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October is National Popcorn Poppin' Month - Click to read more

Cincinnati, Ohio

It's time to make your senses pop! It doesn't matter if it's caramel, cheese, candy, or traditional buttered popcorn. Americans can't get enough of this tasty treat. And now in October, we're saluting one of the nation's oldest snack foods. It's time to dig in during National Popcorn Poppin' Month.

Did you know that Americans consume some 16 billion quarts of this whole grain treat each year? That's 52 quarts per man, woman, and child!

It's true. The number of Americans munching on popcorn has increased through billions of movie viewings, countless sporting games and family gatherings, World Wars, and The Depression. That's why for more than 25 years, October is the time to celebrate this crave-inspiring crunch.

October is National Popcorn Poppin' Month

According to the Popcorn Board, a national non-profit organization, October was chosen because "of the popcorn harvest which takes place each fall in the Midwest. Each year when the new crop is harvested, it reminds us popcorn will always be the naturally fun snack for the entire family. Popcorn Poppin' Month is the perfect time to celebrate popcorn."
So get ready to pop up the fun with this delicious snack! How will you celebrate?
Fun Popcorn Facts From the Popcorn Board (

  • The oldest ears of popcorn ever found were discovered in the Bat Cave of West Central New Mexico in 1948 and 1950. Ranging from smaller than a penny to about 2 inches, the oldest BatCave ears are about 4,000 years old.
  • Most U.S. popcorn is grown in the Midwest, primarily in Indiana, Nebraska, Ohio, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky and Missouri.
  • Compared to most snack foods, popcorn is low in calories. Air-popped popcorn has only 31 calories per cup. Oil-popped is only 55 per cup.
  • The world's largest popcorn ball was created by volunteers in Sac City, Iowa in February, 2009.  It weighed 5,000 lbs., stood over 8 ft. tall, and measured 28.8 ft. in circumference.
  • In 1519, Cortes got his first sight of popcorn when he invaded Mexico and came into contact with the Aztecs. Popcorn was an important food for the Aztec Indians, who also used popcorn as decoration for ceremonial headdresses, necklaces and ornaments on statues of their gods.

For more than 25 years, October has been celebrated as National Popcorn Poppin' Month; however, it became "official" in 1999, when then Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman proclaimed October as National Popcorn Poppin' Month.

Cash In With Caramel Corn Cash In With Caramel Corn - Click to read more

Cincinnati, Ohio

Making 78% or more profits just got easier. The #2626 Karamel Baby makes it simple for anybody to profit from caramel corn sales. This sweet treat creates a sense of nostalgia and brings back fond memories. It taps directly into the current trend of families spending money on comfort foods that remind them of simpler times.

The Karamel Baby is an inexpensive way to add freshly baked caramel corn to any business, creating year-round profits. The 2.5 gallon cooker/mixer is compact and durable. It's also a cinch to run thanks to the powerful Brute Force drive motor and electrical heat control. The machine runs on a standard 15-amp plug and doesn't use a lot of electricity. The cooking cycle is only 20 minutes, and the enticing aroma will bring customers in and have mouths watering for this unique treat.

Attract Attention and Sales with a New Look - Click to read more

Cincinnati, Ohio

The legendary Cone-O-Corn has a new a look (item #2067). The bright yellow and red design quickly catches attention to boost profits. Plus, businesses can save money and space with Cone-O-Corns. They are 1/3 the cost of scoop boxes and 5,000 Cone-O-Corns can be stored in 5.6 cubic feet.

They will also keep profits popping thanks to its unique appearance that looks like it holds more than it does. (One Cone-O-Corn holds less than 1 ounce, but can retail for $1 or more thanks to the higher perceived value.) The shape is also easy to hold, making popcorn even easier to eat on the go.

Attract Attention and Sales with a New Look

Businesses can also increase their branding with custom printed Cone-O-Corns. It's a low cost way to quickly drive more sales. Every container is a walking advertisement as customers enjoy the delicious popcorn.

Hot Dog Steamer is Easier to Clean Hot Dog Steamer is Easier to Clean - Click to read more

Cincinnati, Ohio

One of the industry's most durable hot dog steamers just got better. Now, the heating element is out of the water, providing longer element life and even more reliable performance. Plus, the machine is a breeze to clean. It quickly comes apart, the cabinet is stainless steel, and the water basin can be washed in the sink or in a dishwasher.

This is just the latest innovation to the cutting-edge, compact steamer. The #8007DE is ideal for countless locations, and holds between 20-30 buns and heats 60-70 hot dogs in 20 minutes (from the refrigerator). In addition, Gold Medal® offers numerous other options to help businesses make 62% profits or more from hot dogs.


