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Coca-Cola puts fizz, flavor in new Glaceau water
The Associated Press via The Plain Dealer
Coca-Cola is taking bottled water and doing what it does best — giving it some bubbles and flavor. The Atlanta-based company confirmed that it would introduce a line of zero-calorie fruit-flavored seltzer waters called "Fruitwater" starting April 1. The drink will be part of its Glaceau unit, which makes other pricier bottled waters such as Vitaminwater and Smartwater.
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Kystal LaReese-Gaule of Kernel Season's passes away
NAC
NAC is saddened to report that Krystal LaReese-Gaule, National Sales Manager for Kernel Season's, LLC, died on March 16, 2013, at her home following a brief battle with lung cancer. Her final days were spent surrounded by family and friends. Krystal was 53 years old.
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NAC/Al Lapidus/Variety Boys & Girls Club Scholarship Golf Classic
NAC
Join us for golf just prior to the start of the CinemaCon Convention and Trade Show in Las Vegas. The Annual Al Lapidus/Variety Boys & Girls Club Scholarship Golf Classic will be held on Monday, April 15, 2013, at Anthem Country Club in Henderson, Nev. The Golf Classic is named for the late NAC past president Al Lapidus, and proceeds from the tournament benefit college scholarships for the Variety Boys & Girls Club of East Los Angeles, the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation, and the educational programs of the National Association of Concessionaires. Visit the NAC website for more information.
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Welcome new members!
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NAC is pleased to welcome new members:
Corey Merz of Archibald Frozen Desserts
Troy Hofheins of Utah Shakespeare Festival

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Whitecaps add 17 new menu items for 2013 — including one requiring a waiver
Ballpark Digest
The West Michigan Whitecaps (Low Class A; Midwest League) are adding 17 items to the Fifth Third Ballpark food lineup, including a hot Squeelin' Pig sandwich requiring a waiver from the buyer. The two most notable leading items: the Baco and the Squeelin' Pig. The Baco (bacon taco — get it?) combines the convenience of a taco with lots of bacony goodness: the taco shell is made from bacon.
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Florida's Roger Dean Stadium goes high tech: New service lets fans order food from their seat
WPTV-TV
VideoBriefAt Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla., hungry fans no longer have to miss any of the action. The stadium recently implemented a new service called, "GeeBo." It is an app that lets people order hot dogs, beer and soda without leaving their seat. "Most people have smartphones nowadays and to be able to implement and utilize that in a pastime that we've enjoyed for years, it is such a great thing," said Melissa Kuper, assistant general manager at Roger Dean Stadium.
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Maker of candy with toy inside says it's safe
USA Today
Just in time for Easter: a chocolate Easter egg with a toy inside that's legal to sell in the U.S. Until now, mixing toys inside candy has been a no-no in the U.S. But this company seems to have found a simple way around it.
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McDonald's turns to egg whites, blueberries after US store sales drop
Bloomberg
McDonald's will soon begin selling an egg-white breakfast sandwich at all U.S. locations to help boost sales. The chain will roll out its new 250-calorie Egg McMuffin on April 22, spokeswoman Ofelia Casillas said, followed by a blueberry pomegranate-flavored smoothie on May 15.
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Taco Bell's Doritos Locos: Responsible for 15,000 new jobs last year?
New York Daily News
Taco Bell sold more than 375 million of its Doritos Locos tacos in 2012 — or about 1 million per day. CEO Greg Creed says, "We believe we can add 2,000 new restaurants in the next 10 years, because what we have is proprietary and exclusive. And that's just in the U.S."
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Chocolate benefits: The top 5 ways this sweet will improve your health
The Huffington Post
Dark chocolate is good for your taste buds, it is good for Valentine's Day romantics and it is especially good for the health of post 50s. The past few years have seen a surge of information proving the benefits of dark chocolate. This is good news for post 50s who, according to a 2012 study by Mintel, prefer it to other types of chocolate.
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Rice Krispies may be banished from schools
The Wall Street Journal
Grade-schoolers may want to stock up on Rice Krispies, Fruit Roll-Ups, Doritos, Welch's Fruit Snacks and Smartfood white-cheddar popcorn. Those products are among scores of popular food items that may no longer be sold at schools under newly proposed federal regulations.
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Hostess picks McKee as buyer for Drake's cakes
The Associated Press via Bloomberg Businessweek
Hostess is moving forward with the sale of Devil Dogs, Yankee Doodles and Yodels to the maker of Little Debbie cakes. The bankrupt company says it picked McKee Foods as the buyer for the Drake's cakes after nobody stepped forward with a qualifying bid to top its $27.5 million offer.
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USDA weighs sugar bailout that may boost candy prices
The Huffington Post
U.S. sugar producers are poised to get a sweet deal. The USDA is considering buying 400,000 tons of sugar in an aim to limit supply and boost prices so that sugar producers can pay back government loans that they're in danger of defaulting on, the Wall Street Journal reports. The move would be an exercise of an untested provision inserted in the 2008 farm bill called the Feedstock Flexibility Program, which allows the USDA to intervene in the market to raise prices.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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