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The FDA wants to ruin your treats
Reason
Don't get too attached to your movie theater popcorn. A year and a half after issuing a "tentative determination" that partially hydrogenated oils — the main source of trans-unsaturated fatty acids, or trans fats — were unsafe to be consumed in any quantity, the Food and Drug Administration is set to effectively ban the use of nearly all trans fats in food.
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Pre-Registration for 2015 Concession & Hospitality Expo closes July 15
NAC
Pre-registration for the 2015 Concession & Hospitality Expo will close on July 15. Anyone still wishing to attend the Expo after that point will need to register at the NAC onsite registration desk in the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati or Duke Energy Convention Center starting on Tuesday, July 21.

The 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 (1–4 p.m.) and Thursday, July 23 (2–4 p.m.) . Visit our Expo page on www.naconline.org and click the Trade Show tab to see a list of companies signed up for the show and a link to their websites.

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Government relations update: FDA extends menu label compliance date
NAC
Michael R. Taylor, FDA Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine issued this statement which extends the compliance deadline to December 1, 2016:

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration appreciates and takes very seriously the extensive input it has received from stakeholders throughout the process of establishing requirements for menu labeling in restaurants and other retail food establishments. The FDA is committed to working collaboratively with those establishments covered by the menu labeling final rule, including chain restaurants, covered grocery stores, and others to facilitate timely and efficient implementation of the new requirements.

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  J&J Snack Foods Corp.

Delight your guests with NEW OREO® Churros! Made with real OREO cookie pieces and now available in filled varieties. OREO is a registered trademark of Mondelez International Group.
 


Welcome new members
NAC
NAC is pleased to welcome new members:
Justin Silverman of Veezi
Peter Dane Hess of Plaza Theatre
Morris Mizrahi of Walk-N-Dip
Ann Ryan of Beachy Cream LLC

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A special thank you to Ken Whiting of Whiting's Food Concessions for his recent donation to the NAC Educational Fund.


Join Us for a Live Q&A Session
[Gold Medal Products Co.]
If you have a question about the concession business, you’ll want to join Gold Medal for a Q&A Session on Thursday, 7/9 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern. Find us on Facebook for more details: facebook.com/gmcincinnati.
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IN THE NEWS


AMC Theatres to acquire Starplex Cinemas
AMC
AMC Theatres and privately held Starplex Cinemas announced they have entered into a definitive purchase agreement for AMC to acquire Starplex for approximately $172 million in cash, subject to working capital and other adjustments. When completed, AMC will operate approximately 380 theatres with 5,300 screens.
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Promoting the value of creativity with Regal Entertainment Group, AMC Theatres, and Independent Theaters
The Huffington Post
If you are heading to the movies this summer to meet a dinosaur or explore the feelings inside your head or maybe for a little magic, be sure to look out for short spots featuring some very talented individuals who are the backbone of the film and television economy. To further raise awareness about the value of creativity and the importance of watching movies in theaters and through legitimate online services, the MPAA created a short series of videos titled, "I Make Movies."
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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
  Make it a Meal with Gehl's

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Downtown hot dog dispute leads to police visit
Buffalo News
If you thought famous restaurants like Ted's and Chef's launching food trucks meant controversy over Buffalo, New York's trucks was history, you haven't heard about Wienergate. One weekday lunch hour last month, Buffalo developer and restaurant owner Rocco Termini crossed Oak Street carrying a loaded tray of hot dogs.
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Ice cream stand evolves into restaurant, career
The News and Observer
Hula Girl Ice Cream and Grill came from humble beginnings. The Selma restaurant that serves burgers, hot dogs, wings and steak got its start as an ice cream stand that Rose Pittman and her husband, Ray, set up as a way to make extra money. "We both had full-time jobs but we needed to earn some extra income," Pittman said. "So we bought a concession stand trailer that had a shaved ice machine in it and was upfitted so you could sell ice cream."
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Another day, another American food holiday
QSR Magazine
It's quite possible you're not aware of all that you've already missed this summer — from National Quiche Lorraine Day on May 20 to National Dry Martini Day on June 19. But don't worry; you can make up for it by celebrating both of the culinary items (macaroni and Grand Marnier) highlighted for national recognition on July 15. While the overwhelming number of American food holidays may diffuse the holiday spirit a bit, they can also present opportunities for well-timed promotional events, and occasionally even connect your brand to a meaningful, bigger picture.
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As Diet Pepsi changes artificial sweeteners, exec says it may have a 'slightly different mouthfeel'
The Associated Press via WMAR-TV
The artificial sweetener in Diet Pepsi is about to change, but fans of the old formula may still be able to get it. PepsiCo said it would replace the aspartame in Diet Pepsi with sucralose, another artificial sweetener many know as Splenda, in response to customer feedback.
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