SOURCE: AVT, Inc.

AVT, Inc.

August 18, 2010 21:48 ET

AVT and Orca Distribution Partner to Create Automated Gift Shops

New "Smart" Vending Machines Provide an Automated Gift Shop Environment in Airports and Hotels

CORONA, CA--(Marketwire - August 18, 2010) -  AVT, Inc. (formerly Automated Vending Technologies) (PINKSHEETS: AVTC) (www.avtinconline.com)

AVT, Inc., one of the nation's leading providers of automated retailing systems, has reached an agreement with Orca Distribution to provide vending machines to serve the travel and tourism markets.

AVT will provide the vending technology to move an airport or hotel-style gift shop into the automated world.

Orca currently serves major airports throughout the nation, including Los Angeles International (LAX), Burbank, John Wayne (Orange County), New York LaGuardia, Dallas/Ft. Worth International, Atlanta (Hartsfield-Jackson International), Reno-Tahoe, Jacksonville (JAX), Portland International, Phoenix Sky Harbor, and JFK International in New York; and hotel chains such as Hyatt, Hilton, Westin, Sheraton, Marriott, and Embassy Suites.

Orca and AVT plan to offer travelers healthy alternatives to the typical high-fat content snacks usually found in vending machines and gift shops, and will feature selections from California Prime Produce, including naturally dried fruits, nuts, and mixes.

"We are pleased to partner with Orca and offer the public a more convenient and healthier product," AVT founder Shannon Illingworth commented. "The 'Automated Gift Shop' is an idea that we helped pioneer, and offers tremendous growth potential for all parties involved."

The new machines will be offering such unique and healthy items as natural mango, sliced kiwi, California dates, papaya and sliced peaches.

Winsor stated that the Orca partnership is due in part to the cutting-edge features of their machines. "We are a technology-driven company, and offer vending machines that provide a variety of solutions for a multitude of industries and products. Our units can be configured to feature cash and/or cashless payment systems, enhanced security, on-board refrigeration and heating, and instant online inventory status reports." He also noted that the "high level of customer service we provide is just another reason why companies continually choose AVT as their vending partner."

For more information, visit AVT's Website at: www.avtinconline.com, or call James Winsor, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Engineering Officer, at 951-737-1057.