Blog – GF Strategies Food and Beverage Consultants http://gfstrategies.com Food and Beverage Consultants | Theme Parks | Convention Centers | Stadiums Arenas | Performing Arts Centers Mon, 15 Oct 2018 14:43:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 GF Strategies looks at 2018 Festival Trends http://gfstrategies.com/gf-strategies-looks-2018-festival-trends/ http://gfstrategies.com/gf-strategies-looks-2018-festival-trends/#respond Tue, 23 Jan 2018 22:24:19 +0000 http://gfstrategies.com/?p=699 With the 2017 Festival season behind us, here are a few things we expect to see at the festivals this year: VIP will continue to grow, with more of the overall ticket mix being sold to VIP Patrons. EDM only festivals will continue to grow. However, more emerging names will appear, rather than the big […]

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With the 2017 Festival season behind us, here are a few things we expect to see at the festivals this year:

VIP will continue to grow, with more of the overall ticket mix being sold to VIP Patrons.

EDM only festivals will continue to grow. However, more emerging names will appear, rather than the big names who command major concert fees.

Everyone will be of course be engaged in enhanced security.  The use of drones to oversee security will emerge  even more this year.

Food and beverage will continue to move from the traditional concession stand model, to providing local chefs with space to provide the  VIP food experience  to the General ADmission crowd.

More cashless events will emerge.  The mobile wallet will grow, though the ability to accept payments from all systems out there will still not be in place.  Apple Pay and Square will continue to be the biggest players.

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GF STrategies at Fancy FoodShow http://gfstrategies.com/gf-strategies-at-fancy-foodshow/ http://gfstrategies.com/gf-strategies-at-fancy-foodshow/#respond Wed, 20 Jan 2016 23:46:57 +0000 http://gfstrategies.com/?p=658 GF Strategies attended the Fancy Food Show. GF Strategies cited five major trends that are going to be on the shelves this coming year..Anything hot, hotter and Hotter..GF Strategies also noted the trend towards craft cocktails, and anythingthat can easily be added to them, gluten free, and vitamin enhanced, nutrition enhanced and nutraceuticals. GF Strategies […]

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GF Strategies attended the Fancy Food Show. GF Strategies cited five major trends that are going to be on the shelves this coming year..Anything hot, hotter and Hotter..GF Strategies also noted the trend towards craft cocktails, and anythingthat can easily be added to them, gluten free, and vitamin enhanced, nutrition enhanced and nutraceuticals. GF Strategies also noted the many ways that jerky is being flavored and created. The show brings together over 500o booths displaying foods that are sold to the gourmet segment of the retail marketplace. http://www.specialtyfood.com

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GF Strategies pens article on cashless events http://gfstrategies.com/gf-strategies-pens-article-on-cashless-events/ http://gfstrategies.com/gf-strategies-pens-article-on-cashless-events/#respond Tue, 24 Nov 2015 22:02:09 +0000 http://gfstrategies.com/?p=616 This article details GF Strategies work with Intellitix at major festivals and events. The cashless  era continues to grow in North America led by our partnership. cashless article  

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This article details GF Strategies work with Intellitix at major festivals and events. The cashless  era continues to grow in North America led by our partnership.

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GF Strategies Follows Big Beer Merger http://gfstrategies.com/gf-strategies-follows-big-beer-merger/ http://gfstrategies.com/gf-strategies-follows-big-beer-merger/#respond Sun, 15 Nov 2015 22:51:00 +0000 http://gfstrategies.com/?p=564 GF Strategies is tracking the proposed merger between INBev and SABMiller. The merger would combine the two giants under the InBev ownership. GF Strategies is concerned with the impact this will have on distribution of the craft beer brands. With this merger, the Big winner could be INBev that could control what brands are carried […]

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GF Strategies is tracking the proposed merger between INBev and SABMiller. The merger would combine the two giants under the InBev ownership. GF Strategies is concerned with the impact this will have on distribution of the craft beer brands. With this merger, the Big winner could be INBev that could control what brands are carried on their trucks and in their warehouse for distribution. GF Strategies noted that Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon has met with many of the craft brewers to discuss this issue. http://www.beveragedigest.comIMG_1084

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GF Stategies leads panel at IAFE meetings http://gfstrategies.com/gf-stategies-leads-panel-at-iafe-meetings/ http://gfstrategies.com/gf-stategies-leads-panel-at-iafe-meetings/#respond Sun, 15 Nov 2015 22:44:54 +0000 http://gfstrategies.com/?p=558 GF Strategies will be leading a panel at IAFE on Fairs of the Future. GF Strategies has been a leader in bringing cash controls to events since 1993. The company is now bringing cashless wristbands for purchase of food and beverage to events. GF Strategies will join three other panelists, Matt Wallsmith from the South […]

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GF Strategies will be leading a panel at IAFE on Fairs of the Future. GF Strategies has been a leader in bringing cash controls to events since 1993. The company is now bringing cashless wristbands for purchase of food and beverage to events. GF Strategies will join three other panelists, Matt Wallsmith from the South Florida Fair, Lynne Smith from TicketForce and Daren Libonati from Libonati Consulting at this annual confab that draws Fair management and Boards from around the world to Las Vegas..http://www.gfstrategies.com http://www.intellitix.com

