The 2016 Concession & Hospitality Expo

| July 12, 2016


Join the top food and beverage leaders at THE International Concessions and Hospitality Marketplace.

The 2016 Concession & Hospitality Expo was held on July 19-22, 2016 at the Depot Renaissance in Minneapolis. The information below is an example of the business, education and networking activities that have become a trademark of our annual event.




The National Association of Concessionaires will bring together the top food and beverage concession leaders in the recreation and leisure-time industry at The Concession & Hospitality Expo. The Expo committee is planning terrific educational sessions, great social functions and exciting events. Check back often as the 2016 program comes together.

Formerly known as the NAC Annual Convention & Trade Show, the event is an educational conference in its 34th year covering a wide range of concessions and foodservice topics. The business sessions are practical and focused on the concessions industry, and provide interaction between all types of operations. In addition, exciting social functions allow for attendees to network in a less formal setting. Your full convention registration fee includes all educational sessions, food functions, social events, venue tours and the trade show.

As part of the Expo, NAC will host its own trade show specifically for the recreation and leisure-time foodservice industry. The trade show will feature companies that provide products and services to all types of recreation, leisure-time and public assembly facilities. For more information on the trade show and how you can participate, click on the Trade Show tab on this page.

Make plans now to attend the 2016 Expo in the Twin Cities.

