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AUG 2015

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Lavazza Offers To Purchase Carte Noire ▶ Italian coffee roaster Lavazza made an offer to Douwe Egberts B.V. to purchase its French coffee brand Carte Noire. The pro- posed deal remains subject to information and consul- tation with relevant works councils as well as European Commission and French competition approvals. According to the terms of the offer, Lavazza would take control of the Carte Noire business within the Euro- pean Economic Area (EEA) with the exception of Carte Noire instant coffee, T-Discs and out-of-home businesses. Maryland County Council Overturns Healthy Vending Veto ▶ Four of fve How- ard County, MD, council members voted to overturn County Executive Allan Kittleman's veto of a bill that would require nutritional guidelines for items sold in county vending machines, The Baltimore Sun reports. In July Kittleman vetoed Council Bill 17-2015, say- ing that government should not regulate what a person should and should not eat. Kittleman noted the bill would have a "detrimental" impact on small businesses. Parlevel Systems Expands Into Canada ▶ Parlevel Systems announced it has reached an agreement with Jasper Vending Company of Jasper, Alberta to deploy its Parlevel VMS technology. As a result of this arrangement, Jasper Vending becomes the frst Canadian-based operator to deploy Parlevel's cloud- based VMS. U.S. Dept. Of Labor Proposes Major Changes To Exempt Salary Status ▶ The U.S. Department of Labor is issuing a proposed rule to increase the mini- mum salary requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act for exempt employees. The proposed rule seeks comments on the following main proposed changes: 1. Set the minimum salary level to qualify for the white collar exemptions at 40 percent of the national weekly earnings for full-time salaried employees ($921 per week/$47,892 annually but expected to increase to $970 a week/$50,440 annu- ally in 2016); 2. Increase the mini- mum salary for Highly Compensated Employees to 90 percent of the national weekly earnings of full-time salaried workers ($122,148 annually); and 3. Establish a mechanism for automatically updating the minimum salary to meet the exemption on a yearly basis. While the proposed rule sets forth different types of mechanisms for calculat- ing the automatic update which mechanism will be utilized is not identifed. The rule will not go into effect until the comment period has ended. People in the News Howard Chapman Begins Term As NAMA Chair NAMA announced that Howard Chapman, vice president and division manager of the offce coffee division for Royal Cup, began his one-year term as chair of the associa- tion's board of directors on July 1, 2015. Chapman is a native of Atlanta, GA and attended Georgia State University. 365 Retail Markets Announces New Marketing Manager 365 Retail Markets announced the recent appointment of Jen Tonio as its new market- ing manager. Tonio will be responsible for the coordination of day-to-day marketing ac- tivities. Tonio has worked on projects for a variety of major brands including; Toyota, Chrysler, DTE Energy and Coca-Cola. Parks To Represent NAMA At China International Vending Show Jeff Parks, president of Southern Refreshment Services, will represent NAMA at the 2015 China International Self-Service, Kiosk & Vending Show taking place Sept. 16-18 in Shanghai. Parks will serve as an industry ambassador for the associa- tion and deliver an educational program. "NAMA has a long-standing relationship with our counter- parts in China and I look forward to representing the association and industry at this important event," said Parks. AVB Sales & Marketing Hires Kris Ellington AVB Sales & Marketing announces the ad- dition of Kris Ellington as a territory sales manager. Ellington brings 17 years of vend/ OCS channel experience with her to the company. Most recently she worked as a national account executive with Avanti Markets. Hershey Announces New CMO The Hershey Co. announced that marketing veteran Peter Horst joined the company as senior vice president, chief marketing offcer, effective July 27. Horst joins Hershey from Capital One Financial Corporation where he served as senior vice president, brand marketing. Chapman Tonio Ellington Horst August 2015 VendingMarketWatch.com Automatic Merchandiser 7 T O P N E W S

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