This new product is just another way Gold Medal is innovating the concession industry. For more ways we're helping businesses increase their profits, contact us at any point for a branch/dealer near you at (800) 543-0862 or Also, check out our easy-to-search Website and interactive catalog at We’ve been the trusted, one-stop shop since 1931. Go Gold Medal!! All The Way!!

Big Profits from a Smaller Tumbler - Click to read more

Cincinnati, Ohio

Now, it's even easier for businesses and fundraisers to enjoy the profit power of sweet or savory popcorn. The new #2705 Mini Tumbler makes it simple to tailor the amount to crowds and store it right in the container—cutting down on waste and increasing returns.

The Mini Tumbler holds 2½ gallons of popcorn with the lid off, and 4½ gallons of savory products with the lid on (to allow for the tumbling action). Plus, the machine saves time by gently mixing the flavors onto the corn in the stay-fresh container. The options are endless with additional tubs for storage of multiple flavors.

Big Profits from a Smaller Tumbler

The Mini Tumbler pairs well with the new #2403 15-lb. Cheddar Classic® pails (also available in 30-lb. tubs). Larger size mixers/tumblers are available (up to 10 gallons), as are multiple savory and sweet mixes.

Dip Into Profits with a New Tasty Treat Dip Into Profits with a New Tasty Treat - Click to read more

Cincinnati, Ohio

Funnel Fingers are a new twist to a concession classic with amazing profits (typically more than 75%). This deliciously fried snack is easy to make, easy to serve, and easy to eat. Plus, it's simple to keep lines moving, as staff can quickly pour 6-count servings into the molds, creating the perfect, tasty walking food. The long, skinny shapes of Funnel Fingers™ are also ideal for dipping and on-the-go eating. Pair them with icing cups, chocolate sauce, fruit toppings, and whipped cream to further increase profits.

Contact Gold Medal Products Co. today for more information on Funnel Fingers and a large assortment of gas and electric funnel cake fryers. The fryers offer quicker recovery and serving time. Branches and dealers are located across the nation and around the globe to give fast, reliable service. For more than 78 years, we’ve helped businesses create the tasty treats that keep families coming back for generations.

Concession Industry Leader Recognized for Entrepreneurial Excellence - Click to read more

Cincinnati, Ohio

J.C. Evans, Chairman of Gold Medal Products Co., will receive the 2010 Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence for the University of Cincinnati’s College of Business. Evans is being honored for his contributions to fostering entrepreneurship education and his amazing success in venture creation. The award will be presented May 13th.

Since 1931, Gold Medal has grown from a humble ink-only company into a worldwide leader for concession equipment and supplies. Working with large and small business owners, Evans and his brother the late David Bruce, have grown their own family business, and helped countless companies and families reach their dreams of independence and financial security.

Evans became chairman in 1991 after working with Gold Medal for more than 50 years—starting as an 11-year-old child unloading 100-lb. bags of popcorn in 1942. Gold Medal has more than 350 employees, 10 additional branches, and distributors in more than 130 countries.

Concession Industry Leader Recognized for Entrepreneurial Excellence

For more information about the UC Center for Entrepreneurship Education & Research or the May 13th event, visit their Web site at You can also learn more about Gold Medal and its products at or by calling 513-769-7676 and e-mailing

Since The 1930's, Gold Medal Concessions = Profit Since The 1930's, Gold Medal Concessions = Profit - Click to read more

Cincinnati, Ohio

Gold Medal In The News - Featured In This Month's Carousel News Magazine

By Carrie Lynne Tierney
Special to The Carousel News & Trader

Nothing stirs the senses more than the smell of warm, buttery, fresh-popped popcorn and no one does it better than Gold Medal Products. If you are at the movies, the Friday night high school football game or just finished riding your favorite carousel; you probably enjoyed a Gold Medal food product while you were there. Since the 1930s, Gold Medal popcorn, Sno-Kones and other products continue to be our favorite snack food. Carousel News and Trader readers have asked us to learn what makes Gold Medal Products so good and how their profit counselors help carousel operators rake in the dough with food concession sales.

Dan Kroeger, President and CEO of Gold Medal Products, Cincinnati, OH, gave CN&T access to go behind the scenes and see what keeps this company No. 1 in concession foods for more than seventy years.

