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The Benefits of Being Your Own Boss

Entrepreneurs and business owners that see success have taken risks and were persistent through numerous sacrifices to see their dreams come to fruition. Being your own boss is an exciting proposition, though you have to be properly motivated for your venture to succeed.

Through little capital investment, becoming an owner of a business has never been easier. Partner with a company that offers alternatives to ice cream franchises that allow you to finance your operation and balance your work and personal life without devoting all hours of the day to your business.

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It’s done through owning a business that sells ice cream through vending machines. With a vending business, you have the ability to work independently—even keep your full-time job—and not have to worry about supervising any employees. You’ll have the chance to develop attributes that mold you into a successful business person.

When you have positive habits, the right motivation and strive for greatness in all of your endeavors, you’re on the path to owning a successful business.

Why should you become your own boss?

You’re in charge of your income. You can make as much or as little as you want. It’s all about the effort you put into it. The sky is the limit for your business, and with the right approach to your venture you can see a high-profit margin.

Control

You have the freedom to make the tough decisions for your business. If your sales aren’t where you’d like them to be, move your machine to a better location or make other changes. Receive notifications that your supply is running low and refill the machine to keep your customers satisfied. Plus, you’ll have the flexibility to choose when you want to visit the machine for cleanings and service.

Satisfaction

Working with a proven business model provides a sense of satisfaction. You want the reward to be high and the risk to be low. Your new venture will reap the benefits, and as the sales increase and income accumulates, you will have a great sense of pride and satisfaction.

With an attractive vending machine, you can essentially work just two days a week and be earning money 24 hours per day. You can build a schedule that is most efficient for you. While the success of the business lies on your shoulders, the opportunities and earning potential are endless. If you’re one of the daily workers asking yourself what it would be like to be your own boss and if you have what it takes, contact Mini Melts and get started.

You’ll always know your employment is protected as long as you overcome the hardships and take advantage of the successful business model set forth by the brand. There are plenty of benefits to being your own boss, especially when you partner with Mini Melts to sell its desirable and delicious beaded ice cream.

How to Grow your Vending Business

You’ve heard the success stories. Vending machines can be a profitable business venture with little leg work needed. While most vending machines you pass are selling snacks, candy or drinks, you have to think of the best way to attract new customers to your machine.

In order to grow your business, start by maintaining your full-time job while using the sales of your products to earn additional revenue. This way, money is coming in while you are at work. It takes time and patience to build your trade, but partnering with a brand like Mini Melts provides a wider range of opportunities and national marketing efforts you wouldn’t receive elsewhere.

Find a Location

The most important aspect of starting a business is finding the right location. You want to place your machine in an area that has lots of foot traffic. Vending technologies are convenient, and if customers are passing by, you want the pure presence of the machine to give them a craving.

With Mini Melts’ affordable ice cream machines, there are no franchise fees or royalties.  You are offering customers a unique, high-quality product. The beaded ice cream provides an attractive appeal and delicious flavor.

Locations that can have the highest income potential are, outdoor venues and tourist attractions, malls, entertainment destinations, and waiting areas, like car service centers or hospitals. You want to see the foot traffic of thousands of visitors per day and, if you can turn dozens of those visitors into customers, you’re well on your way to maximizing your earning potential.

Service and Maintenance

Revisit the location of your machine once or twice a week to replenish your supply of ice cream and maintain your machine for a clean and attractive appeal. With the advancements in technology, owners are now able to receive notifications and alerts when their supply is running low.

You want to make sure the machine is operating correctly at all times to avoid losing a potential customer. In the ice cream vending partnerships, Mini Melts’ customer service includes assistance to maintain the machine for optimal performance.

Profits

Once your business is up and running, you will see a successful venture that turns into tremendous profit availabilities. Use the success of the business to your advantage. Once the profit margin allows for it, purchase more machines to place in other ideal locations. When you have multiple machines generating revenue, you can turn vending businesses into a full-time job without extensive labor requirements.

There are plenty of advantages when you acquire a vending machine business for sale. You don’t have to pay special attention, and only need to devote the time to make sure your customers are happy with the service. You have the opportunity to move the machine to a new place if you’re not receiving the income you were expecting.

Get involved in selling products through vending machines, and start growing your venture. Mini Melts ice cream has become the coolest and most convenient way to make money.

