NAC Weekly eNews
Jan. 16, 2013

Coke's new anti-obesity ad is a soda-maker first
NBCNews.com
For the first time ever, a big soda company is launching a campaign to combat obesity. The Coca-Cola Co., fighting back on how the sweet calories in sugary sodas have become a health policy and obesity bogeyman lately, kicks off its initiative with a new epic two-minute ad called "Coming Together."More

NAC corporate programs
NAC
NAC's Education Programs continue to expand globally with a Corporate Program scheduled for March 25 and 26 in Bangkok, Thailand, for SF Cinema City. NAC's Director of Education, Larry Etter, CCM, with his multitude of concession and food and beverage experience, is available to all NAC member companies for a one or two day corporate program. For more details and pricing, please contact Dan Borschke at: 312.236.3858 or dborschke@naconline.org. More

Food Safety Certification
NAC
The National Association of Concessionaires has partnered with National Registry of Food Safety Professionals (NRFSP) to develop a concessions-branded course. National Registry examinations provide an effective, efficient and economical alternative to satisfying the food manager certification and food handler certificate requirements. More

Join us on Facebook and LinkedIn
NAC
NAC would like to invite all of our members and their associates to "Like" the National Association of Concessionaires on Facebook and join the National Association of Concessionaires group on LinkedIn. It's a great way to share insight, stay in touch with association news and network with your peers. More

Welcome new members!
NAC
NAC is pleased to welcome new member:
Tom Chestnut of Chestnut Identity
Matthew Ezra of Hoyt CorporationMore

Study: Cutlery choice could affect food enjoyment
FoodNavigator-USA.com
The way in which people interact with food – including the utensils they choose – could affect how foods are perceived and enjoyed, according to a new study published in the Journal of Sensory Studies.More

Why Mars won't be releasing its Super Bowl ad early
AdAge
As it prepares to run a Super Bowl ad for the fourth straight year, Mars is taking what you might call an old fashioned approach. Rather than releasing its 30-second M&Ms spot early to create some buzz — as has been the trend of late — the candy maker still believes in the power of what top North American marketer Roy Benin calls the "anticipation bubble." More

Study: Restaurants avoiding menu price increases
Pizza Marketplace
Chain restaurants, tasked with navigating both value-hungry customers and rising commodity prices, are showing little interest in significant menu price increases, according to a new survey of industry executives conducted by SpenDifference, a supply chain co-op that helps restaurants save money.More

Putting a price tag on safe food
Los Angeles Times
It has been only a couple of weeks since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released an overdue but worthy set of rules to implement the two-year-old Food Safety Modernization Act. The regulations aren't complete — a third set on imported food is still due — but it's already clear that the associated expense, even though it's a blip on the chart compared with the cost of contaminated food, faces adamant opposition.More

A snack trend with pop: Gourmet popcorn takes over
TIME
Move over, CrackerJack: The hottest snack food of 2013 is gourmet popcorn. And we're not talking that bright orange stuff that comes in the tins you get around the holidays. Today's popcorn has gone seriously decadent, flavored with everything from black truffles to the Italian spirit Campari to wasabi. More

Food prices will be affected by drought, farm bill
Belleville News-Democrat
Consumers will see higher food prices in 2013, while likely facing a harder time finding organic and locally grown food — all thanks to the drought gripping the Midwest and the nine-month extension to the federal farm bill passed Jan. 1 as part of the "fiscal cliff" deal between the White House and the U.S. Congress.More

Corn crop took hardest hit from drought
The Associated Press via USA Today
For farmers like Earl Williams, last year couldn't have started out better or ended much worse as a warm, sunny spring that let him plant early gave way to record heat and drought that devastated his corn.More

Blue colors in lollipops present health risk to kids, say researchers
ConfectioneryNews.com
Researchers are urging candy makers to remove two blue food colors from hard candies and lollipops because they may pose a health risk to children. More