2016 NAC Tentative Expo Program. Check back often for updates.

DateEventRoomSession MaterialsDescription
Saturday, July 8
9:00 AM - 5:00 PMConcession Manager Certification CourseDorado
Sunday, July 9
9:00 AM - 5:00 PMConcession Manager Certification CourseDorado
Monday, July 10
9:00 AM - 5:00 PMConcession Manager Certification CourseDorado
6:00 PM - 9 PMBoard of Directors DinnerBourbon Steak House
Tuesday, July 11
6:30 AMExpo Golf Event - GrayhawkGolf ClubThe Valley of the Sun is famous for its world class golf courses. With this in mind, we have arranged for a limited opportunity for those who would like to play some golf while at Expo. There are ONLY 7 FOURSOMES AVAILABLE (28 Golfers Total)at GrayhawkGolf Club, just minutes away from the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess.
9:00 AM - 5:00 PMConcession Manager Certification CourseDorado
12:00 PM - 1:00 PMNAC BOD Committee Buffet LunchArabian Patio
1:15 PM -2:00 PMCommunications Committee
Arabian A
1:15 PM -2:00 PMGovernment Relations Committee Arabian B
2:00 PM -2:45 PMMarketing Membership Committee Arabian A
2:00 PM -2:45 PMEducation CommitteeArabian B
2:45 PM -3:45 PMExecutive CommitteeMoor 1
4:00 PM – 5:00 PMNAC BOD MeetingArabian
5:00 PM - 11:59 PMSet- Up for Exhibitors Palomino 1-7
7:00 – 9:00 PMOpening Night Reception & Joe Chabot Memorial Silent AuctionPalomino 8-10
9:00 PM - midnightHospitality -NAC Late Night LoungePresident's Suite
Wednesday, July 12
7:00 - 8:00 AMNAC Fun Run
8:00 AMBreakfastPalomino Plaza North
9:00 AMKeynote Address: From Homeless Refugee to Living the American Dream – Derreck KayongoPalomino 8-10Derreck Kayongo and his family fled a civil war in Uganda and settled in the U.S. when Kayongo was just ten years old. Now a successful entrepreneur, Kayongo is a renowned expert in environmental sustainability and global health. Kayongo is the founder of the Global Soap Project: a program which takes donated, melted, purified and reprocessed hotel soap and redistributes it to vulnerable populations around the world.
10:00 AMNetworking Break Palomino Foyer
10:30 AMTraining the Next Generation of ConcessionairesPalomino 8-10Larry Etter, CCM – Moderator;
Michael Cheng, Ph.D. – Florida International University; Radesh Palakurthi, Ph.D., The Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality and Resort Management at the University of Memphis
12:00 PMNew Product PresentationsPalomino 8-10
1:00 PM NAC EXPO Trade Show Palomino 1-7Vendors will display the newest in food, beverages, and services for the concession & hospitality channels. Make sure to eat your way through the show with a variety of items only found at the NAC EXPO.
4:00 PMA Wednesday Summer Afternoon Beer Seminar – With Accompanying Food!Palomino 8-10Beer and bar food experts discuss matching beer and food to achieve outstanding results for your Theatre or Sporting venue.  A beer flight and accompanying food including a presentation from representatives from New Belgium and Sierra Nevada Breweries, Emmi Roth Cheese and numerous other vendors will be included in the
very interactive and consumable 60 minute session for a hot Wednesday Summer Afternoon in Scottsdale!
5:00 PM Mickey Warner Reception Arabian
6:30 PMWednesday Evening Event - Topgolf Scottsdale With great food & drinks, upscale amenities and competitive fun everyone can enjoy, Topgolf Scottsdale at Riverwalk is your venue for parties, company events, fundraisers and social get-togethers!
9:00 PM - midnightHospitality -NAC Late Night LoungePresident's Suite
Thursday, July 13
8:00 AMBreakfastPalomino Plaza North
9:00 AMMillennials and Generation Z Appetites within an American Food Renaissance – June Jo LeePalomino 8-10June Jo Lee serves as food ethnographer for Google Food, providing food culture and user/stakeholder insights that have been implemented through existing and new services, programs and communications.
10:00 AMFinding Your Productivity & Focus in an Interrupted World - Randy Dean, MBA Palomino 8-10Randall Dean, MBA, has more than 20 years of experience using and teaching advanced principles of time and project management and personal organization.
11:00 AMNAC Government Relations UpdatePalomino 8-10Gina Di Santo – NAC Government Relations Committee Co-Chair – Facilitator, Carlos Illingworth of The Coca-Cola Company, Eric Dell – NAMA, Belinda Judson – NATO, Esther Baruh – NATO, Dan Shorts – NCA, Joel Rice – Fisher Phillips LLC.
12:30 PMNAC Memberships LuncheonPalomino 8-10
1:15 PMNAC Annual Membership Meeting Palomino 8-10
2:00 PMNAC EXPO Trade ShowPalomino 1-7Vendors will display the newest in food, beverages, and services for the concession & hospitality channels. Make sure to eat your way through the show with a variety of items only found at the NAC EXPO.
4:00 PMNetworking BreakPalomino Foyer
5:00 PM - 6:00 PMExhibitors Tear DownPalomino 1-7
6:00 PMThursday Evening Event-La Hacienda Restaurant at the Fairmont Scottsdale PrincessLa Hacienda RestaurantReception and Dinner.
9:00 PM - midnightHospitality -NAC Late Night LoungePresident's Suite
Friday, July 14
8:00 AM Breakfast PresentationPalomino 8-9Wynn Salisch of Casablanca Ventures will giving the breakfast presentation, "Payment Processing and Data Security in a Networked World" .
9:30 AM Venue ToursFront Drive Porte CochereHarkins Camelview Theatre - Scottsdale
Sun Devil Stadium -  ASU -  Tempe
Chase Field - Phoenix
2:15 PMAirport Drop Off.
3:30 PMArrive back at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Check back often for updates.

Wednesday, July 20

9:00 Keynote Address-Creating a World Class Service Organization

Dennis Snow

Dennis Snow

World renowned customer service expert Dennis Snow will address the 2016 Concession and Hospitality Expo with, “Creating a World Class Service Organization.” Dennis Snow’s customer service abilities were honed over 20 years with the Walt Disney World Company. There, he developed his passion for service excellence and the experience he brings to the worldwide speaking and consulting he does today. Click here to read more. DOWNLOAD PDF HANDOUT

10:30 – People are our Most Valuable Asset

Andrew Cretors of C. Cretors & Company will facilitate a high-powered panel of concession industry and labor experts. Such topics as engaging Millennials in the workforce, Strategies for minimum wage mandates and overtime regulations, temporary and contract workers and hiring and retaining your best crew members as well as how to find the right worker at any age and the appropriate person to work with alcohol will be discussed. Panel includes: Ken Whiting of Whiting Food Concessions, Dennis Snow of Snow & Associates, Kit Moss of Kit Moss Marketing and Revenue Development, Inc., Joel Rice, Esq. of Fisher & Phillips, LLC and Robert Perkins III, Act V Theatres.

