NAC Weekly eNews
Oct. 8, 2014

M&M's Crispy makes a comeback
USA Today
Ten years is a long time to wait for a chocolate fix. But after a decade-long hiatus, the M&M's Crispy is returning to store shelves in January 2015. Executives at Mars Chocolate North America say they've essentially been hounded, via social media, email and toll-free phone calls, to bring back the crispy chocolates — coated in the iconic M&M colors — since yanking them in 2004.More

Congratulations to NAC Board Member Marianne Abiaad of Royal Paper; NAC Member and Bert Nathan Award Recipient Shelly Olesen of C. Cretors & Company and NAC friend Belinda Judson of NATO for being named 2014 Women in Exhibition and Distribution Honorees.More

Building the Experience goes to Puerto Rico
NAC "Building the Experience" Regional Seminar traveled to San Juan, Puerto Rico, Sept. 6. This session was a Caribbean Cinemas Corporate Program. Two hundred people were in attendance. You can see photos on the NAC Facebook page or Twitter feed. The next open installment of the popular series is Dec. 7 in Hong Kong in affiliation with CineAsia. More

San Francisco 49ers hope mobile app will lure fans back to stadium
The Associated Press via Newsday
It's a tough challenge for the National Football League to entice some fans off their comfy couches and into stadiums when ticket prices are almost as high as the sport's TV ratings. The temptation to stay home goes beyond cost. Equipped with high-definition televisions, Wi-Fi and laptops, tablets and smartphones, fans at home can watch multiple games on Sunday while simultaneously checking their fantasy rosters and celebrating with friends via text. More

The story of candy corn
Michigan Messenger
Candy corn is one of the most iconic Halloween and fall treats. Now available in a variety of flavors including chocolate and caramel apple candy corn, this candy is a seasonal favorite with a long history. More

Pepsi to launch naturally sweetened soda on Amazon, bypassing stores
Reuters via Yahoo
PepsiCo Inc for the first time is introducing a product exclusively through Inc as the snack and soft drink maker aims to expand its footprint in e-commerce. The product, a naturally sweetened soda called Pepsi True, will be available on Amazon in mid-October in 24-packs of 7.5-ounce cans, the company said. It will not be in brick-and-mortar outlets, though Pepsi said it plans to eventually sell True in grocery stores. More

From tasty to bizarre, see some of the new foods at the Tulsa State Fair
Tulsa World
Bratwurst on a bun topped with mac and cheese and fried pies are just a couple of the new foods to try this year. Here's some of the foods we've seen so far, but there are many more. More

Are healthier sodas in the horizon?
By Archita Datta Majumdar
The beverage industry is abuzz with the latest soda news in which the "Big 3" — Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and the Dr Pepper Snapple Group — have announced their intention to cut down on excess sugar and calories in their drinks. Their pledge is to reduce each American's average calorie consumption in sugary drinks by 20 percent by 2025. Not an easy task, but it is definitely a step forward in the right direction. They made this unanimous commitment recently at the 10th annual Clinton Global Initiative, which aims to find "innovative solutions to the world's most pressing challenges."More

Verizon Center introduces new concessions, including crab cakes, fish and chips
The Washington Post
With the Caps in the middle of their preseason schedule and the Wizards nearing the start of theirs, local fans finally are returning to Verizon Center. And they will find that Barry Trotz and Paul Pierce aren't the only new attractions. As some fans already began noticing, there are a host of new concession items inside the downtown arena this season. We will have more on this story in the coming days, but for now, here's a brief summary.More

Block 37 signs a movie theater deal
Chicago Sun-Times
Seven years after former Mayor Richard M. Daley dropped his long-held opposition to the idea of building movie theaters at Block 37, a deal has been signed. An 11-screen AMC Dine-In Theatre is set to open by early 2016 at the mall at State and Randolph streets in the Loop.More

Chocolate most popular specialty food
Specialty Food
The specialty food industry is thriving, and its core consumer is evolving. The newly released report "Today's Specialty Food Consumer 2014," produced by the Specialty Food Association and Mintel International, delves into who the specialty food consumer is, what they buy, and why. More

Americans spending more on snacks, less on actual real food
The Huffington Post
We're becoming a nation of snackers. Americans are spending much more on snacks like protein bars, chips and beef jerky, while overall grocery spending has remained almost flat, according to data provided by Nielsen to The Huffington Post. Worldwide, snack sales rose 2 percent to $374 billion for the year ending in March.More

Using affiliate marketing to grow your business
By Mayur Kisani
Affiliate marketing is a revenue-sharing venture between two businesses. It involves a business earning commission for sending new customers. For example, let's say you're running a company that specializes in shoes. But maybe your customers have asked you about handbags, so you recommend another handbag company. This deal can be finalized by affiliate marketing, and you can earn a commission as you're acting as a marketer for the handbag company and fully satisfying customers. If this is your first affiliate program, you may want to consider working with an affiliate network.More