NAC Weekly eNews
Jul. 3, 2013

Wine-infused popcorn makes for a boozy movie night snack
ABC News
Popcorn over the years has gone from being a late night afterthought to the ultimate trendy snack, and one artisan popcorn maker wants to help create a little buzz for your next movie night or get-together this summer with its latest product: wine-infused popcorn. Populence, a gourmet popcorn bar located in New York City, teamed up with the New Zealand winery Kim Crawford to create two new wine-soaked popcorn flavors: Pinot Noir Chocolate Drizzle and Sauvignon Blanc Kettle.More

President's Convention Scholarship awarded to Ovations' Hanauer
The National Association of Concessionaires (NAC) has announced that Jeff Hanauer has been awarded the 2013 President's Convention Scholarship. The event is being held from Aug. 6-9 at the Hilton Riverside Hotel in New Orleans. Hanauer is a General Manager for Ovations Food Service at a brand new AAA baseball stadium in El Paso, Texas. He graduated with a degree in accounting from Tulane University in 2002. More

NAC Board affirms new by-laws
The National Association of Concessionaires (NAC) announced that the Executive Committee and Board of Directors have affirmed the new set of by-laws at their April meetings in Las Vegas. In order for these by-laws to take effect, they will have to be voted on by the membership. The vote will take place on Thursday, Aug. 8 during the Annual Membership Luncheon at the 2013 NAC Convention & Trade Show at the Hilton Riverside Hotel in New Orleans.

NAC members are encouraged to review the by-laws prior to the meeting. You can download a draft by clicking here.More

Deadline for Hilton Riverside extended
The Hilton Riverside has graciously extended the deadline for the NAC room block at this year's convention to well into July. Rooms are still available at the Hilton. Please contact NAC headquarters if you have any difficultly finding space. Click here for more information and make your reservations today! We are looking forward to seeing you at the NAC Annual Convention and Trade Show. More

Why you should ditch technology this week
The Sales Hunter
Mark Hunter writes, "I'm not telling you to get rid of technology completely, but try to have more live interactions this week. Make more phone calls! Too many salespeople rely primarily on email for interacting with customers and prospects. There is a lot to be said, though, for actually talking ... either on the phone or face-to-face."More

US standards for school snacks move beyond cafeteria to fight obesity
The New York Times
The Obama administration released long-awaited nutrition standards for foods that schoolchildren can buy outside the cafeteria, changes that are intended to combat climbing childhood obesity rates. The new rules come a year after the administration updated standards for the federally subsidized school lunch and breakfast programs. More

Starbucks testing fountain sodas
The Wall Street Journal
Is Starbucks the next soda fountain? The Seattle-based company, which has been pushing to become known for more than just coffee, is experimenting with handcrafted sodas in stores in Atlanta and Austin, Texas. Its new drinks, made with a carbonation machine, come in such varieties as lemon ale, spiced root beer and ginger ale.More

The sweet science of chocolate making
The Boston Globe
As the chocolatier charged with innovating new flavors for Chocolate Therapy stores in Dedham and Framingham, Rick Gemme is most inspired by his travels around the world. After a recent trip to Turkey, he experimented with a date and cardamom chocolate; a visit to Malta produced a citrus-tinged truffle. "I'm constantly in search of the perfect chocolate combination, which, in my opinion, is something that's not too sweet and has a little bit of savory, maybe a little salt," said Gemme. "This makes a nice contrast — not all one flavor note." More

Mars promotes bite-size Snickers, following Hershey's cue
The New York Times
Copying the strategy of the Hershey Company, its archrival Mars has introduced a bite-size Snickers, which it will begin promoting through advertising and social media. Mars began distributing the new product, Snickers Bites, in May. It is a bite-size, unwrapped cube of Snickers, sold in a 2.83 ounce bag and an eight-ounce resealable pouch, which is meant to be shared. More