While doing some research today, I ran across this press release. Expect to see Disney characters in gumball machines soon.
COCKEYSVILLE, MD -- A&A Global Industries said it has closed on a licensing deal with Walt Disney Consumer Products. According to the terms, the bulk vending supplier has acquired a license to produce a variety of capsuled toys and novelties based on Disney properties for distribution in the vending space in the U.S.
The license awards A&A access to such iconic characters as Disney Classics, Fairies and Princesses, along with content from films like Cars, Toy Story and Ratatouille, and live-action productions High School Musical and Hannah Montana. A&A officials said there are other properties in the portfolio that will be announced once the projects are approved and scheduled for production.
"We are honored to be partnering with the Walt Disney Co. and celebrating their world-renowned properties in unique and trend-forward vending machine products," said A&A vice-president Phil Brilliant. "We already have many of these concepts on the drawing board. They will be impressive not only to vending machine operators, but more importantly to vending machine consumers."
A&A will be rolling out Disney vendibles in the first quarter of 2010, and expects to have a full program available in the second quarter.