise consumption. But taverns and saloons in industrial Midwestern cities like Milwaukee are still regarded as "the communal living rooms"...

Alpha-Omega's Updated Website Goes Live With New Capabilities
Tim Sanford
The website has new features enabling visitors to access industry-related articles, game operating manuals, photos and descriptions of award-winning entertainment centers...

AMI Megatouch Live Expands ML-1 Library With Aerial Combat Game
Nick Montano
Air Guardian is the first two-player Megatouch game with control logic that follows multiple touches for each player...

AMOA-NY Seeks Industrywide Aid For Tristate Operators; Allen Weisberg Spearheads Relief Taskforce
Nick Montano
The Amusement and Music Owners Association of New York has formed a taskforce to aid music and amusement operators impacted by Sandy. For its part, AMOA-NY is waiving its dues obligations to members for the first quarter of 2013...

Amusements In Italy: Responsibility, Innovation, Pinball Tourney Mark 40th Enada
Tim Sanford
The 2012 Enada International Amusement & Gaming Machine Show in Rome, one of two annual Italian amusement shows held annually, attracted 15,896 visitors -- 8.1% more than the 14,702 who attended in 2011 -- and hosted 200 exhibitors...

Apple Shows Off NGX Face Place As Example Of R&D Prowess In Photobooth Field
Nick Montano
Apple Industries reports that its research and development center is blazing the trail for the future of automatic photo machines. One manifestation of its expanded R&D capabilities is a photo vending system that runs on an AMI jukebox...

Associations Target $100K To Aid Disaster Recovery
N. Montano
The Amusement and Music Operators Association and American Amusement Machine Association adopt joint fundraising target of $100,000 to assist with disaster relief...

Barron Games Introduces Compact Hockey Table
Hank Schlesinger
How do you top a hit game like Quad Air, the four-player air hockey table from Barron Games International? For Baron, the answer is "think small with a big idea"...

Benchmark Unveils 2 Ticket Games, New Prize Vender At IAAPA Show
Tim Sanford
New Monster Drop and Pop It versions, along with the next generation in Tickets to Prizes, will make debut at International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions show in Orlando...

Betson Spotlights Latest Videogame Product From Raw Thrills And Play Mechanix; SnoCross Makes Debut
Nick Montano
Betson Enterprises put the spotlight on the latest videogames from Raw Thrills and Play Mechanix during IAAPA's 2012 Attractions Expo. It was the largest exhibit of video gaming for arcade and street locations at the fall trade show in Orlando, FL...

Big Buck Championship Is On; Raw Thrills Pledges To Match Up To $50,000 In Donations To Help NY And NJ
Source; Raw Thrills | Released Nov. 6, 2012
Manhattan is getting back on its feet and the 5th annual Big Buck World Championship is moving forward. The event will be held at the Altman Building in New York City on Friday and Saturday [press release]...

Big Buck World Championship In NYC Lures Fierce Videogame Competitors
Hank Schlesinger
For the two days, the historic Altman Building in lower Manhattan was transformed into a rustic hunting lodge with six Big Buck Hunter coin-op videogames used for competition.

CDC Says More Big Cities Are Banning Smoking
by Staff Reporter
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 30 of the 50 biggest U.S. cities now qualify for the CDC's 100% smoke-free designation...

Dave Corriveau, Cofounder Of Dave & Buster's, Heads BozoWorld FEC Chain
by Staff Reporter
Larry Harmon Pictures Corp. grants global rights for the development of a family entertainment center and restaurant concept based on Bozo the Clown...

Financial Services Committee Gives Dollar Coin Supporter Schweikert The Boot
Nick Montano
The congressman from Arizona has been the strongest supporter of dollar coins, and this year he has met several times with members of the AAMA...

IAAPA 2012 Attractions Expo Sees 3% Registration Increase
Nick Montano
Around 26,500 participants from 102 nations registered for this year's IAAPA Attractions Expo, compared with 25,800 people from 118 nations at last year's trade show, a 2.7% increase in registration numbers...

Illinois VLTs Take In $18M In October
by Staff Reporter
The state's top-earning video poker location in October was an American Legion post in Urbana, where gamblers bet more than $900,000, or an average of $30,000 a day...

LAI Games Unveils 5 Pieces At IAAPA Show
Tim Sanford
Making their debut are Balloon Buster, Mega-Spin, Little Speedy (a compact version of LAI's popular Speed of Light), Toy Zone Crane and Stacker Wall Street...

