NAC Weekly eNews
Aug. 20, 2014

Burger King throws in the towel on Satisfries
The Associated Press via CNBC
Burger King is getting rid of the lower-calorie french fries it introduced less than a year ago. The Miami-based chain said in a statement that it gave its North American franchisees the option to continue selling the fries. Only about 2,500 of the approximately 7,500 locations opted to continue selling them as a permanent item. The others have started phasing them out.More

Regional Seminars coming in September
There are two installments of the popular Regional Seminar Series coming up in September. The first is Sept. 16 in Orlando, Florida, and the next is Sept. 24 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The NAC Regional Seminar Series returns with a series of one-day educational programs designed for entry level managers, supervisors and those interested in concessions management. These are a perfect precursor to NAC's Concession Manager Certification Course.More

Ecuador seminar a hit
"Building the Experience" the latest in the NAC Regional Seminar Series, traveled to Quito, Ecuador, Aug. 14. An estimated 140 industry professionals from Ecuador, Chile and Peru attended the class conducted by Larry Etter, CCM, NAC Education Director. The seminar was held in conjunction with the Carsnack Corporate Seminar. Many thanks to Carlos Andres Ribadeneira, NAC South America Regional Vice President, for coordinating the event. More

Members Area now open
The members area on is now open and ready for use. Currently the members area contains an up-to-date searchable NAC Membership Directory and back issues of NAC Weekly News. More features will be added in the future. This area also works great on your smartphone! Follow this link for more details and user instructions, or click on the members area tab on

Welcome new member!
NAC is pleased to welcome new member:
Clyde A. Maxwell Jr. of Ms. Chrissy's Sweet CaféMore

Raymond James Stadium rolls out new food menu
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been very busy this off-season doing everything from hiring a new head coach, to enhancing the Bucs logo and adding more than 40 new players to the team. They also unveiled a new food menu. Pretzels, chicken wings, burgers, pizza, Cuban sandwiches — all on the new concessions menu at Raymond James Stadium.More

State Fair of Texas' wacky new foods are fried Sriracha balls, fried bluebonnet and funnel cake beer
The Dallas Morning News
The State Fair of Texas announced its eight finalists for the Big Tex Choice Awards — the name for this annual food competition now entering its 10th year. The list of finalists regularly includes eyebrow-raising ingredients such as this year's "deep-fried Texas bluebonnet," which doesn't in fact contain bits of our state flower: It's a battered, fried blueberry muffin with a clever name. More

School seeks student to study how chocolate melts
The Associated Press and NBC News
If you know the answer to making sure chocolate melts in your mouth, not in your hand, the University of England has got a job for you. The university has posted a job description for a doctoral student to study how chocolate works. They want the candidate to study how to keep chocolate-based food from melting in warm climates.More

Nearly 1 in 5 Americans has 1 soda a day
HealthDay News via The News Journal
A new survey of American adults across 18 states finds 17 percent drinking at least one sugary soda per day, with rates varying widely across states. For example, while about 12 percent of people in New York state or Hawaii downed one or more non-diet sodas each day, that number jumped to 30 percent and 32 percent in Tennessee and Mississippi, respectively.More

Starbucks gets into the food truck business
CNNMoney via KCPQ-TV
Here's something that will make returning to school less painful for some college students: Starbucks is launching food trucks. The lucky students at Arizona State University, James Madison University in Virginia and Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina won't have to hit up the school cafeteria for a cup of coffee or snack any longer. The mobile Starbucks truck could be parked right along their route to that 8 a.m. class.More

5 tips and tricks to market your brand to millennials
By Emma Fitzpatrick
To thrive in the present and grow in the future, brands need to market, target and build relationships. This is important to do with all customers, but particularly crucial in appealing to millennials. Millennials have a desire to create their own path, influencing how and why they opt for one brand over a competitor. Often called the "DIY generation," this growing consumer base's preferences will become increasingly important to your business. Millennials are already extremely powerful — and their buying influence is only budding. More

Gluten-free labeling standards kick in
The Associated Press via The State
Gluten-free labels on packaged foods now have real meaning. Until recently, the term was unregulated, and manufacturers made their own decisions about what it means. This new requirement is especially important for people who suffer from celiac disease and don't absorb nutrients well. They can get sick from the gluten found in wheat and other cereal grains.More