NAC Weekly eNews
Jul. 24, 2013

Not just dog days at today's ballparks
The News Journal
The sounds of baseball in the thick summer air of Frawley Stadium have not changed much: An umpire's call, a crack of the bat, a crowd's cheer as a ball clears the wall. But in Wilmington, N.C., and in other minor league ballparks in the region, the scents of baseball are changing.More

NAC Annual Convention & Trade Show two weeks away!
NAC will bring together the top food and beverage concession leaders in the recreation and leisure-time industry at the NAC Annual Convention & Trade Show on Aug. 6-9 at the Hilton Riverside Hotel in New Orleans. More

Welcome new members!
NAC is pleased to welcome new members:
Angela Pateman of Richardson Oilseed Limited
Chad Harper of New Orleans City Park

Dippin' Dots expanding distribution to pharmacies, convenience stores
Ice cream and frozen treat maker Dippin' Dots LLC said that its products will be carried by Fred's Super Dollar stores soon. Dippin' Dots, whose products have traditionally only been available to consumers at entertainment venues like theme parks or stadiums, is expanding its points of presence by placing freezers in retail outlets including pharmacies and convenience stores. Since launching this strategy earlier this year, the company has signed close to 1,200 new pharmacies and convenience stores across the country.More

New nutrition standards may make students healthier but hurt the bottom line
The News & Observer
Starting next year, new federal nutrition standards aim to make school snacks healthier. But history shows that when the food becomes healthier, kids buy less. And with 20 percent of the school food service budget relying on the sale of snack foods, that could cause a revenue problem, say officials in Wake County, N.C.More

New Vikings stadium concessionaire picked for its 'unique' food and beverage strategy
Minneapolis-St Paul Business Journal
Aramark will operate all of the food and beverage concessions at the new Minnesota Vikings stadium. The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority announced it has entered negotiations with the Philadelphia-based company after selecting it as the winning bidder. The MSFA also received proposals from Morrissey Hospitality, Centerplate, Levy, Delaware North, and Legends. The other finalists were Delaware North and Levy. More

Review: Self-regulation of junk food marketing largely ineffective
Food Navigator
Self-regulation has not been effective in protecting children from junk food marketing — although industry-backed studies suggest otherwise, according to a new review.More

Texas hotel fulfills guest's ridiculous request
ABC News via Yahoo
When Dustin Wray booked a room for himself and his girlfriend at the Woodlands Resort near Houston he decided to test the resort's customer service. When he came to the "special requests" section of the online reservation form, Wray, 28, requested that the resort provide him with three red M&Ms and a picture of bacon.More

The emotions of eating: New study will help industry design foods and marketing to match emotions
A better understanding of the way in which emotions influence consumer behaviors could help industry create new products that fit new market niches and assist in overhauling marketing and communication that is ineffective, say researchers.More

Recruiting a dream team
By Deb Hunt
You should to be recruiting 24/7/365, because it can take months to find the perfect person. You may not need anyone right now and really have no openings, but if you wait to find someone when you need them, it may be too late. You want to always be looking for the dream team, and I promise when the dream person walks in, you will find a place for them. When you continue in this way, you will never feel held hostage because you are always looking and building on your dream team.More