Whether you are the operator of a carousel; amusement park or run a community parks and recreation department; Gold Medal products more than likely fill your mobile and permanent concession stands. All over the United States and in twenty countries and growing, Gold Medal Products is the true industry leader in concession foods, equipment and so much more. Imagine the challenge and fun Gold Medal's official, Flavor Technologist, Todd Sunderhaus, has in creating new flavors for Gold Medals customers each year. Customers from as far away as Japan anxiously anticipate each year's new products. This year will not disappoint any customer.

Gold Medal's new products were revealed at the IAAPA Expo in Las Vegas, November 2009. Attendees were thrilled to see the new products roll out from Gold Medal.

"Not only is it fun for us to introduce new products to our customers, but they know that every new product is a potential for new profits," says Chris Petroff, nineteen-year employee, and Western Regional Sales Manager, for Gold Medal.

Everything from the introduction of a new SnoKone, mobile-model unit, designed for the entry-level concession customer. The new unit, not requiring electricity to operate, is at an affordable price point. Veteran concession customers will look forward to adding this to their equipment.

"In addition, new gourmet popcorn flavors and a fresh made cheese popcorn tumbler are big hits this year," says Petroff.

"At IAAPA, we introduced the Cheese Popcorn Tumbler, and the entire drum rotates providing more thorough kernel coating coverage and less popcorn breakage."

"We got great feedback at IAAPA and at our fifty-first annual dealers meeting in early December. Customers and dealers agreed that the show is just as important as the food product. Most concessionaires realize the flash gets the cash," says Petroff. "The Tumbler is sure to be the flash that brings in the cash."

Petroff described how Gold Medal does more than listen to its customers; Gold Medal works with customers to come up with new models and improve equipment by testing prototypes in the field before full roll out delivery. New auto-shut-offs on popcorn kettles and improvements to mid-size cotton candy machines are just a few of the exciting models now available for the 2010 season," says Mr. Petroff. "Our dealers are the ears in the community and learn what our customers want." One such dealer, Coleman Concessions, remains loyal because of Gold Medal Products response to customers needs.

"Listening to and responding to our customers and their needs is our number one priority", "We treat our customers right with our 100% product/equipment guarantee. We have had customers who have suggested changing a piece on equipment and we do it," says, Daly McAfee, owner of Coleman Concessions, (Atlanta and Macon, Georgia). "We are working right now on a prototype with one of our customers in an amusement park and getting good feedback to give to the home office. Paying attention to every detail and providing every imaginable service is what Gold Medal does best," McAfee said.

McAfee knows what is out there and says, "Gold Medal is just superior to any other concession food and equipment manufacturer out there. They came up with the smallest Caramel Popcorn unit, less than five square feet, and the quality is the best caramel corn. We are seeing a tremendous boom in caramel corn. Gold Medal has the best 'totes' (rolling or table top equipment) and has everything from popcorn, funnel cakes, cotton candy, margarita machines, you name it, we have it. The 'totes' are all hot sellers and really bring in the profits for our customers."

"As a dealer", says, McAfee, "Gold Medal takes my suggestions and works with me to meet my customers specific needs. The food products taste the best; their equipment holds up long term and I never have customer complaints. Some concession businesses stock two lines, the low-end and then the high-end like Gold Medal. Customers who have tried Gold Medal will want nothing but Gold Medal. You just can't beat the taste of their products", says McAfee.

Most customers know that keeping that 'just popped' popcorn smell in the air certainly keeps folks lined up and wanting popcorn. How does Gold Medal Products make it possible? It all started back in 1931.

Gold Medal's Early Days
Gold Medal did not start out as a food concessions company. Back in January 1931, Gold Medal founder, Dave Evans, purchased Cincinnati's, Kings Ink Company. Dave manufactured and sold ink to the 5 &10 stores during the Depression and wanted to offer supplies his customers might need. Before long, Dave began manufacturing library paste and needed an attractive label for the 3-ounce jar. A local print shop had designed a gold medal medallion for a customer. The customer decided on something else. When Dave stopped in to the printers, he shared that he was looking for something special. The printer showed him the gold medal graphic. Dave selected it and the company's name was changed to Gold Medal Products.

Before long, Dave offered his customers his latest invention, David's Imitation Fruit Concentrate. From there, he began to specialize in other concession foods that could be made and sold easily. His Uncle, Walter Evans, who worked for Billboard Publishing, was well known in the carnival industry. Walter saw that David's fruit concentrate and other foods like popcorn, were huge hits with customers. He suggested larger packaging be used and more variety added, and this is when the first Sno-Kone was invented by Gold Medal Products. With the help of Uncle Walter, Dave and Gold Medal Products changed course and began to specialize in concession foods, equipment and packaging.

