NAC Weekly eNews
Mar. 26, 2014

Easter's Peeps hatch to year-round snack
USA Today
Peeps have been blown up in microwaves. Destroyed in dioramas. And even stirred with vodka and O.J. into so-called Peepdrivers. But Peeps — those sticky, icky, chick-shaped marshmallow treats common as pink, plastic grass in Easter baskets — mostly disappear each year with the Easter Bunny. Until now.More

Concessions Industry Data Initiative Survey
This initiative has been ongoing since the start of the year. It is vitally important that everyone take a few minutes out of their busy day to take this survey so the industry can achieve a valid sample size. The more people who participate, the more representative the data will be. We ask that you be as complete and candid as possible. Only summary data will be published and all individual, specific company data will be held in the strictest on confidence. All submissions go directly to FIU. Simply click on this link, take the survey and submit it. More

Welcome new members!

NAC is pleased to welcome new members:
Erica Paolicelli of Cagey Moon Company, sponsored by Jon Muscalo, Legends Hospitality Management
Randy Freeman of Buzz Bar, LLC, sponsored by Bob Shimmin, Concession Guru, LLCMore

Chemists discover secret to dark chocolate's health benefits
Los Angeles Times
For years, chocolate lovers have remained blissfully unaware of the precise reason bittersweet dark chocolate seems to improve cardiovascular health. At least until, now that is. Researchers at meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in Dallas said they had solved the confection conundrum: Specific chocolate-loving microbes in the gut convert an otherwise indigestible portion of the candy into anti-inflammatory compounds, they said.More

Study: Taste for sweet and salty foods linked
Food Navigator
Children who most prefer high levels of sweet tastes also most prefer high levels of salt, suggesting such a link could be behind high childhood consumption of both.More

Chew on this — gum sales are plunging
CBS News
Why are Americans sick of chewing gum? U.S. gum sales have plunged 11 percent over the last four years, and no one can really figure out why. There are all kinds of theories. Maybe health-conscious consumers don't see any real value in gum, even though sugarless gum does help prevent cavities. There doesn't seem to be a must-have gum anymore, either. Remember the "kiss a little longer" song from Big Red or Wrigley's Doublemint twins? That kind of marketing juice is gone.More

MBAs trying to solve America's food waste problem
Bloomberg Businessweek
Americans throw out almost a third of their food annually — the equivalent of more than $160 billion — while almost 15 percent of U.S. households struggle to put enough food on the table. MBA students at MIT's Sloan School of Management see this more as a business opportunity than a social problem.More

Kids' advertising entrenches adult brand loyalty
Food Navigator
Food brand mascots advertised to children can spark long-term brand loyalty and biases — a strategy that could be used to benefit public health but one that could also fuel public concern, warn researchers.More

Interactive packaging: What the world is waiting for?
Big brands may be dipping their toes in the interactive packaging pool, but two analysts question whether consumers really want this technology and ask if if manufacturers can keep the technology fresh and up to date.More

7 tips for working with subject-matter experts
By Joe Latta
Marketing and proposal writers are used to overcoming obstacles. Shifting deadlines, fluctuating workloads, snarky executives and poorly-written requests for proposals: they're just part of the job. But according to our recent business-writing survey, one challenge continually stands above the rest — working with subject-matter experts. That's why I'm exploring seven simple steps for getting the content you need, when you need it, from your firm's technical folks.More

Play ball! An 18-inch corn dog and 11 other strange stadium foods
Global Grind
The MLB's Arizona Diamondbacks introduced a new item to their stadium menu and it's none other than your favorite childhood food: The corn dog. But here's the plot twist – it's 18 inches long. This creation is called the D-Bat Dog and it's filled with cheese and bacon, which seems simple, but let's not forget that it's 18 INCHES LONG.More

LeBron James gets his own soda
Miami Heat star LeBron James is partnering with Sprite to introduce "Sprite 6 Mix," a specially branded cherry- and orange-flavored version of the popular lemon-and-lime soft drink. The new beverage hits store shelves nationwide for a limited time. More

As MLB returns to Sydney, Aussies rollout $40 hot dog at concession stand
At this point, isn't it safe to say that Food Wars have reached into the depths of sports? While the country considers Kale and the threat of GMOs, at sporting events it's often "all you can eat" and "extra, extra large" in the extreme. You have to wonder if you'll soon hear, "I'll take a side of angioplasty with my order," especially after this one.More