NAC Weekly eNews
Nov. 5, 2014

How small sweet shops missed the Halloween sugar rush
Bloomberg Businessweek
Halloween is a $2.5 billion bonanza for the U.S. confectionary-industrial complex—a chance for manufacturers such as Mars and Hershey to plaster jack-o'-lanterns on their packaging and claim prominent floor space at supermarkets, drugstores and other large retailers. Are small candy stores getting their fair share of the chocolate gold coins?More

Regional Seminar Series 'Building the Experience' coming to Webinar
The NAC Regional Seminar Series "Building the Experience" will be offered in a two-part webinar on Jan. 22 and Feb. 17, 2015. The webinar format is ideal for those who can't get away to attend a live seminar or for those whose travel budget is limited. Each segment is expected to last three hours. Registration information will be available on within the next few days. The NAC Regional Seminar Series is designed for entry-level managers, supervisors and those interested in concessions management. A perfect precursor to NAC's Concession Manager Certification Course. More

Tish Hardric receives Double Diamond Pin
Tish Hardric, sales manager/Movie Foods Division at Great Western Products, was recently presented with the prestigious Double Diamond Pin signifying that she has sponsored 20 new NAC members. With this accomplishment, Hardric becomes one of only seven individuals to reach this lofty status in the 70 year history of NAC. More

Krystal La Reese-Gaule Annual Membership Award reminder
The National Association of Concessionaires reminds members that The Krystal La Reese-Gaule NAC Annual Membership Award for 2014 is still up for grabs and there are only two months remaining in which to sponsor new members to be considered for the award. Current members are encouraged to actively participate in finding and fostering prospective members as the Association closes out what has been a tremendous growth year. More

Congratulations Libby!
Congratulations to Libby Mauro for his induction into the ShowEast Hall of Fame on Oct. 30. More

Welcome new members
NAC is pleased to welcome new members:
Michael Harris, John Perkins and Paul Schindelar of Mondelez International, sponsored by Adam Gottlieb, ASC of CCSI
Gabriel Giandinoto and Daniel Maron, UltraCine
Rodney Alexander, Graphics Packaging International Inc., sponsored by Tish Hardric, Great Western Products More

Nation's 1st soda tax passes in Berkeley, fails in San Francisco
The Huffington Post
Local ballot measures in California to create the nation's first taxes on sugary drinks saw both victory and defeat recently when a bill won in Berkeley and lost in neighboring San Francisco, The San Francisco Chronicle source reported.More

GMO labeling: Colorado voters reject food measure; Maui voters approve
In the latest bids for states to compel companies to label foods that contain genetically modified ingredients, Colorado voters decided the issue in their state. Proposition 105, was defeated by a roughly 2-1 margin recently. Oregon voters also considered a measure, but it is still too close to call — the no vote leading the yes vote by two percentage points with more than 80 percent of the vote counted.More

Sugar policy shake-up to squeeze cane producing countries
The Fairtrade Foundation has urged food companies and retailers to choose Fairtrade sugar, amid concerns that a sugar price slump and CAP reforms could push thousands of workers into poverty.More

NCA: US confectionery market to grow $6 billion in 5 years
Candy Industry
The U.S. confectionery market is expected to see about $6 billion in increased sales in the next five years, and premium products are driving the growth. But the industry is growing faster globally than it is domestically and commodity costs are impacting costs from the farm to the finished product.More

Micro-markets go macro
Food Management
Bridging the gap between vending and full-service cafés is the rapidly growing micro-market concept. These unmanned retail shops generally cater to a specific, known demographic within the business segment. (Though some are being test-driven in colleges and universities as well as in hospitality.) They have unlimited variety, incredible flexibility and 24/7/365 access.More

Quest for purity brought allergen-free positioning as a side benefit, chocolate maker says
The rising tide of food intolerances and allergic reactions bodes well for Pascha Chocolate, a brand that is founded on an allergen-free positioning. But co-founder Courtenay Vuchnich said the real message is purity, with allergen-free coming along for the ride.More

Grabbing a bite
QSR Magazine
Evolving eating habits and generational dynamics are changing the way we look at snacking. There's no traditional time when Americans are looking for snacks — say, the middle of the afternoon. It's the late morning, early evening, and late night, too. It's as if there are as many dayparts for snacking as there are for full meals, if not more. Millennials, ranging in age from late teens to mid-30s, often perceive dining as eating small portions and sharing food throughout the day. And restaurants are striving to be the go-to spot for millennials and other folks seeking to satisfy their in-between-meal munchies.More

Carle&Montanari-OPM: Brazilian confectioners shifting to automated equipment
Equipment supplier Carle&Montanari-OPM has opened a Latin America office to capitalize on rising demand as Brazilian confectionery move to automated secondary packaging equipment.More

FDA rejects calls for aspartame ban: 'No new credible scientific evidence has been presented'
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has rejected two citizen's petitions urging it to ban the use of aspartame as a food additive, arguing that neither presented any credible scientific data that would warrant a change of policy on the zero-calorie sweetener.More