In January 1937, Cincinnati experienced a historical flood and the Ohio River reached over the twenty foot flood stage, rising past the second story of the Gold Medal Products building. Everything at the Pearl St., downtown location was ruined; but this did not stop Dave Evans.

The carnival operators were needing his product and he needed to get Gold Medal Products back up and operating again. With three hundred dollars, he was back in business.

By 1942, business had tripled and Gold Medal Products had to move to Third Street. There was a need to manufacture popcorn and Sno-Kone makers and with a strong economy in 1949, the concession food industry was especially strong. Innovative ideas and new product development brought cotton candy (floss) and other big hits into every carnival, amusement park and movie theater. Before long, Gold Medal Products were found all over the country because of the snack industry growth explosion. Concessionaires knew that the profit margin is incredibly high and continues to be today.

Gold Medal Products out grew their space and moved in the 1950s to a state of the art 92,000sq.ft building, and able to serve all markets, large or small. Gold Medal was the first to allow customers to custom design their cabinets and wagons. By 1997, a 410,000 square foot facility, housing more than three hundred employees was built. Gold Medal Products continues to be at this location and has room to expand. Good thing, they continue to have astonishing sales!

Gold Medal Today
The Sno-Kone is just one of many patented trademarks held by Gold Medal. SnoKones and flavored popcorn once made popular by the carnivals, now have ordinary people demanding to have the highest quality products like cotton candy, funnel cake, elephant ears, candy/caramel apples and popcorn. Each and every one, a Gold Medal specialty from production equipment to product.

Since the 1940s, folks go to their favorite movie houses, local amusement parks and want nothing more then the dependable and unique Gold Medal products they have come to love and enjoy. Nobody can have popcorn at home that tastes as good as it does at the movies. Thanks to Gold Medal's Flavacol®, a secret ingredient, we continue to crave Gold Medal's popcorn!

Gold Medal continues to dominate a recession proof industry that guarantees an incredibly high profit margin for their concession-selling customers.

"Ticket sales may cover the operating costs of a carousel, but it is the concessions that make the profits," says Terri Oyrazun, owner and operator of Tilden Park Carousel, Berkeley, CA. "To have high quality equipment that never needs servicing and food products that are demanded by carousel riders, makes Gold Medal Products the only company I want to do business with."

Whether you are a carousel operator or other type of Gold Medal customer, Gold Medal Products continues to manufacture quality equipment and food products for their customers, at their headquarters in Cincinnati, OH, for eight decades now.

Popcorn kettles and tumblers, cotton candy, snow-cone type and a variety of other concession-food equipment can be made to customer provided specifications in their sheet metal and fabrication facilities.

Product and project engineers at Gold Medal work to make sure no detail is overlooked. Offering more than two hundred models of popcorn machines and still designing new ones is what sets Gold Medal Products apart from the rest of the competition.

Dealers At the Front of the Line Bringing Customers the Best
With the help of a network of Gold Medal dealers, the company is known for providing every imaginable need a concessionaire might have from equipment to the boxes needed to hold the popcorn. More than three hundred dealers from across the United States and overseas, continue to help strengthen customer loyalty. (Gold Medal has ten branch offices and dealers in twenty countries, and still growing.)

Dealers pride themselves on reaching out to every customer from the one-man, mobile cart vendor to the international amusements parks and movie-theatre chains, specifically helping each customer select the right equipment, dealers serve as 'profit counselors' and help customers achieve extraordinary concession sales. It is this special service that makes Gold Medal the leader in the concession food industry.

At corporate headquarters, exporting products to places like Russia, Malaysia, Mexico, Japan and the Middle East, is all in a day's work. Gold Medal Products has the best international sales team in the industry. Assisting customers with everything from proper documentation as to how products are manufactured and ensuring appropriate electrical components and voltage are in compliance. Gold Medal can and does do it all. The International team represents Gold Medal at trade shows in Asia, Europe, Middle East and North and South America.

Amusements and Carousels are the Back Bone of Concession Food Sales
"Sixty percent of our business is 'popcorn' related. From the popcorn, flavoring, bags, boxes, equipment, you name it, we are a one-stop-shop-for-all, for our customers.", says Chris Petroff. "We know that the carnival and amusement industry, and that includes carousels, have been the backbone of our business for more than seventy years. The past year was a great one for us. Even with the economic down turn, people still visit their local parks and may be staying closer to home. They are always wanting food and we make sure they get their moneys worth," says Petroff.

