Cretors Introduces Limited Edition Antique Re-Creation Popcorn Popping Machine to Celebrate 125th Anniversary

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Ideal for antique collectors and home theaters

C. Cretors and Company, the leading designer and manufacturer of food processing and concession equipment for 125 years, introduces the Cretors Anniversary Machine, a limited edition re-creation of an antique popcorn popper that celebrates the company’s recent 125th anniversary. Only 125 of the units will be produced, each one signed and numbered. The machines are hand crafted in the United States at the Cretors facility in Chicago, Illinois. Number 9 was sent to the White House for the First Family’s White House Theater.

The anniversary model is a collector’s edition, perfect for home theaters and available to the public for a limited time only. With a single push of a button, the kettle heats, pops a batch of corn, and shuts off after one popping cycle. The eye-catching glossily-painted red and black machine stands atop elegant legs. Steam flows out of the vintage scrolled top to emit the ever attractive smell of freshly popped corn, bringing the movie theater experience right into the home.

“With its classic look this hand-crafted machine is sure to put the finishing touches on any home theater and is sure to become a collector’s item,” says Andrew Cretors, president of Cretors. “This special memento honors the past with traditional design features found only on a Cretors machine, while incorporating modern design technology. We are proud to offer it as part of our 125th Anniversary celebration.”

Adding to the charm of the unit, the retro design features Cretors’ own Tosty Rosty Clown, making his first appearance in more than 75 years. Originally designed to attract customers at the turn of the 20th century, this little clown continually bows as he diligently cranks the stirrer blade of the kettle. Tosty Rosty is attired in his red costume, handmade by Linda Cretors, wife of CEO Charles Cretors, and Laura Cretors, wife of president Andrew Cretors. The women are continuing a tradition begun in the late 1890s, when Andrew Cretors’ great great grandmother made the diminutive clown’s first costume.

About C. Cretors and Company
Established in 1885, C. Cretors and Company is the leading designer and manufacturer of food processing and concession equipment providing a complete range of innovative food service solutions to companies around the world. Cretors is a renowned industry innovator, who in 1893 introduced the first patented steam driven popcorn machine that popped corn in oil. In 1967, Cretors’ Food Processing Division introduced a patented continuous production line featuring a hot air fluidized bed oven for high-volume popcorn production, ranging from 80 to 5,000 lbs. per hour.

Over the company’s long and storied history, its Foodservice Division offerings have expanded to include machines that produce and/or dispense cotton candy, nachos, caramel corn, and hot dogs, topping and dispensing equipment as well as warming and display cabinets. Today, Cretors continues to reinvest in research and development to ensure constant improvements in everything from equipment manufacture to customer responsiveness to distributor network communications.

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