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The secret behind soda's bite? Not bubbles, study finds.
Los Angeles Times
What gives carbonated drinks their zesty bite? Bubbles might be your first guess — but you'd be wrong. In fact, bubbles aren't needed to experience the burning sensation, but they do enhance it, according to a study published in the journal PLOS One. The secret behind soda's sharp taste is the acid that forms on your tongue when you take a sip.
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NAC establishes Krystal La Reese-Gaule Annual Membership Award
NAC
The National Association of Concessionaires (NAC), at its annual board meeting in New Orleans, introduced a new award. The Krystal La Reese-Gaule NAC Annual Membership Award will be presented to the member who sponsors the most new NAC memberships during the most recent fiscal year. A plaque and a free registration to the annual NAC Concession & Hospitality Expo will be awarded to the recipient at the Annual Membership Luncheon during the event. The Expo is slated for July 15-18, 2014, at the Denver Marriott City Center in Denver.
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Affordable Care Act
NAC
Stan W. Reynolds of Reynolds & Reynolds presented important information on the Affordable Care Act at Show South last week. This is one of the issues that the NAC Government Relations Committee is following closely. Click here to download Reynolds' presentation.
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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
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Welcome new members!
NAC
NAC is pleased to welcome new members:
Manny Martin from Golick Martins, Inc.
Raul Francisco from Golick Martins, Inc.
Sponsored By Adam Gottlieb, ACS of Continental Concession Supplies, Inc.

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IN THE NEWS


Which prospects have fallen by the wayside?
The Sales Hunter
You could be missing an opportunity at increasing your bottom line if you have lost sight of certain prospects. It's time to follow up!
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Fed appeals debit card swipe fee ruling
CNN Money
The Federal Reserve will appeal a court ruling that overturns a 21-cent cap on fees that banks charge retail stores for debit card transactions, the central bank's attorney said. But it's not clear what the swipe fee rate will be in the mean time.
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FDA approves spirulina as food color in US
FoodNavigator.com
The FDA's decision to give the thumbs up to spirulina as a source of blue color in candy and gum finally gives U.S. firms a natural alternative to artificial FD&C Blue #1 ("brilliant blue") and opens up new opportunities in natural greens, say color suppliers.
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Is Coke the same as it was 127 years ago? Maybe
The Associated Press via The Boston Globe
Coca-Cola keeps the recipe for its sacred soda inside a steel vault that's bathed in red security lights. Several cameras monitor the area to make sure the formula stays a secret.
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Top packaged food trends in the Americas
Food Production Daily
A Euromonitor slideshow profiles notable packaged food trends in 15 countries throughout North and South America.
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Study: Chocolate may help keep brain health
Los Angeles Times via Telegraph Herald
Older chocoholics may have a new excuse to indulge their cravings: The dark stuff not only soothes the soul, but might also sharpen the mind. In a study published in the journal Neurology, researchers reported that chocolate may help improve brain health and thinking skills in the elderly.
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Online reviews drive sales and build brand reputation
By Emma Fitzpatrick
Seven of 10 customers trust online reviews just as much as word-of-mouth recommendations. Therefore, online reviews need to be part of every comprehensive marketing plan. One way to garner online reviews is by creating sampling programs and sending them to key influencers in different mediums. This article examines the correlation between online reviews and profitability, and businesses will get insider tips to make their next online review stellar.
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Trimming trans fat: Kraft-backed research proposes cellulosic gel replacer
Confectionery News
A novel food-grade oleogel made of cellulosic polymer, surfactant and oil could be used to substitute trans fats in foods, according to new research backed by Kraft Foods.
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