As discussed in our Summer Promotions and Building Business with Frozen Blended Drinks blogs, blended drinks such as frappés and smoothies are big sellers for Cafés in warmer summer months. To help you create some great menu items, the Stockton Graham & Co. team have chosen a few recipes to share. Our variety of allied products help create all these quick and easy drinks, so be sure to discuss all your options when talking to your Customer Care Associate.
According to the StudyLogic 2012 review, sales for frozen coffee beverages reached $4.3 billion, in the U.S. alone, in 2012. This is a huge and delicious market that you can easily take advantage of with a few products. It’s been reported* that the top 5 frappé flavors are: mocha, caramel, coffee, vanilla and chocolate. Offering at least one of these top 5 is a must, but explore more flavorings for a specialized option.
Torani has released their Real Cream Frappé Base for the summer of 2013, that makes a real easy and quick variety of frappé drinks. All you need to create a 16 oz. drink is 2 cups of ice, 5 oz. of Torani’s Real Cream Base, 1 shot of chilled espresso and 1 oz. of any syrup or sauce. Blend it well and you have a delicious and savory frozen coffee drink. We suggest Raspberry syrup with the Vanilla Real Cream Base. This creates a creamy raspberry milkshake flavor with the hint of espresso.
If your choice of frappé mix is powders, we have a variety of options there as well, from Caffe D’Amore, Big Train and Café Essentials. Consider making a “Peanut Butter Bliss” with 3 oz. of a vanilla frappe powder, 5 oz. of milk, 2 oz. peanut butter syrup, 1 oz. of caramel sauce and ice. You can adjust this recipe with a shot of chilled espresso or 1 oz. of chocolate sauce as well.
Entice customers looking to indulge, with a “Mocha Cookies and Crème Frappe”. Just take 5 oz. of milk, 2 scoops of a Mocha Frappe Powder, 16 oz. of ice, 1 chilled shot of espresso and blend, then add 1 scoop (70cc) of cookie pieces and pulse in until well blended. This rich and creamy mocha concoction will have customers begging for more.
Smoothies are very popular now as meal replacements, protein suppliers, tasty snacks or just a healthy specialty beverage to enjoy. The top 5 smoothie flavors are strawberry, strawberry banana, mango, peach and wildberry, so any of these options will satisfy your customers. Branch out by pouring different flavors into the same cup as a smoothie “mix-n-match”, it’s a 2 for 1 deal for your customers! Stockton Graham & Co. offers a variety of real fruit smoothie options for our customers, from industry leaders Torani, Jet, Big Train, Monin, Teawave and Dr. Smoothie.
Give your customers a taste of the islands with a delicious “Mango Pineapple Smoothie”. Put 3 oz. of Mango smoothie mix, 3 oz. of pineapple juice and 2 cups of ice in a blender and blend till smooth.
Dr. Smoothie has a great recipe called “Indigo Isle” where you mix 2 oz. of water, 3 oz. of strawberry banana concentrate, 2 oz. of blueberry banana concentrate and 16 oz. of ice in a blender. Then pulse in 1 strawberry and 5 blueberries afterwards for a great fruit texture.
Adding supplements or frappe mixes to your smoothie mix can make for a creamier, fruity drink. Blend together 2 oz. of a cream base, 6 oz. of peach smoothie mix and 16 oz. of ice for a delightful “Peaches N’ Crème” drink. Customers will enjoy how sweet and subtle the tart of the fruit is.
To help you get your blended frozen beverage program on the right track or for a minor tune-up, Stockton Graham & Co. has set-up a blender equipment special. If you purchase one of our Blendtec or Vitamix blender options, you can receive FREE cases of assorted product from Jet, Torani, Caffe D’Amore or Dr.Smoothie! Programs for Mocafe and Cappuccine products will be coming soon! We also have promotions going on from Dr. Smoothie (Whey Protein Promotion) and Jet (Flavored Lemonade Promotion) that can get you FREE product with your purchase of blending concentrates, click the links above to learn more.
Don’t forget to decorate your frozen blended drinks. Top them off with whipped cream, pieces of fruit, a drizzle of sauce or nuts to really impress your customers. These sweet and tasty specialty beverages will sell themselves, and have customers coming to your café all summer long. Give us a call at 800.835.5943 today to order some beverage mixes, or to discuss more recipe options with our sales team!