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Reterminalization hot word in payments http://gfstrategies.com/reterminalization-hot-word-in-payments/ http://gfstrategies.com/reterminalization-hot-word-in-payments/#respond Sun, 15 Nov 2015 22:38:39 +0000 http://gfstrategies.com/?p=556 A recent Fortune article on First Data had an article detailing how the new EMV chip cards will require all retailers to gear up and have the new readers. GF STrategies #gfstrategies is following this and its impact on events and venues. http://www.fortune.com 

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A recent Fortune article on First Data had an article detailing how the new EMV chip cards will require all retailers to gear up and have the new readers. GF STrategies #gfstrategies is following this and its impact on events and venues. http://www.fortune.com 

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Greg Flakus talks on cashless http://gfstrategies.com/greg-flakus-talks-on-cashless/ http://gfstrategies.com/greg-flakus-talks-on-cashless/#respond Fri, 23 Oct 2015 14:24:29 +0000 http://gfstrategies.com/?p=493 Greg Flakus of GF Strategies speaks Saturday at the WAsington State Fairs convention on payment systems. Flakus will cover the history of payment systems from the old knuckle cruncher credit card units to the most recent move to cashless wristbands at events. ” Credit and its acceptance at events is taking cash out of the […]

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Greg Flakus of GF Strategies speaks Saturday at the WAsington State Fairs convention on payment systems. Flakus will cover the history of payment systems from the old knuckle cruncher credit card units to the most recent move to cashless wristbands at events. ” Credit and its acceptance at events is taking cash out of the picture” said Flakus. We are now working with many festivals to  bring cashless wristbands to events…We will be speaking about that and citing recent success stories from festivals that have gone all cashless, said Flakus.  #gfstrategiies #cashlesspayments #mobilecashless.  Visit our website for more information at www.gfstrategies.com. http://gfstrategies.com/chip-cards-replace-cards-for-payments/

 

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Chip cards replace cards for payments http://gfstrategies.com/chip-cards-replace-cards-for-payments/ http://gfstrategies.com/chip-cards-replace-cards-for-payments/#respond Fri, 02 Oct 2015 23:43:24 +0000 http://gfstrategies.com/?p=489 A big move this week as banks begin to move all cards to chip technology. “To the extent it cuts down on fraud its probably a win for everyone ” said Michael Simkovsky of Seton Hall University.  Merchants will now have to have new hardware that accepts the cards. Gone is the old swipe.  Merchants […]

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A big move this week as banks begin to move all cards to chip technology. “To the extent it cuts down on fraud its probably a win for everyone ” said Michael Simkovsky of Seton Hall University.  Merchants will now have to have new hardware that accepts the cards. Gone is the old swipe.  Merchants are saying this creates a longer transaction time. ACcording to Doug JOhnson of the American Bankers Association 70 percent of credit cards will be chip enabled by. years end. Cost is one factor that is preventing small retailers from making the switch..Costs of new readers range from 500 to 600 dollars each. years end.   The change comes as card fraud has more than doubled in the last 15 years.  Source Associated Press

MObile ordering tap and go station in action

MObile ordering tap and go station in action

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ApplePaySamsungPay cashless payments http://gfstrategies.com/applepaysamsungpay-cashless-payments/ http://gfstrategies.com/applepaysamsungpay-cashless-payments/#respond Fri, 02 Oct 2015 23:05:56 +0000 http://gfstrategies.com/?p=483 Apple Pay and Samsung Pay are vying for the mobile payment space. The Samsung Pay allows you to hold your phone over a reader and no need to swipe a card at all, and it is built into the Samsung6 phones. The wallet hasbeen worked on since 21014, and according to the Wall Street Journal […]

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SERVICES-F&B-Revenues-1Apple Pay and Samsung Pay are vying for the mobile payment space. The Samsung Pay allows you to hold your phone over a reader and no need to swipe a card at all, and it is built into the Samsung6 phones. The wallet hasbeen worked on since 21014, and according to the Wall Street Journal also has NFC http://www.nfcworld.com. The Wall Street Journal also reports that the Samsung phone has better security as well. At this point according to some “the mobile wallet is still a novelty” http://www.451research.com.  GF Strategies is leading the way in bringing this to the festivals world.http://www.gfstrategies.com

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Arena Managers and Cashless Events http://gfstrategies.com/arena-managers-and-cashless-events/ http://gfstrategies.com/arena-managers-and-cashless-events/#respond Fri, 02 Oct 2015 22:56:14 +0000 http://gfstrategies.com/?p=481 Greg Flakus from GF Strategies was a speaker on a recent panel on cashless events at this annual meeting in St Louis. The main points made by Mr. Flakus were that the emergence of phones that are equipped with some kind of payment system and the technology called NFC or near field communications will see […]

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Greg Flakus from GF Strategies was a speaker on a recent panel on cashless events at this annual meeting in St Louis. The main points made by Mr. Flakus were that the emergence of phones that are equipped with some kind of payment system and the technology called NFC or near field communications will see major growth in cashless payments at events nationwide. The panel discussed the needfor venues to be sure they have installed the equipment needed to be sure they have great wireless service around the venue.  The San Francisco 49ers are one of the leaders in allowing cashless payments at their Levis Stadium. The move to cashless events will lead to added per spend, more information on buying patterns by ticket holders and other metrics that can be studied and monetized, said Flakus.

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MObile ordering tap and go station in action

MObile ordering tap and go station in action

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