Mike Elliot, Don Miguel Mexican Foods Inc., left, shows Michelle and Don May, Total Coffee & Vending Services Inc., Livonia, Mich., the new breakfast empanadas.
Bill Johnson, left, and Tom Paczkowski, Coin Acceptors Inc., celebrating its 50th anniversary, introduce the new Vantage bill recycler and card reader.
Elliot Maras, left, of Automatic Merchandiser congratulates Dave Gellman, Gellman Associates of Norristown, Pa., as the 2008 Automatic Merchandiser Broker of the Year.
Elliot Maras of Automatic Merchandiser congratulates Howard Chapman of Royal Cup Inc., based in Birmingham, Ala., as the 2008 Automatic Merchandiser OCS Operator of the Year.
Elliot Maras congratulates Paul Cunningham, ConAgra Foods Inc., the 2008 Automatic Merchandiser Manufacturer of the Year.
Heidi Chico explains the benefits of the new U-Select-It snack machine that displays nutritional information on an LCD screen to John Murn, Answer Vending Inc., Farmingdale, N.Y.
Paul Mungo, left, and Rich Miller at Gourmet Coffee Solutions bring the fresh-ground espresso/coffee experience to expo with HLF Italian design specialty coffee systems.
Tom Sampson, Kraft Foods Inc., left, Barry Frankel, Family Vending Co., Coral Springs, Fla., and Paul Schindelar, Kraft Foods Inc., enjoy coffee from the new Tassimo single-cup machine.
Nick Nikka, Vending Plus, Los Angeles, Calif., tries the interactive diji touch vending machine from Kraft Foods Inc., Crane Merchandising Systems, Samsung and Digitas.
Christa Taylor, left, Gary Taylor and Sharon Johnson serve ethnic beverages at the Novamex booth.
Ben Schibi of Pierre Foods Inc. accepts the Automatic Merchandiser 2009 Food Product of the Year award for the Big AZ Beef Charbroil with Cheese.
Jim Stone, left, and Rik Schwarz of Coca-Cola Co. accept the 2009 Automatic Merchandiser Beverage of the Year award for Coca-Cola Classic.
Bob Kitay, UCLA Vending Services, Los Angeles, Calif., left, receives Sun-Maid Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, the 2009 Automatic Merchandiser Cookie of the Year, from Greg Grand, Biscomerica.
Crystal Buteau and Dennis Simard of New England Vending, Lisbon, Me. explore the new mint and gum tray at the Cadbury Adams booth.
Rick Ruth, Masterfoods/Mars, accepts the Automatic Merchandiser 2009 Candy of the Year award for Snickers Bar.
John Dourson, Cloverhill Bakery, left, accepts the 2009 Automatic Merchandiser Pastry of the Year award from Elliot Maras of Automatic Merchandiser.
Chuck Reed, right, of MEI and Mike Bunt of Buffalo Rock Co., Birmingham, Ala., discuss MEI’s new bill recycler.
Regan Schultz, left, and Mike Fernholz serve Hormel Foods entrees.
Kelly Brennan, Kraft Foods Inc., accepts the 2009 Automatic Merchandiser Salted Snack of the Year and Cookie of the Year awards for Planters and Oreo.
Michele Stacy, newly-appointed president of Keurig Inc., serves coffee from K-Cups to attendees.
Mark Rogers presents Fastcorp.’s newly designed frozen machine.
Aveil Dafna of Vendors Exchange International Inc. presents the new vending machine power sensor/dimmer.
A challenging economy did not stop hundreds of vending and OCS operators from all parts of the country from attending the final National Automatic Merchandising Association Spring Expo, held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nev. The trade show featured numerous new products, equipment and technologies, in addition to educational seminars which largely addressed how to use the new tools. Many of the product exhibits featured “better for you” items.'
The keynote address by business author and college basketball analyst Mark Adams, who is also a former college coach, examined fundamentals of leadership and ways to thrive in a difficult environment.
A CBS-TV news crew attended the expo and prepared a feature segment on the vending industry.