Smoothies and frappes are among the fastest growing segments in the specialty beverage industry. According to our product vendors, frappe sales bloomed to $4.3 billion in 2012 alone. Smoothies are also on the rise… they are increasing at a sales rate of $2 billion per year and expected to reach the $9 billion plateau (worldwide) by 2015. There is money to be made with these blended specialty drinks, and Stockton Graham & Co. is here to help you!
Frozen coffees and frappes first hit the stage in the late 90’s when Starbucks introduced the “Frappuccino®”. From then on massive franchises and independent, locally owned shops alike have implanted these frozen treats into their beverage menus with tremendous success. The flavors available are endless, drinks can be blended with milk alternatives for those with dairy aversions, and health supplements can be easily added to every drink! Frappes also appeal to coffee lovers when the weather is warm, and hot drinks, like drip coffee or espresso, seem less appealing. With leading industry brand names such as Big Train, Caffe D’ Amore, Dr. Smoothie- Café Essentials and recently Torani Real Cream, adding frappes to your menu can nearly quadruple your margin per ounce.
Fruit smoothies are nothing new to this industry, but in the past few years, their sales have reached all-time highs. Fact is, only about half of the population in the U.S. claims to be “coffee drinkers”, so there is still a large market for alternative specialty beverages. Smoothie sales are sky rocketing, not only due to the fact that smoothies are so delicious, but also because of the diversity of their market. The smoothie market appeals to children, adults, the health conscious, customers looking for a sweet treat, or those needing a meal replacement to get through their day. Nearly every fast food franchise has made smoothies a permanent fixture on their menu, showing how valuable they are to the specialty beverage menu. Here at Stockton Graham & Co., we offer leading smoothie brands such as Dr. Smoothie, Torani, Jet, Monin and more, so be sure not to miss out this smoothie season!
Dr. Smoothie is offering a promotion right now to show you how well supplements fit into your smoothie business. If you buy 2 cases or more of Dr. Smoothie concentrate, you will receive a 3lb jar of Whey protein for free. Read more about this promotion and the benefits of supplements in our recent blog. DaVinci and Jet are also offering a promotion to show you how blended drinks can be easily flavored with syrups to add a special touch. Click here for more information. Our vendors know that blended drinks are a big seller, and they are looking to meet all your needs in this market.
If one or both of these drinks are missing from your shop’s menu, this is the perfect time to add them. For the rest of this month, Stockton Graham & Co. is INSTANTLY giving away several FREE cases of frappe powder or smoothie concentrate with ANY purchase of a Vitamix or Blendtec blender. The sales generated from the free product will cover the complete cost for multiple blender packages, so be sure to check this promotion out if a blender is (or will be) on your shopping list! For more information on our blender/free product promotion, visit our blending equipment page.
The numbers speak for themselves when it comes to frozen beverage sales and the profits they can generate. Here at Stockton Graham & Co., we can help outfit your store with the right frappes, smoothies and blenders. We even offer a Specialty Beverage Basics Coffee College course to assist your shop in learning to prepare these blended beverages. Adding these drinks to you menu now can be fast, easy and most importantly, profitable, so be sure to call us at 800.835.5943 to get your frozen beverage program started today!
Cinco de Mayo falls on May 5th every year, and is the celebration of Mexican ancestry and cultural pride. What started as an acknowledgement over an unlikely victory in battle, has become an national holiday where we celebrate all things from our neighbor, Mexico! It’s a great holiday to have promotions in your shop and special menu choices. To help your menu celebrate Cinco de Mayo, the team at Stockton Graham & Co. has chosen a few recipes and products to get your party started!
Whether alcohol friendly or not, Margarita’s are a must on any Cinco de Mayo menu! Stockton Graham & Co. has a Margarita mix from Jet that is delicious and a great base to any flavored Margarita your customer desires. It’s pour over, so to create virgin drinks you only need 8 oz. of Jet Margarita, 16 oz. of ice and blend. If your going to make your drinks with alcohol, substitute 2 oz. of the mix with the alcohol and blend away! Having flavored margaritas is just as easy. You can use only 4 oz. margarita mix and 3 oz. of your favorite fruit smoothie mix over ice and blend! This way strawberry, peach and raspberry margaritas can all be enjoyed at your party. If you run out of fruit smoothie mix, it’s no problem fruity syrups can be used as well! This only takes 7 oz. of Margarita and 1 oz. of the syrup of your choice. This Jet Margarita mix also comes in “Lite” for those looking to watch their figure for summer.
