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Future vending machines will link thumbprints, retina scans, to credit card
New York Daily News    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
You may never lose a dollar to the vending machine again. Massachusetts-based Next Generation Vending and Food Service has begun testing cash-free, biometric technology, linking the customer's thumbprint to his or her credit card, reports Another device in the works is designed with an iPod-like touchscreen — the customer can rotate the product's image, allowing him to view the nutritional information before buying. More

Government Affairs

NAMA Government Affairs

National Automatic Merchandising Association    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
NAMA National Chairman Craig Hesch testified on Tuesday, July 20, before the U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee, Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy and Technology. Chairman Hesch discussed the state of U.S. coins and currency. NAMA was the only association invited to testify and the food and beverage vending industry therefore took a prominent role in arguing to minimize the economic impact of any changes in coins and currency designs. For additional information contact Ned Monroe at To read his written testimony, click here. For the most recent Legislative Alert, click here. More

Coffee & Water

Your invitation to attend NAMA CoffeeShow 2010
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Roger Stewart, NAMA Director of Coffee & Water Service has created a You Tube video for the upcoming NAMA CoffeeShow 2010. Click here to access the video. More

Starbucks voted best coffee by Zagat survey

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Starbucks Coffee Company has been voted as No. 1 Best Coffee in the Fast Food and Quick Refreshment categories and as the No. 1 Most Popular Quick Refreshment Chain in Zagat's 2010 Survey of National Chain Restaurants released recently. More than 6,500 surveyors participated in Zagat's online survey, and this is the second year surveyors have awarded Starbucks the top honor. More

Cash flows in water deals
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The newest wave for cash-strapped cities seeking money: Tapping their water. Indianapolis is selling its water and sewer systems to a public trust to get money for crumbling streets and bridges. San Jose, Calif., fresh from cutting 49 firefighters, might take its water utility private. "Excess" tap water in Sacramento, Calif., is helping supply a Nestlé SA bottling plant. Such deals are bringing some money to cash-strapped cities. But they are also stirring a debate about how much control governments should cede over valuable resources — even in hard times. Some critics question whether water quality will take a hit and rates will jump, as was the case in earlier privatization arrangements. Others say bottled water produces plastic debris and undermines a public right to affordable drinking water. More

Business / Industry

CVC Capital moves into drinks vending
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CVC Capital's move into the drinks vending market with the acquisition of Autobar could herald an era of rapid consolidation for Europe's long tail of vending companies. CVC Capital said that it would acquire the majority of Autobar, one of Europe's largest vending machine companies, from Charterhouse Capital. The reported fee is EUR 1.2 billion, although CVC has not confirmed this. More

Foodservice managers!
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Join SFM for an evening of professional development and networking on Wednesday, Sept. 15, at the PepsiCo Sustainability Center in Chicago. The program, So You Think You Can't Change Behavior Fast...Think Again will focus on driving a positive change in the behavior of your employees. Click here to sign up and learn from Tony DaDante, CEO of the Change Execution Group, and learn how to reduce turnover and increase employee engagement from the thought leader in the Global Business arena. More

Corporate Social Responsibility

General Mills yogurt plant powered by solar
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A new solar energy initiative at General Mills' Metheun, Mass., facility will supply an average of 55 percent of the facility's annual energy needs. Advancing General Mills' commitment to renewable energy, the company has announced a major solar energy initiative at its Methuen, Mass, facility. More

P&G brings sugarcane packaging to Pantene, Covergirl
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Procter & Gamble is bringing sugarcane to shampoo and makeup with new packaging that will be on shelves next year. The company will start using sugarcane-based plastic packaging for certain products from its Pantene Pro-V, Covergirl and Max Factor brands. Resin producer Braskem SA, which already supplies Procter & Gamble with plastic resins in Brazil, is providing the packaging material, which is made with ethanol derived from Brazilian sugarcane. More


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