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TOPIC: Kernel Seasonings?

Kernel Seasonings? 15 Mar 2013 01:31 #39817

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Anyone else use them?

Do people Abuse the shakers?

I'd LIKE to try the counter display they have, just wonder if it will cost more than it's worth?

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Kernel Seasonings? 15 Mar 2013 02:34 #39818

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I used them at a single-screener I managed in '06 and they were very popular with my customers. I don't know if the manager who followed me used them.
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Kernel Seasonings? 15 Mar 2013 21:38 #39821

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Customers love them and abuse is minimal.
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Kernel Seasonings? 16 Mar 2013 00:45 #39823

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I sell the minishakers. Ever since we got the tiered counter stand we sell a lot of them. No abuse.
To me definitely worth it.
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Kernel Seasonings? 19 Mar 2013 11:48 #39830

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We also sell (and like) the mini shakers.

The counter displays were nice, but you have to stay on top of them to keep the mess down. Doesn't matter how careful the customers are... it's almost impossible to prevent overspill from collecting on counters and floors.
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Kernel Seasonings? 19 Mar 2013 22:21 #39831

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Thanks,
I guess I'll give them a call.

New Buffalo Wing flavor looks good!!!
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Kernel Seasonings? 02 Jul 2013 11:12 #40109

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We used to have them and guests loved it. There wasn't much overuse at all, and the mess wasn't a big issue at all.

We have since gone to the mini shakers for purchase and they are not as popular. We sell them for $1.50 each and only sell about 30 a month. We are a discount theater so we don't get as much traffic as first-run but I'd rather just go with the large shakers openly available than the minis if it were up to me.
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Kernel Seasonings? 15 Dec 2013 13:06 #40482

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We provide the 32oz shakers and lots of people abuse them. We had to start tethering them because people would walk off with them... some ask for courtesy (drink) cups and fill them with seasoning. Some call ahead and won't even come to see a movie unless we have certain flavors. We find piles of seasoning on seats and floors. The stuff costs $10 per bottle... I should probably raise the popcorn prices again. We're thinking of selling the individual bottles. Any idea of the cost per bottle? BTW... KS has recently discontinued many flavors.
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Kernel Seasonings? 15 Dec 2013 20:44 #40483

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We've done both.

Our experience with the shakers was typical... popular, but messy.

We sell the mini-shakers now. OK... maybe they're not as popular, but they do sell. Free will always win. However, I don't think I've missed a popcorn or ticket sale because I don't give toppings away for free. No customer has stomped out of my building in a huff... and that's probably all that really matters.
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Kernel Seasonings? 18 Dec 2013 17:03 #40485

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we used to give away brewers yeast (some people LOVE it), Parmesan cheese, and Kernel Seasonings and it was nuts: people would dump half a jar, steal the jars, it was just way way too expensive. We now have a bunch of flavorings we sell for .50 each that we buy and fill little containers for.. and all is good.
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Kernel Seasonings? 19 Dec 2013 09:49 #40487

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We used two of these with the jars tethered to the stands and little to no theft issues. I would not hesitate to use them again.


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Kernel Seasonings? 19 Dec 2013 12:53 #40488

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You clearly have an outstanding class of customer!

I once had some people bring in a bucket of KFC, including sides. On their way to the auditorium, they stopped by the snack bar to swipe a 1-pound jar of seasoned salt. In the ensuing discussion, it was suggested that I was a racist for challenging the customer for 1) bringing in outside food (and a lot of it), 2) depriving the rest of my customers the seasoned salt I'd left out for a popcorn topping and 3) ultimately ejecting the whole group, once I'd had enough.

(sigh)... sure do love this work! :woohoo:
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Kernel Seasonings? 19 Dec 2013 23:04 #40492

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rodeojack wrote:
You clearly have an outstanding class of customer!

I once had some people bring in a bucket of KFC, including sides.

(sigh)... sure do love this work! :woohoo:

That happened to us as well.
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Kernel Seasonings? 30 Dec 2013 21:40 #40517

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Wow! I'd have stopped the bucket at the ticket booth! bringing in a candy or in some cases a sugar free candy cause WE don't sell them is one thing, but a bucket of KFC??? thats guts!

One theatre I managed had a 0 outside food rule, not even outside coffee, all except 1 person understood, the 1 who stomped out in a huff had 1/2 a cup of coffee left!?! and I offered that she could finish it in the Lobby. and don't ya know SHE was the one who went nutz! Caffene addict I guess!
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Kernel Seasonings? 02 Jan 2014 10:39 #40519

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ttroidl wrote:
Wow! I'd have stopped the bucket at the ticket booth! bringing in a candy or in some cases a sugar free candy cause WE don't sell them is one thing, but a bucket of KFC??? thats guts!

We did as much as we could, I think. Our doors were signed (no outside food or drink). We also required people with backpacks and shopping bags to leave them at the counter. However, a theatre owner would appreciate how creatively people can hide "contraband concessions" on their way past the boxoffice, and how offended they can be when you catch them. Seems they mostly feel they're in the clear, once they get to their auditorium.

Hiding friends under blankets or in the trunk at the drive-in is somewhat similar. You become the bad guy if they're allowed more than a few minutes to settle in.

This kind of stuff probably comes from an overall minority of your customers, but a lot of really good stories come out of dealing with these folks.
Last Edit: 02 Jan 2014 10:41 by rodeojack.
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