Where coffee is concerned be sure to to offer a “Mexican Coffee”. There are many different recipes for this, but a fun one is to add 2 teaspoons of cinnamon to the grounds of your coffee before brewing (we suggest Stockton Graham Coffees Organic Mexico Chiapas). After it’s brewed pour about 10 oz. of coffee into your cup. Steam milk with 2 pumps of Chocolate sauce , 1pump of Spice Brown Sugar or Cinnamon Brown Sugar syrup, 1 pump of Vanilla syrup and add to your coffee. Top with whipped cream and cinnamon! For more flavor, use Stockton Graham Coffees flavored K’lua & Cream.
Since hot chocolate was believed to have started in Mexico, it definitely deserves a spot on your Cinco de Mayo menu! Big Train, Caffe D’Amore and Cafe Essentials all offer a delicious Mexican Spiced Cocoa. You can serve them hot or cold, and since Cinco de Mayo is normally so warm, we suggest trying them iced. Put 8 oz. of the Cocoa mix into 3 oz. of hot water or steamed milk. Stir well until dissolved and pour over 8 oz. of ice. You can also add espresso to your hot chocolate for a Mexican mocha we call “Mocha de Mayo”!
Create a simple “Cha Cha Chai” to serve up iced or hot by adding 3/4 an oz. of your favorite cinnamon syrup to any chai! It goes well with liquid or powder, just be sure to stir well.
Horchata is another traditional Mexican beverage you can create for the holiday. Big Train and Caffe D’Amore have delicious Horchata Mexican Drink Mix that you can purchase from Stockton Graham & Co. special order! To create this almond and rice based beverage all you need is 2 scoops of mix and 5 oz. of water.
Torani has a Spicy Chocolate Sauce they use to create the “Mayan Mocha”. This calls for 1 oz. of Spicy Chocolate Sauce, 8 oz. milk and 2 shots espresso. Pull your espresso into a cup, steam the milk and the sauce together and pour over the espresso. You can make this iced or warm. Add an extra 1/4 oz. Torani Brown Sugar Cinnamon Syrup and they call that a “Ring of Fire Mocha”.
Holidays are a fun time to add special menu items. Don’t miss this great opportunity to get your customers to try new products! To find some great promotions for Cinco de Mayo, check out most recent blog on the subject! For more recipes, promotion ideas or to order call our wonderful Customer Care Associates at 800.835.5943.
Stockton Graham & Co. and Kerry foodservice are teaming up to offer our customers a great flavored lemonade promotion! If you buy 1 case of Jet Arctic Lemonade you will receive 1 bottle of DaVinci Gourmet Fruit Innovation Raspberry Syrup, 1 Bottle of DaVinci Gourmet Fruit Innovation Strawberry Syrup, 1 Bottle of DaVinci Gourmet Fruit Innovation Blackberry Blood Orange Syrup, 1 DaVinci Gourmet Bottle Rack (holds 3 bottles) and 3 DaVinci Gourmet Syrup Pumps for FREE. This great promotion is a limited time deal, while supplies last, so be sure to take advantage of it today!
Jet Arctic Lemonade is the ultimate balance of sweet and tart, and creates some of the finest frozen lemonade around. Add some syrup to create one of the hottest specialty beverage trends this summer, flavored lemonade! Blend this delicious beverage into your menu and jump into spring with more sales!
Flavored Arctic Lemonade is so easy to make. For a 16oz. drink put 7oz. of Jet Arctic Lemonade Frozen, 4 pumps of a DaVinci Gourmet Fruit Innovation syrup of your choice and 1 cupful of ice into your blender, blend and serve!
We are offering $5 off a case of Torani Frappe through April 30, 2013. For our first two orders of a case or more of Torani Real Cream Frappé, Stockton Graham & Co. is giving away two “get real” T-shirts in Large and Extra-Large!
Stockton Graham & Co. is proud to be one of the first distributors to offer Torani’s Real Cream Frappé Base! This real cream liquid base, along with your espresso will create delicious blended drinks. We think it really enhances Stockton Graham Coffees espresso and we have also experimented with adding certain syrups, particularly Torani’s signature line, for even more creative drink options.
