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Gold Medal Products Co. Appoints Greg Miller to Role of President - Click to read more

Cincinnati, Ohio

Gold Medal Products Co. is pleased to announce it has appointed Greg Miller to assume the role as company president, effective May 18, 2015.

After serving 24 years as the current president, Dan Kroeger will retire from the position. However, as the company transitions, Kroeger will continue in his leadership with Gold Medal as CEO and chairman through 2016.

Miller comes to Gold Medal after serving as president of SVP Worldwide, an international leader in the sewing machine industry and parent company of the Singer sewing brand. His prior experience also includes progressively advancing roles of increasing responsibility with the Whirlpool Corporation. His last position held with Whirlpool was Vice President/General Manager of the North American Refrigeration Business Unit. With an extensive background in manufacturing, sales, marketing, product development and general management, he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the future of Gold Medal.

Gold Medal Products Co. Appoints Greg Miller to Role of President

Miller respectfully pays tribute to Gold Medal's success stating, “Dan's leadership and the strength of the entire team have positioned Gold Medal as the global leader in this industry. It is an honor to join the team where we will not only build for the future but also continue the strong 84-year heritage established by the founders, the Evans' family.”

Kroeger relates, “I am confident that Greg is the right person to lead the next chapter in Gold Medal's success story. We welcome the fresh vision and enthusiasm that he brings. It's an exciting time with lots of opportunities on the horizon and Greg is poised to maximize the company's potential.”

This will mark the fourth president in the company's 84-year history.



National Association of Concessionaires Names  Dan Kroeger as 2015 Mickey Warner Award Recipient National Association of Concessionaires Names Dan Kroeger as 2015 Mickey Warner Award Recipient - Click to read more

Cincinnati, Ohio

The National Association of Concessionaires (NAC) has announced that Dan Kroeger; President, CEO and Chairman of Gold Medal Products Company has been named the 2015 Mickey Warner Award recipient. Kroeger will be honored on Thursday, July 23 at the NAC Membership Luncheon during The Concession & Hospitality Expo at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati.

The Mickey Warner Award is bestowed upon an individual each year to recognize leadership and significant accomplishments in the non-theatre concession industry by NAC. The award honors the late Mickey Warner, the father of the NAC Concession Manager Certification Program and one of the greatest innovators and educators of the concessions industry.

Dan Kroeger has spent nearly his entire professional career at Gold Medal Products Company, a manufacturer and distributor of concession equipment and supplies. He joined the company in 1979 as an assistant zone sales manager. He held the positions of zone manager, national sales manager and vice president of sales before his promotion to president in 1991. In 2000 he was named president and chief executive officer.

Kroeger has been an active member of NAC for almost 20 years. He was named the prestigious Bert Nathan Memorial Award recipient in 2008. He is only the sixth member of NAC to receive both the Bert Nathan and Mickey Warner honors.

He has served in various NAC leadership positons over the years such as the Al Lapidus Golf Committee, Sponsor of the NAC website, and Gold Sponsor of the NAC Expo, National Sponsor of the Regional Seminar Series, NAC News Advertiser and Platinum Sponsor of the Lapidus Golf event. Kroeger originated the very popular Mentorship Program at the NAC Expo and its predecessor NAC Annual Convention and Trade Show. He has also served the NAC Duffer’s Day at ShowEast Golf Tournament committee, securing sponsors and attendees.

Kroeger is extremely active in the industry and in local and regional business. He has served as chairman of the Employers Resource Association, treasurer of the Outdoor Amusement Business Association (OABA), a member of the Trade Show Space Allocation Committee of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), member of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce. He is also a past chairman of the Evendale Chamber of Commerce and has been active at the Goering Center for Family and Private Business.

In addition to NAC Mickey Warner and Bert Nathan Awards, Kroeger has received many honors and distinguished service citations. He was named to the People to Know in Manufacturing by the Cincinnati Business Courier. He has also been recognized by the Office of the Secretary of Defense & Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve for, “Contributing to national security and protecting liberty and freedom by supporting employee participation in America’s National Guard and Reserve Force.” Kroeger has also been inducted into the Tri State Independent Theatre Association Hall of Fame and been bestowed the Outstanding Service Award by the Evendale Chamber of Commerce.

