Grocery Stores – Sweet Shop Setups

Designed with grocery stores in mind, Gold Medal’s Sweet Shop Setup is a turnkey solution featuring a completely customizable line of equipment. It includes options for creating a variety of delicious products including gourmet popcorn, fudge, pralines, cotton candy, fresh roasted nuts, and gourmet caramel/candy apples.


Top Recommended Grocery Store – Sweet Shop Setup Equipment

Gold Medal has worked with grocery stores of all sizes and knows what products perform best. From gourmet popcorn to fudge, cotton candy, and more, grocery stores have options and can choose what products best meets their needs. Gold Medal offers everything from kiosks to full Sweet Shop Setups, so there’s a wide range of possibilities. Made for durability, user-friendly operation, and top-notch performance, explore our recommended equipment for grocery stores today.

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Top Recommended Grocery Store – Sweet Shop Setup Supplies

Boost your grocery store’s profitability with Gold Medal’s selection of supplies. Whether you want the latest in popcorn seasonings, cotton candy sugar, or fudge flavors, we have the ingredients that produce the best-tasting treats your customers will love. Plus, don’t miss our selection of bags and packaging supplies. Find everything you need to complement your grocery store’s Sweet Shop Setup.

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Why a Sweet Shop Setup?

Grocery store snacks are proving to be one of the largest potential growing markets for sales. Consumer behavior shows that eating occasions are now overwhelmingly linked with snacks. The Sweet Shop Setup is a unique way to offer consumers grab-and-go convenience combined with a fresh in-store experience that engages the senses. Plus, the products are so versatile. With flavors ranging from savory snacks to sweet treats and even health-driven varieties, you can satisfy customer demands. Not to mention, the profitability is highly attractive when compared to typical grocery store profit margins. Grocery stores enjoy these benefits with a Sweet Shop Setup:

A Full Sensory Experience

Drive in-store traffic with the sights, sounds, and aromas that engage buyers’ senses and encourage consumer impulse purchases.

Customizable Setups

From full sweet shops to stand-alone kiosks to integration with deli, bakery, and foodservice operations, we can create a plan that will work for you.

Positive Profit Picture

With low costs to produce, you have the ability to set retail prices that are appealing to the customer and still average 70-80% profit margins.

Ease + Flexibility

Enjoy the benefits of products that are easy to make. Plus, the wide variety allows you to determine what works best with your customer base.




What to Sell in a Sweet Shop Setup?

Equip your grocery store’s Sweet Shop Setup for success! Gold Medal is here to help you produce crowd-pleasing treats like these:

  • Gourmet Popcorn

    Gourmet Popcorn

    Popcorn is a canvas for flavor! Enjoy a wide array of flavor possibilities like caramel corn, cheese popcorn, or kettle corn. For savory seasonings, try Signature Shakes®. And for candy-coated sweetness, there’s Signature Blends®.

  • Sweet Selections Fudge

    Sweet Selections Fudge

    Offering freshly made fudge in your grocery store can attract customers looking for a sweet treat. Our fudge machine and fudge mixes make the process simple, yet still deliver the traditional taste and texture fudge lovers expect.

  • Frosted Nuts

    Frosted Nuts

    Frosted or glazed nuts are a premier snacking indulgence. Sweetly coated almonds, pecans, or peanuts are sure to please any shopper.

  • Cotton Candy

    Cotton Candy

    Cotton candy is loved by all ages. Consider how introducing it to your grocery store can be both fun and profitable. Try various flavors and colors to attract shoppers.


The Latest Snacking Trends: What Every Grocery Store Needs to Know

Snacking isn’t just about filling a gap between meals anymore – it’s a way of life! Whether it is a little snack in the middle of a hectic day, an indulgent treat, or a way to connect with others over something tasty, snacking is something that grocery stores must pay attention to.

The State of Snacking™ Report 2023, published by Mondelez International, offers grocery stores valuable insights into the trends shaping the global snacking industry. Here is a snapshot of some of their findings:



of consumers
surveyed indulge in snacking daily – That’s nearly everyone walking into your store!



of consumers
prefer snacks that offer convenience and portability for on-the-go consumption. - Busy lifestyles require ready-to-eat items.



of consumers
are interested in personalized snacking experiences tailored to their individual preferences. – Sweet Shop Setups allow you to customize the products and flavors to meet consumer needs.



of consumers
prioritize snacking as a way to relax and unwind. – Offer snacks that lend themselves to positive emotions.



of consumers
are willing to pay more for snacks that offer a unique and memorable experience. – There is significant profit potential when offering the right product mix.

Sell snack foods that are not just delicious but also set your store apart. It’s all about giving customers what they want – convenience, personalization, freshness, and indulgence. A Sweet Shop Setup delivers all this and more!