USA’s Mini Melts Inc Launches in India

ndtvprofitUSA’s Mini Melts Inc launched its ice cream in India today and said it aims to make it available in 1,200 outlets in the next three years across the country.

It is priced at Rs. 40 for an 82 grams cup. Two other packs come in at Rs. 60 and Rs. 85 with higher quantity, according to a company statement.

Mini Melts ice cream is produced at a temperature of about minus 190 degrees. Unlike traditional ice cream, it is flash-frozen to lock in its flavour and has no air whipped into it, it said.

“In order to keep its shape and flavour, Mini Melts is stored at -45C, in specially designed and imported freezers, making it the world’s coldest ice cream,” it added.

Norwich Ice Cream Maker, Mini Melts, Revs Up For Wal-Mart Partnership

daylogoNorwich – The nondescript Mini Melts factory, tucked away in back of a city highway department building off Asylum Street, has been quietly churning out millions of cups of the beaded ice cream product over the past year.

Now production is about to go into high gear, with the company expanding from 30 employees to 50. After all, ice cream season is approaching.

But it’s more than that.

Wal-Mart has come calling as well.

“I believe the reason we got the Wal-Mart account was the quality of our product,” Shawn Kilcoyne, Mini-Melts USA Inc.’s Philadelphia-based chief executive officer, said during an on-site interview. “Mini Melts is the premium choice in beaded ice cream.”

A lot of competitors in the cryogenically frozen ice cream market that Mini Melts inhabits offer products with 10 percent butterfat. Kilcoyne said his ice cream is 14 percent butterfat, which gives it a distinctive rich, creamy flavor.

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Mini Melts hasn’t officially released news about its new contract with Wal-Mart Stores Inc., which is expected to be announced Monday. But Kilcoyne was happy to talk about the deal during a tour of the 25,000-square-foot factory as workers with white hairnets and smocks moved ghostlike in a large, chilly production area where freezing ice cream combined with room temperature to create a subtle fog.

Just two machines are used to place Mini Melts into the distinctive cups that are dispensed in vending machines nationwide, and another large contraption mixes up the ice cream using a cryogenic process involving liquid nitrogen.

The multicolored Mini Melts, in flavors that include cookie dough, cotton candy, banana, strawberry, chocolate and vanilla, also come in larger containers, suitable for kids’ parties.

Mini Melts USA – not to be confused with Mini Melts Inc., still controlled by company founder Tom Mosey of Mystic, who retains the ice cream patent and the building – has been pursuing a deal with retailing giant Wal-Mart for a couple of years, said Kilcoyne. He and brother Dan own the manufacturing and distribution rights to Mini Melts in the United States.

Wal-Mart finally agreed to a test run using Mini Melts vending machines in 160 stores and a dozen states, and the results were impressive, Kilcoyne said, spurred by a price about half what customers were used to seeing at amusement parks. The product, flash-frozen and shipped using dry ice, is kept in factory freezers at 40 degrees below zero, and the ice cream melts quickly at room temperature.

“It’s a fun product,” Kilcoyne said. “But you have to eat it there. You can’t take it home with you.”

The devices have been placed next to Red Box video dispensers at the Wal-Marts where they have been tested, and Kilcoyne said the pairing will continue during the upcoming rollout.

The product is being introduced in most of the more than 5,000 Wal-Marts around the country starting next month – but for now only in stores such as Lisbon Landing that don’t contain a McDonald’s restaurant, Kilcoyne said. He wouldn’t specify exactly how many stores are involved, but said the company hopes to add Mini Melts in well over 1,000 other Wal-Marts if the restriction involving McDonald’s is lifted.

But even without a full Wal-Mart rollout, he said, the additional business will mean expanding from one to three shifts at the factory, adding new machinery and increasing the amount of automation. He expected job numbers at the factory could triple to 100 in the coming year or so, and said the extra distribution will likely mean annual layoffs that occurred in the slow December-to-March period could largely be avoided.

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Kilcoyne wouldn’t quantify the effect of the Wal-Mart contract on his business. But he did say the company wants to ensure that Mini Melts avoids becoming too reliant on any one customer – chiefly by trying to move aggressively into new markets.

The company is making a big push in Florida, arranging for vending machines to be installed in close to 300 new sites.

Mini Melts distributes to all 48 of the contiguous United States. Before Wal-Mart, its main distribution points were amusement centers, zoos, malls, theme parks – basically any place that attracts large numbers of children and young adults.

