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Fall in Love with Higher Sales - Click to read more
Want to heat up cool-weather sales? Have we got a treat for you! Get noticed with these unique, profit-packed products. Add to your autumn profits with the tempting treats that will have your guests falling over themselves for more. Classic concessions like caramel apples, popcorn, funnel cakes, and cotton candy sweeten the deal. But now it's even easier to heat up profits and freeze out the competition.
The new Apple Cider Frusheez® (#1446) slush mix has a true, sweet cider taste with a hint of tart apple that can be enjoyed frozen, warm, or chilled. Create spooky popcorn with the #2287 Black Cherry Corn Treat Mix. Or tempt their taste buds with a tasty treat made from #2543 Maple Glaze Pop®. Each product has the finest ingredients to keep guests coming back for more; yet, the food costs are minimal to keep profits popping.
Popping Their Way Into History - Click to read more
The world is full of universal truths. One of the tastiest and simplest is that popcorn brings people together. That’s why Cincinnati State Technical and Community College capped off its month-long student appreciation activities by making the World’s Longest Popcorn Chain. In just three hours, 56 volunteers created a popcorn string that was 910 feet long. But more than just making history, it was about bringing the students, staff, and community together and putting Cincinnati State on the map.
“I heard about it and thought it sounded like fun and it was something very different. You only get to be part of history maybe once in your life,” Krissy Paddock, a Cincinnati State employee, said.
No one knew quite what to expect going into it, but as the day progressed the more attention the activity received and the more people were excited. Local news and radio stations came, as did Cincinnati Councilman Cecil Thomas. Godzilla played in the background, but you could barely hear it over the laughter and chatter. Students took breaks between exams, and even those who couldn’t attend stopped in their tracks to see such an unusual sight.
The idea started with Brenda Maples-Sterry, Director of Student Activities. It began with a simple plan for green popcorn on St. Patrick’s Day and grew into a campus-wide effort once they realized the potential. They popped 50 lbs. of raw Monster Mushroom corn, which was donated by Gold Medal Products Co., off and on for a week. The large barrels of popcorn quickly disappeared as everyone threaded individual 3-foot strands, which were then tied together to make the 910-foot final strand. It also quickly became a fun rivalry with the flurry of fingers flying and trash talking. Each person tried to beat the clock and each other to claim top bragging rights—one student even completed 33 strands for 99 feet.
Volunteers string individual 3-foot strands of popcorn.
The students are hard at work.
Director of Student Activities Brenda Maples-Sterry and the volunteers from the Student Activities office are interviewed by the local news.
Creating the World’s Longest Popcorn Strand.
Retired Kentucky Colonel Cecil R. Rogers served as a Judge for the Guinness record attempt.
Getting ready to take the final strand outside.
The volunteer group.
Stretching out the 910-foot strand.
Everything was caught on film by Cincinnati State and Gold Medal employees to meet Guinness World Records’ strict guidelines for record acceptance. The group took multiple photographs, recorded the session, measured the chain throughout the process, and had four community volunteers to serve as a judge, a surveyor, and two observers. The entire course takes months from the lengthy application to the review process, and Cincinnati State still awaits the official verdict. But for the Student Activities department and Campus President Dr. O'dell M. Owens the pride is already apparent and the true measure of success was the students’ excitement.
“The students need a release from exams and classes. We are the fun office, but we also bring the community together with speakers and other engaging programs. It’s about them.” Mary Beth Barnes, Student Activities/Adm., noted and smiled while watching the bubbly group stretch out the final strand.
In the end, the group was linked by one popcorn strand, a chance to go down in history, and the memory of a quirky activity that turned into a party.
The Hot, New Food is on the Move - Click to read more
Funnel Swirls™ are the newest twists on a crowd favorite! They have the taste you can't resist of a funnel cake on easy-to-eat, 12-inch sticks. Funnel Swirls™ are the ultimate walking food, freeing up one hand for increased beverage sales. You can make them in a flash to keep the crowds coming back for more!
