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The chocolate candy in the Halloween trick-or-treat bag
The New York Times
Just in time for Halloween comes welcome news for the makers of chocolate candy: Last year, sales for the holiday jumped 12 percent, and sleuthing by industry analysts has turned up some intriguing reasons. Not only are chocolate-makers getting more creative with their ingredients, they are also experimenting with their packaging as well — embracing what brain scientists call the smorgasbord effect, offering shoppers a variety of tastes in one purchase. And the strategy is spreading throughout the grocery store.
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ASSOCIATION NEWS


Tish Hardric receives Double Diamond Pin
NAC
Tish Hardric, Sales Manager/ Movie Foods Division at Great Western Products, was recently presented with the prestigious Double Diamond Pin signifying that she has sponsored 20 new NAC members. With this accomplishment, Hardric becomes one of only seven individuals to reach this lofty status in the 70 year history of NAC.
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NAC names Soni as new regional vice president
NAC
The National Association of Concessionaires has announced Manu Soni, ACS, has joined the Board of Directors as Regional Vice President (RVP) of Middle East/North Africa Region. Soni currently serves as Managing Director of M.R.S. Packaging Solutions located in Dubai, UAE.
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SPONSORED CONTENT


Welcome new members
NAC
NAC is pleased to welcome new members:
Marleen Briggs of Veterans Memorial Civic Center
Kevin Laban of Kernel Season's, LLC
Joseling Zenarosa of Kernel Season's, LLC

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IN THE NEWS


Apple Pay World Series: San Francisco and Kansas City stadiums to accept concession stand payments via iPhone 6
KNTV-TV
Forget Ned Yost and the Kansas City Royals bunting their way to a World Series title. The real action is in the concourse, with tech-savvy fans whipping out Apple's brand new app to pay for Cracker Jacks.
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Candy: The next battle in America's health war?
The Washington Post
On almost every day of the year, Room W471 on the fourth floor of Chicago's enormous McCormick Place convention center is as unremarkable as any corporate meeting room you might imagine. It is gray. Or perhaps beige. Or is it a dull blue? It is the efficient non-identifiable hue of how business gets done in 21st-century America.
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Social becomes sales: Facebook, Twitter to battle over e-commerce
By Emma Fitzpatrick
Establishing a social presence for your business is no longer optional. Social has become the customer service line, a satisfaction meter, a fan club and your personal brand bulletin board. Not surprisingly, a whopping 92 percent of marketers already know social media is really important for their business. But, given the time investment and emphasis placed on social in today's marketing world, who would have guessed 2 out of 3 of those same marketers think their Facebook efforts may be ineffective? Well, that number will surely be changing soon.
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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.

www.twix.com
 


To improve a memory, consider chocolate
The New York Times
Science edged closer to showing that an antioxidant in chocolate appears to improve some memory skills that people lose with age. In a small study in the journal Nature Neuroscience, healthy people, ages 50 to 69, who drank a mixture high in antioxidants called cocoa flavanols for three months performed better on a memory test than people who drank a low-flavanol mixture.
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7 wines to pair with your favorite Halloween candy
Food & Wine
One of the worst parts about being an adult is that, unless you want a weird neighborhood reputation, you can't go trick-or-treating anymore. But one of the best parts about being an adult is that you can buy as much candy as you want and don't have to wait for your parents to meter it out to you. Not only that, but now you can also drink while you eat it.
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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!"

www.hi-chew.com
 


Frito-Lay spices up its salty snacks after America votes for its favorite new taste
Daily Mail
Americans have rejected the chance of enjoying a cappuccino flavored potato chip and instead chose the more exotic wasabi ginger option. Frito-Lay, who are owned by Pepsi, launched the Do Us A Flavor promotion where one million people got the chance to vote for a new type of chip.
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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
  Quench thirst with the Lemonator®!

Your customers will love the refreshing taste of lemonade! With the Lemonator, prep is easy and convenient. The heavy-duty, commercial-grade design has a raised platform so even souvenir cups fit underneath the juicer. Click here to see the Lemonator in action.

Visit Gold Medal for your drink and frozen beverage needs.
 


Brazilian company wins takeover battle for banana giant Chiquita
Reuters via Fortune
Chiquita Brands International Inc. agreed to a $682 million takeover by Brazilian juice maker Grupo Cutrale and investment firm Safra Group, with the U.S.-based banana producer going private in early 2015 at the latest.
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The Giants versus the Royals, a World Series food fight
Yahoo
Sure, the San Francisco Giants have pitching ace Madison Bumgarner, but Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium sits smack dab in the country's barbecue epicenter. And the fleet-footed Royals seem to steal bases at will, but the City by the Bay's status as a foodie mecca holds the concessions at AT&T Park to a high standard.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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    Firm owned by Yankees, Cowboys will run food service at new Kings arena (The Sacramento Bee)
2014 World Series will see 1st stadiums in pro sports accepting Apple Pay (Forbes)
Where the minimum wage stands in each state and how it could change (The Washington Post)
America says no to cappuccino potato chips (The Associated Press via Houston Chronicle)

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