Michigan Court Rules Against Sweeps Viddies; Another Location Closes
N. Montano
An Internet café in Burton, MI,closed its doors after a local court ruled that electronic sweepstakes games are a form of illegal gambling...

Mountain Coin Closes Arizona Branch, Expands Las Vegas Services
Nick Montano
Mountain Coin Machine Distributors has ramped up its Las Vegas sales and service office to accommodate additional business from Arizona-based operators, reports MCMD president Carson Jenkins...

Namco Bandai's Coin-Op Sales Increase At Home, Decline Overseas; Overall Profits Double Across All Sectors
N. Montano
Namco Bandai  reported that its overall profits doubled for all sectors combined for the first half of the 2013 fiscal year, reaching ¥17.3 billion ($2.8 billion)...

NC Sweepstakes Video Sector Expands; FL County's Ban Survives
N. Montano
In a development reminiscent of video poker marketing more than a decade ago, operators in North Carolina are running sweepstakes locations under flashy and provocative names like Little Vegas City...

Ohio Lawmaker Proposes Ban On Sweeps Videos
by Staff Reporter
State Rep. Matt Huffman (R-4th Dist.) has proposed a statewide ban on Internet cafés and sweepstakes videogames...

Pinball Games See Comeback In 'Pinbars,' Say Happy Location Owners
N. Montano
As its name suggests, a pinbar is a pinball arcade that also serves liquor for on-premise consumption. One pinbar in Washington state is attracting locals year-round...

Planners Set GTI Asia China Expo 2012 For Dec. 16-18 In Guangzhou
Nick Montano
A distinguished roster of international leaders in electronic game design and manufacture has been assembled for the upcoming event, which will be held at the China Import and Export Fair Pazhou Complex in Guangzhou...

Registration Opens For 2013 Amusement Expo; Show Runs March 20-22
Nick Montano
Next spring's Amusement Expo will be the fourth edition for the show that has united the long-running (and formerly separate) events sponsored by the Amusement and Music Operators Association and American Amusement Machine Association...

Roller Coaster Swept To Sea By Sandy Will Not Remain In Atlantic As Tourist Attraction
by Staff Reporter
Seaside Heights Mayor Bill Akers said that the town and Casino Pier owners are in talks to remove what remains of the Jet Star Roller Coaster...

Sega Sammy Reports Q2 Sales, Earnings Mostly Down
N. Montano
Sega Sammy's domestic coin-op machine sales, Japanese arcade revenues and worldwide consumer videogame sales were all lower in its 2013 fiscal first half, compared with the same period last year...

Shaffer Distributing Hosts Seminar On Crane Merchandiser Operation
Tim Sanford
Guest speaker Jim Chapman of New Jersey's Coast to Coast Entertainment led a roundtable discussion among operators and FEC owners...

Shaffer Honors Doug Schudel With Bernard C. Flynn Devotion Award
Tim Sanford
Schudel has devoted his time and energy to Shaffer and its customers with respect, loyalty and commitment, the company reported...

Stern Pinball Launches Avengers Games For Operators And Collectors
Tim Sanford
The Avengers is the latest in Stern Pinball Inc.'s long line of flipper games inspired by popular comic superheroes. It will be available in four versions -- the Pro for operators...

Veteran Tech Opens Repair Shop For United Textile, Talon And Grayhound Cranes
Nick Montano
Operators needing repairs for their aging skill crane machines manufactured by United Textile Fabricators and related lines have a new option. Scott Holland of Aslex LLC...

Warren Buffett Buys Fun Express Parent Oriental Trading Co. For $500 Million
Nick Montano
Berkshire Hathaway Inc. has agreed to buy Oriental Trading Co., a mail-order merchant and the parent company of Fun Express, a supplier of prizes to family entertainment centers and coin machine operators...

Bulk Vending
Beaver Machine Rolls Out New Look For 50th Anniversary
Hank Schlesinger
Beaver Machine Corp. says the makeover reinforces a commitment to quality and innovation that has been an integral part of its mission for a half century...

Bulk Vending Watch: Big Changes In China's Government Are Imminent
Hank Schlesinger
The second-largest economy in the world is poised for political transition as China commenced its 18th Communist Party Congress on Nov. 7...

Candy Cups From Walnut Group Offers Hygienic Bulk Vended Products
Hank Schlesinger
The machine's 50-milliliter (1.69-oz.) cups hold between 50 and 55 pieces of candy and are recyclable, and improve food sanitation by reducing hand-machine contact...

