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Opticwash a Hit at CES

The Opticwash kiosk boasts the ability to cleanse and disinfect eyewear and jewelry in little more than a minute. The fully-automated system prompts users to place their dirtied and delicate items inside the kiosk and then runs a wash and dry cycle that the company said removes 99 percent of bacteria.

Prototypes deployed to the general public last year have found particular popularity in airports and military bases.

 
Say Hello to Burrito Box

In a new high for food distribution technology (and a new low for Mexican cuisine), the Burrito Box Campany has debuted "the world's first automated burrito kiosk" -- located inside a Mobil gas station store in West Hollywood, California. The innovative machines are designed and built by AVT of Corona, California

Like RedBox for DVD rentals, the Burrito Box has an interactive touch-screen menu that lets you choose between five burrito flavors at $3 each (before tax). Once you've chosen between Chorizo Sausage, Roasted Potato, Uncured Bacon, Free-Range Chicken and Shredded Beef, it also allows you to add sour cream, tabasco sauce and guacamole for an extra fee.

When the transaction is complete, sit back and enjoy a little music video as the machine warms your food. If you purchased extra condiments, they're dispensed in their own packaging alongside the burrito.


 
Rollasole Machine at Golden Globe Awards
The Rollasole machine, a clever portable shoe dispenser, was featured at this year's Golden Globe Awards.

The unique system dispenses pairs of the shoes, rolled up to fit in a purse, and includes a compact bag to carry home uncomfortable heels. They come in a variety of styles, sizes and colors from which patrons can select using an interactive touchscreen display.

Engineers and designers at AVT worked with Rollasole to create a unique self-service system that would be fun, engaging, and entertaining for consumers. The first Rollasole machines were placed inside the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian Resort in Las Vegas in 2012, and they have been expanding ever since.

