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Can the food inside the Verizon Center compete with the food around it?
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Verizon Center executive chef Kevin Holler shows up to every game in uniform. With his chef whites and an absurdly tall toque above his 6 foot 1 inch frame, his height rivals that of the Washington Wizards players on the court. Holler roams around the 200 level, or Club Level, of the stadium like it's his own personal bistro, greeting employees and guests. In a way, it is: He oversees the Club Level's four themed concession stands and a full-service restaurant. On a busy night, he and his 60-cook team could serve 5,000 or 6,000 people. More

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NAC Educational Session at CinemaCon
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Join Anita Watts, President of Cinema Solutions and NAC Board member, as she moderates, "Concession Legislative & Public Policy Issues: A Panel Discussion." The event will take place on Wednesday, April 17 from 9 to 10:15 a.m. The interactive session will feature an outstanding panel of industry professionals and address topics of interest including New York City drink size restrictions, menu board labeling, and restrictions on toy prizes with kid's meals, and trends in food, beverage, nutrition and labeling issues. Panel participants include: Stefanie Miller, Group Vice President, The Coca Cola Company; Don Lear, Senior Marketing Manager, The Hershey Company; Robert Shimmin, Vice President Food & Beverage, Cinemark USA; Robert Perkins III, President, Act V Theaters and Todd Halstead, Deputy Director of Government Affairs, National Association of Theatre Owners. CinemaCon is slated for April 15-18 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

NAC President's Convention Scholarship
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The President's Convention Scholarship Fund was created to provide a scholarship package each year to the NAC Annual Convention. The fund will continue through donations and proceeds from the NAC Silent Auction and the NAC Run/Walk. Click here for more details and information on how to participate.

Marianne Abiaad new NAC West Coast RVP
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NAC President John Evans, Jr. has appointed Marianne Abiaad, Executive Vice President of Royal Corporation of Santa Fe Springs, Calif., as the new West Coast Regional Vice President on the NAC Board of Directors. Abiaad will be replacing Arthur Anderson of Odell's who during his lengthy tenure on the NAC Board organized and hosted numerous Regional Educational Programs that provided added value to the NAC membership in the western U.S. Abiaad's first board meeting will be on Sunday, April 14 prior to CinemaCon in Las Vegas.

Welcome new members!
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NAC is pleased to welcome new member:
George Stoddard of Waffle Cabin

 In the News

The soda wars: How Coke and brands big and small are duking it out via video
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Soda has become the prime punching bag for parents and public officials seeking a culprit for the country's obesity problem. And now, they're hitting back, with each brand using a different approach to defend their turf. More

Mars sustainability chief: Cocoa economy in 'critical state'    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The chocolate industry is behind in tackling some cocoa supply issues and must work more closely to avert shortages, according to Mars' head of sustainability. Andrew Pederson, global chocolate manager for sustainablity at Mars, said the industry could never guarantee complete freedom from unlawful labor practices or a fully environmentally friendly cocoa economy. More

The drought's impact on food prices
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Despite the warnings that last summer's historic drought would drive up the cost of food, prices rose only 2.6 percent in 2012, down from 3.7 percent growth in 2011, according to the USDA. Inflation slowed nearly 50 percent for food bought at grocery stores, while it jumped for food bought at restaurants. Prices in 2012 rose significantly for beef, poultry, fats and oils, but pork prices stayed basically flat and prices for fresh vegetables dropped. More

Taco Bell pulls ad that mocked vegetables as party food
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Taco Bell is pulling a TV ad after receiving complaints that it discouraged people from eating vegetables. The ad by the fast-food chain was touting its variety 12-pack of tacos, with a voiceover saying that bringing a vegetable tray to a party is "like punting on fourth and one" and that people secretly hate guests who bring vegetables to parties. More

Study: Ethanol mandate causing spiraling US food prices
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After more than 50 years of declining food prices, ethanol subsidies and mandates have caused a dramatic rise in U.S. food prices since 2005, data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show. The data were pulled together in a new study by FarmEcon LLC, an agriculture and food industry consulting firm. More

Snacking between meals linked to lower childhood obesity
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More frequent meals and snacks among primary school children may be associated with a lower risk of obesity, according to new research published in Public Health Nutrition. More

Study: Chase away the winter blues with more fruit, veggies
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A high intake of fruit and vegetables could be the key to living a calmer, happier and more energetic life, according to new research in the British Journal of Health Psychology. More


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