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CELEBRATE THE REUNION

MIKE AND IKE® are back together with a cool new look and enhanced flavors.

 




This cheese-stuffed, bacon-wrapped corn dog is 3,000 calories — and only in Arizona
Bloomberg Businessweek
The "D-bat Dog" is an 18-inch corn dog in Arizona that's pumped full of cheddar cheese and wrapped in bacon. Alone, it weighs in at about 1 pound, but it's served on top of another pound of fries. Sounds overwhelming, but fans seem to love the gargantuan, $25 corn dog, created for the Diamondbacks' Chase Field. Michael Snoke, executive chef for ballpark concessionaire Levy Restaurants, takes full responsibility for the aggressively large meat stick.
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ASSOCIATION NEWS


Time to register for the expo
NAC
The program is in place and most of the trade show floor has been sold for the NAC Concession & Hospitality Expo (Formerly the NAC Convention & Trade Show). The only thing missing now is you! It is time to register and make your plans to attend this exciting and value-packed event. The Expo will be held on July 15-18, 2014 at the Denver Marriott City Center.
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Building the Experience in Dallas today and Minneapolis on Monday
NAC
The NAC Regional Seminar Series has a great turn out in Dallas today and is expecting another great crowd in Minneapolis on April 28. Both sessions have 52 participants registered as of today. Look for a session near you later in the year. The seminar is a series of one-day educational programs designed for entry level managers, supervisors and those interested in concessions management. A perfect precursor to NAC's Concession Manager Certification Course.
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Follow NAC on Twitter
NAC
NAC has added another channel to our social media presence. You can now follow NAC on Twitter @nacconcessions. Don't forget to Like us on Facebook and join the National Association of Concessionaires group on LinkedIn.
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Concessions Industry Data Initiative Survey
NAC
This initiative has been ongoing since the start of the year. It is vitally important that everyone take a few minutes out of their busy day to take this survey so the industry can achieve a valid sample size. The more people who participate, the more representative the data will be. We ask that you be as complete and candid as possible. Only summary data will be published and all individual, specific company data will be held in the strictest on confidence. All submissions go directly to FIU. Simply click on this link, take the survey and submit it.
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Welcome new members!
NAC is pleased to welcome new members:
Jeremy Thompson of Schulman Partners/Schulman Theatres, sponsored by David Boles, CCSI
Tim Brown of Keen Marketing and Manufacturing (Vintage Pasta Chips & Shelia G.’s Brownie Brittle)
Miranda Countz of Texas Parks & Wildlife
Jennifer Manis of Texas Parks & Wildlife
Linda (Sue) Smith of Texas Parks & Wildlife

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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
  MARS Chocolate Bites

New-Twix® Brand Bites will deliver excitement to your concessions! Bite size perfection is the biggest innovation in the Twix® Brand history. Available April 2014. Twix® Bites will punctuate the Mars Chocolate portfolio. Movie going consumers will love the bite size unwrapped Twix®. Pre-order today.

www.twix.com
 


IN THE NEWS


The 14 things you need to eat at Yankee Stadium this season
The Daily Meal
The Yankees and Mets rivalry is a classic city-wide battle, and since 2009, Yankee Stadium and Citi Field have been conjuring up stadium beef (no pun intended). Citi Field has been nationally known as one of the best ballparks for food with Shake Shack and Blue Smoke. Yankee Stadium brought in Parm and Lobel's, but Citi Field was still thought of as superior.
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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
  Feed Your Crave

Japan's #1 Fruit Chew has been sweeping the nation and is poised to become the next American Favorite! Hi-Chew can be found in 5 tantalizingly juicy flavors at convenience and grocery stores across the United States! No matter which flavor you choose, you’re in for a long-lasting, mouth-watering treat! Enjoy!"

www.hi-chew.com
 


Sustainable food packaging for 2014 and beyond
By Archita Datta Majumdar
According to a new report, the global food packaging industry will reach close to $258 billion this year. With more and more focus given to sustainable food packing, the industry is definitely poised for major change. Every step of the way, from the supply chain to the branding process, the focus has to be on meeting the functional and economic goals of production and profit without leaving behind carbon footprints. Sustainable packaging looks for viable methods without compromising the future of our environment.
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Name that fake flavor: Doritos brings back the mystery chips
Bloomberg Businessweek
Even as some shoppers seem to want to know everything about their food — where it came from, how it was grown, what ethical issues they should concern themselves with — there still enough of us happy to nosh on unidentified snacks. Doritos will give the ignorance-is-bliss snackers three mystery-flavored varieties of tortilla chips this week, sold under such appetizing designations as Test Flavor 2653.
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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
 
GREAT WESTERN PRODUCTS

Servicing the Movie Theatre Industry for over 50 Years

Great Western Products specializes in manufacturing and processing all your concession needs: Premium Popcorn, Popping Oils, Buttery Toppings, Buttery Flavored Popcorn Salt and a Complete Nacho Cheese Program

Contact your sales rep for more information – 256-575-2473
www.gwproducts.com   markh@gwproducts.com
 


Chocolate's soaring price could make it 'like champagne'
NBCNews.com
As cocoa prices surge to near-record highs on demand for emerging markets, chocoholics brace for a hike in price – and maybe even a different taste, as chocolate makers hunt out cheaper ingredients. Cocoa futures are up 10 percent so far this year, hitting almost £1,900 on ($3,195) a ton in March. Last year prices rose 20 percent.
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Pepsi says its drinks and snacks go together like peanut butter and jelly
Quartz
PepsiCo reported a first quarter profit of $1.22 billion, a healthy 13 percent higher than last year. Sales came in just above $12.6 billion, well above the $12.4 billion the markets were expecting. Shares are up almost 2 percent in pre-market trading.
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Nabisco will release new fruit punch Oreos
Los Angeles Times
If you're an Oreo purist, you may want to look away. Nabisco, the company that makes Oreo cookie sandwiches, has made a new limited edition fruit punch flavor. The fruit punch Oreos are made with Golden Oreo cookies and pink fruit punch flavored filling.
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Kraft recalls 96,000 pounds of hot dogs after packaging problem
CNN
Kraft is recalling 96,000 pounds of hot dogs because packaging labels were incorrect, federal officials said recently. The Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners packages may have contained cheese dogs, officials said, but the packaging doesn't advise consumers that they contain milk, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service said in a statement.
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How does the Heartbleed bug affect your business?
By Ross Lancaster
If you've followed the tech world in the last two weeks, chances are that you've heard of the Heartbleed bug. According to various sources since it was confirmed April 7, the bug is a massive threat that puts nearly every piece of personal information on the Web at risk for theft, an overblown hazard and something that will "slow the Internet to a crawl." But what exactly is Heartbleed, how serious is the risk, and how will it affect your business?
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Where concessions first stood (Chicago Tribune (subscription required))
Yankee Stadium is selling nachos in a helmet for $20 (Gothamist)
17 reasons you should eat chocolate every day (The Huffington Post)
How many hot dogs will be sold at Indianapolis' Victory Field? (Indianapolis Star)
Regional Seminar Series visits Dallas and Minneapolis in April (NAC)

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