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LevelUp: first mobile payment system to power an entire sports arena
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LevelUp said it's the first mobile payment service to serve every point of sale in a major sporting venue. It's launching at the KFC Yum Center in Louisville, Ky., where users can pay with LevelUp at 200 concession stands. More

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NAC offices closed Thanksgiving and Friday
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The NAC offices will be celebrating Thanksgiving and the newest of holidays – Black Friday this week. Offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday. The Board of Directors and staff wish all a Happy Thanksgiving. Your calls and e-mails will be returned when offices open on Monday, Nov. 26.

Ramon Moss awarded NAC Scholarship
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NAC has maintained a partnership with the Florida International University's Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management for over two decades and is quite proud to announce that Ramon Moss, first semester graduate student at FIU with a Hospitality Management major and a concentration in Food & Beverage is the 2012/13 NAC Scholarship Awardee. In his thank you to NAC, Moss stated that he would like to be a mentor and a source of motivation for others like himself aiming for success in the hospitality industry while he works toward his goal of being a Food & Beverage Director on the corporate level.

Welcome new members!
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All-you-can-eat Burger King buffet in Japan makes our stomachs hurt
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It's official, Burger King Japan might be the most experimental of all the Burger Kings. After the pumpkin burger, the black bun burgers and five-patty Whoppers, the chain has set a high bar for novelty. For its next trick, in honor of its fifth anniversary, Burger King Japan is offering an all-you-can-eat burger buffet. More

The pizza proposition
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Staying one step ahead in a competitive marketplace requires planning, knowing your customers and understanding what opportunities exist in the marketplace. More

Looking ahead: Food trends for 2013
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Knowing what's hot and what's not can help food companies better develop, position, market and sell their products. To determine what will be trending in 2013, Sterling-Rice Group tapped its culinary council, who identified the top 10 trends coming in 2013. More

Study: Caffeine 'may make us happier'
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Drinking coffee might help us look on the bright side of life, according to a new study which shows caffeine can help people spot positive words. German researchers found that volunteers dosed the equivalent in caffeine of two to three cups of coffee were able to spot positive words more quickly in a series of experiments. But psychologists found it did not have the same effect when it came to negative words. More

FDA investigating safety of energy drinks
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Federal health authorities are investigating reports of 13 deaths possibly linked to so-called energy shots and cautioning consumers to talk to their doctors before they take them or other energy drinks. More

Active, intelligent and smart packaging sales trends
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Increasing health awareness, rising food and safety concerns and improved purchasing power in emerging economies will drive growth in the global active, intelligent and smart food and drink packaging market. More

Chocolate rush hits record as cocoa shortages loom
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Cocoa grinders are increasing output by the most in two years to meet record demand for chocolate, at a time when declining West African supply means the first shortages of beans in three seasons. Processing will jump 4.9 percent in the season that began Oct. 1, according to Bethlehem, Pa.-based Commodities Risk Analysis LC, which has tracked the market for 17 years. More

University of Vermont to ban bottled water sales
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Inside the University of Vermont student center recently, a towering creation was taking shape. Art professor Beth Haggart and student Ilana Copel were poking the necks of disposable, soft plastic water bottles through holes cut in old bicycle tire inner tubes and stacking up the rings. Their goal was to sculpt a statement. "They're everywhere," Haggart said of plastic water bottles. "And people don't really notice them, because they're everywhere." More

Chocolate bars are shrinking, and not for health reasons
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It has long been suspected but now it is official: Our chocolate bars are shrinking. For the first time, the Office of National Statistics has revealed that the size of our chocolate bars and bags of sweets have reduced by as much as 10 percent in the past year. The government agency took the unusual step of mentioning the development in its latest consumer price index report, so that the public was aware they were getting less for their money. More


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