Americans consume 16 billion quarts of popped popcorn annually or 52 quarts per man, woman and child. It is one of the most wholesome and economical foods available.
Approximately 70 percent is eaten in the home (home popped and pre-popped) and about 30 percent outside the home (theaters, stadiums, schools, etc.). Unpopped popcorn accounts for approximately 90 percent of sales for home consumption. Major popcorn producing states are Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska and Ohio. The peak period for popcorn sales for home consumption is the fall. Sales remain fairly high throughout the winter months then taper off during the spring and summer. Popcorn is a popular snack with all age groups.
Most of the popcorn consumed throughout the world is grown in the United States. Although world-wide sales of popcorn are steadily increasing, Americans consume more popcorn than the citizens of any other country.
Source : http://www.popcorn.org/
National Day of popcorn : National Day of popcorn held in late January, although the exact date is a matter of debate.
Several sources report it as January 19, while others claim it is done on any day of the Super Bowl falling. The Popcorn Board is often asked about the origins of this day, unfortunately, we do not know how or when this celebration began. Some other person or entity (with obvious good taste) began this tradition.
What kind of PopCorn vending machine do you need to start with a profitable business and a small investment ?
Popcorn vending machines are measured by their kettle size in ounces (oz.). Popcorn vending machine kettles come in 2 oz, 4 oz, 6 oz, 8 oz, 12 oz, 14 oz, 16 oz, 20 oz, 28 oz, 32 oz, 36 oz, 48 oz and 52 oz.
A bag of microwave popcorn will produce around 3.5 ounces.
The popcorn vending machines recommended for home use are 2 and 4 oz. 4 oz popcorn machines can produce 92 ounces of popcorn per hour. They can be used in home movie theaters, kitchens, recreation rooms (rec rooms), game rooms and pool houses.
6 and 8 oz popcorn machines can produce 113 to 147 ounces of popcorn per hour. They can be used in waiting rooms, bars, restaurants, country clubs, auto dealerships, auto repair shops, banks, bed & breakfast inns, small to medium offices, video stores and break areas.
12, 14 and 16 oz commercial popcorn machines can produce 221 to 295 ounces of popcorn per hour. They can be used in schools, concession stands, midways and zoos and the largest of commercial popcorn machines are meant for use in commercial movie theaters, arenas, stadiums, convention centers, amusement parks, ball parks and malls.