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The NBA’s Secret Addiction

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By Baxter Holmes. Photo Dwight Eschliman

How one performance-enhancing sandwich has spread through the NBA.

The legend has been passed down by NBA generations, chronicled like a Homeric odyssey. The tale they tell is of Kevin Garnett and the 2007-08 Celtics, and the seminal moment of a revolution. Bryan Doo, Celtics strength and conditioning coach, recalls it as if it were yesterday, how before a game in December of that season, an unnamed Celtic — his identity lost to history, like the other horsemen on Paul Revere’s midnight ride — complained to Doo of incipient hunger pangs.READ MORE

Late to the Game, Football Stadiums Aim for Better Food

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By KIM SEVERSON, The New York Times. Photo: Dustin Chambers for The New York Times

Eating at a professional football game can be as brutal as a hit from the Atlanta Falcons’ safety Keanu Neal.

That became clear to Andrew Zimmern, the chef, television personality and devoted sports fan, on a chilly February evening a few years ago at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.READ MORE

Modelo Especial, Stella Artois are fastest growing beer brands

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USA Today Samuel Stebbins, 24/7 Wall St (Photo Thinkstock)

While beer consumption in the United States fell during the beginning of the recession and again at the end of 2013, it is on the rise again and beer remains the most popular alcoholic beverage in the U.S. Americans may continue to choose beer over other types of alcoholic beverages, although the brand of beer they will choose is less predictable. Consumer preferences regularly change in response to new ad campaigns, price, or for no detectable reason.READ MORE

Trend Watch: What’s new with grab-and-go?

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From thenafemshow.org

Grab-and-go is becoming more than common – it’s becoming routine.

An annual growth rate of 10.4 percent between 2006 and 2014 launches the supermarket fresh prepared foods segment into the food industry’s group of highest performing subdivisions, according to a recent Technomic study cited by an FMI about made-to-order food’s prevalence in grocery stores.READ MORE