11:45 – Government Relations Panel

Gina Di Santo, CCM and Don Lear, Co-Chairs of the NAC Government Relations Committee will moderate a panel of advocacy experts highlighting issues vital to the Concession, Hospitality, Theatre, and Vending Industries. The panel will include Toney Anaya, Coca-Cola North America Group; Mark Dieffenbach, The Hershey Company; Daniel Cosgrove, National Confectioners Association and Sandy Larson, National Automatic Merchandising Association.

4:00 – Leadership Counts

Larry Etter

Larry Etter

Larry Etter, CCM, NAC Director of Education and Sr. Vice President at Malco Theatres will introduce the audience to the NAC Regional Seminar Series that is provided locally throughout 2016. Leadership is an integral quality not found in all people but is certainly a trait that is necessary for success in all elements of business and life. Thanks to our very generous nine national scholarship supporting member companies Leadership Counts instructs the next generation in Leadership traits and will motivate those in the audience to register their team members for a future Regional Seminar Session.

Thursday, July 21

Simon T. Bailey

Simon T. Bailey

9:00 – The Entrepreneurial and Leadership Mind Set – A conversation with Simon T. Bailey and Larry Lynch.

Renowned speaker and author Simon T. Bailey is the leader of the “brilliance” movement – helping more than 1 million people find their brilliance, shift their thinking and produce sustainable results. According to The Speakers Experts, Simon is one of America’s top ten most booked corporate and association speakers. In 2015 Simon was inducted into the prestigious National Speakers Association Hall of Fame whose honorary members include former U.S. Secretary of State General Colin Powell and President Ronald Reagan. An experience with Simon goes beyond feel-good content to real-life deliverables that impact lives. He connects with any audience on many levels with a relevant message that resonates beyond the stage.

Larry Lynch

Larry Lynch

Larry Lynch, president and CEO of Environmental Health Testing (EHT) is a 30+ year business veteran leading both large and small enterprise businesses as well as trade/professional associations. A dynamic leader, Larry is CEO of two growing organizations. He is President and CEO of Environmental Health Testing (EHT), a pioneer in developing and delivering certification examinations for individuals in the food industry specializing in food safety. Larry is also president and owner of the United States Personal Chef Association, North America’s largest professional organization for personal and private chefs.


This year we will conduct the Venue Breakouts together under the new banner of the NAC TOWN HALL rather than segregating the theatre-interested registrants from the non-theatre-interested registrants. We have been told by many of our members over the years that each group brings remarkable information to the table, so it would be beneficial for all attendees to participate in a larger group to discuss and hopefully create results on pressing issues and concerns for all in the Concessions and Hospitality Community. The session will be 2 hours long and will be facilitated by Leaders from both Venue Interests along with NAC Staff.

Friday, July 22

8:00 AM – US Bank Field Concession Presentation at Breakfast

USbankU.S Bank Stadium is owned and operated by the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, a local governmental unit of the State of Minnesota. While the major tenant in the stadium is the Minnesota Vikings, the building was designed to provide a wide array of events for the community and state. It will host high school and college sporting events, including baseball and soccer. The new stadium can also accommodate large trade shows and concerts as well as smaller intimate events in the stadium’s six state-of-the-art club spaces and locations throughout the building. In May of 2012, the Minnesota Legislature passed legislation authorizing the construction of a new stadium in Minneapolis, and the new stadium design was unveiled in May, 2013 by the stadium’s architect, HKS. The decommissioning of the Metrodome began on December 30, 2013, following the final Minnesota Vikings game of the season, and the power was turned off in the building on January 18, 2014.

Check back often to see 2016 NAC Expo Social Functions

Wednesday, July 20

Riverboat6:00 – 9:00 PM Mississippi River Cruise, Dinner and Casino
Buses depart at 6:00 PM sharp from Hotel turn around.

