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Changing Lives One Wish at a Time - Click to read more

Cincinnati, Ohio

It's not often that a company can dramatically and directly impact a child's life, especially when he and his family are battling a life-threatening illness. Yet, Gold Medal Products Co., its distributors and employees were given the chance to make one life-changing wish come true.

Joseph is a brave 7-year-old boy that has undergone 30 chemotherapy treatments in battling brain cancer. He asked to go to Walt Disney World® Resort in February. This special vacation will allow him to escape the countless tests and medical treatments, and spend much-needed quality time with his family.

Changing Lives One Wish at a Time

The Gold Medal family answered by raising $7,500 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, Southern Ohio Region during its annual Distributors' Conference in December. This amount will not only fulfill Joseph's wish, it will also go a long way toward helping another child's dreams come true.

"Joey and his family are wonderful and caring people," Dan Kroeger, President and CEO of Gold Medal, said. "I thank God that I had the opportunity to meet them and in some small way help give them some fun time together that they so much deserve."

The Walt Disney Company will provide theme park tickets and other perks for Joseph and his family as part of their overall relationship with the Make-A-Wish Foundation®

For more than 80 years, Gold Medal and its distributors have specialized in the tasty treats that bring smiles worldwide. But more than popcorn, Sno-Kones® and cotton candy, the company built its global reputation by bringing quality food to families and helping countless businesses thrive. That's why the Gold Medal family doesn't just make fun foods; it makes memories to last generations.

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About Gold Medal Products Co.

Gold Medal was founded in 1931 and became a worldwide concession leader by creating industry milestones and revolutionary advances. It's a privately held, family-run company, developing concession equipment and supplies that put the fun into foods. Gold Medal has more than 300 employees, 10 branches, and distributes worldwide.

About the Make-A-Wish Foundation

The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, Southern Ohio Region has fulfilled the individual wishes of 1,250 local children since it was founded in 1998. Currently, we have more than 140 pending wishes. You can help share the power of a wish® by contributing financially, donating frequent flyer miles, adopting a wish or remembering the Make-A-Wish Foundation in your planned giving by calling (888) 441-9474. For more information, visit their website at www.makeawishohio.org.



Gold Medal Products Appoints New National Branch Sales Manager Gold Medal Products Appoints New National Branch Sales Manager - Click to read more

Cincinnati, Ohio

Gold Medal Products is proud to announce the promotion of Mr. Mark Reilman to the position of National Branch Sales Manager, effective January 4, 2012. Mr. Reilman has been with Gold Medal for ten years and has been Zone Manager of the Year several times. He will have the primary responsibility of assisting each of Gold Medal's ten branches improve their performance in the area of sales, profit margins and sales training.

Branch Sales are a significant part of Gold Medal's total revenue and growing the top line (and branch profits) is critical to reaching long-term company goals of continuing growth and profits at the highest level. Everyone at Gold Medal Products is confident that Mark will be a great asset for the branches.



Gold Medal Named to 2011 Deloitte Cincinnati USA 2011 - Click to read more

Cincinnati, Ohio

Gold Medal is proud to be named as a member of the 2011 Deloitte Cincinnati USA 100 for 2011. For the past 27 years, privately-owned businesses in the Cincinnati Area who exemplify outstanding achievements have been awarded this honor. This will mark the 17th year Gold Medal has been so honored.

Gold Medal was chosen because of its continued, sustained growth since its inception more than 80 years ago. The 100 companies who reprise the list in 2011 have a combined total of more than $25 billion in revenue and employ over 80,000 people in the area.

Gold Medal Named to 2011 Deloitte Cincinnati USA 2011

Deloitte LLP, The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber and The Cincinnati Enquirer all sponsor this event. For more information about the Deloitte Cincinnati USA 100 please visit: http://dunes.cincinnati.com/data/deloitte2010/.



Gold Medal's greatest pop hits Gold Medal's greatest pop hits - Click to read more

Cincinnati, Ohio

It's time to salute one of America’s oldest snack foods. While popcorn and movies didn't become a match made in profit heaven until after World War II, the oldest popcorn traces date back to 4,000 years ago and were found in the Bat Cave of West Central New Mexico. That’s why for this October’s National Popcorn Poppin’ Month, we’re taking a look back at some fun facts from the Popcorn Board, improvements in corn production and popping, and the inventions made by one of the concession leaders during its 80 years in business.

It began in 1931, when David C. Evans purchased Kings Ink for the $2,000 he borrowed on his home. This small company later broadened its ink-only line to include paste, glue and other small item lines. It added concession supplies and equipment to become Gold Medal Products Co.

Excerpt from the September Issue of Film Journal Magazine. To read the full article text, click here



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 (www.popcorn.org)

  • 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 Bat Cave 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, Cortez 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 the first National Popcorn Poppin' Month.



