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Meet the 'Boomstick,' baseball's largest hot dog
CNNMoney
What started as a novel food experiment at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas, has turned into a super-sized food franchise — all centered around a two-foot-long hot dog affectionately known as the "Boomstick."
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Unsolicited New Orleans Room Phone Call Scam
NAC
Apparently NAC members and exhibitors are receiving unsolicited phone calls from companies stating that they can provide you cheaper rooms than we can in New Orleans for the NAC Annual Convention & Trade Show. Please be aware that these individuals and companies are known to scam clients by getting credit card numbers and pertinent information that can be used in nefarious ways. You are receiving the most affordable rate at the Hilton Riverside New Orleans while also supporting your association at NAC. DO NOT PROVIDE THESE CALLERS ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION AND PLEASE REPORT THEM TO US AS SOON AS POSSIBLE SO THAT WE CAN PROVIDE THEM A CEASE AND DESIST LETTER ASAP.
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NAC to Present Education Session at CinemaCon
NAC
The National Association of Concessionaires (NAC) will present, "Issues That Keep Concessionaires up All Night," at the annual CinemaCon Show in Las Vegas. The event will take place on Wed., April 17, from 9-10 a.m. in Palace Ballroom II on the Emperors Level of Caesars Conference Center.

This highly interactive session will feature an outstanding panel of industry professionals which will address topics of interest including New York City drink size restrictions, menuboard labeling, restrictions on toy prizes with kid's meals, and trends in food, beverage and nutrition and labeling issues.

The panel will be moderated by Anita Watts, Co-Founder & VP Sales, Cinema Solutions, Inc. Panel Members will include: Todd Halstead, Deputy Director Government Affairs, NATO; Don Lear, Senior Marketing Manager, The Hershey Company; Stefanie Miller, Group V. P., Strategic Partnership Marketing, The Coca-Cola Company; Robert Perkins, President/Owners, Act V Theaters Inc. & Cornelius Cinemas Inc. and Bob Shimmin, Vice President, Food & Beverage, Cinemark Theatres.

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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
  Kids Klassics® Chicken

Kids come in all shapes and sizes, why not chicken? Kids Klassics® from Brakebush are Chicken in the Shape of Fun.® They’re fun on a menu, fun on a plate and fun to eat! Go ahead, play with your food! Call 800-933-2121. MORE!
 


Welcome new members!
NAC
NAC is pleased to welcome new member:
Nicole Stebbins of CFISD/Berry Center

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IN THE NEWS


MLB's opening day begins hot dog sales boon
Atlanta Business Chronicle
As Turner Field's staff gets ready for opening day for the Atlanta Braves, you can rest assure they're stocked up on hot dogs. The National Hot Dog & Sausage Council estimated baseball fans will eat 20,421,361 hot dogs over the course of the 2013 season. That's enough hot dogs to round the bases 28,113 times.
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The $26 Beltre Buster burger and the best new MLB ballpark foods
USA Today
It's entirely possible that some day we'll live in a world where children won't know the joy of a hot dog, peanuts and Cracker Jack at the ballpark. That day seems to be fast-approaching. As the season gets underway, fans will be treated to a plethora of new, eclectic options at concession stands around the country.
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Soda consumption down to levels last seen 1996
AdvertisingAge
Consumers are swilling less soda, leading the category to decline for the eighth straight year. The amount of soda consumed declined 1.2 percent in 2012 — down to 1996 levels, with per capita consumption in the U.S. falling to 1987 levels. Still, the major brands increased pricing, leading to a 1.8 percent rise in retail sales. According to Beverage Digest, the category, which includes energy drinks is worth about $77 billion.
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Scientists invent glow in the dark popcorn
Pocket-lint
It's been the bane of cinema goers lives for years as they put their hand in their lap in the hope that they will grab another handful of popcorn and nothing else, but a brand new discovery by scientists in a research laboratory is about to change all that.
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A toast to the new food (and wine) at Tropicana Field
Tampa Bay Times
It used to be there was no wine in baseball. It was a beer sport. Then people started hating on carbs. But what really prevented wine from ever getting in the song alongside peanuts and Cracker Jack was this: spillability. You get your dog, your nachos and your chardonnay and before you've made it halfway to your seat, your sandals are squishy.
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Chocolate makers adjusting recipes for success
Los Angeles Times
In 92 years, See's Candies has never shied away from being old-fashioned. At the factory, some octogenarian workers measure their decades of employment in hip replacements. Quaint floral details are still hand-piped onto chocolate eggs. An inexorable march of candies heads through tubes the length of a football field, where they're drenched in layers of chocolate — a traditional practice known as enrobing. Like cars merging out of highway toll lanes, they appear from cooling tunnels into employees' waiting hands.
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After the sugar soda wars: Are breakfast cereals next?
MinnPost
In 1999, executives from the major processed-food companies gathered in Minneapolis where they received a dire warning: rising levels of obesity and diabetes in the United States could summon a tide of public anger against them and companies would need to limit fat, sugar and salt in their food to mitigate the consequences of a backlash.
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Has New York Mayor Bloomberg made Americans 'soda shy'?
Fox News
Has New York Mayor Bloomberg already made Americans soda shy? The New York State Supreme Court wisely rejected New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's ban on the sale of super-sized sodas, but people who once loved 32-ounce sodas may, wisely, be banning the drinks on their own.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Pepsi bottles get a makeover after 17 years (The Associated Press via NBCNews.com)
New food offerings at U.S. Cellular Field (Chicago Sun-Times)
Phillies unveil this season's stadium food (KYW-TV)
New Orleans: Grab a cab, grab a soda? Taxis add vending machines (Los Angeles Times)
Big soda: We're not mass killers (Salon)



 



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