Spot bald eagles, herons, egrets and falcons as you travel back in time from St. Paul’s bustling downtown harbor through the Mississippi National Great River Park. Enjoy a little bit of Vegas on the Mighty Mississippi! See if Lady Luck is with you and join others in a game of Black Jack or Variety Poker (play money, of course) while the Rat Pack croons in the background. We’ll see you on the river!
Thursday, July 21

5:30 – 9:00 PM TCF Bank Stadium Reception, Dinner & Tour
Buses depart at 5:30 PM sharp from Hotel turn around.

TCF_bank_StadiumTCF Bank Stadium is an outdoor stadium on the campus of the University of Minnesota. Opened in 2009, it is the home field of the Minnesota Golden Gophers of the Big Ten Conference. It was also the temporary home of the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League for the 2014 and 2015 seasons during the construction of U.S. Bank Stadium. The 52,525-seat “horseshoe” style stadium cost $303.3 million to build and is designed to support future expansion to seat up to 80,000. It is the first new Big Ten football stadium constructed since Memorial Stadium at Indiana University opened in 1960. TCF Bank Stadium also boasts the largest home locker room in college or professional football and one of the largest video boards in the nation. This event will also include venue tours of venerable Williams Arena and the adjacent Mariucci Arena, the respective homes of Golden Gopher Basketball and Men’s Ice Hockey.

Friday, July 22

9:00 AM – 2:00 PM Venue Tours
Buses depart at 9:00 AM sharp from Hotel turn around.

Target_FieldTarget Field, Home of the Minnesota Twins – Spectacular and intimate … breathtaking views … dazzling amenities … and a staggering array of special features! Those are just a few things you can find in your experience at Target Field, the world class home of Twins Territory. Target Field is a phenomenal large open air baseball park located in the heart of the downtown core of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

XcelXcel Energy Center, Home of the Minnesota Wild – The Xcel Energy Center is a multi-purpose arena, located in Saint Paul, Minnesota. It is named for its locally based corporate sponsor Xcel Energy. With an official capacity of 17,954, the arena has four spectator levels: one suite level and three general seating levels. Xcel Energy Center is regarded as one of the finest arenas in the world. The one-of-a-kind, multi-purpose facility is home to more than 150 sporting and entertainment events and approximately 1.7 million visitors each year.

15-lobbyjpgOakdale Marcus Cinemas – The Marcus Oakdale Cinema is a premiere entertainment destination featuring 17 auditoriums, each with comfortable DreamLounger™ recliner seating. There’s an UltraScreen DLX® auditorium, which provides a massive screen, Dolby® Atmos® multidimensional sound and the DreamLounger seats. Plus there’s plenty of food and beverage choices including a Take Five® Lounge for casual dining and three Big Screen Bistro auditoriums, which offer full-service, in-theatre dining. The theatre proudly serves Zaffiro’s THINCREDIBLE® handmade pizza through the concessions stand as well.

Trade Show

The 2016 Trade Show will be held on Wednesday, July 20 (1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.) and Thursday, July 21 (2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.) and is open to full and tabletop displays.

The Trade Show is now Sold Out.

We are creating a waiting list so please contact us with interest.

Check to the graphic below for available booths. You can contact Dan Borschke at the NAC office, 312.236.3858, to reserve your booth!



The 2016 Exhibitor Kit is now available. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD.