Two Great Toppings, One Machine Two Great Toppings, One Machine - Click to read more

Cincinnati, Ohio

Heat up your nacho and hot dog sales with one convenient machine. The compact #5301 Dual Chili Cheese Machine runs on a standard, 15-amp plug, holds two 140-oz. bags on each side, and only measures 15" W x 17" D. It's the perfect profit-packed machine for high-volume locations. You can serve out of one bag while the other pre-heats, allowing for minimal or no downtime.

Contact Gold Medal at (800) 543-0862 or info@gmpopcorn.com to learn more about these products, or any of our equipment and supplies. Visit us today at www.gmpopcorn.com or contact us for a FREE copy of the catalog.



John Evans Opens New Era as President of NAC - Click to read more

Cincinnati, Ohio

John Evans, Senior Vice President of Gold Medal Products Co., has taken over the helm of the National Association of Concessionaires (NAC). Evans was inducted for his two-year term as president at the national convention in July. He has served on the board for 27 years, was the chair of the regional vice president committee for 14 years, and has been working in the concession industry for 30 years.

Evans is honored to help lead this well-respected, 67-year old association, and feels fortunate to have worked with many of the industry legends. He looks forward to sharing his knowledge and understanding of industry partnerships to enhance the standards of excellence the NAC was founded on.

John Evans Opens New Era as President of NAC

"My goal is to leverage that understanding and partner with the groups to utilize each other's resources and membership bases," Evans says.

Evans also wants to expand the resources members can use to grow their businesses, and to use technology to enhance education and communication.

"For 30 years, I;ve had an open door policy at Gold Medal and, as President of NAC, I will also implement this policy for open, two-way communication," Evans notes. "I'm excited about the opportunities that are out there."

Evans joined Gold Medal in 1981 as an assistant zone manager after attending Ashland University in Ohio. He became Sales Manager in 1991, was promoted to VP of Sales in 1999, and has been the Senior VP of Gold Medal since 2006. He received the NAC's Bert Nathan Award in 2003, the annual award the association bestows on individuals who have been influential in both the organization and the industry in general.

Evans' grandfather, David C. Evans, began Gold Medal in the heart of The Great Depression in 1931. The privately-held, family business is still located in Cincinnati, OH, including a large manufacturing plant where machines are built from sheet metal. It’s a leader in the concession equipment and supply industry with more than 350 employees, 10 branches, and a global network of dealers.



Big Profits from a Small Machine Big Profits from a Small Machine - Click to read more

Cincinnati, Ohio

Have you ever wanted to try Sno-Kones®, but were worried about the space? The new #1886 Sno-Flake is the perfect machine for small uses, but big payoffs. It’s easy to move and clean, and can even be used for rentals. (It measures 22.8" H x 20.2" W x 10.3" D).

The Sno-Flake is a more compact version of the profitable #1888 Sno-King, but still has the same powerful motor to quickly cut through ice. It runs on a standard, 15-amp plug, has a strong 1/4 HP motor, and the thick cabinet insulates the ice for longer service capabilities. The Sno-Flake is also UL and Sanitation Listed.



J.C. Evans Receives Mickey Warner Award - Click to read more

Cincinnati, Ohio

J.C. Evans, Chairman of Gold Medal Products Co., will receive the 2011 National Association of Concessionaires' Mickey Warner Award at the July NAC Annual Convention & Trade Show. The award is named for the originator of the NAC Concession Manager Certification program, and a great innovator and educator for the concessions industry.

"We are so pleased to be honoring J.C. Evans for his leadership, innovation and contributions to both the concessions industry and to the National Association of Concessionaires," stated NAC President Ron Krueger II of Southern Theatres. "It is an honor well deserved."

"Loom larger than life" has been J.C.'s guiding principle.
Dream the big dream and then implement the brush strokes to
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J.C. Evans Receives Mickey Warner Award

J.C. grew up in the concession industry after his father, David C. Evans, started Gold Medal in 1931. He began working summers at Gold Medal in the 1940s, graduated from the College of Business Administration at the University of Cincinnati, and completed a two-year tour of duty with the Army's Counterintelligence Corp in Europe. He returned to the company as a salesman in 1950. J.C. was later promoted to sales manager, then to vice president and currently serves as Chairman.

J.C. was also the first recipient of the Outdoor Amusement Business Association's Pioneer Award, and received the Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence from the University of Cincinnati's College of Business. In 2000, he was honored with the NAC Bert Nathan Memorial Award, which recognizes leadership, significant contributions to the development and professionalism of the concessions industry and accomplishments and longevity in the theatre segment of concessions. With the Mickey Warner Award, he becomes one of only four people to receive both of the association's highest honors.



