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Cleaning your frozen yogurt machines properly can help produce better tasting product and prevent any issues of harmful bacteria. Most manufacturers recommend that you clean and sanitize your machine at least once every three days, but some municipalities may require you to clean the machine every day. Check with your local health department for your local regulations. Dairy products can breed many kinds of harmful bacteria, so it’s important to stay on top of your cleaning and sanitization schedule.
The first thing to do before any cleaning is to look in the owner’s manual for the proper procedure. Many machines will come with a special brush kit to get product out of every part of it. The manual will tell you where to use them. The manual will also tell you what types of sanitizer are and aren’t okay for your machine, and which parts you should inspect every cleaning for possible replacement.
Most frozen yogurt machines follow these procedures. First, drain the machine of product. Depending on the age of the product you could put it into a freezer and reuse it. Next, get access to the hoppers and pour in water. Turn on the cleaning cycle and let it run for the recommended time. Drain the water and use your brushes to any speck of product out. Repeat the rinsing and brushing until it looks clean, then remove the scrapers and any other recommended parts. Clean these thoroughly, and check the hopper again for any missed product.
Once your parts are clean, it’s time to sanitize them. Make sanitizer according to the package directions, then soak any parts you removed for the recommended time. Make another batch to put into the hopper and use it according to your owner’s manual. Once you’re done soaking, rinse out the hopper and the parts, replace them, and then put your product back into the hopper and turn the machine on as normal.
In about 20 minutes, you should be ready to go again with fresh frozen yogurt in a clean and safe machine. Not only that, but your frozen yogurt will taste much better too. The first batch out of a clean machine is the best! Try it yourself and see.
About the Author
Emily is the customer information “champion” at Spaceman USA – a friendly manufacturer of soft serve and frozen yogurt machines. With technical knowledge of the machines and understanding of soft serve business, Emily writes in various topics – from business management to delivering the best food quality to customers.
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today presented Wudel International with the President’s “E” Award for Exports at a ceremony in Washington, DC. The President’s “E” Award is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports.
“The President’s ‘E’ Award winners are outstanding American businesses and organizations that have played a crucial role in strengthening and growing our economy through increased U.S. exports,” said Secretary Pritzker. “By selling Made-in-America goods and services internationally, winners are creating jobs in Arizona and their local communities. Congratulations to Wudel International. Exports are critical to our nation’s competitiveness in the global marketplace and solidify our country’s economic leadership across the globe.”
“Exports are an essential part of the U.S. economy and Wudel Intl. is a leader in the field, serving as a great example of success in exporting from Arizona,” said Arizona Congressman Matt Salmon. “I’m proud of what they’ve accomplished in their business as well as the recognition they’ve received through this award, showcasing the growing role exports play in Arizona businesses.”
Wudel Intl., based in Gilbert, Arizona, manufactures and distributes soft-serve frozen yogurt mixes and flavorings under the Nanci’s Frozen Yogurt brand, as well as private label brands. Wudel Intl. exports to more than 40 countries in six continents. Countries that Wudel Intl. ships to include China, Vietnam, Denmark, Australia, and South Africa. Exports have increased significantly within the last four years as the frozen yogurt trend that started in the U.S. expands across the world.
“We are honored to receive this award and see incredible potential to grow exports even more in international markets,” said John Wudel, CEO of Wudel Intl. “The focus by the U.S. government in supporting exports is a game changer for us. Improved trade agreements and expanding into new markets is a huge boost for our export business, which flows back to the U.S. economy and our local economy.”
About Wudel International
With more than 25 years of frozen yogurt experience, Wudel Intl. has perfected its products for optimal taste, texture, and nutritional value. Sold under the brand Nanci’s Frozen Yogurt, each product is designed to be a stand-alone mix that you can put directly into a soft serve machine or a neutral base that you can flavor with one of 100+ flavors. With convenient flexibility, Nanci’s dry frozen yogurt mixes are perfect for self-serve frozen yogurt stores. Nanci’s mixes are sold across the United States and in more than 40 countries across six continents.
Nanci’s products are made with the highest-quality, gluten free ingredients, including pure crystalline fructose, a natural sweetener found in fruit, berries, and sweet corn. Nanci’s also uses PowerPro Active Cultures, encapsulated probiotic cultures that are protected in the dry form and deliver all the health benefits you expect from frozen yogurt.
With research and development done in house, Wudel Intl. can provide custom formulas and private label mixes. Wudel Intl. is family owned and operated, and prides themselves on providing unparalleled customer service. They help with everything from product choice to business strategy. For additional information, please visit www.nancis.com.