Click on company name to go to their website.
Booth #CompanyBooth #CompanyBooth #Company
100White Castle200Weaver Popcorn300Great Western
101Ventura / Lu Anna201Coca-Cola301Vistar
102Gold Medal202Chestnut Identity303Vistar
103Hershey203Gehl's302Complicated Flavors
104Kernel King204Royal Corporation304Boston Beer
105Tootsie Roll205Color Ad Packaging Ltd305Snacktops
106Sweet Bottom Cookies206The Vivian Company306Euro Snacks, Inc.
107ConAgra207Survey Me307Casablanca Ventures
108Seapoint Farms208State Fair Mini Donuts308First Data
109Nestle209American Licorice309Austin Cocktails
110ProStar Industries212Odell's311Appetize
112Promotion In Motion213Eisenberg312Calbee North America
113Kernel Seasons214AICP313Mannon Specialty Foods, Inc.
114CCSI215Pretzel Haus Bakery/FUNacho314Future POS
115Popcorn County USA216SSDC Ecolab315RP & Associates (Grub Tub)
116Rico's Products217Golden Krust316Dr Pepper Snapple Group
117Finger Food Products218Churchill Container317Rochester Meats
118Jack Roe USA219Veezi318The Cawley Company
119Berk Concession Supply220Preferred Popcorn319Absolute Marketing
120RCM Media221Taste of Nature320Dunn Brothers Coffee
121Packaging Concepts224Mini Melts of America, Inc.
321Spooky Beverages
122Mars Chocolate North America, LLC225C. Cretors & Company323J&J Snack Foods
124Mars Ice Cream226Prime Ticket324Wicked Spoon
125Van Holten's227ConverPack325Iowa Rotocast, Inc.
126Caddy Products, Inc. 228The Vollrath Company326Famous Brands International
127NCR229Lancer Corp.327Whirley Drink Works
128Sierra Nevada Brewing Company230Johnsonville328 Ben's Soft Pretzels
129Cinema Scene Marketing231Ferrara USA 329EDAMOVIE
130RTS Solutions232Pepsico330SYSCO
131Fun Sweets LLC233Dynamic Drinkware331New Belgium Brewing
133Proctor Companies332The Fremont Company
333US Weight, Inc.

Trade Show Hours
Wednesday, July 20 (1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
(includes lunch)

Thursday, July 21 (2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

The trade show will feature products and services such as:
soft drinks • beer • iced tea • nachos • menu boards • pizza • hot dogs • soft pretzels • peanuts • pressure fryers • cotton candy • sno kones • frozen yogurt • ice cream • churros • egg rolls • condiment dispensers • mobile food carts • food warmers • holding ovens • candy • grills • BBQ• popcorn poppers • concession stands • containers & trays • architectural planning & concession design• souvenir cups/mugs • beverage dispensers • paper products • popcorn toppings & oils • point-of-sale equipment and MORE!

Don’t miss the chance to put your company in front of the leading buyers in the industry!


The Expo will take place at the Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel and there are also a block of rooms at the Residence Inn Minneapolis Downtown at The Depot. Both of these properties are under the same roof and are equally convenient to all of the Expo events. The reservation link below includes both properties so make sure you scroll down if you wish to book at the Residence.

The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel
225 3rd Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 375-1700

Residence Inn Minneapolis Downtown at The Depot
425 South Second Street
Minneapolis MN 55401
(612) 340-1300

Click here to make reservations.

DepotDistinctive and beautifully appointed, the Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot is the ideal downtown destination for both business travelers and families. Our historic hotel was originally constructed as a railway station over a century ago, and has been lovingly restored to retain its past grandeur while also offering a wide range of contemporary amenities. Many of downtown Minneapolis’ most popular landmarks and attractions – including the Guthrie Theater, Target Field, and Mill City Museum – are moments away. Settle in to your stylish and comfortable guest room, or book one of our stunning Historic Suites to experience the special atmosphere of our hotel. Savor flavorful Midwestern cuisine at Charley’s Grill, or stop in for a cocktail at the cozy Stone Arch Bar. And with over 66,000 square feet of unique venue space, we’re pleased to be one of the premier meeting and event locations in downtown Minneapolis. We look forward to making you feel at home at the Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot.

ResidenceEnjoy an unforgettable stay at the Residence Inn Depot, located in the beautiful Mississippi River Front District. Centrally located in downtown Minneapolis, guests can surround themselves in the rich story of the Twin Cities. Experience art and history as you take a stroll across the Stone Arch Bridge and St. Anthony Falls, catch a show at the Guthrie Theater or check out the Mill City Museum. The best of Minneapolis sports teams are also at your fingertips. Target Field, Target Center, TCF Bank Stadium and the nearly complete US Bank Stadium are all within walking distance from the front door of the Residence Inn. Our hotel is also located just 11 miles from the famous Mall of America. Minneapolis is well-known for their restaurant and food scene! Please your taste buds with a variety of food from Butcher & the Boar, Zelo, 112 Eatery, Manny’s Steakhouse, and Capital Grille. Let us keep you comfortable while you explore this unique area of downtown during your stay at the Residence Inn Depot.