Gold Medal Expands in Response to Growing Sales Gold Medal Expands in Response to Growing Sales - Click to read more

Cincinnati, Ohio

Here we grow again. More and more people around the world are discovering the gold in Gold Medal Products, creating an increased demand for concession equipment and the corresponding supplies. Greater sales and worldwide growth drove the need to expand Gold Medal’s flavor production. In response, the company has expanded its flavor department and renovated some of its facilities. The addition contains 10 more flavor bays, a large capacity elevator, three loading docks, and space for future growth.

The projects will be completed June 18th and mark the third time the company has expanded since opening its current facility in 1997. With this two-level, 13,000+ square foot addition, the Medallion Drive location will be more than 438,000 square feet.

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“Since the early days of Gold Medal Products, our flavor products have been recognized as being industry leaders,” Dan Kroeger, president and CEO, said. “This new expansion will allow us to continue bringing out new, creative products for our customers.”

Also, in recognition of new product development and the company’s manufacturing innovations, Gold Medal recently received a Manny Award from Cincy Magazine. J.C. Evans, Chairman, accepted the award along with other senior staff members at the June event. Gold Medal was nominated by a community partner and an independent panel representing various business sectors conducted the judging. For more information on the award, go to www.cincymagazine.com.

About Gold Medal Products Co.
Gold Medal was founded in 1931 by David C. Evans.  He purchased Kings Ink Company and expanded the ink-only products to include concession food lines under the name Gold Medal. The company continued to grow, becoming the one-stop shop for concession equipment and supplies. With the help of David’s sons, David Bruce and J.C., Gold Medal became a worldwide concession leader by creating industry milestones and revolutionary advances. It’s a privately held, family-run company.



A New President to Direct Theatre Conference - Click to read more

Cincinnati, Ohio

James "Bo" Wilson has been appointed the president of Tri-State Theatre Owners Convention. For more than 50 years, the trade show has been a wealth of information for major chains and theatre owners from Kentucky, Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas, Texas, and Mississippi. During this two-year term, Wilson will work with the board members to "carry on the tradition of putting on a great show where vendors and attendee's continue to grow using the information we provide."

A New President to Direct Theatre Conference

Wilson, East Regional Sales Manager for Gold Medal Products Co., was vice president for two years after being part of the convention board for six years. He is succeeding Chris Hopkins.



Spin Up Sales Spin Up Sales - Click to read more

Cincinnati, Ohio

Interested in profit-packed cotton candy sales? It's simple with three new products that create sales, let you follow the crowds, and inspire impulse buys. First, try the #3051 Pre-Bagged Cotton Candy for the quality treat the world has come to crave. The bags are easy to store, simple to market, and are packed 24, 3.1 oz bags per case. It’s the perfect, profit-packed solution to help you test the market.

Then, once you see the money-making opportunities, make your own for even higher profits and bring the sales to the people with the new #3240 Cotton Candy Hawking Pole. It holds up to 18 bags of cotton candy, is lightweight, easy to handle, and quickly grabs attention in a crowd.

Or, boost over the counter and impulse sales with the #3080 Compact Countertop Display. Place it on front or back counters to tempt the taste buds of your customers. You'll sell more when the customer sees the product and can boost overall sales as customers are drawn in. It holds up to 10 cones and is the answer to keeping service moving and avoiding long lines.



After 80 years, Gold Medal still showing plenty of Pop - Click to read more

Cincinnati, Ohio

If you've ever eaten popcorn at a movie or a Sno-Kone® or cotton candy at a festival, you've likely been touched by equipment from Gold Medal Products.

Founded 80 years ago during the Depression, Gold Medal started as a small ink and flavoring company and has turned into the largest distributor of concession products in the world.

After 80 years, Gold Medal still showing plenty of Pop

Be Green and Make a Little Green Be Green and Make a Little Green - Click to read more

Cincinnati, Ohio

Going green is a major buzz word in sales/marketing* and consumers are willing to pay more for products that are environmentally sound. Now, it's even easier to do your part for the environment, save money, and offer your customers tasty treats from eco-friendly sources.

Gold Medal offers a number of products to help you go green. For example:

  • Uni-Maxx®—A unified kettle and heat element to permit the lowest possible energy consumption with maximum popping capacity. Try the the Macho Pop 16/18-oz. machine; it's the largest kettle that's run on a standard 15-amp plug.
  • LED Lights—Reduced energy consumption and longer light life means less in landfill waste. Available in numerous popcorn machines.
  • Auto Shutoff—Turns off kettle heat after 15 minutes of idle use; allows kettle heating element to last longer and saves on electrical power.
  • EcoSelect Laminated Popcorn Bags—Made with natural-fiber papers, are grease resistant, and FDA compliant. Available in 32 to 170-oz. bag sizes.