About the President’s “E” Award
In 1961, President Kennedy signed an executive order reviving the World War II “E” symbol of excellence to honor and provide recognition to America’s exporters. Today, Secretary Pritzker honored 45 U.S. companies with the President’s “E” Award for their outstanding work to reduce barriers to foreign markets and to open the door to more trade around the world.
U.S. exports of goods and services hit an all-time record of $2.34 trillion in 2014, accounting for 13.4 percent of U.S. GDP, compared to 7.5 percent 30 years ago. Nationally, jobs supported by exports reached an all-time high last year with more than 11.7 million jobs, up 1.8 million since 2009.
American companies are nominated for “E” Awards through the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service office network, located within the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. Record years of successive export growth and an applicant’s demonstration of an innovative international marketing plan that led to the increase in exports is a significant factor in selecting the overall winners.
For more information about the “E” Awards and the benefits of exporting, visit www.export.gov.
Here’s a secret of how to be creative in your business…name your business something that you don’t even sell! Johnny Cupcakes has nothing to do with cupcakes. They don’t even sell food items. I saw the Johnny Cupcakes logo about a dozen times before I actually figured out what they do. But I’ll save you some time…they sell T-shirts. I attended a presentation by Johnny Earle, the founder of Johnny Cupcakes, and he is hands down one of the most creative guys around. I’d like to share a few things I learned about creativity…but not about cupcakes.
Earle started in 2001 selling shirts out of a suitcase while he toured with his heavy metal band. Now Johnny Cupcakes is a multi-million dollar business with 40+ employees and multiple retail locations. At openings and product launches, hundreds of customers show up and the line often wraps around the block. At the heart of Earle’s success is CREATIVITY.
Here are a few examples of how he mixes things up:
“Make your customers feel like it’s their birthday every time they make a purchase.” – Johnny Earle
Every business can surprise their customers and every business can have excellent attention to detail. Creativity is not copying what Johnny Cupcakes has done. It’s coming up with your own ideas. Things that will be consistent with your brand and will bring a smile to your customer’s face.
Being different is better than being better.
Frozen yogurt shops are invited to submit their dream frozen yogurt flavors for a chance to win the grand prize, 3 cases of Nanci’s Frozen Yogurt mix, with a retail value of $2,430.
Enter the Flavor Contest: /contest
What is your dream frozen yogurt flavor? Nanci’s Frozen Yogurt, a leading manufacturer and international wholesaler of soft serve mixes, and the International Frozen Yogurt Association (IFYA) are launching a new contest to help make your flavor dreams come true.
Grand Prize: 3 cases of Nanci’s Frozen Yogurt mix
The “If Your Flavor Dreams Came True” contest runs from March 30 through April 22, 2015. The winner will be selected at random from all eligible entries.
Nanci’s Frozen Yogurt is a manufacturer and international wholesaler of soft-serve mixes including Frozen Yogurt, Fruit Freezer Sorbet, Non-Dairy Soft Serve, No Sugar Added mixes, Smoothie base mix, Granita mixes and more than 100 flavors. Based in the western United States, the family owned company has been in business since 1979, when the first line of healthy dessert products entered the market. Nanci’s is an industry leader in soft-serve product Research & Development and was the first to include a beneficial probiotic that will stay alive in dry mixes.
Nanci’s frozen yogurt mixes are made with the highest quality, healthy ingredients, including no table sugar. The products are low calorie, gluten free, Kosher and Halal, and contain live probiotic yogurt cultures.
“We’re thrilled to partner with Nanci’s Frozen Yogurt to bring this contest to frozen yogurt shops. Nanci’s has been providing superior, innovative frozen yogurt mixes with live and active cultures and all natural sweeteners for many years,” said Susan Linton, President of the IFYA. “This contest is a way for frozen yogurt shops to share their flavor ideas and other feedback directly with Nanci’s. The outcome could be another Nanci’s innovation.”
“One of the things that makes Nanci’s different from other frozen yogurt mix suppliers is our huge variety of flavors. With the Dream Flavor contest we are excited to see what flavors the market is requesting but can’t find,” said Johny Wudel, Vice President of Nanci’s Frozen Yogurt. “IFYA has been a great partner in promoting frozen yogurt and expanding the market. Working with the IFYA we are able to offer promotions and contests like this one that create value for customers.”
Eligibility and Rules
The contest is open to all legal residents of the United States who are members of the International Frozen Yogurt Association and current owner/operators or employees of a frozen yogurt shop. Entrants must be 18 years or older. To become a member of the IFYA, visit internationalfrozenyogurt.com. Membership is free.
NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER
To participate in the Contest, entrants must complete an online survey at /contest or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The contest rules can be found at: http://internationalfrozenyogurt.com/official-rules-if-your-flavor-dreams-came-true-contest/
About Nanci’s Frozen Yogurt
With more than 25 years of frozen yogurt experience, we’ve perfected our mixes for optimal taste, texture, and nutritional value. Each product is designed to be a stand-alone mix that you can put directly into your soft serve machine or a neutral base that you can flavor with one of our 100+ flavors. With convenient flexibility, our dry frozen yogurt mixes are perfect for self-serve frozen yogurt stores. Nanci’s mixes are sold across the United States and in more than 25 countries, including India, Australia, Greece, South America, Africa, and Europe.
Our products are made with the highest-quality, gluten free ingredients, including pure crystalline fructose, a natural sweetener found in fruit, berries, and sweet corn. We also use PowerPro Active Cultures, encapsulated probiotic cultures that are protected in the dry form and deliver all the health benefits you expect from frozen yogurt.
With research and development done in house, we can provide custom formulas and private label mixes. Nanci’s Frozen Yogurt is family owned and operated, and we pride ourselves on providing unparalleled customer service. We’ll work with you on everything from product choice to business strategy. For additional information, please visit www.nancis.com
There are several different approaches you can take to help your company market successfully. There are two main parts of retail market: 1) marketing to attract new customers, and 2) marketing to customers once they are in the store.
In-store marketing includes loyalty programs, contests, and prize giveaways and can ensure that your customers come back. While these steps are crucial to continued business success, getting customers in the door for the first time is even more important. Here are a few ideas to find new customers:
The most important thing to remember is that you CANNOT rely on the famous quote from the movie The Field of Dreams, “If you build it, they will come.” …If they don’t know about it, then they definitely won’t come!
Be creative and try several different things until you find marketing methods that work for you. And if you have any ideas or suggestions we’d love to hear about it – please contact us.
Every frozen yogurt operator asks how they can make fantastic and consistent frozen yogurt. They want their product to come out of the machine with the same creamy, smooth texture every day. The key to achieving this is doing two daily procedures every morning before opening.
Priming the machine refreshes the product in the freezing cylinder and hopper. Here are the steps:
The machine is now primed and ready to have the air set.
With gravity machines, the mix is poured into a hopper on the top of the machine and gravity pulls the mix into the freezing cylinder. On a gravity machines you need to manually set the air, for a maximum of 35% air.
One very important piece on the machine is the carburetor tube or air tube. The air tube is a skinny tube – usually stainless steel – that you insert into the intake hole in the bottom of the hopper. Once inserted, the top of the tube sticks up out of the product allowing air to get down into the product. All air tubes have some way to shut off the product intake – either by flipping the tube over or by closing off the intake hole using a sleeve that fits around the tube.
Here are the steps to set the air:
A recent study from he American Journal of Public Health has found that soft drinks and smoking cigarettes both speed up your body’s aging process. Drinking a 20 oz soda per day can lead to 4.6 years of additional aging, which is the same effect as smoking cigarettes.
The culprit in the soft drinks is the huge amounts of sugar. A 20 oz soda would have about 43 grams of sugar, which is about 3 Tablespoons.
Nanci’s Frozen Yogurt uses superior sweeteners, such as fruit sugar and stevia. Stevia is a natural sweetener that comes from a tropical leaf. It has no caloric impact and has a glycemic index rating of zero. Fruit sugar (pure fructose) does not require the same amount of insulin as table sugar and does not spike blood sugar levels like sugar.
Click here for a news article about the report.
Check out this article about us: https://www.sintelsystems.com/
It was written by the folks at Sintel Systems — they sell Point of Sale Systems for frozen yogurt stores and restaurants.
We have some great flavor recipes/combinations that will keep your customers coming back time and time again. We all have our “go to” best selling flavors that we don’t want to change, but you never know when a bold and unique new flavor idea could become your signature product. The beauty of Nanci’s mixes is you can keep it very easy and simple or you can make artisan products with your own creativity.
The key to these recipes is the using the “Blender Method” described below.
With all these recipes, stir the hopper regularly. After serving the flavor, be sure to clean the machines throughly to remove any seeds or particles.
– Peanut Butter & Jelly (combine 1/2 peanut butter flavoring and 1/2 strawberry or raspberry flavoring)
– Snickers (combine salted caramel and peanut butter in either the vanilla or chocolate base)
– Coconut Taro (combine 2/3 taro and 1/3 coconut)
Try it for yourself and let us know how it goes!