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A New York City-style sugary-soda ban in Washington, D.C.?
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Several Washington, D.C., lawmakers say they're considering a ban on large sugary drinks mirroring the one recently approved by the New York City Board of Health. District of Columbia Councilwoman Mary M. Cheh said on Twitter that she is "open to exploring any proposal that might improve children's health." Cheh's 2010 effort to tax sugary beverages fell short. More

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4 dangerous trends webinar now available online
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For NAC Members who missed the Oct. 3 webinar – 4 Dangerous Trends Facing Concessionaires – you can now access the 60 minute presentation at: and by using the password merchandisefood. The webinar was a joint of effort of NAC and Jonathan Raduns of the National Restaurant Consultants.

Concession Management 101 scheduled for Hong Kong
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NAC in conjunction with member Golden Link will present Concession Management 101, a program for entry-level managers, supervisors, or those interested in concession management in Hong Kong prior to CineAsia on Sunday, Dec. 9. The full day learning experience will be taught by NAC Director of Education Larry Etter, CCM. The cost of the workshop and lunch is $99. To register e-mail:

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Food-safety tips for weathering Hurricane Sandy
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Power outages and flooding that often result from weather emergencies compromise the safety of stored food, and planning ahead can minimize the risk of foodborne illness. USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is urging people to take steps now to ensure they have access to safe food. The agency has outlined key food-safety steps that should be taken before, during and after the storm. More

Vendors expect to taste Series success
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Baseball is a game of numbers — both on the field and in the concession stands. But instead of tracking hits and pitches, Comerica Park's food and beverage provider, Delaware North Companies' Sportservice, will be recording how many thousands of hot dogs and chicken fingers it sells at this year's World Series — and it's expecting a winning performance. More

Boosters ask to rethink soda ban
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Members of the Oconto Booster Club are asking the Oconto School Board in Oconto, Wis., to reconsider its policy banning the sale of soft drinks on school property. The request came a month after the board decided in a close vote to waive its policy to allow soda to be sold by Oconto Youth Basketball during a two-day tournament its holding in February. More

Addicted to food? New research suggests it's possible
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Science is now proving what we've long suspected: We're hard-wired to want the foods that are worst for us. The theory that the brain responds to high-fat, high-calorie foods similarly to how it responds to drugs is now gaining scientific muscle, led by renowned names in the field of addiction. More

World Series: The story behind AT&T Park's Edsel Ford Fong concession
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Tiger fans lucky enough to attend the opening game of the World Series in San Francisco will likely notice that AT&T Park is one of the best-designed ballparks of the modern-retro HOK era. Fans might also stumble upon the Edsel Ford Fong concession stands in the concourse. More

Soda's big 2 OK with pulling sugary drinks
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There's a lot of talk lately about restricting large sugary soft drinks. But some soda opponents may not know Pepsi and Coke are quite willing to pull their sugary drinks from schools. More

Fair fowl
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Let's talk turkey. The deli favorite has long been a standard of the limited-service sandwich category. Whether the turkey is smoked, roasted, or prepared some other way, its use seems unlimited, thanks to all kinds of sauces, toppings, and garnishes. More

Study: Social media interaction leads to long-term sales increases
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New research shows that social media interaction between a customer and a brand drives immediate and long-term sales increases. The 2012 LoyaltyOne Social Media Transaction Impact Study was released by LoyaltyOne, in cooperation with Northwestern University and the University of Western Ontario's Ivey School of Business. More

Theater runs on popcorn, vintage charm
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There aren't too many independent movie houses around anymore, but the Wilmette Theatre in Wilmette, Ill., has managed not only to stay afloat, but to thrive. Built in 1914, the old movie house, with its vintage charm and character that's truly appreciated by its guests, prides itself on its diversity of shows. More

Drought devastating to beef industry
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High feed prices and large financial losses brought on by a combination of multiyear drought in the Southern Plains and the 2012 Midwestern drought will continue their stranglehold on the nation's beef industry in the coming months, a Purdue Extension agricultural economist says. More

Halloween brings sweet bit of business to candy companies
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Halloween candy sales are expected to be higher this year than any time in the past decade, a treat for an industry seeing 1 to 3 percent annual growth. "Candy is a luxury, certainly, but it is a very affordable luxury," said National Confectioners Association spokeswoman Susan Whiteside. "Particularly when economic times are tough, the things that bring you a lot of happiness that don't cost a lot of money tend to stay in your budget." More


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