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This season's hot flavor is ... candy corn
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Move over, pumpkin. There's a new taste in town that's turning up in everything from booze to bagels: candy corn. Yes, that waxy, tri-colored childhood favorite is this season's "it flavor." More

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Reserve your booth for New Orleans!
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National Association of Concessionaires announces that booths for the 2013 NAC Convention & Trade Show go on sale Oct. 21. New Orleans is the site for the Aug. 6-9 event. For more information, contact More

2014 NAC Convention and Trade Show location
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The 2014 NAC Convention and Trade Show is scheduled for Aug. 5-8, 2014, at the Marriott Denver City Center in Denver. This will mark the first time that the NAC Convention and Trade Show will take place in Denver.

Chris Dammann named new NAC Director of Communications
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National Association of Concessionaires is pleased to announce that Chris Dammann will be joining the trade association as the new Director of Communications effective Nov. 5. In this role, Dammann will be responsible for print and digital media for the organization as it expands its reach to the membership, industry and consuming public. He will also be responsible for marketing and membership research on matters pertinent to NAC. Dammann joins an experienced NAC team of professionals with Dan Borschke - Executive Director, Barbara Aslan - Director of Membership, Brenda Hamill - Director of Meeting Services and Larry Etter - Director of Education. Dammann has extensive experience as a consultant with a solid track record of providing public relations, marketing and sales support for trade associations, their members and selective companies for the past 11 years. Prior to that, he served as Director of Marketing for Gage Merchandising Services, an at-retail merchandising company.

His marketing and communications firm, The Christopher Group, has been functioning as a trusted daily provider of content and special projects, serving the needs of several associations and their members. This unique perspective and direct contact and interaction with association staffs, members, board of directors, speakers and support personnel make Dammann a natural fit for NAC. He has also been involved with helping firms realize the potential of social media and mobile communications as a vital part of the marketing mix. Dammann has conducted research and authored several industry research papers and hundreds of articles and blog posts advocating the goods and services of association members.

Dammann will be attending Show East in Florida the first week on the job to acclimate himself to the concession industry and interact with the leadership and members of NAC.

Dammann resides in the Minneapolis area with his wife and two children. He holds a B.S. degree in Marketing and Public Relations from Minnesota State University at Mankato.

NAC office moves to new location in Chicago on Oct. 27
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After nearly three decades residing at 35 E. Wacker Drive, NAC will move to new facilities on Oct. 27. The custom-built space will be much more efficient for the staff in serving the NAC membership while also resulting in a budget savings for the association.

Though we ask your patience while this transition takes place, plans call for the office to be operational on Monday, Oct. 29. All contact information except for the new office address remains the same:

180 N. Michigan Avenue
Suite 2215
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 312.236.3858
Fax: 312.236.7809
Cell: 630.865.1616

Welcome new members!
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 In the News

Hershey's to use certified cocoa only by 2020
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Candy maker Hershey is vowing to use only certified cocoa for all of its chocolate products by 2020 and accelerate programs to help eliminate child labor in the cocoa-producing regions of West Africa. The company has come under fire from activists who said it was the only major chocolate producer in the world that hadn't made a commitment to use certified cocoa. More

Using social media conversations to foster brand awareness
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Social media market research is giving brand leaders insight into what consumers are talking about when they're hungry – and it's McDonald's and Taco Bell. According to research from Jason Falls, founder and CEO of Social Media Explorer, McDonald's generates more conversations online than any other restaurant brand; however, most consumers on social media sites find their food to be just average. More

Richmond soda tax measure opponents spend millions
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A group backed by the beverage industry is spending millions of dollars to defeat a soda tax measure on the Nov. 6 ballot in this San Francisco Bay Area city. Campaign finance statements released Friday show the "No on N" campaign has spent $2.2 million compared to just $25,000 by supporters of the tax, the Contra Costa Times reported. More

New Brooklyn, NY, arena serves as a test: Will fans accept smaller sodas?
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At the amenity-laden Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., hungry concertgoers can dine on fresh-from-Maine lobster rolls, gourmet barbecue brisket and slices of cheesecake from Junior's on nearby Flatbush Avenue. What they cannot buy is a jumbo soda. More

Antimicrobial packaging targets Listeria
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Researchers have found packaging with an oxygen scavenger or carbon dioxide generator can inhibit the growth of Listeria on ready-to-eat meat. More

Soda industry: Vending machines will show calories
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As criticism over sugary sodas intensifies, Coke, Pepsi and Dr Pepper are rolling out new vending machines that will put calorie counts right at your fingertips. The counts will be on the buttons of the machines, which will also feature small posted messages reminding the thirsty that they can choose a low-calorie drink. More

Refrigeration named most significant invention in food history
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The Royal Society, the U.K.'s national academy of science, named refrigeration the No. 1 most significant invention in the history of food and drink. Some relatively modern appliances were in the Top 20 along with inventions that have been around for centuries, such as barrels, fishing nets and the knife. More

Eat, drink, root for the home team with ballpark eats, Nationals fan bars and more
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Fans are flocking to Southeast to see the first-place Washington Nationals as they compete for a playoff spot. While you're settling in for the stretch run, here's where to eat and drink in and around the stadium. More

Feds could lessen drought impact — but don't bet the farm on it
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Corn futures prices on the Chicago exchange have risen about 50 percent since mid-June, hitting all-time record levels last month, and other grains such as wheat and soybeans are also sharply higher. Livestock and dairy product prices will inevitably follow. Federal officials have been insensitive. More


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