Simply pour the mix into the Multi-Mold, which makes three Funnel Swirls™ at a time in approximately 30 seconds. (The 12" sticks are #4158 and packed 5,000 per case; the Multi-Mold is #5180.) You can also follow along with an instructional video that is available online at http://www.gmpopcorn.com/funnelswirls.
For profit-packed sales and to keep your customers coming back for more, use the highest quality mix that still has a low food cost. Try either the original recipe deluxe Pennsylvania Dutch Funnel Cake Mix (#5100) or the Old Fashioned Funnel Cake Mix (#5115). The special batter formulas sear quickly and reduce cooking oil absorption, which helps maintain higher temperatures. You'll cook more funnel cakes per hour for increased profits and they'll taste better!
Gold Medal Voted the Best Place to Work - Click to read more
Gold Medal Products Co. was recently recognized by an independent panel representing various businesses as a Best Place to Work in Cincinnati. This is the second year in a row Gold Medal has received a Manny Award from Cincy Magazine--last year was for New Product Development/Innovation.
"Gold Medal is a family owned and operated company, and we love sharing the excitement of our fun foods. Since we opened our doors in 1931, our employees, dealers, and customers have been like an extended family," John Evans Jr., Senior Vice President of Gold Medal, said. "We are proud to have won Best Place to Work. But we're even more proud of our employees and thank them for helping us to accomplish amazing milestones in the past 80 years."
In addition to an extraordinary benefits plan and tuition reimbursement, Gold Medal helps its employees plan for the future with a generous 401(K) matching program. It's also a family-oriented company who believes in giving back to its community. Gold Medal supports local charities, religious organizations, and schools. Plus, the company aids nationwide groups like Make-A-Wish and Special Olympics. Throughout the year, it also adopts local families and the employees give generously with open hearts.
About Gold Medal: The company hired its first employee in 1933 and now employs more than 350 people across 11 locations, including its manufacturing headquarters in Evendale, OH, and distributes worldwide. Gold Medal has never laid off an employee in its 80+ year history. Thanks to revolutionary advances and quality products, Gold Medal is the worldwide leader for concession equipment and supplies.
Built to Last Generations - Click to read more
Six years ago, Mark Schmidt received a most unexpected call. The popcorn machine that fueled his first car purchase at age 15 was not only still popping, but up for sale 39 years later. His father found the 1967 Whiz Bang Gold Medal popcorn machine in an engine shed at a farm sale, and it was still on its original cabinet that Mark’s dad built to sell the popcorn.
"I told him I didn't care how much it cost; just buy it! That thing was amazing," Mark said. He noted he would pop 100 lbs. a weekend at events around town for $.15 or $.25 for a large bag.
"As kids, we thought we hit the jackpot. That's where I first learned about entrepreneurship. It’s a pretty cool understanding to know what you want to do with your life at such a young age," Mark remembered.
After buying his car, Mark sold the machine to his brother, Tim and sister Janice who ran it for a few years before they sold it to another family who had a mobile concession stand.
Later after the Schmidt family found the machine again, they brought it to their cabin and eventually their business, AMEK Custom Builders. "For a while, popcorn would be our main food group at the cabin. When my daughter was six months old, she would try to rip the bowl out of our hands. We have a long history with good popcorn from that machine and we are meticulous about real popcorn," Paul Schmidt, Mark's son, said. "Now, we pop it about three times a week at the office. Our customers love the aroma, our stories, and reminiscing about it. They appreciate our efforts to restore it."
The family still gleefully lists popcorn at the top of the food pyramid and takes requests from Mark's five children and 18 grandchildren. Thankfully, though, they know the Whiz Bang will keep popping for generations to come.
A Priceless Smile Fuels Family’s Hope - Click to read more
"I used to think the worst thing in the world I could hear would be 'You have cancer.' It's not. The most devastating is 'Your child has cancer.' Your new normal becomes hospital rooms, tests, masks, and living everyday with the world's greatest fear."
