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Food's actually getting good at these theme parks
USA Today
When it comes to food, some theme parks take their guests for a ride. They hold visitors hostage by forbidding them to bring food or beverages into the park and then selling them pre-frozen, bland, overpriced, and otherwise crummy things to eat at overcrowded stands. Or they outsource their dining services to national chains that offer the same old fast food that can be found outside the park with one notable exception: It generally costs way more. Some parks, however, are showing good taste and have been making marked improvements to the food they serve.
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ASSOCIATION NEWS


2015 President's Convention Scholarship awarded to Sheerin
NAC
The National Association of Concessionaires (NAC) has announced that Jean Sheerin has been awarded the 2015 President's Expo Scholarship. The Concession & Hospitality Expo will take place on July 21-24, at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati and the adjacent Duke Energy Convention Center. Sheerin is the Deputy Director of Permit, Concessions and Volunteer Resources for Forest Preserves of Cook County in Illinois.
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Congrats to our latest CCM class
NAC
The following individuals earned their Certified Concession Manager (CCM) designation at a class in Memphis on April 15-18. Congratulations to Thomas Gandee of Gonzales Cinema, Donnis Hendrix of SMG Bok Center/Cox Business Center, Deepak Keshani of Hollywood 20 Cinema, Christopher Leitz of Kernel Season's, LLC, Don Massingill of REI Cinemas, Andy Rodriguez of Cordova Towne Cinema 14, Phillip Smith of Smyrna Cinema and Michael Shanks of Barlett 10. There is another class just prior to the Concession & Hospitality Expo coming up in July in Cincinnati. The class begins on July 18. Deadline to sign up is July 8.
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Book your Expo hotel rooms now
NAC
You have until June 30 to book your hotel rooms for the 2015 Concession & Hospitality Expo. Choose the newly transformed Hyatt Regency Cincinnati and experience a hotel offering every possible convenience under one roof—including the city's largest hotel ballroom. Set in the heart of town, connected to the Duke Energy Convention Center and near an array of attractions and entertainment venues, the regal Hyatt Regency Cincinnati reigns supreme amongst downtown hotels. Visit the Expo page on naconline.org and click on the hotel tab. Any requests for rooms after June 30 may not be met.
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Registration open and booths on sale for 2015 Concession & Hospitality Expo
NAC
Join the top food and beverage leaders at The International Concessions and Hospitality Marketplace. The Concession & Hospitality Expo will take place on July 21-24 at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati and the adjacent Duke Energy Convention Center and registration for the event is now open. We will extend the early registration discount for a while longer, but don't delay. Make sure you make your travel plans now. The 2015 Trade Show is at the Duke Energy Center right across the street from the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati and will be held on Wednesday, July 22 (1–4 p.m.) and Thursday, July 23 (2–4 p.m.) and is open to full and tabletop displays. Visit our Expo page on www.naconline.org and click the Trade Show tab to see a list of companies already signed up for the show and a link to their websites. Any requests for rooms after June 30 may not be met.
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Join Us for a Live Q&A Session
[Gold Medal Products Co.]
If you have a question about the concession business, you’ll want to join Gold Medal for a Q&A Session on Thursday, 6/25 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern. Find us on Facebook for more details: facebook.com/gmcincinnati.
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Welcome new members
NAC
NAC is pleased to welcome new members:
Bradford Coons of Icebox Water
Martin Bethea of Delaware North Sportservice
Heather Clauss of Free Flow Wines

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IN THE NEWS


General Mills axes artificial flavors from cereals
USA Today
General Mills will get rid of artificial flavors and colors from all of its cereals by 2017, the company said. Artificial ingredients are already absent from 60 percent of its cereals, including Cheerios and Cinnamon Toast Crunch, which either never had them or were replaced more than 20 years ago.
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McDonald's targets hipsters with its burger bike tote
Wired
Good news for cyclists who couldn't quite figure out how to stuff their happy meals into their messenger bags: McDonald's has you covered. Sort of. For its newest ad campaign, the burger-slinging chain partnered with global ad agency Tribal to design a new form of packaging made specifically for people on two wheels.
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14 brands of bottled water recalled over E. coli concerns
USA Today
Niagara Bottling is voluntarily recalling several brands of bottled water after one of its sources was contaminated with E. coli. The voluntary recall is for all Spring Water products produced at its Pennsylvania manufacturing facilities during June 10 to June 18. So far there have been no reports of illnesses related to recalled bottled water.
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Nestlé will be the 1st brand to run a sponsored periscope stream
Adweek
Since Twitter-owned Periscope launched in March, brands have been curious about how to turn livestreaming video into ads. Twitter doesn't offer Periscope ads yet, but a campaign from Nestlé this weekend shows how marketers can still work slick marketing into the buzzy app.
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Hershey's remake of 'the great American chocolate bar'
Fox Business
The Hershey Company's iconic milk chocolate bar is getting a makeover after 120 years. The confectionery giant is undergoing a multi-year plan to overhaul all of its products which will ultimately contain "simple and easy-to-understand" ingredients.
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The craft movement: Coffee
By Lisa McReynolds-Smith
​You can smell it a mile away. That warm, fresh smell of roasted heaven. And the array of flavors, like a well-orchestrated science experiment, will have you wondering, "What is this? And where did it come from?" Craft coffee is not just about those aromatic flavors and tastes. It's about the quality of the life cycle of the beans — from planting/harvesting, to buying quality beans, to carefully roasting those beans, to finally brewing that perfect cup.
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