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Beer, diet soda sales in mystery decline
ABC News
Americans are drinking less beer and diet soda. Several well-known beer brands are far less popular than they were a few years ago. According to the industry journal Beer Marketer's Insights, beer sales declined 2.3 percent between 2007 and 2012. Some well-known brands have done far worse. Sales of Michelob Light plunged nearly 70 percent while Bud Select's numbers declined more than 60 percent in the same five-year period. While beer sales have been slimming down, wine and spirits sales have done much better.
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ASSOCIATION NEWS


Bert Nathan Award nominations
NAC
The Bert Nathan Memorial Award is given by NAC each year to an individual to recognize leadership and significant accomplishment in the theatre concessions industry. The award honors the late Bert Nathan, a past president of the association and a leader in the theatre concessions industry. We are calling upon the NAC membership to submit candidates for the 2014 award by Jan. 17, which will be presented at the CinemaCon convention March 24 – 27, 2014 in Las Vegas. Click here for the nomination form.
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Inbound shipping savings
NAC
Reducing inbound shipping costs is one of the easiest, yet most overlooked ways to reduce your overall transportation expenses. Like many businesses, NAC members may not currently have control over the shipments coming inbound into them. Here are four steps you can follow to better understand your true inbound shipping costs, and the cost savings opportunities you may be missing.
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Welcome new members!
NAC
NAC is pleased to welcome new members:
David Berg from EA Berg & Associates, sponsored by Adam Gottlieb, ACS of Continental Concession Supplies, Inc.

Jay W. Dikeman from South Suburban Parks & Recreation

Russ Vulpitta from Brand Concessions Pizza Products, LLC, sponsored by John Evans, Jr., Gold Medal Products

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IN THE NEWS


Super Bowl XLVIII committee tells fans: No tailgating allowed
Sports Illustrated
The Super Bowl XLVIII committee has spoken: There will be no tailgating allowed at MetLife Stadium on Feb. 2, 2014 prior to the NFL's championship game.
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Smokies overhaul food operations
Ballpark Digest
The Tennessee Smokies (Class AA; Southern League) have entered into a long-term partnership agreement with Gordon Food Service as the lead provider of food and concession items at Smokies Stadium for the 2014 season and beyond. The announcement comes as part of a significant emphasis being placed on food service and quality upgrades at the ballpark. This was announced as the first step of expansion plans to the food service experience for fans at the ballpark.
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How to build your dream team
By Mel Kleiman
In response to every survey we've conducted over the years, hiring managers and business owners report that employee referrals generate the best job applicants. These results are also right in line with independent studies that show employee referrals are the only recruiting tool that delivers high-quality workers who stay on board about three times longer than those from other sources. And the best way to generate employee referrals is to set up an employee referral reward system.
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A history of popcorn
History
It's hard to think of a more purely American food than popcorn. Whether it's salted and buttered at a movie theatre, kettle corn at a state fair or a caramel popcorn ball at holiday time, we devour the stuff. And we're far from the world's first popcorn fans: Archeologists have found traces of popcorn in 1,000-year-old Peruvian tombs.
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Global gluten-free market will reach $6.2 billion by 2018
Celiac.com
The worldwide market for gluten-free products market will continue to grow, reaching $6.2 billion by 2018, according to a new report from Markets and Markets.
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Little consumers have big impact on food packaging
FoodProductiondaily.com
Designing food and beverage packaging and products for kids calls for a balanced approach. Children may be the smallest consumers, but their impact on purchasing decisions and product development is immense, Goodwin told FoodProductionDaily.com.
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Top 5 social media trends for 2014
By Emma Fitzpatrick
Looking toward 2014 already? See what social media trends are coming over the horizon so you can stay ahead of the competition. Some networks are here to stay and will continue to grow, while others are already stale. Determine where you should budget your time in the upcoming fiscal year now. Without further ado, here are the top five social media trends of 2014.
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