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Smoothies are here!

19 May, 2015

The Columbia heat can be a hard thing to beat!

One of the joys of living in the South is the melting heat and humidity one will encounter between the months of late April to late September. No matter how many air conditioning units, fans and shorts you have, the heat will still get to you.

But have no fear Cromer’s is here! To combat the heat, we are introducing our deliciously refreshing smoothies!

Enjoying a wild berry or strawberry banana smoothie is the perfect treat on a hot summer day. Served with or without whipped cream, you’ll definitely be coming back for more of the sweet, refreshing treat!

Cromer’s concessions supplies: no conflicts with your sponsors!

09 March, 2015


Popcorn 

We work with many schools that receive large annual sponsorship funding from soft drink companies. With those sponsorship dollars, the soft drink companies have the expectation (a rightful one we might add) that the schools are not going to stock the concessions stand with products from the sponsor’s competitors.

Cromer’s concessions and snack bar supplies will not cause any conflict with your school or event’s corporate sponsors!

We’re not “corporate owned.” In fact, our family owners have lived and worked in the South Carolina Midlands for over 80 years. This fact should be important when considering concessions suppliers. By purchasing your craft popped popcorn and handspun cotton candy from us, you will not offend any of your long time large sponsors.

Cromer’s doesn’t step on your sponsors’ toes… We help you and your team sell food products to raise funds for your school and sports boosters club.

Popcorn –a healthy alternative snack

19 February, 2015

We love children and we help them anyway we can.  One way we help the young (and young at heart!) is by providing a more nutritious snack offering - our healthier popcorn….

We are SO PLEASED to bring you our newest popcorn product offering:   SunnyPop™ popcorn.

WhatHealthy Popcorn:  SunnyPop comes in two options:  1) SunnyPop, and 2) SunPop Select.  SunnyPop is a delicious and tasty popcorn that meets the nutritional guidelines for the U.S.D.A.’s Smart Snacks in School Program.  This popcorn contains 3 simple ingredients: popcorn, oil and salt.  SunPop Select is Whole Grain free, Gluten-free AND has no GMO’s added.  The SunPop Select is popped in sunflower oil rather than coconut or canola oil.


When: SunnyPop popcorn is available today – stop by and pick up some from our retail shop, or order anytime online at Cromers.com 

Why:  SunnyPop is a snack that you can purchase pre-popped from us for re-sale at your concession stand.  With the healthier focus and by meeting the U.S.D.A.’s Smart Snacks nutritional guidelines, it’s a product you’ll feel good about serving to children from your event’s concession stand or snack bar.

Where: Cromer’s P-Nuts – your go-to source for school concessions and snack bar supplies.

Are you read to add some “pop!” to your concession stand and snack bar?  You should be – it’ll help your team’s efforts to raise funds.

Contact Kathy Willis by email or 803-779-2290 x1008

Cromer’s P-Nuts is your concession supply solution

02 February, 2015

We love helping our customers create successful concession stands!   Our pre-packaged and custom order food products are ready to sell the moment you open the box.


No Mess and No Cleanup

Eliminating food preparation will eliminate the mess from your concession stand.  The workers of the stand will be glad to not have to divide their time between preparing food, cleaning up and selling food.  They can devote their time to selling.

No Long Term Storage

Cromer’s delivers “just in time” food products which eliminates the need for long term food storage.  At a school or sports organization, storage is usually at a premium.  Say goodbye to the need to move around sports equipment from the storage rooms to free up space for storing food supplies.  Our food products sell fast, so you shouldn’t have much to store after an event is over either.

No Driving Around Town

Have you ever spent the day driving around town to pick-up last minute food items for your concession stand?  Well this isn’t a good use of time!

No Food Safety Risk

Do you ever worry about food safety when it comes to food preparation?  Eliminate this worry with pre-packed foods.  Your concession stand workers will be relieved to know that they don’t need to find the plastic gloves and hair net!

We want for you to be able to focus on your concession stand goals like generating foot traffic and more sales.  In our years of experience, we see many concession stands focus more on purchasing concessions inventory and finding a place to store the inventory, than on selling.

Let us help you and get back to selling and raising money for your school and sports boosters club!

 Contact Customer Service at 800-322-7688 option 0 for assistance!

 

Cotton Candy Adds Excitement To Your Concession Stand

21 January, 2015

Cotton candy is one of our favorite food products to prepare and deliver to schools and sports boosters’ concession stands.  Why?  There are several reasons:

Cotton Candy for Concession Stands  

  • Taste – C’mon, this is handspun sweetness!
  • Packaging – By using our clear plastic bags we help the schools and sports boosters clubs to private label the cotton candy with their logo stickers on the bags.
  • Choices of flavors & branding – Whether it’s no-flavor, blueberry, strawberry or something else, flavors abound for the cotton candy. The cool thing about the flavors is that each flavor has a color associated with it.  This means that we can tailor our colors (flavors) to match the school’s (or camp, or church, or business) colors.
  • No mess – By handling all prep in our food processing facility, the customers simply unpack and start selling without having to deal with cotton candy being spun all over their kitchen ceiling, floors and walls. If you have ever made cotton candy you will agree that it’s a sticky mess and can’t be made fast enough to meet your customer’s desires!
  • Fundraising – Does your concession stand like to make money? Well this is the product for you! Our cotton candy is priced perfectly so that your group can sell at a high margin and help meet your fundraising goals.

