NAC Weekly eNews
Jun. 11, 2014

Coming soon to a theater near you...
Fast Company
Before a movie begins in most major theaters nationwide, there is a program — a string of ads, really — called FirstLook. It always concludes with an invitation: "Get here early for FirstLook," implores a cheery female voice, "to go behind the scenes of what's new in entertainment."More

Concession and Hospitality Expo rate extended
NAC
The National Association of Concessionaires has announced that it will extend the special early discounted rates to attend The Concession & Hospitality Expo until June 30. The rates were originally scheduled to adjust to the regular rate June 1. The Expo will be held July 15-18, at the Denver Marriott City Center in Denver. Attendees are encouraged to take advantage of this early rate and register now to save as much as $150 per registration. As of July 1, the rates will revert to the regular amount.More

Concession and Hospitality Expo checklist
NAC
The Concession & Hospitality Expo, presented by the National Association of Concessionaires (NAC), is only six weeks away. If you have not already done so, visit our EXPO page to register to attend this annual value-packed event with networking and educational opportunities combined with a trade show that represents The International Concessions & Hospitality Marketplace. The time to act is now to secure your registration and hotel room, and help NAC headquarters prepare for the event. This story is a checklist for items that you will want to consider as you make your plans to travel to Denver July 15-18.More

Welcome new members!
NAC
NAC is pleased to welcome new members:
Alex Rozhitsky of Wicked Spoon Frozen Yogurt, sponsored by Jeff Scudillo, Promotion in Motion
David Crosby of Affy Tapple LLC
Chris Brann of Oberto BrandsMore

New York's top court eyes Board of Health's goal to ban large sugary drinks
New York Post
Lawyers for New York City argued before the state's highest court that the Board of Health has sweeping powers allowing it to restrict the size of sugary drinks — leading a judge to question if it might also get around to outlawing Big Macs and M&M's.More

Study: Chewing gum is a 'cheap' way to help stay alert
ConfectioneryNews.com
Chewing gum may make you more alert and could be useful in contexts such as driving, according to a new study. More

Zero-calorie chocolate could soon become a reality
Time
Calorie-free chocolate Cravings are edible strips that you place on your tongue for chocolate flavor. Remember those Listerine breath strips that were all the rage 10 years ago? It's the same idea. No sugar, no calories — just milk chocolate flavor dissolving on your tongue.More

Cheers to 250 years of St. Louis beer
USA Today
St. Louis' 250th birthday is a good time to toast the "King of Beers" hometown. Once headquarters of the world's largest brewer, the city is still home to dozens of microbreweries. Although Anheuser-Busch is now part of Belgium-based AB InBev, this midwestern destination is steeped in beer history that's reflected in the gusto displayed by the new brewmasters and the pride locals have in their past and present. More

Bill would make salt water taffy New Jersey's state candy
The Associated Press via ABC News
New Jersey has an official state bird (the goldfinch), flower (the common violet), tree (the red oak), fish (the brook trout), folk dance (the square dance), bug (the honeybee) and even a dinosaur (Hadrosaurus foulkii). One lawmaker reckons that what New Jersey needs now is an official state candy. More

Burn 140 calories, earn a can of Coca-Cola
The Associated Press via NDTV
Coca-Cola is taking on obesity, this time with an online video showing how fun it could be to burn off the 140 calories in a can of its soda. In the ad, the world's biggest beverage-maker asks what would happen if people paid for a can of Coke by first working off the calories it contained.More

ConAgra to close Ohio popcorn facilities, lay off 170
Omaha World-Herald
ConAgra Foods will lay off 170 more workers when it closes two Ohio facilities that produce microwave popcorn, on top of the 450 workers nationwide whose positions the company eliminated recently. More

5 reasons why diversity is crucial for success
By Scott Steinberg
As you may have noticed, most working professionals tend to surround themselves with like-minded individuals who have similar backgrounds, experiences and education. But while it's important that everyone on a team buy into the same overarching vision and share similar goals, there are some compelling reasons why it's crucial to work with others who possess different perspectives, skills and thoughts on how to achieve desired outcomes — even if their opinions may run counter to ours. More