Mini Melts vending machines, produced by Danbury manufacturing company Fastcorp LLC, are being assembled as quickly as possible to facilitate the Wal-Mart launch. Kilcoyne said the company expects to have 25,000 machines in place within the next three to five years.

“We’re going to represent 25 to 30 percent of the ice cream vending machine market,” he said.

Kilcoyne said he and the rest of the leadership staff at Mini Melts has been heavily influenced by Walt Disney’s philosophy of “if you dream it, you can do it.” Kilcoyne and his younger brother started selling ice cream while in high school, and they went on to build a thriving Mini Melts business in the Philadelphia area before taking on the distribution of the product nationwide just three years ago.

Charlie Hannah, vice president of business development for Mini Melts USA and a boyhood friend of Kilcoyne, said the impressive thing about the company’s top brass is that they never sit on their laurels. They are always trying to make improvements, even when things seem to be going well, he said.

“We’re not going to rest where we’re at,” Hannah said.

Ice Cream Manufacturer Mini Melts Appoints Director of Sales for its USA Amusement Park and Distributor Operations

cnbcNORWICH, Conn., July 15, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Shawn Kilcoyne, CEO of Mini Melts USA, Inc., www.MiniMelts.com announced that David S. Tade is joining the company as Director of Sales. Mr. Tade previously held a variety of positions in 13 years at Dippin’ Dots in areas such as operations, customer service, sales, training, marketing, business and system development, and management. Mr. Tade will focus on cultivating existing distributors, as well adding new partners to our distribution network. Additionally, Mr. Tade will work with new and existing IAAPA member customers in the amusement park industry. “I am committed to providing exceptional field service to our customers and network of distributors,” noted Tade.

“With over 13 years of industry experience, David Tade is a priceless addition to our organization,” noted Shawn, “but experience alone was not the reason for inviting Mr. Tade to join our team. Mr. Tade holds himself to a higher standard and he is a moral and ethical person with an exceptional work ethic. Our entire team at Mini Melts is committed to delivering an outstanding product to our customers and to support them with exceptional customer service and David is committed to this mission.” In accepting the position, Mr. Tade cited numerous reasons. “I am thrilled to be part of such a growing and exciting organization. I sincerely believe that working together with the Mini Melts team, we can do great things. These are exciting times for Mini Melts and I eagerly anticipate embarking on this journey with everyone.” “Beginning as teenagers,” added Dan Kilcoyne, who serves as president of Mini Melts USA, Inc., “Shawn and I have devoted our entire professional careers to this industry. When we began as Dippin’ Dots dealers in the 1990’s, David Tade was of great assistance to us as we grew to become one of their largest dealerships.” Mini Melts produces cryogenically frozen ice cream in a patented process that uses liquid nitrogen to flash freeze the ice cream in seconds and lock in the flavor. The product is continuously kept at -40 F until served to the consumer.

The ice cream is offered through kiosks, vending machines, carts and serving freezers in various venues such as theme parks, entertainment centers, shopping malls, zoos and anywhere people, particularly children, congregate. Mini Melts is manufactured in a 25,000 square foot facility located in Norwich, CT. The plant now has the capacity to produce over two million gallons of ice cream annually.

Young Entrepreneurs Acquire Mini Melts Ice Cream USA Manufacturing Operations

prnewswireNORWICH, Conn., April 23 /PRNewswire/ — Tom Mosey, owner of Mini Melts, Inc., (www.MiniMelts.com) announced that its ice cream manufacturing operations and distribution rights in the contiguous United States will be transferred to Mini Melts USA, Inc., an entity owned by long-time and very successful Mini Melts distributors Shawn, 31, and Dan Kilcoyne, 27. The transition takes effect on April 26, 2010.

Mini Melts produces cryogenically frozen ice cream in a patented process that uses liquid nitrogen to flash freeze the ice cream in seconds. This process locks in the flavor and produces fun shapes in different sizes that kids and adults alike enjoy. The product, available in over 50 flavors and worldwide in 27 countries, is continuously kept at -40 degrees F from production through warehousing, transportation and storage, until served to the consumer.

In deciding to make this move, Mosey cited his extensive international travels in overseeing operations in 26 countries outside the US as constraining his possible time commitment toward Mini Melts, Inc., the United States operation. “The Kilcoyne brothers are undoubtedly the right people for the job,” stated Mosey, adding that, “I have known and worked closely with them as they became our largest customer. In fact, as we developed products, packaging and system improvements over the years we relied on advice from Shawn and Dan.”