Chris says that he loves servicing states West of the Mississippi and as far away as Alaska and Hawaii. Gold Medal products can be found at nursing homes, car dealerships, bars and lounges, schools, throughout the rental industry, and at a variety of venues most people wouldn't think of. And of course at carousels and amusement parks. "Everyone wants popcorn — popcorn makes everyone happy.", says Petroff.

NOTE: If you are in and around Georgia, Daly McAfee of Coleman Concessions would like to extend an invitation to their annual Open House to see the latest Gold Medal Products for 2010. For information, contact Coleman Concessions, 795 Fulton Street, Macon, GA 31206 or email them at

Cash In With a Hot, New Item - Click to read more

Cincinnati, Ohio

Saratoga Swirls®: A New Fun Food

  • Stand Out From the Crowd
  • One Machine Makes Multiple, High-Profit Items
  • Low Food Costs, But High Selling Costs
  • They are the Perfect Walking Food
  • Everything Sells Better On a Stick

Be the first to offer your customers the hottest new treat. Saratoga Swirls® are an irresistible, easy-to-eat snack with incredibly low food costs (approx. $.22 without toppings), and average selling prices of around $3.50. This makes it the perfect food for multiple locations/venues, as customers will line up to taste this tempting treat they can't easily buy at every corner store!

Cash In With a Hot, New Item

Saratoga Swirls® are spiraled around a stick, making them easy to eat and carry. Shake on Savory Shake flavors or dip into ketchup, BBQ, or more. The versatile #5280M also makes ribbon fries they are typically served off the stick in the tray and apples. Ribbon apples are another sweet, fried treat that has a low food cost, and stops people in their tracks and opens wallets to splurge on this unique goody. Complete the package with 18-inch skewer sticks (#4159), plus check out Gold Medal's free, instructional video on

These new products are just another way Gold MedalSaratoga Swirls® is revolutionizing the concession industry. For more ways we are helping businesses increase their profits, contact us at any point for a branch/dealer near you at (800) 543-0862 or Also, check out our updated, easy-to-search Web site and interactive catalog at

No Power? No Problem: A Manual Sno-Kone<sup>®</sup> Machine No Power? No Problem: A Manual Sno-Kone® Machine - Click to read more

Cincinnati, Ohio

The #1813 Simply Sno manual Sno-Kone® machine let's you go anywhere the crowds are, helping anyone get into the business or tap into new markets. The manual machine is compact and easy to operate-it also includes a removable ice pan and drain tube for easy clean up. The 26 band-style blades quickly churn through ice, creating a fine ice that holds onto syrup for superior Sno-Kones®. The cabinet stores up to 10 lbs. of shaved ice.

This new product is just another way Gold Medal is revolutionizing the concession industry. For more ways we are helping businesses increase their profits, contact us at any point for a branch/dealer near you at (800) 543-0862 or Also, check out our updated, easy-to-search Web site and interactive catalog at

Improved Popper Feature Saves Money - Click to read more

Cincinnati, Ohio

The new PowerOff Control is an improvement for smaller popcorn machine operators, and is standard on all #2656 Ultra 60 Special and #1866 Ultra P-60 6-oz. popcorn poppers. Operators can rest assured knowing their machine will automatically turn off after 15 minutes of idle time.

Additional benefits include:

  • Reduces Energy Costs: Eliminates wasted electricity during idle times to cut down on shocking energy bills.
  • Extends Kettle Life: Reduced heat and wear on the kettle extends the life of the heating element.
  • Simple To Operate: A blinking light indicates the kettle has been turned off. Then, operators can quickly re-heat the popper whenever necessary.

Improved Popper Feature Saves Money

Web Site Updates Make Unbeatable Profits Just a Click Away Web Site Updates Make Unbeatable Profits Just a Click Away - Click to read more

Cincinnati, Ohio

You know Gold Medal has set the standard for unparalleled, tailored customer service with worldwide distributors and service experts. Now, we've also changed the rules with instant, 24-hour access to the industry's best information at our updated Web site (

  • Real Life Answers to Real Life Questions - Experts will help you choose the right machine for your business or home, using decades of industry knowledge and practical experience.
  • Easy to Search - Extensive product pages make it easy to find the best equipment and supplies in the industry. You'll save time and money with our one-stop approach.
  • More Product Information - Access information wherever, or whenever you need it. Large photos, spec sheets, features, ship weights and more are available at the click of button.
  • Free Resources - Whether you're new to the business or want to expand, we offer free information to help you succeed. Find printed materials like How to Make Money with Snacks, a profit calculator, a live chat feature, an online catalog with interactive features, success stories, tutorial videos, and so much more!

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