NEWS HIGHLIGHT AMI and Merit create game-changing ad medium AMI Entertainment, a provider of music to digital downloading jukeboxes, and Merit Entertainment, a company that makes coin-operated touchscreen video games has announced the launch of AMI MegaNet – the largest multi-media interactive out-of-home advertising network in the U.S.
Aug. 21, 2008, Dayton, Ohio  – NCR Corporation and TNR Entertainment Corporation announced they have signed agreements that will help bring greater competition to the market for movie rental kiosks and offer more entertainment choices to consumers.
Aug. 13, 2008, Chicago - Best Buy Co. Inc. plans to add a dozen vending kiosks inside major airports across the country as part of a new pilot program called "Best Buy Express," company executives said.
NEWS HIGHLIGHT Best Buy to launch airport gadget vending machines Best Buy Co. Inc., plans to add a dozen vending kiosks inside major airports across the country as part of a new pilot program called "Best Buy Express," company executives said.
Aug. 11, 2008, Carmel, In - BDI Marketing, distributors of the popular Mini Thin Rush® family of energy products, has announced the release of its eagerly awaited new spearmint flavoured Mini Thin Rush® Energy Gum.
NEWS HIGHLIGHT Blockbuster to deploy DVD vending machines Blockbuster Inc. and NCR Corp. will be putting out 50 automated kiosks that provide DVD rentals as a pilot program that could result in 10,000 kiosks within 18 months.
NEWS HIGHLIGHT Feds should monitor trans fats in doghnuts and margarine: health group Doughnuts and margarine should be the latest foods singled-out for having high levels of trans fat, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada said Monday.
July 22, 2008, Chicago – Producers from The History Channel’s popular show “Modern Marvels” have confirmed that an episode on vending will air July 24 at 9 p.m. Eastern and Pacific, 8 p.m. Central and 11 pm Mountain Time, National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA) President and CEO Richard M. Geerdes, NCE, announced today.
The name might sound fruity, but the technology is anything but. Just ask Jim Kelley, president of the full-line vending company, P&J’s Vending. Kelley has been so impressed with Cantaloupe Systems’ Seed wireless monitoring platform since he purchased 25 units last year, that he returned to the National Automatic Merchandising Association’s annual trade show in October to help Cantaloupe spread the word.
Pop quiz (all puns intended). Name various occasions on which you recall seeing an advertisement for Coke. Chances are your mind just started scanning recently viewed TV and magazine ads – maybe a billboard or two. However, if you’ve seen the films Four Brothers, Hitch, King Kong, Madagascar, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Sahara, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, or Mission Impossible III – you’ve seen an ad for Coke.
All across Canada, the pulse of the community is often measured at the local hockey rink. Not so much as a home to thousands of budding Wayne Gretzkys, but more so as a meeting place and celebration of a Canadian pastime.
Canadian Vending Magazine was first introduced to Toby Davidson at the 2006 Guelph Food Technology Centre’s “Global Food Trends” seminar in February. Davidson is the mastermind behind Concept to Shelf, a consulting agency specializing in trend analysis and ideation, packaging design, product development, quality assurance and branding for the food industry.
For the last 10 years, Fair Trade has been slowly advancing in the North American coffee market. Promoters such as Oxfam and other charitable or social action groups have been leading the charge in making the general public more aware of the Fair Trade concept, especially during times of relatively low exchange prices.
Right now in the United States, milk processors, vending suppliers – even vending equipment manufacturers – are throwing big money into initiatives aimed at optimizing the milk vending opportunity.  And American operators are saying, “we got it.”
VirtuPlay Corporation has annouced that Intevo, its countertop machine with a touch screen and intergraded keyboard with full Internet capabilities and games, has taken the corporation international.

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