For Brian and his wife Becky, the new normal sprang from necessity out of the leveling realization that their 7-year-old son, Joey, had a brain tumor. For months, the family, including 9-year-old brother Sam, has bravely supported each other through Joey's more than 30 chemotherapy treatments, complications from the tumor, and therapy sessions.
Then, for one magical week in February, the family traded in their hospital masks for keys to the kingdom thanks to Make-A-Wish and Gold Medal Products Co. The royal welcome began with a limo ride to and from the airport, and then they stayed at the Give the Kids the World Village. (You can share their inspirational photos with your readers. Go to gmpopcorn.com/make-a-wish for the high-resolution files.)
"It has a gingerbread house that serves meals, arcade center, mini-golf, a magic castle, and all-you-can-eat ice cream! Joey had ice cream for breakfast almost every day," Becky said.
The family visited all four Disney parks, Universal Studios Florida and Sea World. Sitting in the front row at the Shamu show was a highlight for Joey, who chose this wish because there was a stuffed Shamu in his physical therapy sessions.
"It gave us a chance to be a family again, and I got to see my son smile again. As a parent, when all you got is hope, that smile is priceless," Brian recalled. "Make-A-Wish and the generosity of Gold Medal have also taught my children about charity. Even when times are tough, you have to follow your heart and give, because you never know what it’s going to mean to someone else."
Gold Medal Products Co., employees, and dealers contributed $7,500 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation® during its annual Distributors’ Conference in December.
This amount not only fulfilled Joey’s wish, it also went a long way toward helping another child’s dreams come true.
It was a match made in popcorn heaven. Becky’s father was one of the owners of a small concessions/restaurant business in Columbus, Ohio. When she was younger, Becky popped Gold Medal popcorn and served it to customers!
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 350 employees, 10 branches, and distributes in approximately 150 countries.
Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. 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 makeawishohio.org.
Don’t Look. You May Drool On Your Cell - Click to read more
Don't say we didn't warn you. We're not responsible for water damage on your smartphone.
Now you can get all the mouth-watering profits and concession classics at your fingertips. The Gold Medal site has gone mobile. Simply go to gmpopcorn.com or click the QR code. It's even easier to navigate, read, and you get 24/365 access anywhere you go. It’s all of the legendary profit power of Gold Medal resources, and the equipment and supplies that are a worldwide phenomenon. See, we told you it would get tongues wagging.
*It's estimated 40% of mobile consumers over 18 in the U.S. now have smartphones, according to July 2011 data from Nielsen. Additionally, Nielsen.com predicts smartphones will account for nearly half of worldwide sales by 2013.
Improved Popper Safety Feature Also Saves Money - Click to read more
The revolutionary PowerOff™ Control feature that changed small poppers is now available in kits for up to a 14 oz. kettle size, including the durable, workhorses Citation and Pop-A-Lot Poppers. (It's standard on the #2656 Ultra 60 Special, #1866 Ultra P-60, and the #2552LS PopMaxx Value Line Popper.)
Operators can rest assured knowing their machine will automatically turn off after 15 minutes of idle time, and it re-sets each time a batch of fresh corn is popped.
Additional benefits of the PowerOff™ Control kits include:
Reduced Energy Costs: Eliminates wasted electricity during idle times to cut down on shocking energy bills.
Extended 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.
No Experience Necessary: The kits are easy to install.
Contact us today at (800) 543-0862 or email@example.com to learn more about these products and available kit sizes. Ask for your free copy of the catalog. Or, visit gmpopcorn.com to see our complete lines, get free money-making resources, and view the online version of the catalog.
New, Profitable Ideas Revealed - Click to read more
Gold Medal Products Co., your profit partner for fun food concession equipment and supplies, will be unveiling the 68th edition of its catalog in early 2012. This definitive guide includes the latest industry innovations and new products to help businesses expand their sales.
Featured are proven profit makers and revolutionary 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 more than 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.