Paul Schindelar (right), Kraft Vending & OCS, honors the Automatic Merchandiser 2008 Route Driver of the Year, Nina Williams, and general manager Larry Pugh, Mid-South Food Services, Aberdeen, N.C.
Brad Leech, second from left, Dale and Thomas Popcorn, presents sales achievement awards to Jeff Terban, Burdette Beckman Inc. based in Hollywood, Fla.; Kathy Ungaro, Saverino & Assoc., Carol Stream, Ill. and Dave Smith (accepting for Lyndon Breaux), Pinnacle Brokers, Georgetown, Texas.
Glenn Seawell, fourth from left, presents the Otis Spunkmeyer broker of the year award to Doug Schnurr, left, Dinah Bianco, Robert Taylor, Paul Van Vleck and Jeff Terban of Burdette Beckmann Inc. based in Hollywood, Fla.
Chris Williams, left, and Jim Nelson, third from left, from Everpure honor David Gellman, second from left, for 40 years of service as a broker, with Gellman’s son, Barry Gellman, at Everpure’s 75th anniversary celebration at the expo.
Frank Durkin, left, Gene Stewart, center, and John Rooney, right, of Sugar Foods present broker of the year to Robert Taylor and Paul Van Vleck of Burdette Beckmann Inc. in Hollywood, Fla.
Marcus Connolly, third from left, of Key Carlin O’Brien, Minnetonka, Minn. receives broker of the year award from André Wickham, left, Mark Landrum and Eric Hall of Diamond Crystal Brands Inc.
Eddie Weber, left, and Ron Weber of Master Brew Beverages Inc., Northbrook, Ill., chat with Elliot Maras of Automatic Merchandiser Magazine.
Dennis Dufern of VonDrehle Corp., left, discusses the benefits of ancillary paper products for break rooms with Brian Viers, Viers Coffee Co., Kankakee, Ill.
Robert Pobjecky, Mars North America, left, explains the Creation 400 single-cup beverage machine to Steve Golish of Sodexo in Rochester, Minn.
Howard Solon, left, and Paul Schindelar of Kraft Foods visit the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile.
Mike Demitri, Cheasapeake Sales, Nottingham, Md., left, and Tony Piro, Metro Snax Inc. and Eden Snacks, Long Island City, N.Y., discuss business with Mark Budd, Snyder’s of Hanover.
Jim Burt, two time Superbowl champion, endorses the Liquid Lighting energy drink.
Sonny Schlecht, Cater-Matic Vending, Great Falls, Mont., wins $100 cash for wearing the Kellogg’s visor on the trade show floor.
Kraft’s Nancy Doherty, right, awards Kelly Turkowitch, Pavlic Vending, Wauwatosa, Wis. $100 dollars for wearing the Kraft Oreo Cakesters t-shirt on the show floor.
Kurt Gallo, left, and Craig Lewis of Crane Merchandising Systems demonstrate the Currenza currency handling equipment.
Tim Wayne of Folgers Coffee Co. serves coffee in a new water soluble brewer that has radio frequency identification capability.
Katie Ryan-Strimban, left and Marguerite Deutsch present the Dove branded hot chocolate at the Mars North America booth.
Terri Starnes-Bryant, left, of MicrotronicUS explains cashless vending to Charlie Ray of Ray’s Coffee Service in Savannah, Ga.
Aby Harms, left, Smit Dorlas Carribbean, Aruba, learns about a single-cup system at the Technolgies Coffea Inc. booth from Gilles Stubbins, Alexander Radosav and Richard Gagnon.
Neda Brisport, left and Peggy Passi introduce attendees to the 100 percent organic snacks available from Bare Fruit LLC.
Chuck Reed presents the VN2700 bill recycler at the MEI booth.
Chuck McMath, left, of M&M/Canteen in Lafayette, La. learns about the SmartBoard from Aviel Dafna at the Vendors Exchange International Inc. booth.
Staci Thornton introduces attendees to the coupon dispensing system at the SPIO booth.
Chris Murray presents Michelina’s entrees at the LuiGino’s booth.
Tom Steuber of Associated Services in San Leandro, Calif., accepts the Coffee Silver Service Operator of the Year Award at the awards banquet at the Renaissance Grand Hotel.
Paul Schindelar of Kraft Foods Inc. receives the Vending Allied Member of the Year Award.
Marc Whitener, left, of Refreshment Solutions, Norco, La., receives the Golden Coin Operator of the Year Award from Jim Brinton, outgoing NAMA chairman.
Geoff Paul, right, of Excelso Coffee & Tea Co., Norcross, Ga., receives the Coffee Allied Member of the Year award
Greg Sidwell, right, of G&J Marketing Co., Palm Harbor, Fla., receives the Industry Person of the Year Award.
Jose Iribarren presents a prototype of a hydrogen-powered combination vender at the Jofemar booth.
Craig Rothe presents single-serve sausage sandwiches at the F.B. Purnell Sausage Co. Inc. booth.
Jack Thomas of Coin Acceptors Inc. welcomes attendees to the company’s 50th anniversary reception at the Renaissance Grand Hotel.
Regan Schultz serves single-serve entrees from Hormel Foods Corp.
The National Automatic Merchandising Association’s National Expo at America’s Center in St. Louis, Mo. offered a glimpse of the industry’s future. Attendees spent three days exploring innovative equipment, products and technology. Innovations included more options for cashless, remote monitoring, energy efficiency, health and nutrition, and environmental sustainability. Examples include:
- New bill recylcers that allow customers to use bills larger than $1, dispensing change in bills as well as coins.
- An imbedded video screen that displays the back of packages to show customers nutritional information.
- A hydrogen powered vending machine that requires no external power source.
- A glassfront beverage dispenser that fills then dispenses pouches at the time of sale.