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Hershey acquires iconic Canadian confectionery manufacturer Allan Candy Company
Business Wire
The Hershey Company, a global confectionery leader known for bringing goodness to the world through its delicious chocolate, sweets, mints, beverages and snacks, recently announced that it has completed the purchase of The Allan Candy Company, a leading North American manufacturer of quality confectionery products based in Ontario, Canada.
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ASSOCIATION NEWS


2015 Membership Rate Memo
NAC
In an effort to stimulate even greater participation and membership, The NAC Executive Committee has decided to make some changes to the dues structure of our Association. We have heard our members desire to flatten and simplify the pricing for Concession Operators so as not to differentiate by venue size.
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Save your money, time, and sanity on your next truckload shipment!
NAC
PartnerShip®, the company that manages the NAC Shipping Program, offers competitive rates on full and partial truckload shipments to all NAC members! PartnerShip® has created relationships with thousands of national and regional truckload carriers to help you save time and money. Even when your freight shipment is a full or partial truckload, requires specialized equipment, or is being exported or imported — PartnerShip® has the connections to help you with a solution in this tight-capacity segment of shipping. Talk about a winning game plan! FedEx is giving our members a chance to win fabulous prizes including an unforgettable trip to the 2015 Pro Bowl in Arizona.
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Regional Seminar Series 'Building the Experience' coming to webinar
NAC
The NAC Regional Seminar Series "Building the Experience" will also be offered in a two-part webinar on Jan. 22 and Feb. 17. The webinar format is ideal for those who can't get away to attend a live seminar or for those whose travel budget is limited. Each segment is expected to last three hours.
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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
  MARS Chocolate Bites

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Welcome new member
NAC
NAC is pleased to welcome new member:

Richard Lant of Tennis Canada/Rexall Centre, sponsored by Brent Paradis, ECM - MLSE Sports & Entertainment

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IN THE NEWS


Local, exotic, pickled: Associations share 2015 food trends
Associations Now
In case you're starving for new trends, the food and restaurant industries have you covered. Recently, the National Restaurant Association and the Specialty Food Association released their lists of food trends to watch in 2015. The trends vary from buzzworthy to offbeat. NRA relied on results from a survey of 1,300 professional chefs to highlight trends in food, drink and hospitality.
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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!"

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FDA prices 'lost pleasure' of junk food into calorie count rule
Reuters
U.S. health regulators estimate that consumers will suffer up to $5.27 billion in "lost pleasure" over 20 years when calorie counts on restaurant menus discourage people from ordering french fries, brownies and other high-calorie favorites. The lost-pleasure analysis, which is criticized by some leading economists and public health groups, was tucked into new regulations published last month by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration which require chain restaurants, grocery store chains selling prepared food, large vending machine operators, movie theaters and amusement parks to display calorie counts.
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6 steps to patient leadership
By Betty Boyd
Leadership is many things to many people, but is patience one of those attributes? How does a leader in an organization show patience to its workforce? When all is said and done, patience will help the organization progress in future endeavors, build better relationships, strive to inspire others and build a better culture for its workforce. Here are six steps toward being a more patient leader.
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Snacks: Snacking gone global
CSP.net
If there was any preconceived notion that snacking was an exclusively American phenomenon, guess again. Everybody's doing it. Global snack sales totaled $374 billion annually as of March 2014 — a 2 percent increase over the previous year, according to a new global report, "Snack Attack: What Consumers are Reaching for Around the World," from Nielsen, New York. Americans and their international counterparts say they are time-starved yet health-oriented and are seeking high-protein, natural products and gluten- and GMO-free fare — but not at the expense of convenience.
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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
  Are you overlooking this moneymaker?

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Tostitos launches new 'Tostitos Rolls!' chips
Food Dive
Tostitos looks like it's not hiding what it wants fans to be eating while watching football. The release, in addition to other suggestions, specifically calls out football fans: "Stand Tostitos Rolls! tortilla chips up in a deep-dish dip and score with edible goal posts."
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Hershey explores removal of corn syrup
The Associated Press via USA Today
Hershey is looking at replacing the high-fructose corn syrup in some of its products with sugar. Will Papa, chief research and development officer at The Hershey Co., told The Associated Press the company uses a mix of sugar and high-fructose corn syrup in its products but that it is "moving more toward sugar."
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5 marketing tactics helping premium chocolate sales outpace overall category
FoodNavigator-USA.com
Consumer interest in the health benefits of dark chocolate and a desire for innovative flavors are driving up sales of premium chocolate, which are significantly outpacing those of everyday chocolate, according to a report from Packaged Facts.
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