NAC Weekly eNews
Mar. 13, 2013

New York City large soda ban overturned
USA Today
A New York State judge has halted the controversial New York City ban on large sugary drinks. The ban was set to take effect March 12. It would put a 16-ounce cap on sweetened bottled drinks and fountain beverages sold at city restaurants, delis, movie theaters, sports venues and street carts. The size limit applies to beverages that have more than 25 calories per 8 ounces. It doesn't include 100 percent juice drinks or beverages with more than 50 percent milk. Manhattan state Supreme Court Justice Milton Tingling wrote that loopholes "effectively defeat the stated purpose."More

NAFEM honors Evans
The North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers (NAFEM) honored NAC President John Evans, Jr. among 50 allied association leaders with a Doctorate of Foodservice (DFS) award during ceremonies held at The NAFEM Show, Feb. 7, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla. NAFEM’s DFS program recognizes elected leaders of major foodservice industry associations for their commitment and dedication to their respective organizations and the industry at-large. More

NAC/Al Lapidus/Variety Boys & Girls Club Scholarship Golf Classic
Join us for golf just prior to the start of the CinemaCon Convention and Trade Show in Las Vegas. The Annual Al Lapidus/Variety Boys & Girls Club Scholarship Golf Classic will be held on Monday, April 15, 2013, at Anthem Country Club in Henderson, Nev. The Golf Classic is named for the late NAC past president Al Lapidus, and proceeds from the tournament benefit college scholarships for the Variety Boys & Girls Club of East Los Angeles, the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation, and the educational programs of the National Association of Concessionaires. Visit the NAC website for more information.More

New York City appeals soda size ban court defeat
New York City challenged a ruling throwing out Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's proposal to ban some large-size soda drinks, calling the decision yesterday by a state court judge "contrary to law." In a five-page notice of appeal, the city said it would fight the ruling by New York Supreme Court Justice Milton Tingling before the court's appellate division in Manhattan.More

Wrigley's new chewing gum packs a dose of caffeine
The Wall Street Journal
For those tired of getting their energy boosts in liquid form, Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. has a proposition to chew on: caffeinated gum. The world's largest gum company, known for brands like Juicy Fruit and Doublemint, plans to start selling Alert Energy Caffeine Gum next month at convenience stores, supermarkets and mass retailers in the U.S. Wrigley said it is targeting consumers 25 and older who want a portable energy product that will let them control their caffeine consumption.More

The bottled water business is booming in New York City
The Associated Press via New York Daily News
It wasn't too long ago that America had a love affair with soda. Now, an old flame has the country's heart. As New York City's ban on the sale of large cups of soda and other sugary drinks at some businesses was set to begin on March 12, one thing is clear: soda's run as the nation's beverage of choice has fizzled. In its place? A favorite for much of history: Plain old H2O.More

Budweiser Gardens offering new food options during skating championships
MetroNews Canada
Even though Trevor Moore and Kim Sutherland agree each multi-day event held at Budweiser Gardens possesses its own unique challenges, they feel past experience will play a part in ensuring the upcoming figure skating worlds runs smoothly. From a food and beverage perspective, previously hosting the 2005 Canadian Figure Skating Championships, 2005 Memorial Cup, 2011 Brier, and — wait for it — several professional wrestling dates, have been invaluable.More

More than ever, Americans trying to cut down or avoid gluten
Convenience Store News
A third of U.S. adults say they want to cut down on gluten or remove it from their diets altogether, according to a study by The NPD Group. The research firm's bi-weekly study, "Dieting Monitor," tracks top-of-mind dieting and nutrition-related issues for consumers and reported 30 percent of adults claimed to cut down or avoid gluten completely in January.More

Peeps candy still popular 60 years after hatching
The Associated Press via The Toledo Blade
It's Easter morning. A boy rouses his younger brother, and they run to the living room to find their baskets filled with — what else? — Peeps. "Peeps are the candy of Easter," the boy tells his sibling, who pops a yellow marshmallow chick in his mouth. More

Nuts: From candy to nutritional dynamite 'few foods have experienced such a renaissance', says scientist
Nuts are good sources of healthy fats, protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. They also pack a fairly weighty caloric punch. However, epidemiological data consistently shows that high nut consumption is associated with lower incidence of obesity. So what's going on?More

Food memories may aid weight loss, researchers say
Los Angeles Times
Dieters may want to forget episodes of falling off the wagon, but researchers say an attentive memory for what is eaten could help people eat less at their next meals. So sitting at a movie with a bucket of popcorn holding perhaps a day's worth of calories might be a bad idea for the present and the future, the research in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests. In an analysis of 24 studies, the researchers found that while distractions can lead to increased eating, that distraction is even more influential on later eating.More

Celebrity endorsements may spur kids' unhealthy eating
Kids eat more of a food product that has been endorsed by a celebrity, researchers report in a new study. While that finding likely comes as no surprise to parents, the researchers also found that children eat more of an endorsed snack food when they see the celebrity on TV in a context other than an advertisement, the researchers said.More