CAT Rack: Bulk Operator Demonstrates $1 Validator Actuating Up To 4 Vending Machines
Nick Montano
A system permitting patrons to make $1 purchases from any of four bulk vending machines by inserting a dollar bill into a central validator-equipped module has been demonstrated by Bronx operator Alan "The Peanutman" Swiderski...

Haute Couture Meets Pop Culture In Dior's New Line of Temporary Tats
Hank Schlesinger
Don't even think about putting these tattoos in your flat vending machines. The Paris-based ashion house now offers a line of 24-carat gold temporary tattoos...

Jolly Roger's Candy Van Kiosk Could Help Drive Bulk Vending Sales
Hank Schlesinger
The Candy Van is configured to accommodate 18 confection venders, two capsule toy heads and a battery-powered bill changer...

Vending Supply Rolls Out One Direction Boy Band Temporary Tattoos
Nick Montano
New flat merchandise illustrates very popular "boy band" One Direction (1D for short). Vending Supply has the exclusive worldwide distribution rights to the vendible tattoos...

Editorial: Vending
Editorial
Making A Difference: How OCS And Vending Played A Key Role In U.S. Coffee Consumption Rebound
Tim Sanford
The rebound in U.S. coffee consumption can be attributed to the emergence of the specialty coffee business in the early 1990s. One of the catalysts of the specialty coffee revolution was launched by the coffee service industry. Remember the Coffee Development Group? by Tim Sanford

Editorial: Music and Games
IAAPA Show Offers Range Of Opinions On State Of Industry
Hank Schlesinger
One exhibitor's "waste of time and money" is another's record-breaking year. The same could be said for operator participants who judge shows by the quality and price of equipment and merchandise... by Hank Schlesinger

Renewal
N. Montano
Optimism may be out of style, and many industry members may be out of practice feeling it, but we believe that upbeat observations of AMOA's Andy Shaffer deserve respectful attention and careful thought... by Marcus Webb

Dave & Buster's Releases Mobile Power Card Charging App Co-Developed By Apriva
The big-box arcade and restaurant chain worked with Apriva, a Scottsdale, AZ-based provider of secure mobile commerce and payment processing technologies, to develop the app for its PowerCard...

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


Coffee Service News
Campbell's V8 Juice Line Joins Soda Stream
Emily Jed
Campbell Soup Co. has struck a deal to license its V8 Splash and V8 V-Fusion brands for Israel-based Soda Stream's namesake home carbonation machines...

Conagra Buys Private-Label Giant Ralcorp For $5 Billion
Emily Jed
The combined company will have total sales of about $18 billion annually. About a quarter of its sales will now come from private labels...

Dean Foods Sells Morningstar To Canada's Saputo For $1.45 Billion
Emily Jed
Morningstar makes dairy and nondairy extended shelf-life products, including creamers widely distributed by workplace refreshment providers...

Green Mountain Names Former Coca-Cola Exec Brian Kelley Chief Executive
Emily Jed
Kelley, 51, joins the Vermont roaster and Keurig single-cup brewer maker from Coca-Cola Co., where he led the integration of the acquisition of Coca-Cola Enterprises to create Coca-Cola Refreshments. He succeeds Lawrence J. Blanford...

Green Mountain Offers Limited Edition Colombia Geisha K-Cups
Emily Jed
Known for its sweet, citrus-like flavor profile, the Geisha varietal is highly sought after by bidders in auctions, often fetching high prices because of its intricate harvesting process...

Green Mountain Profits Climb, Shares Soar
Emily Jed
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc.'s fourth-quarter profit climbed 22%, exceeding Wall Street expectations and sending shares soaring as Keurig brewers and K-Cups boosted bottom line growth...

Green Mountain, Lavazza Debut Cappuccino-Latte Capsule Brewer
Emily Jed
The Rivo system uses Keurig's single-cup technology to brew authentic espresso-based beverages, and froths fresh milk from the machine's refrigerated compartment...

Keurig Adds Two Café Escapes Flavors, Launches Facebook Promotion
Emily Jed
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters has expanded its Café Escapes line of creamy cocoas, chai and mocha beverages for Keurig brewers with two new flavors...

Marley Coffee Pacts With Mother Parkers For Canadian Foodservice Program
Emily Jed
The partnership will bring a full-service coffee program to universities, hotels, cafes, restaurant and convenience stores across Canada...

Melitta Chooses UpShot Filter For Single-Cup Ground Coffee Program
Tim Sanford
Melitta will install equipment at its roasting plant in Cherry Hill, NJ, by year-end to offer its customer base a range of roasting, filling and packaging services using LBP's UpShot filter technology...

