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Nolan Ryan Beef wins major league battle over hot dogs
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Hot dogs are serious business at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas. In 2012, the Rangers sold more than 1.5 million hot dogs during the baseball season, which the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council said was the most sold at any major league stadium. All those frankfurters add up. One variety weighs as much as a pound, stretches 2 feet long and can set you back $26. Most start at $5, and a 2.6-ounce version is sold on $1 hot dog nights. More

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Lapidus Golf Classic
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The 29th Annual NAC/Al Lapidus Variety Boys & Girls Club Scholarship Golf Classic is scheduled for Monday, April 15 at the Anthem Country Club in Henderson, Nev. Proceeds from the event benefits the Variety Boys and Girls Club of Los Angeles, the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation and the NAC Education Fund. The tournament is scheduled for 8 a.m. on the first day of CinemaCon and all participants will be back at Caesar's Palace prior to the Monday evening festivities. For registration and sponsorship information please call NAC at: 312.236.3858 or More

NAC announces the President's Convention Scholarship
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The President's Convention Scholarship Fund was created to provide a scholarship package each year to the NAC Annual Convention. The Fund will continue through donations and proceeds from the NAC Silent Auction and the NAC Run/Walk. More

NAC Concession Profession advertising opportunities now available
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The 2013 issue of Concession Profession, the annual member magazine of the National Association of Concessionaires (NAC), will be published in early spring. Concession Profession is a proven resource of news, photos and features for the leaders in the recreation and leisure-time concessions industry. If you are looking to target the concession operators, this is the place to advertise.

To find out how you can be a part of this exciting issue, contact Chris Dammann, Director of Communications at 612.849.8418 or or download the Insertion Order Form by clicking here.

Welcome new members!
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NAC is pleased to welcome new member:
David Solomon of DLS Events

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How America drinks: Water and wine surge, cheap beer and soda crash
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One hundred and eighty gallons. It's enough to fill 11 kegs, four bath tubs, or just one big aquarium. It's also how much liquid you drink ever year. The question is: 180 gallons of what? American drinking habits have undergone a major shift in the last decade. Throughout the 1990s, soft drinks made up nearly a third of the typical Americans' liquid diet. But in the last 10 years, we've cut our soda consumption by 16 percent. Meanwhile, we now drink more than 50 percent more bottled water than we did in 2001 — and twice as many energy drinks. More

Is this the end of the soft-drink era?
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Coca-Cola Co., PepsiCo Inc. and Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. have struggled to reverse the decline in soda consumption in the U.S., where shoppers increasingly reach for water, coffee, and other drinks. Now they have a bigger worry: soda revenue. More

The hot condiment of 2013? Barrel-aged hot sauce
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Several food critics recently predicted barrel-aged hot sauce would be this year's breakout condiment. The process originated nearly 145 years ago, when pepper seeds from Mexico and Central America took root in Avery Island, a salt dome in Louisiana. There, Edmund McIlhenny watched the red peppers grow, starting out green in infancy, then turning yellow, orange and finally deep red and ready for picking. He mashed them and mixed in salt from the island's underground mines. Then, he dumped the mixture into white oak barrels, where it aged for three years, slowly fermenting. Tabasco red pepper sauce was born. More

New York City soda ban has 3-month grace period for fines
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New York City will give restaurants and food outlets a three-month grace period before imposing fines for serving the large sugary drinks that will be banned, city officials said. More

Texas Motor Speedway to unveil bacon cotton candy
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This spring at Texas Motor Speedway, cotton candy is going hog wild. The Fort Worth track is unveiling a new signature treat for racing fans: bacon cotton candy. The treat, named Hawg Heaven Bacon Cotton Candy, will be sold at TMS events starting April 11, the kickoff for the new racing season. More

Decline in US beef production forecast
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Analysts have warned that U.S. beef production is likely to decline further over the next couple of years, pushing prices up to "all-time highs." More

Science at the forefront of food safety
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Significant changes have taken place in food safety within the past 10 years since the arrival of Europe's General Food Law, which laid down the fundamental principles for food safety in Europe. It also illustrated a defining moment in food safety when the European Union used a science-based approach as the way forward. More

Truffle fries with that? Franchises spice up the menu
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In the past year quick-serve restaurants have begun adding bigger, fancier items to their menus. "They're chasing the fast-casual segment," explains Bonnie Riggs, restaurant industry analyst for Port Washington, N.Y.-based NPD Group. More

Study: Fruit is America's favorite snack
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Public health advocates lament Americans' poor eating habits, noting the obesity epidemic that has swept the nation. But the country's favorite snack remains a healthful one: fresh fruit. More

Dairy prices down, but US market looking 'healthy'    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
U.S. dairy commodity prices dropped in December, but low inventories and high exports have left the market still looking "healthy." U.S. commodities expert and MilkPrice blogger John Geuss gave a breakdown of U.S. dairy commodity price movements in the last month of 2012. More


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