 
Subway vending machine offers beauty products that match riders' outfits
The interactive kiosks can detect the colors in an outfit, and then recommend L'Oreal Paris products that she can buy on the spot.
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Registration Opens For NAMA Coffee, Tea & Water Show In Nashville - See more at: http://www.vendingtimes.com/ME2/dirmod.asp?sid=EB79A487112B48A296B38C81345C8C7F&nm=&type=Publishing&mod=Publications%3A%3AArticle&mid=8F3A7027421841978F18BE895F87F791&tier=4&id=E5CE7C33A21C4E56B7DBDD0388161671#sthash.rV8PTBos.dpuf
Registration Opens For NAMA Coffee, Tea & Water Show In Nashville - See more at: http://www.vendingtimes.com/ME2/dirmod.asp?sid=EB79A487112B48A296B38C81345C8C7F&nm=&type=Publishing&mod=Publications%3A%3AArticle&mid=8F3A7027421841978F18BE895F87F791&tier=4&id=E5CE7C33A21C4E56B7DBDD0388161671#sthash.rV8PTBos.dpuf
Registration Opens For NAMA Coffee, Tea & Water Show In Nashville - See more at: http://www.vendingtimes.com/ME2/dirmod.asp?sid=EB79A487112B48A296B38C81345C8C7F&nm=&type=Publishing&mod=Publications%3A%3AArticle&mid=8F3A7027421841978F18BE895F87F791&tier=4&id=E5CE7C33A21C4E56B7DBDD0388161671#sthash.rV8PTBos.dpuf
Registration Opens For NAMA Coffee, Tea & Water Show In Nashville - See more at: http://www.vendingtimes.com/ME2/dirmod.asp?sid=EB79A487112B48A296B38C81345C8C7F&nm=&type=Publishing&mod=Publications%3A%3AArticle&mid=8F3A7027421841978F18BE895F87F791&tier=4&id=E5CE7C33A21C4E56B7DBDD0388161671#sthash.rV8PTBos.dpuf
Registration Opens For NAMA Coffee, Tea & Water Show In Nashville - See more at: http://www.vendingtimes.com/ME2/dirmod.asp?sid=EB79A487112B48A296B38C81345C8C7F&nm=&type=Publishing&mod=Publications%3A%3AArticle&mid=8F3A7027421841978F18BE895F87F791&tier=4&id=E5CE7C33A21C4E56B7DBDD0388161671#sthash.rV8PTBos.dpuf
Registration Opens For NAMA Coffee, Tea & Water Show In Nashville - See more at: http://www.vendingtimes.com/ME2/dirmod.asp?sid=EB79A487112B48A296B38C81345C8C7F&nm=&type=Publishing&mod=Publications%3A%3AArticle&mid=8F3A7027421841978F18BE895F87F791&tier=4&id=E5CE7C33A21C4E56B7DBDD0388161671#sthash.rV8PTBos.dpuf
Registration Opens For NAMA Coffee, Tea & Water Show In Nashville - See more at: http://www.vendingtimes.com/ME2/dirmod.asp?sid=EB79A487112B48A296B38C81345C8C7F&nm=&type=Publishing&mod=Publications%3A%3AArticle&mid=8F3A7027421841978F18BE895F87F791&tier=4&id=E5CE7C33A21C4E56B7DBDD0388161671#sthash.rV8PTBos.dpuf
Registration Opens For NAMA Coffee, Tea & Water Show In Nashville - See more at: http://www.vendingtimes.com/ME2/dirmod.asp?sid=EB79A487112B48A296B38C81345C8C7F&nm=&type=Publishing&mod=Publications%3A%3AArticle&mid=8F3A7027421841978F18BE895F87F791&tier=4&id=E5CE7C33A21C4E56B7DBDD0388161671#sthash.rV8PTBos.dpuf
Registration Opens For NAMA Coffee, Tea & Water Show In Nashville - See more at: http://www.vendingtimes.com/ME2/dirmod.asp?sid=EB79A487112B48A296B38C81345C8C7F&nm=&type=Publishing&mod=Publications%3A%3AArticle&mid=8F3A7027421841978F18BE895F87F791&tier=4&id=E5CE7C33A21C4E56B7DBDD0388161671#sthash.rV8PTBos.dpuf
Registration Opens For NAMA Coffee, Tea & Water Show In Nashville - See more at: http://www.vendingtimes.com/ME2/dirmod.asp?sid=EB79A487112B48A296B38C81345C8C7F&nm=&type=Publishing&mod=Publications%3A%3AArticle&mid=8F3A7027421841978F18BE895F87F791&tier=4&id=E5CE7C33A21C4E56B7DBDD0388161671#sthash.rV8PTBos.dpuf
Registration Opens For NAMA Coffee, Tea & Water Show In Nashville - See more at: http://www.vendingtimes.com/ME2/dirmod.asp?sid=EB79A487112B48A296B38C81345C8C7F&nm=&type=Publishing&mod=Publications%3A%3AArticle&mid=8F3A7027421841978F18BE895F87F791&tier=4&id=E5CE7C33A21C4E56B7DBDD0388161671#sthash.rV8PTBos.dpuf
Registration Opens For NAMA Coffee, Tea & Water Show In Nashville - See more at: http://www.vendingtimes.com/ME2/dirmod.asp?sid=EB79A487112B48A296B38C81345C8C7F&nm=&type=Publishing&mod=Publications%3A%3AArticle&mid=8F3A7027421841978F18BE895F87F791&tier=4&id=E5CE7C33A21C4E56B7DBDD0388161671#sthash.rV8PTBos.dpuf
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NAMA said it expects a record number of exhibitors and will offer more than a dozen educational sessions. The event again is co-locating with the International Bottled Water Association's annual business conference, following last year's success. - See more at: http://www.vendingtimes.com/ME2/dirmod.asp?sid=EB79A487112B48A296B38C81345C8C7F&nm=&type=Publishing&mod=Publications%3A%3AArticle&mid=8F3A7027421841978F18BE895F87F791&tier=4&id=E5CE7C33A21C4E56B7DBDD0388161671#sthash.rV8PTBos.dpuf
NAMA said it expects a record number of exhibitors and will offer more than a dozen educational sessions. The event again is co-locating with the International Bottled Water Association's annual business conference, following last year's success. - See more at: http://www.vendingtimes.com/ME2/dirmod.asp?sid=EB79A487112B48A296B38C81345C8C7F&nm=&type=Publishing&mod=Publications%3A%3AArticle&mid=8F3A7027421841978F18BE895F87F791&tier=4&id=E5CE7C33A21C4E56B7DBDD0388161671#sthash.rV8PTBos.dpuf

Glamour is coming to one of the least glamorous places in the world: the NYC subway system.

