Only $ 1 thousand is enough to start
Own business is more profitable, profitable and popular. Investors are attracted by the low threshold of entry - only 1 thousand dollars are enough to organize one point, high profitability - up to 700%.
Fried corn is sold by seasonal street vendors, grocery stores, malls, and entertainment venues. This business can be both the main, independent, and additional source of income for children's attractions, in cultural parks, sports palaces, game centers, supermarkets, shopping malls and supermarkets.
Popcorn Production: Site Selection
To place the apparatus for the production of popcorn, a small area of -1.5x1 m2 is required.
In the warm season, it is advantageous to trade on the main streets, in the zoo, parks of culture and recreation, in the area of tourist attractions. The minus point in the open air is seasonality, in winter popcorn is bought poorly.
This disadvantage is absent in enclosed spaces - shopping centers, cinemas, entertainment complexes, sports palaces. Moreover, in these places popcorn is sold much more expensive, the price difference is at least 10-20 rubles. As for cinemas, it’s very difficult to break into it, because they themselves organize popcorn trade.
Popcorn Production: Equipment
Equipment for popcorn is produced by the USA, China, Europe and Russia. The most expensive and reliable is considered American equipment.
The cost of the apparatus for making popcorn ranges from $ 400 to $ 1.7 thousand, depending on the country of origin. The price of a trolley for such cars ranges from $ 300 to $ 1 thousand.
The cart for the production of popcorn allows you to install the device, includes a trading place and a box for storing raw materials and packaging. As a rule, carts are designed in the form of wagons, old musical devices.
Popcorn Production: Raw
The main raw materials for popcorn: special grades of corn and vegetable oil. The taste of corn is given by salt, sugar, spices, caramel, and other flavoring additives.
Corn for popcorn is used in strictly defined varieties. In professional circles they are called: “medium butterfly” (increase in volume by 43 times), “large butterfly” (increases by 42 times), caramel (increases by 36-38 times, used for sweet and caramelized popcorn).
Vegetable oil is used coconut, palm, sunflower, soybean, mainly coconut, moreover, yellow coconut oil is used for salty popcorn, white - for sweet.
Special attention should be paid to the storage of raw materials and finished products. Sealed bags are used to store coconut oil, as it melts at a temperature of 28 degrees. Corn is stored in closed bags so that it does not dry out.
Popcorn Production: Packaging, Related Products
For packaging popcorn use paper bags, cones, glasses. Paper bags and cones are cheaper in price, but inconvenient for the seller and the buyer. The seller needs to spend extra time to open the bag and fill it with corn. Glasses are much more expensive, but more convenient to use. Sealed glasses with a lid allow you to store popcorn for several days. The most "running sizes" are 32, 46, 64 grams.
You can supplement the trade in popcorn with drinks. The fact is that popcorn is a dry product and causes thirst. Sale of bottled and draft drinks will increase the turnover of the point and sales of the popcorn itself. According to various estimates, the income from related products is about 30%.
Popcorn Production: Price
The cost of the finished product is the sum of the cost of raw materials, rent, transportation costs, salaries to the seller. The seller usually receives a percentage of revenue. Knowing the cost of production, you can calculate the margin by analyzing the prices of other points. The highest markup in cinemas, and the lowest in stores, where popcorn is a related product. The income from the sale of popcorn can range from 300 to 700%.
An example of calculating the cost of a glass of Popcorn (33.4 g)
Price per kg (rub.)
Glass of popcorn
Price per kg (rub.)
Glass of popcorn
Based on the article by Ekaterina Burtseva for the newspaper Business Petersburg
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