Event & School Fundraising Ideas

When it comes to fundraising for special events and schools, the number one goal is to have a high profit margin. We’ve done the math for you and can report that concession foods bring in an average of 70%–80% profits, making it an ideal way to raise money. You don’t have to be an expert to see this kind of a return. Here at Gold Medal, we’re available to give you fundraiser tips from themes to concession choices and more. From training your volunteer staff to choosing the right size popcorn machine, you can browse our site for school fundraising ideas and so much more.

6 Common Concession Stand Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

Common Concession Stand Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Watch for These Red Flags in Your Concession Stand

Some things you shouldn’t have to learn by trial and error. Whether you are on staff or volunteering, it can be easy to fall victim to the most common mistakes. But you don’t have to let it happen. Instead, let us help you safeguard your concession stand by addressing measures you can put into practice now to prevent these pitfalls.

Popper Maintenance and Cleaning

Improper Prep

At the worst, this can lead to broken machinery, inadequate inventory and poor service. It’s been said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” What you do to prepare your stand upfront can prevent costly problems down the line. For example, maintaining service on your machines in advance means less chance of encountering an out-of-order machine during your busiest time. (Find a service provider here.) Another tip is to not neglect your supplies like napkins, utensils, condiments, food trays, and cleaning supplies. Be smart about what you order and keep close tabs on inventory.

Popcorn Bar

Overlooking Add-Ons

While it is good to stick to tried and true favorite foods, don’t miss opportunities to add value and profits. Pair soft pretzels with nacho cheese or have a shake-on bar to add flavor to popcorn. A good test is if it is simple and low-cost to implement yet can attract interest from patrons, try it!

Losing out on long lines

Losing Out to Long Lines

Keeping lines moving as efficiently as possible is a key to success behind the stand. If you’re still using one line for ordering and another for pick-up, revise your customer flow to have two lines with cashiers. You’ll appreciate how it keeps lines flowing even during high traffic times. Consider what grab-and-go foods are on your menu because a balanced food selection is another way to ensure you don’t get bogged down in food prep when crowds come. Another option is to incorporate self-service solutions, like the ReadyPopT.

Popcorn Samples

Being Too Passive 

Maybe you’re wondering why your stand isn’t doing more business. It could be a lack of promotion. What could you do more to attract customers? Consider your environment… at sports complexes, announcers should be your voice. At a venue where there are lots of guests mingling, try getting into the crowd to hand out samples. If your location has tickets or maps, print coupons for the concession stand.

Seasonal Drink Trends

Not Using Seasons to Your Advantage 

Don’t miss out on these dollars. Seasonal trends are popular and will prompt potential customers to spend on impulse. During the fall, promote apple cider or pumpkin spice treats. For winter, suggestions include hot chocolate and fudge. Use signage to increase awareness and try limited-time special offers.

Doing It All On Your Own

Be smart about how you run your stand. Partner with vendors that demonstrate how they can benefit your business. They should make your job easier, not harder. From menu selection to profit planning to equipment service, trust those that can prove they’re vested in your interests.

With over 88 years of service, Gold Medal has the experience it takes to help concession stands, large and small, to overcome obstacles. Contact us today at 800-543-0862 or via email at [email protected] and see what it’s like when our team goes to work for you.