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Federated Department Stores Inc. is bringing consumer electronics back into its stores with a robotic vending machine that will roll out in 180 Macy’s stores this fall.
This year’s annual Western Canadian VNEA Championships, held on February 24-27, attracted 392 teams and 870 players in the individual categories. Over 50 per cent of the teams participated in the “Hard Luck” – or Sportsmens – division for teams that were eliminated quickly from the main competition, reported Elmar Klapstein of Edmonton-based Wal-Mac Amusements, one of the operators involved in organizing the tournament.
BENSALEM – Merit has announced the addition of Robert C. Fay to its senior management team as director of government relations. Fay will focus on government relations and on eliminating counterfeiting, copyright, and trademark violations of Merit’s Megatouch game systems.
Montreal – eSecure Peripherals Inc., a Montreal-based cashless payment providers announced in April the development of the PayPal Payment Module (P3M) for networked cashless payment terminals.  Vending patrons can reload their house account using either PayPal or PayPal mobile.
ATLANTA (AP) – International business and sales of non-carbonated beverages will play key roles in The Coca-Cola Co. achieving its long-term growth targets.
MONTREAL (CP) – Health Canada is testing soft drinks sold in Canada after a cancer-causing ingredient used in gasoline was found in similar beverages in the United States and Britain, Montreal La Presse reported last month.
BRUSSELS (AP) – Coca-Cola, Pepsi and other soft drink manufacturers have agreed to end the targeting of young children in their marketing campaigns in Europe as part of a European Union drive to fight rising obesity among youngsters.
ST. CATHARINES – Effective January 9, Ron Glive became a welcome member of the Kane’s “family” after almost 20 years of dedicated service with VKI. “It is with great excitement that we announce the addition of Ron Glive to our staff as Sales Manager for Eastern Canada,” said the company. 
NEW YORK – With ingredient and flavour profiles that run the gamut between starkly wholesome and decadently sinful, the ever-evolving food bar market took off and passed the $3 billion mark south of the border in 2005.
Predicting the future is often a game best left to carnival palm readers and gypsy fortune tellers. But, for those serious about the future of their business, a little fortune can be saved if they pay careful attention to the industry trends.
This year marks Crane Co.’s 150th year – over 75 years for Crane National Vendors – but they’re not marking 2005 with a celebration of years past, they’re calling this one a genesis.
The Coca-Cola Co. said last month that it will cut 100 to 125 jobs by the end of the year in its North American unit as part of a reorganization designed to spur growth and boost profits.
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