The frappé mix is available in Real Cream, Dark Chocolate, Vanilla and Coffee flavors. The Real Cream offers maximum versatility, because you can make any flavor you desire with your syrups or sauces! The Dark Chocolate just needs ice and espresso to deliver a rich and decadent frappe. The Vanilla is clean and creamy, and flavored with real vanilla extract that can balance well with espresso. The Coffee flavor already has 100% Arabica coffee in it, making it more convenient to pour, blend and serve!
Frappés sales are up in the past 3 years, and customers are looking for a delicious coffee blended drink to indulge in. Torani Real Cream Frappés drinks have 45% fewer calories than leading powders. With only 300 to 380 calories in a 16oz. drink, customers can enjoy a decadent sweet coffee beverage without as much guilt.
Torani Real Cream Frappé posters, table tents and window decals are also available to promote this delicious product in your store. Call our Customer Care Associates at 800.835.5943 to learn more about this new product and order today!
Spring is rapidly approaching, so it’s time to liven up that menu with some cool and refreshing beverages to prepare for warmer weather!
Lemonade is a perfect seasonal drink and a profitable seller to add to your menu for spring! You can liven it up by adding a shot of flavored syrup, and also charge a little more while doing so. Add flavors like raspberry, strawberry, blackberry or blueberry to create a specialty lemonade with higher profit margins. Add a fruit garnish to really showcase the drink and draw more attention from customers. For a 16oz modified lemonade add 4 pumps of the flavored syrup of your choice and mix with lemonade and ice!
Frozen lemonade is another top pick to add to your menu! As mentioned above, you can add a shot of flavor to create an even tastier specialty beverage. Stockton Graham & Co. is currently promoting a flavored frozen lemonade combo from Jet until March 31,2013. If you buy one case of Jet Arctic Lemonade smoothie mix at $76.80 you will receive 1 bottle each of DaVinci Gourmet Fruit Innovation Raspberry, Strawberry and Blackberry Blood Orange and a 3 tier syrup rack with 3 syrup pumps for no charge! For a 16oz frozen lemonade using these products use 7oz of the Jet Arctic Lemonade, 4 pumps of syrup and blend with a 16oz cup of ice!
Another simple beverage to add to your spring menu is iced tea and flavored iced tea. Tea is always good to offer, especially in warmer weather. Add shots of syrup to be able to charge more and create a drink that is not offered at competing locations! Raspberry and Peach iced tea are a great way to refresh your customers in the upcoming warmer weather! Feel free to experiment with any fruit flavor to build a tea special to your cafe!
With higher temperatures also comes a higher demand for Frappes, so be sure to have a few variations available! These are some Frappe recipes that we recommend to start your spring menu: 16oz Irish Cream Mocha – 1 pump chocolate sauce, 3 pumps Irish cream syrup, 2 shots of espresso, 4oz base, 16oz cup of ice and blend 16oz Brown Sugar Cinnamon – 4 pumps brown sugar cinnamon syrup, 2 shots of espresso, 4oz base, 16oz cup of ice and blend. 16oz Caramel – 2 pumps caramel sauce, 2 shots of espresso, 4oz base, 16oz cup of ice and blend. 16oz White Chocolate – 2 pumps of white chocolate sauce, 2 shots of espresso, 4oz base, 16oz cup of and blend. 16oz Chocolate Covered Cherry – 1 pump chocolate sauce, 3 pumps cherry syrup, 2 shots of espresso, 4oz base, 16oz cup of ice and blend!
Last but not least, don’t forget to have fruit smoothies available! Fruit smoothies offer a nice non-caffeinated and healthy option to your customers. Stockton Graham & Co. carries smoothie mixes from several different vendors so make sure to check out the product catalog on the web or call a Customer Care Associate at 800.835.5943 to find out which product is best for your shop! Don’t be afraid to get adventurous, mix and match flavors or allow customers to request their very own fruit smoothie concoction! We have some rebates on certain smoothies brands that can be found here.
If you are looking for other great drink ideas be sure to give us a call at 800.835.5943 and our Customer Care Associates will be glad to collaborate with you on recipe ideas! Spring is a great time to bring back your frozen beverage menu, and boost your summer sales. Make sure you are offering everything you can, to keep your customers cool in the warm months.