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Quick Coin Profits  <br>Keeping Bulk Vending and Redemption Machines Earning

Quick Coin Profits
Keeping Bulk Vending and Redemption Machines Earning

August 26, 2016 No Comments

By Hilary Danailova Clean, shiny machines full of fresh, appealing items – that’s the recipe for revenue at bulk vending and redemption game machines, according to a survey of industry veterans. “The best way to keep them earning is to make sure they’re full and clean,” affirmed Jonathan Zale, who owns Vending of Texas in […]

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Inventive Eateries <br> Tips to Do Well with Food Service

Inventive Eateries
Tips to Do Well with Food Service

April 12, 2016 No Comments

By Karen Appold Getting food to sell well at zoos, aquariums and museums isn’t rocket science. At John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids Mich., Jodi Young, food and beverage manager, suggested having some unique offerings. “Many guests visit with their families as a getaway and are looking for something decadent or new that they might […]

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Lasting Successes with  Temporary Food Carts <br>Trends at Zoos, Aquariums and Parks

Lasting Successes with Temporary Food Carts
Trends at Zoos, Aquariums and Parks

February 22, 2016 No Comments

By Hilary Danailova It’s a three-mile walk all the way around the lions, elephants and bears at Zoo Miami. And Florida is hot – so dehydrated patrons are grateful for a cold beer or soda from a cart along the way. “People tend to get thirsty a lot faster than they get hungry,” said Christopher […]

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Fun Foods and Soft Serve Trends <br> The Snack Hits at Amusement Parks, Waterparks,  Zoos and Aquariums

Fun Foods and Soft Serve Trends
The Snack Hits at Amusement Parks, Waterparks, Zoos and Aquariums

January 4, 2016 No Comments

  What is hot when it comes to fun foods? Traditional items like hamburgers, hot dogs and ice cream are always in style, but parks, zoos and aquariums are finding that options such as wraps, barbecue and even crepes appeal to visitors. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo  The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs, Colo., welcomes approximately […]

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Amusement Park Food <br> Trends in Menus, Dining Spaces and Staffing

Amusement Park Food
Trends in Menus, Dining Spaces and Staffing

October 23, 2015 No Comments

By June Allan Corrigan Thrill seekers of all ages gravitate to amusement parks for a good time. For sustenance they’ve long relied on typical amusement park fare  –  hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, etc.  –  but some on-site food venues are kicking things up a notch. Adventurous menus and dining spaces are livening the scene, clearly […]

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Whetting Guests’ Appetites <br> How to Increase Food Sales at Waterparks

Whetting Guests’ Appetites
How to Increase Food Sales at Waterparks

August 27, 2015 No Comments

Waterparks know how to sell fun. Hosting hundreds of guests daily who spend hours working up an appetite, experienced professionals at waterparks also know how to feed hungry guests. Zoombezi Bay, a 22.7-acre waterpark with more than 400 employees, is located in Powell, Ohio, adjacent to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Since 2008, guests have […]

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The Art of Cooking – Best-Selling Menu Items at Museum Restaurants and Cafes

The Art of Cooking – Best-Selling Menu Items at Museum Restaurants and Cafes

May 22, 2015 No Comments

By Natalie Hope McDonald At the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas, Executive Chef Dena Peterson pays close attention to food trends and special dietary requests at Café Modern, the popular in-house eatery. “We are very observant of diners’ dietary requests,” the chef explained. “Our menu already has an abundance of vegetarian, vegan, whole […]

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Securing a Piece of the  Food-Profits Pie – Food Trends at Mini-Golf and Go-Kart Centers

Securing a Piece of the Food-Profits Pie – Food Trends at Mini-Golf and Go-Kart Centers

April 20, 2015 No Comments

By Karen Appold At facilities that offer mini-golf and go-karts, food can be part of a guest’s experience and part of your revenue. Jason Durbin, manager, Putt-Putt FunHouse, Webster, Texas, advised offering a variety without going overboard. “We market our most profitable food items and always push those items; however there are always customers looking […]

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Food and Beverage Trends  at Entertainment Attractions

Food and Beverage Trends at Entertainment Attractions

April 20, 2015 No Comments

Whether discussing food and beverage sales at entertainment attractions or food service concepts, strong trends are emerging in the food and beverage industry and at attraction-oriented stores. According to Tim Hershberger, vice president of marketing and sales for America’s Incredible Pizza in Springfield, Mo., his company has established a burgeoning market niche for a fun, […]

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Tips to Buy the Best – The Food Service Equipment Picture at Zoos,  Aquariums and Museums

Tips to Buy the Best – The Food Service Equipment Picture at Zoos, Aquariums and Museums

February 16, 2015 No Comments

Although exhibits and attractions generally take center stage at zoos, aquariums, museums and botanical gardens, the truth is that all visitors eventually get hungry. Cue the many restaurants and concession stands waiting in the wings at these facilities. The success or failure of their role often boils down to what kitchen equipment they use, plus […]

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