Last week, one of our Atlanta-based school’s sports booster club purchased some handspun cotton candy in their school colors (blue and white) for a school spirit night. We can’t tell you how excited we were to learn the school sold out of the cotton candy in short order and that the children had a great time enjoying the treat. Our clear bags enabled the school to personalize the cotton candy with their school logo. 

 

 

 

 

 

Are you ready to add some excitement to your concession stand?

Contact Kathy Willis 803-779-2290 x1008

Popcorn for everyone!

05 January, 2015

Cromer's is happy to announce that they will be featuring Sunny Pop and SunPop Select popcorns, a popcorn that is made in sunflower oil rather than coconut or canola oil.

Sunny Pop is created specifically to meet the guidelines of the USDA Smart Snacks in the School program with only three simple ingredients: popcorn, oil and salt. As national nutrition standards increase, it becomes more and more challenging to meet the food needs of schools. Now, you can offer the popcorn that's the smart snack choice! The key nutritional benefits is that Sunny Pop is Whole Grain, Gluten-Free AND has no GMO's added. Fresh from the popper, it is a great tasting snack that is also fun to eat. 

SunPop Select is for today's consumers who are more health conscious. Most people want a snack that is healthier, without sacrificing that delicious taste we all know and love. Now you can indulge in a popcorn that is smart, simple and satisfying! Just like Sunny Pop, it is made of three simple ingredients: popcorn, oil and salt and is Whole Grain, Gluten-Free and has no GMO's added. 

Be on the lookout on cromers.com and on all of our social media outlets for more information! 

Cromer's loves the Gamecocks

20 November, 2014

When you think of Columbia, most of the time you think of the University of South Carolina and their beloved Gamecocks, at least we do! On Saturdays we love to be right by the stadium witnessing as the city becomes practically gridlocked with traffic from near and far coming to watch the Gamecocks dominate the football field.

 Cromer’s has been supporting the Gamecocks for as long as we have been around, but most recently, we support them from right outside the stadium at Gamecock Walk.

Every home game, Cromer’s is out tailgating with funnel cakes, corn dogs, fresh squeezed lemonade, sno-kones when its hot and hot chocolate when its cold and of course, our famous boiled peanuts. The Cromer’s team gets up bright and early to head out to the village to set up their tailgate. Fans from near and far (and even from opposing teams) stop by to see what Cromer’s is all about and always leave with a smile on their faces. No matter how bad the season is, Cromer’s will always be out there supporting the Gamecocks.

You can always find the Cromer’s tailgate team under the big red tent right inside Gamecock Village with all your favorite goodies. In honor of the last home football game of this season this Saturday at 12 pm against South Alabama, be sure to stop by and cheer on the Gamecocks like a true Columbian. We will be there bright and early ready for you all!

Working at Cromer's

10 November, 2014

On any given day you can come into Cromer’s and see the employees laughing and having a good time. They always say “choose a job you love and you'll never work a day in your life” and that is very true about the work environment here at Cromer’s. Us Cromerians have  outstanding work ethic and we all work hard every day… but we do it with a smile on our face. Just like how we strive to make our customers feel at home at Cromer’s, we also want our employees to feel like family.

Each month we have a staff breakfast to celebrate our birthdays, anniversaries, and we will sporadically have team building exercises that generally consist of telling jokes, eating and getting to know each other. At the end of the day, we all have each others back "one for all and all for one". Our managers do their best to maintain the “family feel.” and make sure we always feel comfortable talking to them. 

Though work is sometime long and exhausting (especially on the weekends and during the lunch rush), it is great to have a supportive work environment full of people willing to help. Many times during the busiest hours, you will find the owner or General Manager down on the floor helping out where they can to alleviate some of the stress of the sales associates. Where else can you find that? Cromer’s is a great environment to work in, if you like laughing and smiling through the long work shifts and busy days.

If you are interested in becoming part of our Cromer’s family, you are in luck. Cromer’s is currently hiring sales associates! Come in today to pick up an application and speak to our managers. We look forward to expanding our family with you.

 

The Cromer's family on Halloween

Supporting your local nut house

03 November, 2014

What makes Cromer’s different from other competitors? Sure you can go buy popcorn at your local grocery store, you could get coffee from a chain like Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts and you could get your party supplies from Party City, but why come to Cromer’s?