He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business from the University of Cincinnati and continued his education through Executive Programs at both the University of Cincinnati and Syracuse University.

Dan and Janet Kroeger have been married for 40 years in October 2015 and reside in the Cincinnati area. The couple has three children: Andy (Cindy), Tony (Suzy) and Jenny (Victor) and five grandchildren: Luke, Ben, Addy, Anna and Mia (arriving in June).



New Cotton Candy Products Increase Sales by Adding Convenience - Click to read more

Cincinnati, Ohio

Be ready for peak cotton candy selling season with two new products from Gold Medal Products Co. New for 2015 are: 8-oz. Flossugar Pouches and the Cotton Candy Mobile Serving Station.Designed with the party rental business in mind, Gold Medal Flossugar is now available in convenient 8-oz. foil pouches. Each pouch makes 8-10 cotton candy cones. Because they are smaller than the standard half-gallon size, it makes an easy and affordable way to serve up multiple flavors. Perfect for parties or other special events!

New Cotton Candy Products Increase Sales by Adding Convenience

Available in five sweet flavors:

  • #3401 - Boo Blue (blue raspberry)
  • #3402 - Silly Nilly (vanilla pink)
  • #3403 - Spookie Fruiti (grape)
  • #3405 - O-Jay (orange)
  • #3407 - Cherry Berry (cherry)

Location is an important factor when it comes to cotton candy sales. Now, with the Cotton Candy Mobile Serving Station you can go where the crowds are at stadiums, fairs, festivals and amusement parks.

The stainless steel movable cart is equipped with a rolling base, serving shelf, heavy-duty casters, transport handle and retractable 15-amp power cord. Models are available with front counter LED display (#2242-021), back counter LED display (#2242-022) or no display light (#2242-020).

"We consistently challenge ourselves to improve the customer experience. Both of these products deliver convenience and value, making it easier for vendors to better serve their customers and increase sales," says Gold Medal Vice-President, John Evans, Jr.

Visit www.gmpopcorn.com for more information or contact Gold Medal directly at 800-543-0862.



Concession Food Industry Leader Releases New Product to  Meet Government Nutrition Guidelines for Schools Concession Food Industry Leader Releases New Product to Meet Government Nutrition Guidelines for Schools - Click to read more

Cincinnati, Ohio

The launch of the USDA Smart Snacks in School program has created a challenge for schools to meet the new national nutrition standards. The Cincinnati-based concession industry leader, Gold Medal Products Co. has responded by introducing SunnyPop™—a popcorn snack that’s popular with students, yet still meets the national requirements.

Popcorn has always been a best-seller for schools. But many schools actually had to stop selling popcorn in their lunch rooms because they didn’t have a product that met the new standards.

"With SunnyPop™, it’s the best of both worlds. It meets the needs of schools and also gives students what they want—a food that’s fun and tastes good," says Gold Medal Vice-President, John Evans, Jr.

The hallmark of SunnyPop™ is its simplicity. It’s just three ingredients: popcorn, oil and salt. And it offers some of the most sought-after nutrition benefits:

  • whole grain
  • gluten-free
  • non-GMO
  • 0g trans fat

A detailed chart is available, which outlines how SunnyPop™ compares to the Smart Snacks in School requirements.

SunnyPop™ is ideal for any environment that caters to children, including schools, daycares, museums, parks and recreation centers. It is also beneficial for those who must have a high attention to nutritional value, such as hospitals, senior centers, retirement communities and fitness complexes.

Visit www.sunnypop.com for more information or contact Gold Medal directly at 800-543-0862 ext. 2384 for a consultation to further explain the benefits of SunnyPop™ and to arrange for a taste test of the popcorn.



Gold Medal Factory Super Sales to Take Place Across the Country - Click to read more

Cincinnati, Ohio

Concession food industry leader, Gold Medal Products Co. is pleased to announce its calendar of 2015 Factory Super Sales. Attendees will come to locations all across the country to participate in this one-of-a-kind event promoting the best in concession equipment and supplies. It will feature fun food favorites including: popcorn, gourmet popcorn, cotton candy, Sno-Kones®, funnel cakes, hot dogs, pretzels, nachos and much more.