Riders on the Bryant Park/Fifth Ave. station on the No. 7 line in Manhattan will be able to get cosmetics tips — and make purchases — at an interactive kiosk.

The machine — named the “Intelligent Color Experience” — detects colors in the customer’s outfit and recommends L’Oreal Paris makeup products. The kiosk will be in place for two months.

 

Green Mountain Fights Coffee Rust

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (GMCR), the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) of the InterAmerican Development Bank and Skoll Foundation announced support for the non-profit agricultural lender Root Capital’s Coffee Farmer Resilience Initiative. The initiative is a collaborative venture designed to stabilize supply chains by investing in coffee farmers at the base of the value chain, who are on the front lines of battling the leaf rust epidemic in Latin America.


 

begun offering a unique healthy vending concept in the Chicagoland area. The company makes its salads, sides and snacks from scratch each morning, using organic ingredients from local farms when possible. It packages them in recyclable plastic jars and delivers them to its machines by 10 a.m. The enterprise uses touchscreen venders wrapped in reclaimed barn wood. The machines were developed by Luke Saunders, Farmer's Fridge's founder, who drew from his manufacturing background. Product images, nutrition data and ingredients are displayed in a large, easy-to-read format; patrons can purchase multiple items at once. Each machine contains a recycling bin for the empty plastic containers - See more at: http://www.vendingtimes.com/ME2/dirmod.asp?sid=EB79A487112B48A296B38C81345C8C7F&nm=Vending+Features&type=Publishing&mod=Publications%3A%3AArticle&mid=8F3A7027421841978F18BE895F87F791&tier=4&id=8A113B9EE1CC418CA1EB2458E4978E6E#sthash.D7SyiTwv.dpu
 
AVT Wins Award of Excellence
AVT has won an Award of Excellence for their new Gen2 Marley Coffee Automated Store. This unique system uses specially filtered water and freshly-grinds top quality Marley Coffee, and brews gourmet coffee beverages including espresso and rare Jamaican Blue Mountain roasts.

The machine is a technological tour-de-force, with an Android-based operating system, and a unique user interface.
 









Shannon Illingworth, AVT Founder and Chairman, next to the company's Marley 360 Coffee System.

  
Marley Coffee Gen2 System

The Marley Coffee Machines are being made available to select ent
repreneurs nationwide.

For more information, contact Marley Coffee Stores at: 951-888-2405, or online at: marleycoffeestores.com











NAMA Soda Tax Victory

NAMA announced it is celebrating two significant victories in ballot initiatives directly impacting the industry; one in Telluride, Colo. and one in Washington.

NAMA assisted in the effort to defeat a measure to impose a one-cent per one fluid ounce tax on certain sugar-sweetened beverages sold in Telluride. This would have burdened business owners with a new tax compliance and impacted consumers with higher costs. Residents of Telluride, Colo. voted “no” on the proposed tax on Nov. 5, 2013.

 
Farmer's Fridge Bursts on the Scene

Farmer's Fridge has begun offering a unique healthy vending concept in the Chicagoland area. The company makes its salads, sides and snacks from scratch each morning, using organic ingredients from local farms when possible. It packages them in recyclable plastic jars and delivers them to its machines by 10 a.m. The enterprise uses touchscreen venders wrapped in reclaimed barn wood.

The machines were developed by AVT and Luke Saunders, Farmer's Fridge's founder, who drew from his manufacturing background. Product images, nutrition data and ingredients are displayed in a large, easy-to-read format; patrons can purchase multiple items at once. Each machine contains a recycling bin for the empty plastic containers.