Cromer’s is a local family business that started back in 1935. We talked about the beginning of the business with Mr. Julian Cromer and his peanuts in last week’s blog, but why should you come to Cromer’s for things other than our famous p-nuts and popcorn? Though Cromer’s has a big personality and representation around the Columbia community, it is still a “small business.” The Small Business Administration defines a small business as an enterprise having fewer than 500 employees and with only 22 we certainly fall into that category. According to an article on Business Insider, Only 50% of small businesses survive five years, though most (70%) hit the two-year mark. Cromer’s will hit its 80th birthday coming up, shooting down that statistic. However, the only reason Cromer’s has been able to stay open for so long is because of our loyal customers like you! Cromer’s strives to attain the best customer service in the area to make your experience better than it would be anywhere else. The majority of the employees have been working for Cromer’s for more than 20 years, so they are pros at what they do.

 

Here are a few other things that make Cromer’s special:

  • Popcorn: our popcorn is popped fresh every day. No, our bright yellow bags are not lying when they say “FRESH POPCORN” on them. Though it is popped fresh, if you keep it sealed tight, it can last up to 6-8 weeks. Our popcorn is also popped in coconut oil as opposed to the traditional canola oil. There are two oils that stay stable without the addition of citric acid, and of the two, coconut oil is the healthier option. So not only does our popcorn taste better because of it, it also allows you to enjoy much more with less shame. Search anywhere on the web and you will find that people much more prefer coconut oil popped popcorn to any other method.
  • P-nuts: along with our popcorn, our peanuts are boiled, packaged and placed on the shelves fresh every morning. You can often find Mr. Wade aka the Real Peanut Man on the sales floor with a shopping cart full of fresh peanuts every morning filling our fridge.
  • Café: sure you could grab a coffee at Starbucks or DD on your way to work, but why not support your local businesses and come to Cromer’s? Not only is Cromer’s a local business in itself; we also use a local micro roaster for our coffee beans as well. Once you taste Cromer’s coffee, you will not want to try anything else. It is full of flavor and made with love. We have had the same barista for some time and he has mastered the art of making coffee. Along with our delicious locally roasted coffee, we also offer free parking (which is hard to find in Columbia), free Wi-Fi and the comfiest couch in Cola.
  • Café 2.0: along with our coffee, our café also sells gourmet sandwiches, and a variety of breakfast items. Though the selection is not a large one, the sandwiches are made from fresh meats, cheeses and bread. Nothing is frozen- everything from the meats to the bagels is purchased fresh weekly. The croissants are even purchased from a local French bakery, Crepes and Croissants.
  • Party supplies: If you are holding a large party or cookout, Cromer’s is the hot spot for all of your supplies. Not only do we carry (and blow up for you) balloons, streamers, etc., but we also have plates, napkins, cups and tablecloths for your party. Anything you could possibly need, you more than likely can find it here.
  • Rentals: along with your party planning, why not go to the next level and rent a popcorn or cotton candy machine. Nothing makes people light up like seeing fresh popcorn or cotton candy. The steps are simple and you are bound to make an impression.
  • Events: If you do not want to make the popcorn or cotton candy yourselves, or if you want something more difficult to make like funnel cakes or boiled peanuts, then you can hire the Cromer’s special events’ staff to come out and cater your event. Though we are not your average catering company, we are a company with years of fair and carnival experience to provide the tastiest treats to you and your company.
  • ASI: One of the things Cromer’s offers that is not always known, is their Advertising Specialties. If you want anything customized for your company or organization from t-shirts to toilet paper, we can do that for you. With more than 800,000 products to choose from, you can build your business with us.

Sure all of these things can be purchased or found at other chain stores across the state, but they will never care about you like Cromer’s does. You are not just another credit card number or another face here at Cromer’s. You are family and we appreciate your support! 

 

It's a Family Tradition

27 October, 2014

In 1935, Julian D. Cromer sold peanuts and a variety of vegetables at his one-man stand at the Assembly Street Curb Market in Columbia, S.C. Every morning he packed up his produce and drove downtown to the market where he roasted his own peanuts. The fresh taste was a hit with the locals who were sick and tired of snacking on stale peanuts. By 1937, Cromer's one-man produce stand was booming, but his success could not go on unchallenged; another enterprising local set-up his own peanut stand directly across the aisle from Cromer's. To lure customers, the new competition promised the “Best Peanuts” in Town. He even went so far as to tell everyone who walked by that Cromer’s peanuts were not good. Infuriated by what he heard, Cromer walked back to his produce stand and made a cardboard sign saying "Worst In Town." Later while he was still in a huff, he added one more word "Guaranteed." His competitor was astonished that any man in his right mind would advertise his products that way. When customers walked by and chose between peanut purveyors they made the logical decision--everyone flocked to Cromer's and “Guaranteed Worst in Town” was born. Business was so good in 1939 that Cromer quit selling other produce to devote all his time to the peanut business. After more than 79 years of business, Cromer's is still a landmark in downtown Columbia, proudly displaying their infamous slogan.

Today, Julian’s granddaughter, Carolette Cromer Turner, owns the family business. In the years since Julian Cromer first started his one man produce stand, Cromer's has grown to sell all kinds of fresh and flavorful snacks, as well as concession equipment, party supplies and advertising specialties. Of course, you can still get fresh peanuts. And everything at Cromer's is always “Guaranteed Worst in Town”.