April VendingMarketWatch News

July 22, 2014

Coinco buys InOne Technology

Coin Acceptors, Inc. has acquired a controlling interest in Baltimore, Md.-based InOne Technology. InOne brings to Coinco a range of products including traditional DEX and audit capabilities, retrofit controllers, as well as credit card payment options and the best telemetry in the industry. The two companies will continue to operate as separate entities. Coin Acceptors’ sales and marketing staffs will sell some InOne products.

Atlantic Coast Expo gets new management

The management of the Atlantic Coast Exposition (ACE) and two of its three sponsoring state vending associations - North Carolina and Virginia - has been reassigned to a new association management company. TayCar Inc., an association management company based in Cary, N.C., will manage this year’s Atlantic Coast Exposition in Myrtle Beach, S.C. in October. This year’s ACE show will be held Oct. 20, 21 and 22 at Embassy Suites at Kingston Plantation in Myrtle Beach, S.C.Beth Bowen, owner of Taycar Inc., said her company will also be managing the North Carolina Vending Association and the Virginia Automatic Merchandising Association. Both of these associations and the ACE show were previously managed by IMI Association Executives Inc. in Morrisville, N.C.Taycar will not be managing the South Carolina Vending Association, the third sponsoring association of ACE.

Regional product brokers form national organization

A group vending and office coffee service product brokers have come together to form Premier Broker Partners, Inc. (PBP). This new corporation combines regional leaders to offer local, regional, and national representation in vend, office coffee service and alternative trade classes. The group offers extensive operator coverage nationwide with decades of experience in vending and coffee service. a Premier Broker Partners, Inc. is comprised of the Harold W. Young Inc, Natick, Mass., Grant Sales & Marketing, Burnt Hills, N.Y., and DeMitri Chesapeake Sales Inc., Nottingham, Md., in the Northeast region; Brokers Unlimited, Lilburn, Ga. in the Southeast region; Truman Dobbins, Spring, Texas in the South Central region; The Patterson Co., Northbrook, Ill., AVB Sales & Marketing, Glendale, Ohio and Michigan Merchandisers, New Baltimore, Mich. in the Midwest region; and the Atnip Co., Fullerton, Calif. in the Western region

Canteen acquires Coffee Distributing Corp. in Northeast

Canteen Vending Services Inc., a subsidiary of Compass Group North America, has acquired Coffee Distributing Corp. (CDC) from Robert, Alexander and Liza Friedman and the Friedman Family Trust. Canteen noted that CDC is the largest office coffee and refreshment service company in the New York, New Jersey and the Connecticut area.CDC will continue to operate under their name, and from their two existing locations in New York and New Jersey. According to CDC’s Website, the company employs nearly 300 people and serves roughly 20,000 customers from its two warehouse locations in Garden City Park, N.Y. and Union, N.J.

Starbucks partners with Green Mountain on K-Cups

Starbucks Corp. and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. announced a strategic relationship for the manufacturing, marketing, distribution and sale of Starbucks® and Tazo® tea branded K-Cup® portion packs for use in GMCR’s Keurig® Single-Cup brewing system. The relationship will provide owners of Keurig Single-Cup Brewers with the additional choice afforded by having Starbucks branded super-premium coffees available for their brewers.

SandenVendo America receives patent

SandenVendo America has been assigned a patent developed by eight co-inventors for “calibration systems for machines.” The co-inventors are Daniel S Carter, Fresno, Calif., Christopher R. Craven, Fresno, Calif., Walid H. El-Aouar, Clovis, Calif., Craig R Greiner, Fresno, Calif., Larry E Hieb, Fresno, Calif., Dean W James, Clovis, Calif., Sandra L Southard, Clovis, Calif., and Rolando S. Williams, Madera, Calif.

Next Generation buys Canteen Utica-Rome

Next Generation Vending and Food Service, Inc., based in Canton, Mass. acquired the assets of Canteen Co. of Utica-Rome, N.Y. Canteen Co. of Utica-Rome serves customers throughout Oneida, Madison and Herkimer counties in upstate New York. Next Generation will be integrating the Canteen Utica-Rome business into its operations in upstate New York.

G & J Sales to rep Schwan nationally

G&J Sales and Marketing Inc., the Palm Harbor, Fla.-based vend product brokerage, announced national representation of Schwan Food Co.’s product line for vending, including Tony’s® Single Pizzas, Stuffed Sandwiches and Mega Pouches; Red Baron® Single Deep Dish 3-Pack Mini Pizzas and Deep Dish pizzas; Minh® Egg rolls; and Edwards® and Mrs. Smith’s® Pie Slices.

Landshire to acquire Mom’s Food Products

Landshire, Inc. will acquire Mom’s Food Products, Inc. based in Ft. Worth, Texas. Mom’s Food Products specializes in custom made sandwiches for vending, convenience stores and other foodservice industries. They have been in service since 1946 with current ownership and management group in place since 1980. The acquisition involves 2,400 direct store delivery locations within Texas, with offices in the Dallas, Austin, and Houston areas; and Mom’s Food Products production plant, in Ft. Worth, Texas, which features Mom’s Fresh Sandwich line of products. Mom’s Food Products has 85 employees in their production plant and out in the field as route sales representatives, district managers, and regional managers.

DOE issues rules for testing venders’ energy consumption

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued rules related to the testing of energy consumption for refrigerated beverage vending machines, according to the National Automatic Merchandising Association. The DOE has decided to adopt several enforcement sampling provisions that take account of low-volume or built-to-order consumer products and commercial equipment.DOE specifies provisions for certain covered products and equipment where there is a lower volume market and manufacturing tends to be more customized. These include automatic commercial ice makers, commercial refrigeration equipment, refrigerated bottled or canned vending machines, commercial HVAC and WH equipment, and distribution transformers.

People in the News

Industry loses Herb Luckower

Herbert Luckower, a longtime vending and coffee service product broker based in Harrison, N.Y., recently passed away. He operated Luckower Co. with his son, Michael Luckower.

VendEver names Rick Leffke CEO

VendEver LLC, a manufacturer and distributor of cotton candy vending machines, has named Rick Leffke, a longtime vending industry consultant, as its chief executive officer. Leffke replaces Brian Duke, who has left the company. Brian Williamson remains vice president and chief operating officer.

U-Select-It tabs Chuck Treister

Charles D. Treister, NCE5, has joined U-Select It Corp. as vice president of sales in the western region. He will be responsible for both vending machine distribution and national account sales for the western U.S.

Industry loses Robert Bradberry

Robert J. Bradberry, founder and owner of R.J. Bradberry Vending passed away in Malibu California. Bradberry, 88, was one of the original vending operators in Los Angeles and operated his company for more than 50 years prior to selling the operation to First Class Vending, also of Los Angeles, in 2003.

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