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Dec. 30, 2009
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As 2009 comes to a close, NAMA would like to wish its members and partners a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year, we would like to provide the readers of NRPA Weekly, a look at the most accessed articles from the past year. The news brief will resume publication January 6, 2010.

Del Monte Launches Produce Vending Machines
from Dow Jones via CNN
Fresh Del Monte Produce has unveiled a new line of fresh and fresh-cut fruits and vegetables specifically designed to work in refrigerated vending machines in the U.S. mid-Atlantic and southeast regions. More     E-mail article


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from NAMA is designed to help NAMA members learn about, track and communicate with elected officials on our critical legislative issues. For additional information contact Ned Monroe at Valuable Feature: Click here for the most current Legislative Alert     E-mail article

2009 Top Ten Stories

Coca-Cola's Customizable Soda Vending Machine
from Romancing the Bean
"I love my single serve coffee brewer because it makes the kind of coffee that I want and it makes it fast," said a 20-something woman during some research conducted recently on single serve. The explosion of single serve coffee on the market and the development of sophisticated single serve brewers has made single serve coffee an increasingly viable option for both home and commercial environments. More     E-mail article

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School Vending Machines On Way Out?
from The News Journal
When the next snack attack strikes, Robin Crawford hopes you'll be willing to drop a few coins in the never-ending struggle to drop a few pounds. Instead of Doritos and a Mountain Dew, how about a bag of Veggie Straws and a Vitamin Water? Before you push the vending machine button for a Milky Way, why not try an all-natural chocolate chip cookie dipped in dark chocolate? More     E-mail article

More Stores Experiment with Vending Machines in Bid to Trim Costs
from The Arizona Republic
It's a malaise hitting shopping centers coast-to-coast: empty storefronts and fewer patrons willing to spend their hard-earned cash during the recession. A handful of local retailers are experimenting with high-tech, specialty vending machines - dispensing everything from diapers to iPods - to boost sales amid the downturn. The boxy structures, which are set up in small and inexpensive spaces, also bring shopping-center managers new leases as store vacancies rise. More     E-mail article

Lawmakers May Tap Vending Machines for Taxes
from NBC News - Denver
Colorado lawmakers are debating a plan to remove state sales tax credits currently given for food sold out of vending machines. The measure would generate $8.759 million in extra tax revenue to the state in its first year and $8.986 million in its second year. More    E-mail article

Lessons From The Fall Of Giants
from Entrepreneur
The most important thing for any entrepreneur is learning from mistakes, and nobody says they have to be yours. Most small businesses can't afford errors. Luckily the recent recession provides many mistakes from which to learn; and at a current cost of $3 trillion, somebody should be getting something out of this. More    E-mail article

New Food Safety Bill Generates Lots of Questions at Hearing
from Lancaster Farming
Colorado lawmakers are debating a plan to remove state sales tax credits currently given for food sold out of vending machines. The measure would generate $8.759 million in extra tax revenue to the state in its first year and $8.986 million in its second year. More    E-mail article

13 Cities Post Unemployment Above 15 Percent
from CNN
There were 13 unlucky cities with unemployment rates topping 15 percent in April, and another 93 saw joblessness climb above 10percent, according to a government report recently released. More    E-mail article

Vending Machine Craze Going Mainstream?
from Brand X
Of course, shopping at your local vending machine is nothing foreign to the Japanese. They might even giggle at how excited we get at the iPod dispenser at Macy’s. More    E-mail article

Are You Ready To Pay A Mileage Tax?
from The Daily Green
For years, opponents of suburban sprawl and those concerned about global warming have been among those arguing for a simple gas tax that would encourage fuel efficiency and create disincentives to wasteful driving. The idea is to correct an economic "externality": The cost of dealing with all the pollution from burning fossil fuels and developing far-flung suburbs isn't paid at the pump. More    E-mail article

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