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America's best NFL stadium eats
Food & Wine
Hot dogs and nachos will always have their place with sports fans. But recently we've seen football stadiums across the country go through a major food upgrade. Concessions are adding creative new offerings to the old favorites, finding a way to seriously up the game.
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ASSOCIATION NEWS


NAC to offer food safety class
NAC
The National Association of Concessionaires (NAC) will augment its educational platform for 2014 by adding two Food Safety classes. These sessions are in conjunction with NRFSP and all candidates that pass the test are certified in all 50 states. The classes will take place in conjunction with Regional Seminars with the first being held in suburban Chicago on Friday, March 14, at the Odeum in Villa Park, Ill., and another on Monday, Sept. 15, in Orlando, Fla. The site of that class will be announced at a later date.
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Managing the impact of small package rate increases
NAC
FedEx and UPS recently announced their annual small package rate increases. The UPS rate increases took effect on Dec. 30, 2013, while the FedEx rate increases took effect on Jan. 6, 2014. As always, how much more expensive your particular small package shipments will be in the New Year largely depends on many factors, including shipment volumes, sizes, weights and modes.
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Al Lapidus/Variety Boys & Girls Club Scholarship Golf Classic
NAC
Join us for golf just prior to the start of the CinemaCon Convention and Trade Show in Las Vegas. The 30th Annual Al Lapidus/Variety Boys & Girls Club Scholarship Golf Classic will be held on Monday, March 24 at Anthem Country Club in Henderson, Nev.
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Welcome new members!
NAC
NAC is pleased to welcome new members:

Casey Rapp from DNC/Sportservice Texas Rangers
Hunter Heres from National Cakeball Brands, LLC (Cakeballz), sponsored by Adam Gottlieb, ACS, CCSI.
Ken Gillich from Reading International Inc.
Brent Paradis, ECM from Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment
Paula Piano from Visstun Cups
Brock Safe from The Coca-Cola Company
Cami Reynolds from The Coca-Cola Company

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IN THE NEWS


California bans bare-handed food contact in restaurants
Inside Scoop
Every year, Jan. 1 brings plenty of new laws, including restaurant-related ones, and 2014 is no exception. Chief among this year's new regulations is one that has not gotten a lot of publicity: A new section of the California Retail Food Cod bans restaurant workers in California from handling ready-to-eat food with bare hands. In other words, the use of gloves or utensils is mandatory whenever ready-to-eat foods are handled, similar to laws in other states.
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Early business on the books now!
The Sales Hunter
If you haven't already, you definitely need to touch base with all of your customers from last year. Now is the time to be putting business on the books, so that you continue through first quarter with some momentum.
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How 'less-bad' food marketing is attracting Millennial parents
Forbes
It's no secret that the dominance of "food culture" has shifted the way consumers perceive, research and make even the most mundane food choices. With no demographic is this clearer than millennial parents. Of the 78 million Millennials in the U.S., 31 million are now parents. This group is dominating social media with photos, articles and general musings about food in ways no other generation has.
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Not a stunt: Kraft confirms Velveeta shortage
NBC News
It's not a cheesy gimmick. There really is a shortage of Velveeta, and thanks to corporate streamlining and increased seasonal demand, you might not be able to get some kinds until after the Super Bowl.
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Packaging as important as preference when it comes to picking snacks
Medical Daily
While most people know that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, few bring this adage to the grocery store. Here, decisions are often made on the basis of appearance alone — at least if you trust a new study from the University of Miami School of Law, where researchers have determined that packaging and other visual cues can have a tremendous impact on consumer choices.
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Study: 'Traffic light' food labels changed buying habits
Los Angeles Times
Would you fill that 16-ounce cup with sugary soda if it had a red light on the dispenser? Or might you move to the faucet for water and its green light? Researchers tracked food and drink choices in a big Boston hospital and found that those "traffic light" signals influence choices, even for two years.
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Reese's TV ads take Brand of the Year Award
Candy & Snack Today
The Hershey Co.'s television advertising campaign for its Reese's brand is Ace Metrix's Brand of The Year in the Candies & Snacks category, according to the analytics firm.
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Food companies have cut back on calories, study says
The New York Times
How big a difference does cutting 78 calories out of an American's daily diet make? It may depend on who's counting. That is the average amount a day that a study by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation said was the result of a five-year reduction of calories (totaling 6.4 trillion) in sales of food and beverages by 16 major companies.
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