Innovative Concession Stand Equipment: A Look at the Latest Trends

Concession stands are arguably the MOST fun part of any event. Technology and innovation are making concession stands even more exciting and are transforming the way we serve delicious treats. As the concession industry evolves, staying ahead of the curve with cutting-edge equipment is the key to success. In this article, we’ll take a journey through the latest trends in concession stand equipment and how Allen Associates can help you embrace these innovations to boost your profits and customer satisfaction.

The Evolution of Concession Equipment

Concession stands have come a long way from their humble beginnings. Don’t get us wrong, the classic red popcorn machine in all its towering glory and so many other classic, nostalgic items remain stalwarts in the concession industry. However, the industry is witnessing a surge in technological advancements and creative solutions that are reshaping the way we think about concessions.

Enhanced Safety

Safety features improve as technology advances. Allen Associates offers a slate of advanced concession equipment that includes state-of-the-art safety features. Our Cretors poppers come equipped with ‘Kettle Guard’ technology that helps prevent accidental kettle burns. Our Gold Medal poppers include a built-in Fire Suppression System, a PowerOffⓇ Control, a popular safety feature that automatically turns off kettle heat after 15 minutes of idle time, and a double-hung, twin-arm kettle suspension. This prevents accidental oil spills and gives more work room within the cabinet. Advanced safety measures from high-quality, innovative concession equipment are crucial in maintaining a secure and efficient concession stand operation.

Eco-Friendly Concessions

Sustainability is not just a buzzword; it’s a driving force behind modern concession equipment trends. Many new machines are designed with eco-friendly features, such as energy-efficient heating elements and recyclable materials. Equipment with Energy Star ratings, including refrigerators, freezers, and dishwashers, are designed to consume less energy and water compared to traditional models. Eco-friendly is easy to find in Allen Associates equipment offerings. Our Gold Medal popcorn poppers include PopClean technology. This unique integrated system functions by trapping and filtering steam smoke and oil vapors created during the popping process. Meets stringent emissions requirements of UL 710B/EPA 202 (5mg). PopClean has earned the FDNY Certificate of Approval #5830. Their Uni-MaxxⓇ technology provides the performance you need with a unified kettle and heat element, working together to provide the lowest energy consumption and maximum popping capacity.

Efficient Food Prep Stations

Efficiency is the heartbeat of a successful concession stand, and advanced concession technology is revolutionizing food preparation. Features like the ‘Big Eye Electronic Heat Control’ on Gold Medal Key Poppers act as an extra set of eyes, automatically monitoring temperature for increased precision and control. ‘Brute Force Motors’ delivers powerful performance you can rely upon, while ‘Flexipop®’ technology ensures high-efficiency productivity by allowing you to pop half batches during non-peak times and double up for high-demand periods. Cretors Popcorn Machines boast ‘Advanced Touch Screen Controls,’ providing operators with the ultimate user experience, customizable operation modes, and improved diagnostics. ‘BIB Oil Level Sensor & Bucket Pump’ on Elite Popper series machines eliminates guesswork regarding oil levels, and the ‘Salt/Sweet Switch’ ensures sweet popcorn is popped at the perfect temperature, preventing sugar from burning. ‘High Top Kettles’ further enhance efficiency, providing up to 30% more space for popping, ensuring you can meet high demand effortlessly.

Some other exciting ways concession owners are innovating the industry include:

Automation-  Automation is gaining momentum in the industry, simplifying the ordering process for customers and enhancing operational efficiency. From condiment dispensers to self-service kiosks, automation helps reduce waste, keeps lines moving faster, and improves kitchen accuracy.

Checkout- free stadium concession stands – Stadium Tech Report writes that “Customers are allowed to enter gated stores by scanning a credit card or some other pre-authorized payment method (including biometric methods using faces or palms). After entering they simply take the items they want and then exit. Payment takes place online after they leave the store.” They report that as of September 28, 2023, there were 141 stadium-specific check-out free concession stands worldwide. 

How Allen Associates Leads the Way

Our Commitment to Innovation

At Allen Associates, we understand that staying at the forefront of the industry is essential. That’s why we continually update our product offerings to incorporate the latest trends. From smart equipment that streamlines your operations to eco-friendly solutions that resonate with modern consumers to product improvements, we’ve got you covered.

Training and Support

New technology can be daunting or confusing, but we make it easy. Our team provides comprehensive training and support to ensure you’re getting the most out of your concession equipment. 

Customized Solutions

Every concession stand and vendor is unique, and we recognize that one size doesn’t fit all. Our experts work closely with you to understand your specific needs and tailor solutions that align with your business goals. We offer a wide range of equipment to choose from, ensuring you find the perfect fit for your concession stand.

Innovate Your Own Concession Experience

Embracing the latest equipment trends is a great way to stay competitive and continue delighting your customers. Allen Associates is your trusted partner on this exciting journey, offering the latest equipment, innovative solutions, unwavering support, and customized options to take your concession stand to new heights.

Ready to discover how you can improve your offerings and equipment? Contact us today, and let’s embark on this journey together. 

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q1: How can I incorporate innovative equipment into my concession stand?

Allen Associates offers a range of innovative concession machines that can be seamlessly integrated into your operations. Our team will guide you through the setup and ensure you’re making the most of these innovative features of your equipment.

Q2: Are eco-friendly concessions more expensive to set up?

Not necessarily. While some eco-friendly equipment may have a slightly higher upfront cost, the long-term savings in energy and resources often offset this initial investment. Plus, eco-friendly concessions can attract a growing segment of environmentally conscious customers. Inquire about the eco-friendly features of our equipment. 

Q3: Can I customize my concession equipment order?

We understand that every concession stand has unique requirements. Allen Associates provides customized solutions, allowing you to choose equipment that suits your specific needs and menu offerings.

Q4: Do you offer training for using the equipment?

Yes, we do. Our team offers comprehensive training to ensure you’re comfortable using your concession equipment. We’re here to answer your questions and provide ongoing support whenever you need it.

Q5: How can I get in touch with Allen Associates?

Getting in touch with us is easy. Visit our website at to explore our products and services. You can also contact us directly through our website, and our team will be happy to assist you.