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The NAMA Gratitude Tour is coming! Mark your calendar now!
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The NAMA Gratitude Tour is a multi-city, mobile marketing tour that will take machines on a vending road trip to seven cities with heavy university and Gen Y populations (ages 18-29) and showcase the industry’s LATEST machines, technology and products. Machines will be filled with products that Gen Y consumers (and others) enjoy. In addition, the Tour events will feature live music, PRODUCT GIVEAWAYS and social media stations, where consumers can enter NAMA’s Facebook contest (, send messages to friends and use other social media tools to reflect their experience.

These open-air events will attract THOUSANDS of consumers and earn coverage by both local and national media, allowing us to reach MILLIONS of consumers of all ages and reinforce that vending delivers what consumers want, when they want it. For more information about how you can be a part of the excitement, contact NAMA's marketing firm, Healy and Schulte, at (312) 765-8770 or

(Please note corrected dates below; previously published dates were incorrect.)

2011 Gratitude Tour:
  • Boston: Sept. 12
  • New York City: Sept. 15
  • Atlanta: Sept. 22
  • Austin, Texas: Sept. 27
  • Phoenix: Oct. 5
  • Minneapolis: Oct. 11
  • Madison, Wis.: Oct. 13

  • Vend.Love.Win. Facebook contest has officially launched and it's ready to help energize your business!
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    The nationwide Vend.Love.Win. Facebook contest ( encourages consumers to upload pictures or videos of their favorite vending machines or vended products, along with a short description explaining why they love them, for a chance to win cash prizes every month. In addition, entrants are encouraged to check out the "Vend This" and "Vend Here" tabs, which allow consumers to provide direct feedback about new products and new locations for vending machines. Vend.Love.Win. will create a direct, positive impact on your vending business by generating excitement and increasing sales. For quick and easy ideas on how you can take advantage of Vend.Love.Win., contact NAMA's marketing firm, Healy & Schulte, at (312) 765-8770 or

    California: NAMA/CAVC victory, vending on state property bill held in committee
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    AB 727, introduced by Assembly Member Holly Mitchell, D-Calif., failed to make it off of the suspense file in the Senate Appropriations Committee and is dead for this year. The bill would have required that, by 2016, 50 percent of products in vending machines on state property comply with the nutritional standards outlined in state law (the bill as originally introduced required that 100 percent of products comply by 2016). Current law requires that 35 percent of products in vending machines on state property comply with these nutritional standards. The California Automatic Vendors Council opposed this throughout the session arguing that the current requirements are adequate and that imposing these restrictions places the vendors at a competitive disadvantage when cafeterias and other food outlets on state owned property would have been allowed to continue to sell the same snack and beverage items without the restrictions imposed on vending operators. CAVC members lobbied against the bill during their legislative day in May and sent letters and emails to their representatives asking that they oppose the bill. For more information contact Sandy Larson at

    Florida: Miami high school students may purchase lunch from vending machines
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    Miami-Dade high school students will have the choice of bypassing long lunch lines for the speed and convenience of vending machines beginning this fall. To purchase a meal selection from a vending machine, students enter their IDs and birth dates, which are linked to their accounts. The payment system's cashless capability allows vended meals to be sold at full or reduced prices. They are delivered free to students enrolled in the USDA's reimbursable meal program. The transaction takes about 20 seconds. The machines have a 96-meal capacity and are generally restocked once during a lunch period, with many schools having two or three periods a day. They are in 100 schools across the country, and Miami-Dade is the first district to deploy them system-wide. For more information contact Mary Lou Monaghan at

    Florida: Governor overstepped legal authority
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    The Florida Supreme Court ruled that Gov. Rick Scott overstepped his legal authority when he issued EO No. 11-01, which ordered all government agencies to freeze all rules and regulations until he had personally reviewed them. The court said Scott had "overstepped his constitutional authority and violated the separation of powers." The court did not lift the order, but it did rule that it "will not be enforced against an agency" unless state lawmakers give Scott that specific power. Scott called the ruling "disappointing." For more information contact Mary Lou Monaghan at

    Illinois: Governor signs amended Retailers' Occupation Tax Act
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    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a law amending the Retailers' Occupation Tax Act. Under the amended version, retailers are required to verify the total number of vending machines in current use upon request of the Department at any given time. Also, if the retailer adds one or more additional vending machines to his or her business, he or she must notify the Department to request additional sub-certificates of registration as necessary. For additional information contact Kim Radulski at

    Louisiana: Republicans now a majority of registered voters
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    Democrats have lost their voting majority in Louisiana for the first time since 1957, when the state first started tracking voter registrations. Republican and other party registrations now constitute a majority of the state's 2.8 million voters. For more information contact Mary Lou Monaghan at

    Massachusetts: Policy for healthy beverages on city property beginning Oct. 1
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    Beginning Oct. 1, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino has set standards for what's considered a healthy beverage and what can be sold or served on city property. The policy applies to cafeterias, vending machines, concession stands, and beverages served at meetings, city-run programs, and events where food is purchased with city dollars. City buildings and departments will be required to phase out the sale of "red" beverages (non-diet sodas, pre-sweetened ice teas, refrigerated coffee drinks, energy drinks, and juice drinks with added sugar and sports drinks). The order allows for the sale of "yellow" beverages (diet sodas, diet iced teas, 100 percent juices, low-calorie sports drinks, low-sugar sweetened beverages, sweetened soy milk and flavored, sweetened milk). "Green" beverages (bottled water, flavored and unflavored seltzer water, low-fat milk, and unsweetened soymilk) may continue to be sold. The promotion of "red" beverages on city property through sponsorship agreements with city departments, including banners and advertising panels on vending machines, will be prohibited. Posters featuring a traffic light symbol are being placed near vending machines. The poster says "Stop. Rethink Your Drink. Go on Green." Public health employees will conduct educational workshops for City employees and also will be responsible for working with City departments to ensure that the executive order is fully implemented. For more information contact Pam Gilbert at

    New Jersey: Food stands to promote "Jersey Fresh" items
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    Gov. Chris Christie signed AB 2342, a measure that requires food concession stands in state government facilities to place "Jersey Fresh" items and "Made with Jersey Fresh" products in prominent locations and to clearly identify them to patrons. For more information contact Pam Gilbert at

    New York: Governor signs reverse vending machine law
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    NY S 2877, relating to the number of reverse vending machines required for mandatory acceptance of empty beverage containers, has been signed by the Governor. A dealer whose place of business is part of a chain engaged in the same general field of business which operates ten or more units in the state under common ownership, and whose business has at least forty thousand but less than sixty thousand square feet devoted to the display of merchandise for sale to the public shall install and maintain at least two reverse vending machines at the dealer's place of business. The requirement does not apply to a dealer that sells only beverage containers of twenty ounces or less where such beverage containers are packaged in quantities fewer than six. For more information contact Pam Gilbert at

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