Mellow Mood Drink Sickens Jersey Middle Schoolers
Emily Jed
Chartwells, the school dining service division of Compass Group, said it has removed Marley's Mellow Mood drinks from William R. Satz School and Holmdel High School...

New Wilbur Curtis Digital Indicator Tracks Coffee Freshness
Emily Jed
The coffee equipment company has developed a device that ensures decanters are serving coffee at peak of freshness. The FreshTrac digital indicator is available for Curtis Alpha GT brewers...

NPD: Millennials Dine Out Less
Emily Jed
Recession hits 18 -to-34-year-olds harder than any other group. NPD analyst says the demographic shift is "of biblical proportions for the restaurant industry"...

Researchers: Climate Change Could Make Arabica Coffee Extinct By 2080
Emily Jed
Researchers at England's Kew Royal Botanic Gardens and Ethiopia's Environment and Coffee used computer modeling to predict how rising global temperatures and subtle changes in seasonal conditions might make some land unsuitable for arabica plants...

Smucker Expands Folgers Gourmet Selections K-Cup Lineup
Emily Jed
The Folgers portion packs are now available in five roasts and two flavors, including classic, medium, Morning Café light roast and vanilla biscotti...

Cover Stories


Interactivity Strengthens Engagement: Intel Sees Bright Future For PC-Controlled Vending
by Emily Jed and Tim Sanford
The computer chip pioneer wants to equip vending machines with controller boards based on powerful microprocessors designed for personal computers, able to run applications that can do much more than determine the value of money inserted and detect product selections...

Guest Columns
A Well-Guarded - High Rate Of Return - Investment Secret Is Now Available To Small Business Owners
by Irv Blackman
Small business owners have many legitimate complaints these days: taxes, regulations, competition (from home and abroad), can’t find good people. The list goes on and on. Always has. Always will. Say "hello" to life settlements -- an alternative to Wall Street risks... by Irv Blackman

Ask, Listen, Sell: Good Questions Invite Answers That Help To Land The Account
By Len Rashkin
The answers you get will let you know if there is any area of service, product or equipment that the buyer is unhappy or concerned about... by Len Rashkin

Hardware/Tools
Apriva Certifies Ingenico's 3G-Compatible Wireless Handheld Terminal
Emily Jed


Pyramid Technologies Hails Swift Acceptance Of Phoenix Printer
Tim Sanford


Meetings/Events
Connecticut Vending Association Plans Jan. 30 Membership Meeting
Emily Jed


Foundations Entertainment U Returns To Amusement Expo In 2013
Nick Montano


Mass. Vending Association Plans Tech-Themed Dinner Meeting: Dec. 5
Emily Jed


S.C. Vending Association Announces 25th Winter Training Meet: Jan. 18-20
Tim Sanford


SEVA Sets Date For 2013 Convention At Sandestin Resort
Emily Jed


Names in the News
Biden Staffer To Lead PepsiCo's Government Affairs
Emily Jed


Campbell Taps Luca Mignini International Prexy
Emily Jed


Glen Kramer Becomes Elaut USA Chief Executive
Nick Montano


NAMA Taps McGoey As Vice-President Of Finance And Administration
Tim Sanford


Nestlé Waters North America Names Tim Brown CEO
Emily Jed


PepsiCo Names New Gatorade Head
Emily Jed


Williamson Joins Fastcorp's Engineering Staff
Emily Jed


Small Business News
Can Bulk Vendors Cash In On The 'Black Friday' Retail Rush?
Hank Schlesinger
TAGS: bulk vending, vending machine, coin machine, coin-op business, high-traffic retail locations, Simon Property Group, Walmart, Best Buy, Kohl's, Target, National Retail Federation, Black Friday weekend, vending operator

Keep America Beautiful Launches Recycling-At-Work Initiative
Emily Jed


Upfront with the Publisher
A New Day And A New Year
Alicia Lavay
It's been fascinating to observe, and report on, the convergence of technologies impacting the vending industry over the past two decades. Let's take a look at vending's most prominent advancements of 2012... by Alicia Lavay

Vending Machine Products
Best Candy Of 2012: National Confectionery Sales Association Honors Product Innovation
Tim Sanford


Blue Diamond Launches Almond Milk Drinks In 11-Fl.Oz. Packages
Tim Sanford


New Sabra Snack Pack Pairs Salsa And Tostitos
Emily Jed


Self-Heating Soups, Beverages Take Convenience To New Heights
Emily Jed


Vitamin Squeeze Water Enhancers Add Flavor And Fortification
Emily Jed


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