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The Top Coffee and Healthy Snack Vending Challenges <br/>(And How To Overcome Them)

The Top Coffee and Healthy Snack Vending Challenges
(And How To Overcome Them)

April 4, 2013 No Comments

“What qualifies as ‘healthy’ for one consumer may not be ‘healthy’ in another consumer’s book. Some people equate ‘healthy’ with low-sugar, low-salt and/or low-calorie; others, with the absence of artificial flavorings, dyes and the like. So machines need to have a balance of items to fit various definitions.” -Kim Hellner, Courtesy Vending/Evergreen Vending “People don’t […]

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A Coffee and Healthy Snack Faceoff
Coin-op Operators Make a Play in a Competitive Market

April 4, 2013 No Comments

Sweet and salty snacks, along with soda, continue as mainstays of vending machine operators’ offerings. However, the outlook for alternatives to these staples—namely, coffee and healthy items—is a positive one. While consumers may traditionally have avoided purchasing coffee from vending machines because of what one source deemed “a poor quality image of lukewarm watery brews,” […]

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Tokens Direct Has New Conservation Token Designs in Stock

February 10, 2013 No Comments

TokensDirect has available new conservation token designs available from stock for faster shipment.  Ideal for use with “Quarters for Conservation” programs, these attractive tokens feature a penguin, a giraffe or a jaguar on the front with wording to direct them to vote for a conservation project on the back.  These standard designs can be minted […]

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After Dark Lights Up Interest for Universal Space (UNIS)

February 10, 2013 No Comments

Launched in Europe early this year at the EAG London, After Dark from Universal Space (UNIS) is a well-priced, top-of-the-range deluxe video machine with motion platform that is creating high interest. Aimed at young teens and above, this video game offers a fully functioning steering wheel, guns with motion and a motion platform (DLX version).  […]

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Barron Games Exhibits the X-Puttt Nano

February 10, 2013 No Comments

Barron Games International exhibited the X-Putt Nano at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla., early this year. This is a new addition to the company’s product line that was first debuted at IAAPA 2012. The X-Putt Nano incorporates the same great features as the original X-Putt, but is over 50 percent smaller. The size […]

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The Outlook for New Games
How Operators Are Facing Today’s Challenges

February 10, 2013 No Comments

The amusement and vending industry continues to go through changes and challenges. In the past few years, improving technology with home gaming systems, smoking bans in bars and taverns and population changes have forced operators to think outside their comfort zone to ensure their businesses’ survival. As owner of Antler Amusement Company in San Antonio, […]

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ICE is shipping the milk jug toss game

ICE is shipping the milk jug toss game

January 3, 2013 No Comments

ICE is shipping Milk Jug Toss from its busy production facility. The all-time carnival hit is now a skill redemption game and is quickly grabbing operator’s attention with its earnings potential. The game debuted at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2012 in Orlando, Fla. “The game was incredibly well received at IAAPA.  Our good customers from everywhere […]

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Bulk Vending Prizes and Toys
Taking a Calculated Approach to Stocking Best Bests

January 3, 2013 No Comments

If there’s a single issue about which vending machine and coin-op machine operators can concur, it’s this: The prevalent trend in capsule toys and non-capsule toys prizes is that no trend exists; what’s hot and what’s not truly differs not only from company to company, but from location to location. If another issue on which […]

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Ready for a Close-up: Profitable Photo Booths Capture the Fun

November 1, 2012 No Comments

At one time, photo booths required operators to add chemicals and perform other time-consuming tasks to get the booth ready for customers.  With so much needed preparation, photo booths fell out of favor with amusement operators. However, that downward trend turned when digital technology transformed photo booths from lackluster moneymakers into sought-after attractions. As President […]

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An Eye on the Prize: Seizing Crane Machine Success

November 1, 2012 No Comments

Crane machines are pretty straightforward in what they require in player skill, plus they’ve been around for quite a while and offer something tangible. So what keeps them fresh and with customers headed in their direction? Locations do their part, said David Peck, part-owner of the family run Family Amusement Corporation, which has placed crane […]

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Sponsors

Penny Press

Penny souvenir machine, great for parks, FECs, bowling and skating centers, museums and tourist attractions.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Max Flight

Manufactures interactive virtual reality motion-platform game systems including networkable flight and roller coaster simulators.

Action Lighting Co.

Lighting supplies.

American Changer

Bill and coin dispensers and counters, ticket machines and more.

Hamilton Manufacturing Corp.

Manufacturer of unattended entry systems and change machines.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Bulbtronics

A premier source for lamps, LEDs, batteries and lighting-related and electrical products.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Sureshot Redemption

One-stop source for prize redemption counters at entertainment centers.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Laser Star

Laser shooting galleries, laser tag, dark ride target systems, overhead target ranges.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Lakeshore Merchandise (Smart Vending)

Premier vending supply for all of your vending equipment and supply needs.

Store on Wheels

Importer and distributor of quality toys, lighting and novelties. Cater to the amusement, retail and entertainment industries.

Barron Games

Redemption air hockey games.

Namco

Namco America is a premier manufacturer of coin-op arcade attractions, ranging from the hottest titles like Crazy Typhoon and Jumpin’ Jackpot to classic game-room experiences such as the Pac-Man 25th Anniversary upright that features Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man and Galaga. Specialized pieces such as Wonka Sweetland and Flamin Finger are favorites too! For arcade gaming fun, Namco America is your answer.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Money Tree - ATM

ATM machines.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Deltronic Labs Inc.

Ticket dispensers.

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