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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 (www.facebook.com/VendLoveWin), 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 kkristoff@healyandschulte.com.

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 (www.facebook.com/VendLoveWin) 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 amagro@healyandschulte.com.



    Florida: Bottled water tax
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    Florida Sen. Evelyn Lynn has not given up trying to tax water bottlers. Lynn, R-Ormond Beach, earlier this week proposed a 6 percent "environmental surcharge" on bottled water sold at retail in quantities of less than one gallon. As with the versions Lynn has introduced over the past three sessions, the revenue from the tax would be funneled into the state Department of Environmental Protection's Ecosystem Management and Restoration Trust Fund. She said she would bring back the bottled water surcharge during the 2012 session — her last before being forced from office because of term limits. Lynn also cited Gov. Rick Scott's slashing of $700 million from the collective budgets of the state water management districts as a reason for the tax. Lynn has proposed the tax each session since 2009. It died in committee that year and again in 2011. Last year the Senate Commerce Committee supported the measure by an 8-1 margin, but the bill ultimately died in the Senate Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee. For more information contact Mary Lou Monaghan at mmonaghan@vending.org.


    Florida: School lunches
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    The Senate Agriculture Committee on Tuesday, Sept. 20, heard an overview of proposed legislation from the Department of Agriculture and an update on the transfer of school nutrition programs from the Department of Education to the Department of Agriculture, which was done by a law passed earlier this year. The discussion topics fall in line with Commissioner Putnam's plan to spotlight Florida grown products in the school lunch programs. There has been no word as yet as to how his plans will affect school vending. For more information contact Mary Lou Monaghan at mmonaghan@vending.org.


    Florida: Group seeks reverse vending machines for schools
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    A Florida group, Mothers for Mother Earth, wants to put "reverse vending machines" in schools throughout Florida. The plan is for the machines to be made by RecycleTech, a Lakeland, Fla., company. Reverse vending machines have become popular in states that charge nickel or dime deposits for bottles and cans because they give refunds for the empties. Dana Jones, founder of Mothers for Mother Earth, thinks it can work in Florida, a state without a bottle or can refund law, but with company sponsorships. People feed empty bottles or cans into a reverse-vending machine that crushes glass and aluminum for recycling. A pilot test for the machines is planned in April 2012. For more information contact Mary Lou Monaghan at mmonaghan@vending.org.


    Massachusetts: New rules for beverages sold on Boston city property
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    New rules regarding what beverages can be sold or served on Boston city property will go into effect on Oct. 1. They apply to vending machines, in addition to cafeterias, concession stands, meetings and events where food is purchased with city funds. The Mayor's executive order establishes color-coded standards for determining what beverages will be allowed on city property. Beverages coded "red" — banned from city properties — include sugar-sweetened beverages, such as presweetened teas and juices with added sugars, and refrigerated coffee, energy, sports and nondiet soft drinks. City buildings have six months before they are required to phase out sales of "red" beverages. The promotion of "red" beverages on city property through sponsorship agreements with municipal departments, including banners and advertising panels on vending machines, will be prohibited. Drinks considered to be the healthiest — coded "green" — are bottled water, flavored and unflavored seltzer water, low-fat milk and unsweetened soy milk. They will be allowed on city property. Items carrying a "yellow" code, are also allowed. They consist of diet sodas, diet iced teas, 100 percent juices, low-calorie sports drinks, low-sugar sweetened beverages, sweetened soy milk and flavored sweetened milk. Posters featuring a traffic light symbol with the words "Stop. Rethink Your Drink. Go on Green." are being placed near vending machines. Public health employees will conduct educational workshops for city employees and will work with city departments to ensure the rules are implemented. For more information contact Pam Gilbert pgilbert@vending.org.


    Michigan: Governor's health and wellness message does not include new soda tax
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    An early draft of the Governor's Health and Wellness Message had included a $1 increase in the cigarette tax and a new tax on "sugar sweetened beverages." Neither of those tax increases were included in the final copy; however, the Michigan Distributors and Vendors Association reports that it has stepped up its advocacy in the legislature. MDVA vows to make sure the old tax increase efforts don't show up again as a "health and wellness" benefit. For more information contact Pam Gilbert at pgilbert@vending.org.

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