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Booze, better food and indies — how theaters are luring more Hispanics
The Wrap
At AMC's 15 dine-in theaters, the chain offers a menu that features two dishes with chipotle peppers, three types of tacos, five kinds of quesadillas, a fiesta trio, a fajita chicken wrap and more than 20 specialty cocktails.
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Expo Evaluation
NAC
We are asking the attendees of the 2014 NAC Concession & Hospitality Expo at the Denver Marriott City Center to evaluate our acitivities at the show. Please be candid as your input will help us to improve our offerings in the future. Please take a few minutes to fill out the brief survey form.
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Regional Seminars coming in September
NAC
There are two installments of the popular Regional Seminar Series Coming up in September. The first is Sept. 15 in Orlando, Florida, and the next is Sept. 24 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The intention of this seminar "Building the Experience" is to stress the importance of changing the mental image of the concession experience. The ability to retrain the consumer from the ground up as to the reliability, creativity and professionalism within the ranks of the recreational foodservice channel. You can find more information and register by clicking here. Both online and printed registration forms are available.
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Welcome new member!
NAC is pleased to welcome new member:
Armand Kramedjian of Innovative Candy Concepts

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IN THE NEWS


The amazing health benefits of chocolate
By Denise A. Valenti
Research has shown health benefits in the regular consumption of chocolate. However, it depends on the chocolate. The sugary, fat-imbibed cocoa confection most often consumed is far different than the cacao bean drink used for medicinal purposes in ancient cultures. But if the sugar is limited and the milk omitted, a dose of dark chocolate can be considered healthy. The earliest evidence of cacao consumption is estimated to be between 1400 and 1100 B.C. when Mayans and Aztecs used the beans in a drink for ceremonial and medicinal purposes.
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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
  MARS Chocolate Bites

New-Twix® Brand Bites will deliver excitement to your concessions! Bite size perfection is the biggest innovation in the Twix® Brand history. Available April 2014. Twix® Bites will punctuate the Mars Chocolate portfolio. Movie going consumers will love the bite size unwrapped Twix®. Pre-order today.

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Lindt buys No.3 slot in US market with candy-maker Russell Stover
Reuters
Switzerland's Lindt & Spruengli has agreed to buy U.S. candy-maker Russell Stover in a billion-dollar deal that makes it the third-biggest chocolate-maker in the United States behind Hershey and Mars. Lindt did not disclose the price of the deal that will give it the family-owned firm whose pralines were made famous by the movie "Forrest Gump" — and with it, access to U.S. consumers' rising appetite for higher-quality affordable chocolates.
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Why there's no such thing as a bad attitude
By Harry J. Friedman
"He's got a bad attitude." "She's not a team player." "He's not a very pleasant person to work with." Does this sound familiar? It probably does. Every manager has had an employee who just wasn't part of the team. You advise the employee that he/she has a bad attitude or needs to be better at teamwork. So why doesn't that kind of advice solve the problem? You cannot with certainty correct an employee's attitude. You can with certainty correct an employee's behaviors. Here's how.
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Hershey's hikes candy prices 8 percent on soaring cocoa costs
New York Post
Hershey Co., the No. 1 candy producer in the U.S., has hiked its chocolate prices for the first time in three years, a sign that a yearlong soaring cocoa market is eating into confectioners' profits. The overall price increase of about 8 percent is aimed at tackling rising commodity costs, the company said.
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Coca-Cola pours billions into Mexico despite soda tax
The Wall Street Journal
Coca-Cola Co. said it plans to invest more than $8.2 billion in Mexico over the next six years together with its eight local bottlers. The Atlanta-based company's announcement comes despite a roughly 12 percent tax that Mexico slapped on full-calorie sodas, teas and juices in January in an effort to trim waistlines and prevent diabetes. A third of children and more than two-thirds of adults in Mexico are overweight, while the country is also struggling with high rates of diabetes.
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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
  Feed Your Crave

Japan's #1 Fruit Chew has been sweeping the nation and is poised to become the next American Favorite! Hi-Chew can be found in 5 tantalizingly juicy flavors at convenience and grocery stores across the United States! No matter which flavor you choose, you’re in for a long-lasting, mouth-watering treat! Enjoy!"

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Study finds elementary students like new healthier lunches
The Wall Street Journal
When the federal government implemented new school-meal regulations in 2012, a majority of elementary school students complained about the healthier lunches, but by the end of the school year, most found the food agreeable, according to survey results released by the University of Illinois at Chicago.
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The GMO debate: What retailers and suppliers need to know in 2014
Specialty Food Association
In the food dispute of the decade, one fact is clear: Consumers are growing more aware — and wary — of genetically modified foods. Here, specialty retailers and producers across the country explain why you should craft your own GMO strategy for the sake of sales, trust and transparency.
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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
  UL & UL Sanitation Listed Floss Machines

Gold Medal has the only UL & UL Sanitation Listed floss machines on the market today. Now, operators can become their areas' profit leader thanks to the patent-pending quick-release floss cap and floaters. We have also integrated all existing model options and styles into one cabinet design.

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Campbell Soup to launch more than 200 new products in 2015
Campbell Soup Company via FoodBev.com
During a presentation with investors, Campbell Soup Company president and CEO Denise Morrison shared her perspective on the state of the packaged food industry and the consumer environment, saying the company will launch more than 200 new products next year to meet changing tastes, preferences and needs.
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Do trans fat bans save lives?
VoxEu.org via Wall Street Pit
Artificial trans fat is omnipresent in the global food chain, but the medical consensus is that it increases the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases such as heart disease and stroke. Between 2007 and 2011, New York City and six other county health departments implemented bans on trans fat in restaurants. This column presents the first evaluation of the effect of these bans on cardiovascular disease mortality rates.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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    The secrets behind Disney's $2.2 billion theme park profits (Forbes)
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Can you really afford mediocre employees? (By Mel Kleiman)
When it comes to veggie food, Giants lead the league (San Francisco Chronicle)

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