Shawn and Dan have operated their business, Mini Melts of America, Inc., since Mini Melts began US operations in 2003. They have hands-on experience in all channels of distribution used to sell Mini Melts. The product is offered through kiosks, vending machines, carts and serving freezers in various venues such as theme parks, entertainment centers, shopping malls, zoos and anywhere people, particularly children, congregate.

Mini Melts, Inc. is an INC 500 company. The company began producing Mini Melts in its Florida plant in 2003. All US production was consolidated in its 25,000 square foot facility in Norwich that began operating in 2006. At full capacity, over one million gallons of ice cream can be produced annually.

Shawn and Dan are grateful to Tom Mosey for the opportunity. “Beginning as teenagers,” noted Shawn, “Dan and I have devoted all of our professional careers to this industry. We began as Dippin’ Dots dealers in the 1990’s while in high school. In only our third year in business, we became one of their largest dealerships.”

Dan added, “We joined the Mini Melts team from the outset. Shawn and I have had a great relationship with Tom and a lot of respect for what he has accomplished at Mini Melts domestically and abroad.”

Although the Kilcoynes will be making the decisions going forward, Mosey will continue to own the patents, equipment and plant which Shawn and Dan are licensing and operating. So he will continue to have a vested interest in the success of Mini Melts in the US and will remain fully responsible and have complete control of all international operations outside the contiguous United States.

Kilcoyne Brothers Obtain Mini Melts USA Manufacturing Operations and Distribution Rights

Norwich, CT – Tom Mosey, owner of Mini Melts, Inc., announced that its ice cream manufacturing operations and distribution rights in the contiguous United States will be transferred to Mini Melts USA, Inc., an entity owned by long-time and very successful Mini Melts distributors Shawn and Dan Kilcoyne. The transition takes effect on April 26, 2010.

Mini Melts produces cryogenically frozen ice cream in a patented process that uses liquid nitrogen to flash freeze the ice cream in seconds. This process locks in the flavor and produces interesting shapes that resemble popcorn. The product, available in over 50 flavors and worldwide in 27 countries, is continuously kept at -40°F from production through warehousing, transportation and storage, until served to the consumer.

In deciding to make this move, Mosey cited that his extensive international business travels constrain his time commitment toward Mini Melts, Inc., the United States operation. “The Kilcoyne brothers are undoubtedly the right people for the job” stated Mosey, adding that “I have known and worked closely with them as they became our largest customer. In fact, as we developed products, packaging and system improvements over the years we relied on advice from Shawn and Dan.”

Shawn and Dan have operated their Philadelphia based business, Mini Melts of America, Inc., since Mini Melts began US operations in 2003. They have hands-on experience in all channels of distribution used to sell Mini Melts. The product is offered through kiosks, vending machines, carts and serving freezers in various venues such as theme parks, entertainment centers, shopping malls, zoos and anywhere people, particularly children, congregate.

Mini Melts, Inc. is an INC 500 company. The company began producing Mini Melts in its Florida plant in 2003. All US production was consolidated in its 25,000 square foot facility in Norwich that began operating in 2006. At full capacity, over one million gallons of ice cream can be produced annually.

“Beginning as teenagers,” noted Shawn, “Dan and I have devoted all of our professional careers to this industry. We began as Dippin’ Dots dealers in the 1990’s while in high school. In only our third year in business, we became one of their largest dealerships.”

Dan added, “We joined the Mini Melts team from the outset. Shawn and I have had a great relationship with Tom and a lot of respect for what he has accomplished at Mini Melts domestically and abroad.”

Although the Kilcoynes will be making the decisions going forward, Mosey will continue to own the patents, equipment and plant which Shawn and Dan are licensing and operating. So he will continue to have a vested interest in the success of Mini Melts in the US and will remain fully responsible and have complete control of all international operations outside the contiguous United States.

Here We Grow Again…

mmheadqtrMini Melts recently finished work on their new world headquarters in Norwich, Connecticut.

While our plant in Florida was an excellent beginning, we rapidly outgrew it and started looking for larger facilities. In early 2005 we purchased a 160,000 square foot property in Norwich, Connecticut. We finished renovations shortly before hosting the 31st Annual Theme Park Workshop in October 2007, which officially marked the facility becoming our new headquarters. We proudly fly the 26 flags from around the globe which currently enjoy Mini Melts.

