NAC Weekly eNews
Oct. 15, 2014

Scary amounts of spending expected for Halloween
Nashville Business Journal
Halloween is expected to scare up some monster sales this year as the annual October holiday. The National Retail Federation predicts Halloween to register its most robust sales in 11 years to the tune of $7.4 billion. Consumers are spending on everything from costumes to decorations.More

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Members Area now open
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The members area on www.naconline.org 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 www.naconline.org.More

Southern Food and Beverage Museum opens in New Orleans, delighting visitors ... because the exhibits are edible
Food World News
Finally, there's a Southern Food and Beverage museum in New Orleans, honoring the delicious traditions of the exquisite cuisine of the American south, including world favorites like Cajun cooking. The new Southern Food and Beverage museum will not only teach visitors all about the history and secrets of the food of the deep South, but it will also add a yummy twist: Visitors can give the exhibits a taste.More

The hottest snack in America right now is gourmet dehydrated meat
The Huffington Post
When you walk into Jonty Jacobs, it's easy to feel like you're in any of the other dozens of boutiques in the shop's tony West Village, New York, neighborhood. The shelves are made of an eclectic mix of dark wood. An iPad sits on the counter ready to take credit card payments. Trendy muzak wafts through hidden speakers. More

Ebola threatens to take bite out of world's chocolate supply
The Washington Times
Ebola may now be threatening a good portion of the world's chocolate supply, thanks to the Ivory Coast's decision to shut its borders with Liberia and Guinea. Ivory Coast is the world's largest producer of cacao, the raw ingredient used in M&M's candies, Butterfingers candy bars and Snickers Bars, Politico reported. But the closed borders means workers can't get to their bean-picking jobs — and just at the dawn of the cacao harvest season.More

Food color trumps flavor
The Atlantic
Why have Burger King's black burgers prompted such a backlash in the U.S.? Possibly because hue is even more important than taste in people's judgment of food.More

First healthier sodas, now healthier food
By Archita Datta Majumdar
The world's leading soda makers — Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and the Dr Pepper Snapple Group — recently announced a drastic calorie cut in their drinks. But it seems that they are not the only ones bitten by the "go healthy" bug. In 2010, 16 major food and beverage companies joined hands with the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation. They announced that they would focus on reducing 1.5 trillion calories in their products by 2015. They have already made good on their word.More

How a soda tax fight in San Francisco explains California politics
The Washington Post
As befits California, the city and county of San Francisco has 24 candidates, six state measures, and 12 local initiatives on the ballot this November. One of the most heavily funded — also as befits California — is Proposition E, a proposed "Tax on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages." It's a fight that's not shaping up to be much of a fight, and therefore provides a nicely packaged look at how politics in California can work. More

McDonald's to customers: Ask about food quality
USA Today
McDonald's is suddenly talking about what's in its burgers. And what's in its nuggets. And, yes, even about the icky topic of pink slime. In an unusual, perhaps risky, social media campaign that's clearly targeting millennials, the fast-food chain rolled out the first stage of a promotional effort dotted with "behind-the-scenes" webisodes that it's dubbed: "Our Food. Your Questions."More

It's alive! And it grows into a Jack-o'-Lantern
The New York Times
Like Victor Frankenstein, Tony Dighera was determined to bring a new creature to life. Though he was fairly new to farming, Dighera saw profit to be made in strangely shaped pumpkins. So he created a "pumpkinstein."More