Unsolicited Minneapolis Room Phone Call Scam
Apparently NAC members and exhibitors are receiving unsolicited phone calls from companies stating that they can provide you cheaper rooms than we can in Minneapolis for the The Concession & Hospitality Expo . Please be aware that these individuals and companies are known to scam clients by getting credit card numbers and pertinent information that can be used in nefarious ways. You are receiving the most affordable rate at The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel while also supporting your association at NAC. DO NOT PROVIDE THESE CALLERS ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION AND PLEASE REPORT THEM TO US AS SOON AS POSSIBLE SO THAT WE CAN PROVIDE THEM A CEASE AND DESIST LETTER ASAP.


Check back for transportation information.

2016 Expo Sponsors

Allure, A Christie Company

Gold Medal Products
Mars Chocolate
Ricos Products Company
Spectra By Comcast Spectacor
Weaver Popcorn Company

Business Russia
C. Cretors & Co.
Cinema Scene Marketing
ConAgra Foods
Kernel Season’s
Packaging Concepts, Inc.
Promotion in Motion

American Licorice Company
Dynamic Drinkware
Eisenberg Sausage Company
Feltl & Company
Gehl Foods, Inc.
Great Western Products
Legends Hospitality
Preferred Popcorn
RCM Media
Royal Corporation
Scribner and Associates
Sodexo Sports & Leisure
Ventura Foods


The Concession & Hospitality Expo provides your company with opportunities to put your products, services and brand in front of buyers for all types of recreation and leisure-time food and beverage operations. Sponsorships are available at every level and extend well past the convention itself, and benefits for each level are detailed below. Many of our sponsors also choose to extend their opportunities by registering for the full NAC convention, allowing them access to buyers at all educational sessions and social functions.

For more information on how to become a sponsor contact Dan Borschke at the NAC office, 312.236.3858,


Sponsorship Benefits

Platinum Level ($10,000 and above)
Logo recognition as a platinum sponsor and major prominence on every convention page on the NAC web site throughout the year;
Recognition as a platinum sponsor in all pre-convention marketing, both in print and via email;
Company name and logo noted in day’s events in program;
Recognition as a platinum sponsor in pre- and post-convention press releases;
Signage at event;
Thank you announcement and invitation to address attendees at event;
Invitation for two to invitation-only board/sponsor VIP party on Monday, July 20;
Seated on dais and recognized as major sponsor at NAC Membership Luncheon on Thursday, July 23.

Gold Level ($5,000 to $9,999)
Logo recognition as a gold sponsor and major prominence on every convention page on the NAC web site throughout the year;
Recognition as a gold sponsor in all pre-convention marketing, both in print and via email;
Company name and logo noted in day’s events in program;
Recognition as a gold sponsor in pre- and post-convention press releases;
Signage at event;
Invitation for two to invitation-only board/sponsor VIP party on Monday, July 20;
Seated on dais and recognized as major sponsor at NAC Membership Luncheon on Thursday, July 23.

Silver Level ($2,500 to $4,999)
Logo recognition as a silver sponsor and major prominence on every convention page on the NAC web site throughout the year;
Recognition as a silver sponsor in all pre-convention marketing, both in print and via email;
Company name and logo noted in day’s events in program;
Recognition as a silver sponsor in pre- and post-convention press releases;
Signage at event;
Invitation for two to invitation-only board/sponsor VIP party on Monday, July 20;

Bronze Level ($1,000 to $2,499)
Recognition as a bronze sponsor on the NAC web site;
Recognition as a silver sponsor in all pre-convention marketing, both in print and via email;
Company name and logo noted in day’s events in program;
Recognition as a bronze sponsor in pre- and post-convention press releases;
Signage at event.

Contributing Sponsors (under $1,000)
Recognition as a educational session prize sponsor in signage;
Recognition in program as an educational session prize program sponsor;
Recognition in post-convention materials.

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