With the largest -50°F walk-in freezer in the Northeast United States and a multi-million gallon capacity of delicious Mini Melts, our new facility will serve us and our customers for years to come.

Our plans to open our distribution center in Dallas, Texas continue and we hope to have that completed shortly. We would love to see you in beautiful South Eastern Connecticut, if you get the chance to stop by, and, of course enjoy all the delicious Mini Melts you like. Thank you to everyone who have made and continue to make our growth possible.

Nashville Shores

nashvilleshoresAfter meeting John Kalfayan at IAAPA in November 2007, I walked away impressed not just with his presentation but the product as well. Just having left the Dip n’ Dots booth, Mini Melts product taste samples outshine their product. There was no comparison in flavor and texture. John had me sold.

Now the hard part. Dip n’ Dots was a regular success at our waterpark. Even their founder lives just a few miles away. Mini Melts in their back yard. No way I thought. John persisted, even sending samples for the office staff to taste. John and the Mini Melts staff offered us support that your competitors never offered.

The switch was made and in spring of 2008 we became an official Mini Melts park. On opening weekend we completely sold out of our initial order. A large majority of our attendance, on opening day, was season pass holders. I thought they might resist purchasing a new product. My fears soon subsided. The Mini Melts ordering staff quickly made sure we had product in our hands for the next operating weekend. One of our goals was to increase sales to adults. We had the kids sold with our previous product, but adults resisted. Once an adult tasted your product, they not only ordered, they ordered the large size. Thus our overall sales increased over the previous season.

The equipment works great. We had problems with our previous equipment basically shutting down when the temperature reached over 98 degrees. Your equipment held up and we did not loose any product due to melting this season.

I am looking forward to a long and lasting relationship with Mini Melts. Your product and service is outstanding. Mini Melts is not just concerned with selling a product, they create a relationship as well. I would highly recommend Mini Melts to any facility looking for a high quality ice cream.

Sincerely,
David M. Businda
Director of Park Operations
Nashville Shores

What Makes Mini Melts Ice Cream the “Coolest Way to Make Money”?

With the highest quality of beaded ice cream, and delicious flavors that will melt in your mouth, our partners have found out why Mini Melts ice cream is the “Coolest Way to Make Money”. The opportunities are endless, and the customers enjoy the exciting flavors on a hot summer day.

But more than that, the ice cream itself is “cool.” The beads of ice cream are manufactured cryogenically, utilizing liquid Nitrogen to flash freeze the Mini Melts, which are then maintained at a temperature of -40 degrees Fahrenheit.

The shape and style of the beads make the ice cream easy to serve, and easier for children to eat the product without making a mess. You want to provide something unique to stand out from the crowd. Beaded ice cream in vending machines gives your customers the freedom of purchasing a cup of ice cream whenever they want.

You can sit back and relax throughout the week while the ice cream continues to sell. The best thing about a vending machine business is seeing sales and profits at all hours of the day. You receive alerts, via the Internet, when your machine is running low on product to remind you to restock. It’s a simple and affordable franchise alternative, and requires minimal hours each week.

When it comes to selling Mini Melts ice cream, the business opportunities are never-ending. You can make your new business venture as profitable as possible. Our innovative equipment has our customers in mind, and when you partner with us you can sell the ice cream through the equipment of your choice.

While a vending machine offers many benefits and minimal working hours so you can truly be your own boss, it’s your business venture. Choose from the following pieces of equipment to boost your sales and profits:

  • Vending Machine
  • Push Cart
  • Hut
  • Grab N Go Freezer

Our partners love their business. As a franchise alternative, you have the luxury of making additional money with no franchise fees or royalties.  With appropriate pricing, high-profit locations, and keeping your ice cream stocked, you’ll quickly see a positive return on investment.

It’s all about location. If you set up your equipment at a festival, zoo, or amusement park where you’ll see many people passing by, you’ll earn more money from the business venture than placing your equipment in an obscure location with little foot traffic.

When you find the right location and are offering unbeatable prices to make your Mini Melts equipment stand out, you’ll see why our product has been talked about as the “Coolest Way to Make Money.” If you want to partner with Mini Melts USA, Inc. and learn how to run a vending machine business, you’ll be backed by our brand and quality products. Contact us today and start your own business opportunity. You’ll never find a more fun way to earn additional income.