Gold Medal Factory Super Sales to Take Place Across the Country

"Concession foods are a highly profitable business. Profit margins average between 70-80%, making it an attractive business opportunity," explains Gold Medal President and CEO, Dan Kroeger.

There's no better way to learn about concession foods than experiencing them firsthand at the Factory Super Sale. It's the only way to see such a wide variety of equipment in action in one place. Guests will be engaged and entertained by hands-on equipment demonstrations and lots of delicious taste-testing. This is also an opportunity to gain insider information you can't get anywhere else. Gold Medal brings over 80 years of experience to help organizations of all sizes develop a plan that will work for their goals.

Kroeger states, "It's intriguing to see how concessions support our communities through local schools, businesses and fundraisers. The Factory Super Sale is the best way for organizations to find out what concessions can do for them."

The Gold Medal Factory Super Sale will be held in cities across the nation including Chicago, Cincinnati, Nashville, Orlando and Indianapolis. A full list, searchable by state, is available at www.gmpopcorn.com/factorysupersale.

If you would like to cover this special, fun-filled and tasty event, please contact Heather Gims at 800-543-0862 ext. 2384.



Gold Medal Tennessee Announces Opening of New Showroom Gold Medal Tennessee Announces Opening of New Showroom - Click to read more

Cincinnati, Ohio

Thanks to continued growth and community support, Gold Medal Tennessee is pleased to announce the opening of its newly expanded showroom. The 17,500 square foot facility is located at 617 Old Hickory Boulevard in Old Hickory, Tenn and opened February 2nd. The bigger showroom houses the company’s wide variety of fun food equipment and supplies, including popcorn poppers, cotton candy makers, Sno-Kone® machines and much more. The location serves a distribution center conveniently located near I-65. Gold Medal looks forward to continuing to invest in the community.

On March 19-20, Gold Medal Tennessee will officially celebrate its Grand Opening and Factory Super Sale. This one-of-a-kind event will showcase all the best in concession equipment and supplies. With hands-on demonstrations and lots of delicious taste-testing, it’s an entertaining and engaging experience.

Attendees will enjoy different demonstrations given each hour. In addition, Gold Medal will be offering show specials and discounts on both new and used equipment.

Branch Manager Wanda Morris says, "Concessions support local schools, businesses and fundraisers. This is a great chance for organizations to find out firsthand what concessions can do for them."

The Grand Opening and Factory Super Sale will be held on Thursday, March 19 and Friday, March 20 from 10:00am to 4:00pm at the Gold Medal Tennessee showroom. If you would like to cover this special, fun-filled and tasty event, please contact Wanda Morris at 615-256-4000.



Schools Have a Smarter Snack Option in 2015 - Click to read more

Cincinnati, Ohio

The launch of the USDA Smart Snacks in School program has created a challenge for schools to meet the national nutrition standards. Some school officials have complained about the costs because students are choosing to throw away foods rather than eat them. Others have experienced a decline in food sales.

Schools Have a Smarter Snack Option in 2015

"We can't force students to eat something they don't want," said Lyman Graham, a food service director near Roswell, NM.

Created by Cincinnati-based, Gold Medal Products Co., SunnyPop™ gives schools the opportunity to provide popcorn—a snack that's popular with students, yet still meets the national requirements.

Popcorn has always been a best-seller for schools. In fact, many schools actually had to stop selling popcorn in their lunch rooms because they didn't have a product that met the new standards.

"With SunnyPop™, it's the best of both worlds. It meets the needs of schools and also gives students what they want—a food that's fun and tastes good," says Gold Medal Vice-President, John Evans, Jr.

The hallmark of SunnyPop™ is its simplicity. It's just three ingredients: popcorn, oil and salt. And it offers some of the most sought-after nutrition benefits:

  • whole grain
  • gluten-free
  • non-GMO
  • 0g trans fat

A detailed chart is available, which outlines how SunnyPop™ compares to the Smart Snacks in School requirements.

Evans explained, "As a manufacturer, it's our responsibility to find ways to help schools overcome their challenges. And SunnyPop™ does just that. We look forward to seeing this popcorn served in schools across the country."

Media personnel and school officials are encouraged to contact Gold Medal at 800-543-0862 ext. 2384 for a consultation to further explain the benefits of SunnyPop™ and of course to taste test the popcorn.



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