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Our blog is your source for concession industry tips and tricks. Whether you’re looking for unique ideas for fundraising, want information on creating a successful sweet shop in your grocery store, or need new ways to promote your gourmet popcorn business, we have plenty of information to inspire you. You’ll find new menu recommendations, marketing ideas, seasonal suggestions, and more. Feel free to scroll through all of our posts or browse by category to find relevant information for you.

The ABCs of Gourmet Popcorn

Go back to the basics with an alphabet summary of everything you want to know about gourmet popcorn!

Affordability – With low production costs, popcorn is a worthwhile investment. In fact, costs are so low, some businesses are even willing to give it away.

Basic Production – With user-friendly equipment, the process is not labor intensive. And with a wide range of products including shake-on flavors, cheese pastes and glazes, you can shape your own menu.

Completely Customizable – There are options from complete sweet shop set-ups to kiosks, so you can customize a plan that will work for your location’s needs, goals and budget.

Designed to Save Space – When it comes to utilizing space efficiently, popcorn delivers! Equipment can be mounted on a counter/base or on a wheeled cart for convenience.

Event Enhancing – For a wedding reception or private event, you can offer a popcorn bar where guests can choose their own combinations. Personalized bags can also make for a memorable party gift.

Flavorful – With a large assortment of flavors, you can customize different offerings and find out what works well with your customer base.

Gift Options – Gourmet popcorn is a versatile snack that also makes a great gift. You can create gift baskets that would make an excellent treat for any special occasion.

Happy Hour – It’s simple to keep patrons thirsty at Happy Hour while they dig into an assortment of popcorn flavors. Try for tasty pairings like Bacon & Cheese!

Interactive with Senses – The sights, sounds and aromas of producing popcorn on-site will engage buyers’ senses and encourage impulse purchases.

Jumbo Sizes – Create a walking advertisement for your venue by offering a jumbo-sized bag of popcorn, labeled with your brand name.

Kid’s Choice – For fun, start by popping up each of the different types of fruity flavors. Combine them all together to make a rainbow mix that kids of all ages will love!

Light and Healthy – For health-minded customers, there are options they’ll appreciate including clean label and vegan varieties.

Mix and Match – Make your own flavor combinations! Caramel and Cheese is one popular variety. Or try Buffalo Breath and Ranch for a spicy kick!

Nuts and More – Don’t stop with just flavors, add toppings! Nuts, flavor wafers, sprinkles and icing make dessert flavors even better.

Opportunity – Popcorn is considered to be the fastest-growing snacking category, which means there’s a market of opportunity wherever you are.

Positive Profit Picture – With low costs and high perceived value, you are able to achieve profit margins of 70% or higher.

Quick Turnaround – Using our equipment, supplies and simple processes, you’ll have the ability to practically manufacture flavors on-demand and create customer satisfaction.

Range of Recipes – There’s no limit on your creativity. With popcorn you can come up with your own signature line of recipes to give guests an experience they can’t get anywhere else.

Savory and Sweet – Enjoy the best of both worlds! Convenient Shake-On Savories come in over 25 different flavors. For sweeter tastes, there’s also more than 25 types of Glaze Pop® or Corn Treats.

Tested and Proven – Gold Medal has worked with customers across a wide range of markets and we can share our knowledge and experience in the gourmet popcorn industry with you.

Unusual Twists – Enhance your current menu selections with gourmet popcorn! For example, a restaurant could pair Mediterranean Herb with a fresh salad and also have ice cream topped with Caramel Corn.

Versatility in Venue – Gourmet popcorn has the ability to work well in so many unique settings. If you can imagine it, we can help make it happen!

Worthwhile Investment – Low initial costs and high profit margins mean that you can be on your way to earning a return on your investment quicker than with most other start-ups.

Xtra Appreciation – Many businesses offer popcorn as a free courtesy to customers. It creates an inviting atmosphere and is great for occupying kids. Because the costs are low, it is doable!

Year-round – The timing isn’t just limited to holidays and special events. You can find opportunities throughout the year, like a Flavor of the Month Club!

Zero – SunnyPop® popcorn provides some of the most sought-after nutritional benefits:  it is whole-grain, gluten-free, non-GMO and contains zero grams of trans fat.


If you’re thinking about starting a gourmet popcorn business, Gold Medal has the resources to help you be successful! Get started by consulting with one of our concession specialists; just call 800-543-0862.