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Richmond, Calif., voters reject Measure N
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Voters in Richmond rejected by a large margin a proposed penny-per-ounce tax on soda and other sugar-sweetened drinks, one of California's most closely watched local measures and one that was fiercely opposed by the beverage industry. More

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NAC welcomes Chris Dammann
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Chris Dammann, NAC's new Director of Communications is now on board and spending this week learning the industry and introducing himself to the membership at Show East in Florida. Chris will be responsible for Concession Profession, the NAC website and all NAC communication and social media efforts. His background includes organizational and industry research and trends which we fully anticipate taking advantage of in the future at NAC. Chris can be reached at:

NAC 2013 Trade Show booths 1/3 sold already

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The NAC 2013 Convention and Trade Show, scheduled for Aug. 6-9 in New Orleans, is already 1/3 sold out more than nine months prior to the event. We anticipate selling all 110 booths for the show and promise a wide variety of products and services applicable for the NAC membership and concession industry. For more information regarding the 2013 NAC Convention and Trade Show contact us at 312.235.3858 or

Welcome new members!
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California city savors role in fighting 'big soda'
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This small, blue-collar city best known for its Chevron refinery has become the unlikely vanguard for anticorporate, left-wing activism in recent years, having seized the mantle from places like Berkeley, or San Francisco, across the Bay. More

Cheese prices continue to rise
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Despite a shortage of fuel in the areas hit by Hurricane Sandy, gas prices continue to fall and are down 7 cents. Cheese prices, meanwhile, are on the rise. There has been some relief in wheat prices that have been steadily increasing because of a drought gripping most of the country. More

Sour flavors, popcorn on 2013 trends list
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Sour candies, local artisan chocolates and confections, healthy foods that actually taste good, and popcorn are among the next big trends in the food industry — at least according to the 2013 Top Ten Food Trends list released by Sterling-Rice Group, a brand strategy firm. Compiled with the expertise of SRG's culinary council — a team of more than 100 famous chefs, restaurateurs and foodies — here is a look at trends to go mainstream in the coming year. More

Study: Healthy snacks still limited in some US schools
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U.S. school children searching for a healthy snack at school — perhaps an apple or some celery sticks — may find that a bag of potato chips is much easier to come by, according to a report released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts. More

How concerned are consumers about food safety?
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Even with frequent food safety outbreaks and recalls, concern levels about the safety of the U.S. food supply remain relatively constant – although there are temporary spikes when news of an outbreak occurs, according to The NPD Group, a Chicago-based market research firm. More

Kosher chow comes to the Super Bowl
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There's no need to brown bag it if you are a kosher football fanatic headed to New Orleans for Super Bowl XLVII. Kosher fare will be served in the stadium at the big game, reports Kosher Today. Game-goers will get to chow down on beef hot dogs, beef sausages with peppers and onions, polish beef sausage, pretzels, bottled soda, bottled water and bottled beer. More

Smelling fresh bread makes people nicer
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No wonder bakers always seem like such friendly people, according to a new study the smell of freshly baked bread can actually make people be nicer to strangers. The study, which was recently published in the Journal of Social Psychology, looked into the idea that aromas can inspire better moods to see if they could also inspire people to do good deeds. More

Everyone loves a snack bar! (Unless it's from a candy company)
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It's a great time to be in the snack bar business, nobody denies that. It's hard to argue with the fact that the U.S. market has more than doubled to almost $6 billion over the last decade. Unfortunately for the confectionery industry, it's not as easy as it might look to enter the category. More

Pepsi White, orange-flavored clear cola, to get Dec. 11 release in Japan
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Japanese blog NariNari reports that Pepsi's Japanese distributor, whiskey maker Suntory, just announced plans to release a clear, tangerine flavored version of its flagship cola called Pepsi White on Dec. 11. The labels are decorated with a variety of colorful snowmen, which NariNari (through Google Translate) says are meant to celebrate "the joy of winter." The soda will only be available in Japan. More


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