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Here's why 2014 was a great year for nachos
The Huffington Post
Looking back on 2014, it was a great year in food. We saw some seriously stellar recipes from food bloggers, some incredibly inventive ice cream flavors, some jaw-dropping slow cooker recipes and some marvelous moments in pizza. In 2014, we saw a lot of superior nachos, and we can only hope 2015 delivers like this year did. It was a great year for nachos. Take a look.
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ASSOCIATION NEWS


Regional Seminar Series 'Building the Experience' coming to webinar
NAC
The NAC Regional Seminar Series "Building the Experience" will be offered in a two-part webinar on Jan. 22 and Feb. 17. 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.
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Bert Nathan Award nominations open for 2015
NAC
The National Association of Concessionaires is calling upon the NAC membership to submit candidates for the 2015 Bert Nathan Memorial Award by Jan. 23. The presentation will take place at CinemaCon which will be held April 20-23 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Click here for nomination forms.
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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
  MARS Chocolate Bites

New-Twix® Brand Bites will deliver excitement to your concessions! Bite size perfection is the biggest innovation in the Twix® Brand history. Available April 2014. Twix® Bites will punctuate the Mars Chocolate portfolio. Movie going consumers will love the bite size unwrapped Twix®. Pre-order today.

www.twix.com
 


Booths on sale for 2015 Concession & Hospitality Expo
NAC
Join the top food and beverage leaders at THE International Concessions and Hospitality Marketplace. The Concession & Hospitality Expo will take place on July 21-24 at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati and the adjacent Duke Energy Convention Center. The 2015 Trade Show is at the Duke Energy Center right across the street from the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati and will be held on Wednesday, July 22 (1 p.m. – 4 p.m.) and Thursday, July 23 (2 p.m. – 4 p.m.) and is open to full and tabletop displays.
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Location set for Memphis CCM class
NAC
The National Association of Concessionaires (NAC) has announced the location for the next Concession Manager Certification class. This class was added to the 2015 calendar for April 15-18 in Memphis, Tennessee just prior to CinemaCon in Las Vegas.
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Welcome new members
NAC
NAC is pleased to welcome new members:

Travis Bolinger of InnoSeal Systems, Inc.

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What's Hot for Winter Sales
[Gold Medal Products Co.]
As the cold comes in, don’t let your concession sales freeze. Put these 5 winter trends to work for your business...
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IN THE NEWS


3rd candy maker recalls caramel apples for Listeria
NBC News
A third candy maker has recalled caramel apples that could be contaminated with the food poisoning bacteria Listeria, the Food and Drug Administration said recently. The FDA said St. Louis-based Merb's Candies was recalling the treats because they'd bought apples from a California-based supplier that might be the source for an outbreak of Listeria that's made 30 people sick in 10 states and killed five. California Snack Foods and Missouri-based Happy Apple have also recalled caramel apples.
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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
  Feed Your Crave

Japan's #1 Fruit Chew has been sweeping the nation and is poised to become the next American Favorite! Hi-Chew can be found in 5 tantalizingly juicy flavors at convenience and grocery stores across the United States! No matter which flavor you choose, you’re in for a long-lasting, mouth-watering treat! Enjoy!"

www.hi-chew.com
 


Protein, the hottest functional food ingredient trend in the US
FoodNavigator-USA.com
Weight management, heart health and digestive health are the top opportunities for functional food and beverage formulators, with growth in the sector driven by increasingly health-conscious consumers, says a new report from Packaged Facts.
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Poll: Majority of Americans support menu labeling
The Associated Press via Fox News
More than half of Americans say they already have enough information at restaurants to decide whether they are making a healthy purchase. But they want even more. According to an Associated Press-GfK poll conducted in December, most Americans favor labeling calories on menus in fast food and sit-down restaurants. Most favor labels for prepared foods in the grocery store, too.
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How to become an inspirational leader (infographic)
Entrepreneur
To be a good leader, you need to have quick wit. But to be a great leader capable of motivating individuals to work toward a common goal, you need a whole lot more than smarts — you need emotional intelligence.
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Dolphins test Twitter beer sales at stadium
Sporting News
The Miami Dolphins have been testing a new in-seat delivery system where fans can order beers by sending a Twitter message through their mobile devices. Tweet-a-Beer, the name of the system, is a joint effort between the Dolphins, their concessionaire Centerplate, Anheuser-Busch, Twitter and tech vendor Appetize.
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Putting some pop in soda
QSR Magazine
Soda sales aren't exactly bubbling at restaurants these days. In fact, they've been declining for years. Despite that, there's fizz remaining in carbonated beverages as operators look toward craft sodas, new technology, homemade beverages and creative concoctions to put effervescence into their sparkling libations.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Consumer dynamics will be key to 2015 food service growth (Convenience Store News)
World-class food safety in food service (Food Safety Magazine)
The vending machine of the future is here, and it knows who you are (The Telegraph)
Cities struggle to develop fair food truck rules (USA Today)
Regional Seminar Series 'Building the Experience' coming to webinar (NAC)

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