Read the full report here


10 Ways Grocery Stores are Driving Sales

  1. With the deli, pair snack-sized popcorn with a sandwich and drink for a lunch combo or larger sizes for family and friends to share.
  2. Bakeries can offer a party platter special with a cake purchase for birthdays or other events.
  3. Hand out samples throughout the store or place stand-alone kiosks at strategic locations.
  4. Host a beer and wine pairing that showcases different complementary flavors of popcorn.
  5. For events like the 4th of July, Labor Day, the Super Bowl, etc. offer special bulk party packages.
  6. Popcorn bars are becoming very popular at weddings, graduations, and other special events.
  7. Have a display near the cash registers to drive more impulse purchases.
  8. Use decorative packaging to create gift bags or tins for holidays and special occasions.
  9. Organize a popcorn flavor-of-the-month club with a punch card and offer members a special discount to try a new flavor each month.
  10. Create a private label brand that can be produced at a central location and sold into other locations or venues.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

A - The great thing about the Sweet Shop Setup is that it can be customized for your location. However, the most recommended items include: a 10-gallon low-profile cooker mixer and low-profile cooling table, a 32-oz popper or larger, a tumbler, and Main Street Elite Popcorn Staging Cabinet.

A - The space can be determined based upon your offerings. Most often, a 10x10 square foot space is desirable, but many do more.

A - Yes, we are able to provide CAD to help if needed.

A - To best answer this question, you will need to consult with your local health department. Many locations do not require hoods. And for those that do, Gold Medal makes fully enclosed equipment that mitigates the need for an expensive hood system.

A - Gold Medal’s products are designed to be user-friendly and efficient. Making popcorn can be flexible with your schedule. For example, make fresh product in the morning and have it ready to sell for the remainder of the day.

A - The best thing about popcorn is that it is easy to make multiple flavors. You can customize your menu based on what your customers prefer. Yet, there are some flavors that seem to perform well overall including: movie theater popcorn, caramel corn, cheese popcorn, hot cheese, caramel and cheese popcorn mix, and white popcorn. Explore more flavor inspiration in our recipe section.

A - This is a great question. Every location is unique and so is the pricing. However, Gold Medal offers modeling and tools to help you set your popcorn pricing.

A - The products of the Sweet Shop Setup are known for popularity and producing impressive profit margins averaging 70-80%, making it a worthwhile investment. Start-up costs are minimal and there are multiple options that can be customized based on your store’s specific needs and budget. Also, Gold Medal’s equipment is designed to be easy, efficient, and cost-effective to implement at any location.

A - Yes, it often makes sense to add other products to your store, such as cotton candy, fudge, frosted or glazed nuts, caramel and candy apples, or ice cream. Other creative ideas include making popcorn balls, popcorn cakes, or cotton candy cakes.

A - Yes, we have helped many stores do just that. Gold Medal can help you build a production plan to accommodate your needs.

A - Gold Medal offers a variety of packaging solutions. These include heat-seal bags, kraft window bags (tin tie), a wide selection of printed and non-printed bags (some with ingredients and bar codes included), and tins and tubs are available by custom order.

A - Most locations have ingredient and nutritional information available. We recommend checking the regulations with your local health department. Gold Medal provides all the information needed for your PLU’s.

A - Grocery stores can greatly benefit from partnering with Gold Medal, a leader in the foodservice equipment industry. Family-owned and operated since 1931, Gold Medal is known for reputable service and high-quality products. We offer a variety of equipment options for grocery stores from popcorn poppers to cotton candy machines and more. Plus, our approach is relationship focused with personalized consultations where we get to know you and your goals, in-person equipment training, and ongoing support. Our extensive experience with grocery stores of all sizes means we understand what it takes to be successful with a Sweet Shop Setup.

A - Gold Medal stands behind the craftmanship of every product. Our machines are engineered to be safe, user-friendly, and exceptionally reliable even in high-demand grocery store environments. If it matters to you, it matters to Gold Medal. In addition, our level of service sets us apart. From hands-on demos to a website with a library of resources, you can count on Gold Medal to be there when you need us.

A - Gold Medal leads the industry in terms of customer support. We have a dedicated grocery specialist who will travel to your location to help with training of staff, making products, and setting up displays. We offer lifetime training to give you confidence in operation, cleaning, and maintenance of your equipment. Regional training centers are also available for advanced training. Gold Medal will write a custom playbook for your team to help in execution and implementation. Our warranty is the longest in the industry, providing extra peace of mind. You can count on Gold Medal for new products and resources that support your business. And we maintain a large selection of items in stock for your convenience.

A - Gold Medal appreciates your interest! Contact us today using the Learn More form below and be sure to ask us about a free, no-obligation site visit. Also, we welcome you to stop by any of our showrooms for free demos and samples.


Benefit from the Gold Medal Advantage

Gold Medal delivers advantages you can’t find elsewhere. Staffed with fun food experts at our 17 branch locations and a global distributor network, we are well-equipped to provide your grocery store with a superior level of service. This includes personal consultations, site visits, hands-on demos, product samples, training, and more. You’ll be treated like a person, not a number.


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