*The "greening" of market consumption is big business. Sales of organic products reached $26.6 billion in 2009, according to an Organic Trade Association report. $24.8 billion was generated from organic food sales and an additional $1.8 billion through non-food organic products.



The Secret Ingredient to Better Popcorn Sales - Click to read more

Cincinnati, Ohio

Now the taste customers love has 30% less sodium than our regular Flavacol®. The new Flavacol RS® is a "Heartfelt Popcorn Seasoning" with 4% recommended daily value of dietary fiber. It's the perfect blend of ingredients without trace minerals to give popcorn a bright, appealing yellow color for maximum sales with less sodium.

Worldwide, more popcorn is popped with Flavacol® Seasoning Salts. We start with fine salt flakes that stick better to the popcorn and pack in the taste.

Contact us today to make your profits pop! Learn more about this product, or any of our equipment and supplies at (800) 543-0862 or info@gmpopcorn.com. Ask for your free copy of the catalog. Or, visit www.gmpopcorn.com to see our complete lines, get free money-making resources, and view the online version of the catalog.

The Secret Ingredient to Better Popcorn Sales



Gold Medal<sup>®</sup> Celebrates 80 Years! Gold Medal® Celebrates 80 Years! - Click to read more

Cincinnati, Ohio

Eighty years ago, a daring man risked everything to support his family. The stock market crashed two years earlier and America was in The Great Depression. David C. Evans borrowed $2,000 on his $8,000 home to buy Kings Ink Company. With ingenuity and determination, he expanded the original ink-only lines to include everything from paste and glue to soft drink concentrates, cake flavorings, and coloring. The food line he developed was then sold under Gold Medal.

With the help of David's sons, David Bruce and J.C., Gold Medal became a worldwide concession leader by creating industry milestones and revolutionary advances. By the late 1940s, Gold Medal was a major producer of Sno-Kone®, cotton candy, and popcorn machines. Gold Medal introduced its first 6-ounce popcorn popper in 1949, and the first factory-made cotton candy cone in 1951. In the 50s, Gold Medal continued to share its passion for popcorn with advances in poppers. It then continued to perfect and introduce other concession classics to the world during the next few decades. Now, Gold Medal holds numerous patents for concession equipment and makes a wide variety of fun food machines to give each customer tailored, profit-packed sales. (For example, it holds 16 patents on popcorn machines and makes more than 80 models of poppers.)

Now, as it celebrates its 80th anniversary, Gold Medal still takes the risks to ensure the rewards for its customers. It still manufactures concession equipment and flavors and distributes them—and other concession supplies—worldwide from its Cincinnati, OH location. The company continues to thrive with the third and fourth generations of the Evans family, each building on the success of the past. It's led by J.C., chairman, and Dan Kroeger, president. The family business has also expanded to employ more than 350 people, has 10 additional branches, and has a network of dealers around the globe to ensure the timely, unsurpassed customer service.



The Industry’s Best Value in Sno-Kone® Machines - Click to read more

Cincinnati, Ohio

The #1203 Shav-A-Doo Ice Shaver is both UL and ULS listed, and is very affordable for all types of users. Sno-Kones® are a high profit fun food with average margins of 82% or more. This compact machine (20" W x 14" D) fits a variety of locations, making it easy for businesses and fundraisers to take advantage of this opportunity.

The Shav-A-Doo has a heavy-duty frame, tempered glass panels, and an eye-catching design. It's also a cinch to clean thanks to a removable Sno-Pan with drain and tubing. This extremely durable machine has a powerful motor that blasts through ice. Plus, heat up sales with Gold Medal's syrups, including multiple flavors and sugar-free options, and all the accessories and supplies.

The Industry’s Best Value in Sno-Kone<sup>®</sup> Machines



New, Profitable Ideas Revealed New, Profitable Ideas Revealed - Click to read more

Cincinnati, Ohio

Gold Medal Products Co., your profit partner for fun food concession equipment and supplies, will be unveiling its 67th edition of the catalog in early 2011. This definitive guide includes the latest industry innovations and new products to help businesses expand their sales.

Featured are proven profit makers and the most recent advancements that will help improve ease of use and attract new customers. Gold Medal has it all with a variety of machines and supplies for popcorn, Sno-Kones®, caramel corn and other gourmet flavors, cotton candy, nachos, pretzels, hot dogs, and so much more.

Plus, all Gold Medal products are backed by 80 years of experience and are designed with the customer in mind. The equipment lines are industry favorites thanks to quick serving time, durability, and ingenuity. Gold Medal also offers corresponding supplies and cleaning supplies to make it truly a one-stop resource.



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