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Most Americans oppose soda, candy taxes
WebMD via HealthDay News
Most U.S. adults aren't sweet on the idea of soda and candy taxes, and many doubt the bigger price tags would trim the national waistline. That's the finding of a new Harris Interactive/HealthDay poll. In the online survey of more than 2,100 adults, respondents were opposed to government taxes on sugary drinks and candy by a more than 2-to-1 margin. Between 56 percent and 58 percent said no to such taxes, while only 21 to 23 percent were in favor.
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Interchange proposed class action settlement
NAC
On July 13, 2012, a proposed class action settlement of antitrust litigation filed by merchants and merchant representatives against Visa and MasterCard was announced. The proposed settlement has faced intense criticism from a large and diverse segment of the merchant industry. By no later than May 28, 2013, individual members of the Merchant Class either need to object/Opt-Out of the Proposed Settlement or the court may interpret your silence as total acceptance and support of the terms of the settlement. Information on the proposed settlement is attached. Though NAC has decided not to take a position on the proposal it is our responsibility to inform you of the importance of the upcoming date and actions needed by member merchants.
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NAC/CinemaCon survey
NAC
We are asking the members of NAC who participated in the 2013 CinemaCon to evaluate our activities at the show. Please be candid, as your input will help us to improve our offerings as we continue our partnership with NATO. Please take a few minutes to fill out the brief survey form.
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Screentrade Magazine International Popcorn Challenge
NAC
Look for more information soon about the Screentrade Magazine International Popcorn Challenge. The event will take place at the NAC Convention and Trade Show on Thursday, Aug. 8, during the evening reception. The show runs from Aug 6-9 at the Hilton Riverside Hotel in New Orleans.
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Welcome new members!
NAC
NAC is pleased to welcome new members:

Nelson Hofer of Tallinger Associates LLC
Marsha Murray of Metro Outdoor Entertainment
Kory Samuels of Rochester Institute of Technology

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IN THE NEWS


Arizona Diamondbacks introduce specialty Sonoran Dog
KNXV-TV
The Arizona Diamondbacks are introducing a new specialty hot dog this season with a unique combination of ingredients called the Sonoran Dog. The Sonoran Dog is a hot dog wrapped in mesquite-smoked bacon that is grilled, then topped with pico de gallo, ranch-style beans and mayo drizzle.
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Baltimore ballpark's famous crab dip good 'on everything'
The Toronto Star
Corey Mintz writes, "I am typing this with my right pinky fingrr ... let me start that again. I am tapping out this paragraph with my right pinky finger. The other four are covered in grease. My left hand is clutching half of a hamburger slathered in crab dip, melting around my fingers as I eat, so that I have to lunge at it quickly before it all falls apart, teeth gashing at the food, my arm only as safe as any corndog or popsicle stick."
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Are all-natural claims losing their luster?
FoodNavigator-USA.com
The phrase "all-natural" is still emblazoned on scores of new food and beverage launches, but not quite as many as it used to be, according to Mintel research.
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Mars Wrigley gum prompts FDA review of effect on children
Bloomberg
A Mars Inc. Wrigley chewing gum with added caffeine has sparked U.S. regulators to review how food with the added stimulant affects children. The introduction of Alert Energy gum is the latest in a line of foods that have added caffeine, Michael Taylor, the Food and Drug Admnistration's deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine, said in a statement on the agency's website. The only time the FDA approved added caffeine in food was for cola in the 1950s he said.
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Official: Sequester to reduce FDA food inspections
USA Today
The Food and Drug Administration will conduct fewer food safety inspections this year because of the government sequester, commissioner Margaret Hamburg said. While consumers may not feel the impact immediately, the loss of $209 million from its budget will force the agency to conduct about 2,100 fewer inspections, an 18 percent decline compared to last year.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    CinemaCon showcases movie theater advances from earth-shaking sound to plastic popcorn lids (Las Vegas Weekly)
CinemaCon: Disney, not government, leading soda size restrictions (Deadline)
As FDA seeks fees to fund food safety, much of industry remains opposed (Food Safety News)
NAC/CinemaCon Survey (NAC)
Conlon named 2013 Mickey Warner Recipient (NAC)

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McDonald's delivery, breakfast all day: It could happen, CEO says
CNBC
Consumers can expect one of the world's largest restaurant chains to look very different in the future, with new menu items, delivery services, loyalty programs and maybe even all-day breakfast options, said McDonald's President and CEO Don Thompson.
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EPA recognizes St. Louis Cardinals for reducing food waste
CleanLink
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7 will recognize the St. Louis Cardinals baseball club for efforts to divert, donate and compost food waste around Busch Stadium, in an on-field ceremony prior to a recent Cardinals-Reds game. The Cardinals are helping to recycle food waste and keep it out of landfills. Landfills are one of the largest contributors of methane gas, which affects climate change, including warmer temperatures, stronger storms and more droughts.
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