The candy/snack/confection segment fared better than most other vend product sectors in 2009 due to continued operator price increases, according to the Automatic Merchandiser State of the Vending Industry Report. Matt Groff, account director for Management Science Associates, explains how different vend customer location types are faring. Dick Hanson, executive director, Buffalo Rock, a vending operation in Birmingham, Ala., notes the health and wellness demand is not translating into sales. Malcolm McAlpine, senior business manager, baked and branded snacks, foodservice and vending, notes that snacking in general is increasing. Rusty Jackson, vice president/specialty markets, Cloverhill Bakery, notes the impact of state and school regulations on vending machines.