Blended Frozen Drink Recipes for Summer!

smoothie-frappe-drinkAs 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!

* Mintel , All Segments Report from 2012

Building Your Business with Frozen Blended Drinks!

frappeSmoothies 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!

Prepare your Cafe for 2013 New Year’s Resolutions

With year 2013 quickly approaching, it’s time to prepare your shop to help customers fulfill their News Year’s resolutions. Every year, one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is to pick up a healthier diet, and in the process, lose some weight. Come January, some of the drinks on your menu containing larger amounts of sugar or ones that are higher in calories may drop in sales. Fear not shop owners, because we all know how long these “resolutions” really last. Due to the fact that some of the higher-margin beverages your business offers are “indulgences”, you will see people steering away from treating themselves. This temporary switch from a flavored latte with whipped cream to a regular drip coffee can negatively impact your bottom line, if you let it. Just because your customers may not be ordering their normal double-fudge mocha with sprinkles for the first few weeks of the year doesn’t mean you should sit back and take the hit. Instead of seeing margins shrink for these weeks, market your business as the place to get a guilt-free reward!

If you haven’t already, take a look at our sugar-free syrup options. Monin, Torani and Da Vinci offer several sugar-free options at the same or little price difference compared to the regular syrups. Make sure you are stocked with the three sugar free essentials: Vanilla, Caramel and Hazelnut, but also consider some of the holiday favorites such as: Peppermint, Gingerbread and Pumpkin Pie. With these additions to your café menu, your customers can still get their favorite flavors without the added calories!

So what about your non-coffee products? Big Train has recently introduced their Fit Frappe line that will go right along with your customers’ resolution guidelines. Available to be served as a hot, iced or blended beverage, it contains 20 grams of protein, less than 1 gram of sugar and only 130 calories! There are six flavors available, which include: Espresso, Mocha, Vanilla Latte, Chocolate, Vanilla and their most recent addition, Spiced Chai. Big Train’s Fit Frappe will give your customers a delicious, healthy boost to power through their day or even an easy meal replacement on the go!

Many people consider smoothies to be a healthy alternative but are concerned with the amounts of sugar. This year, Dr. Smoothie has announced the launch of their all new, low calorie smoothie line, Dr. Smoothie Fit-Lyte. This new product is a fresh-fruit tasting smoothie with Stevia and a white tea-coconut water infusion. Containing only 200 calories, Fit-Lyte gives you the antioxidants and electrolytes your body craves! Another option for a resolution-friendly smoothie is Jet’s Non Fat Yogurt! With only 100 calories, zero fat, zero cholesterol and tons of Vitamin C, your customers can still get their favorite smoothie without sacrificing their New Year’s promise! Both of these products are available via special order, so just call and speak to one of our customer care associates to arrange for the product to be brought in right away!

Don’t forget about tea! This time of the year, tea sales are among their highest, which also fits perfectly in line with everyone’s New Year’s resolutions! White tea, in particular, contains less caffeine and more antioxidants than any other kind of tea. White tea also is the healthiest of all teas because it contains the highest levels of anthocyanin and disease preventative antioxidants known as polyphenols. Stockton Graham & Co. carries tea from Mighty Leaf as well as Two Leaves, and both lines offer white tea as well as green, black and herbal tea. From lowering high blood pressure, to improving all around heart functioning, white tea is a perfect addition to your winter menu. Tea is a great supplement for those wishing to keep up with their caffeine fix, but cut back on sugar!

With all of these products available to you, sales the first few weeks of the year don’t have to suffer like they may have in the past. Just be sure to prepare in ahead of time and make your customers aware in advance. Call today to order your New Year’s resolution products or to learn more about menu items that will keep the customers coming through the doors in 2013. Happy New Year!

September Promotions Reminder

September is the beginning of the years busiest season. In the fourth quarter you will have the highest goals to reach and the biggest turn outs. So keep sales up with new drinks, classic beverages and expected seasonal options. We have a lot of promotions going on here at Stockton Graham & Co. to help your business get the most out of each customer’s visit. To remind you of all we have going on we have created this recap list. Give your Customer Care Associate a call at 1.800.835.5943 to place your order today!

Dr. Smoothie 100% Whole Fruit Smoothie: Blueberry Banana, Strawberry Banana and Northwest Red Apple Orchard
$6 Instant savings off a case, Full Cases only. Expires: 11/1/2012

Big Train Seasonal Flavors: Pumpkin Pie Chai, Gingerbread Chai, Peppermint Mocha Blended Ice Coffee, Pumpkin Spice Blended Ice Coffee and Egg Nog Blended Crème
Up to $10 off a case. Expires: 9/30/2012

Big Train Real Fruit Smoothies
$10 off each case Expires: 9/30/2012

Monin All Natural Fruit Smoothies
Save up to $18 dollars a case:
$6 instantly on your full case of one flavor. Expires: 9/30/2012
$12 back as a rebate direct from Monin on any case you buy. Expires: 12/3/2012
First case of Monin Smoothies Free with rebate. Expires: 12/31/2012

Torani Real Fruit Smoothie Strawberry Lemonade
$6 off a case Expires: 9/30/2012

Jet Artic Lemonade and Margarita Flavors
$6 instant off a case Expires: 9/30/2012
$12 per case or $2 per 64oz carton mail in rebate. Expires: 12/31/2012

DaVinci Gourmet Single Origin Naturals
$6 instant off a case Expires: 9/30/2012
$12 per case or $1 per 64 mail in rebate. Expires: 12/31/2012

David Rio Chai FoodService Products (Promotional Postcard; call for more info)
$10 off each case. Expires: 10/15/2012

Save up to $10 dollars a case on Big Train Seasonal Flavors!

Big Train is offering seasonal flavors, and Stockton Graham is offering up to $10 instant savings a case! Seasonal beverage mixes available are: Pumpkin Pie Chai (NEW), Gingerbread Chai, Peppermint Mocha Blended Ice Coffee, Pumpkin Spice Blended Ice Coffee and Egg Nog Blended Crème! Call and place your order with your customer care associate today at 800.835.5943.

Add some variety to your seasonal drink line up and compete with the corporate chains! Nothing grabs a customers attention more than some great “feel good” holiday flavors. This promotion  ends September 30th so make sure you take advantage of this short time special!

Taste the ultimate Happy Holidays seasonal drink with Big Train’s New Pumpkin Pie Chai. Refresh your body and soul with a delightfully delicious blend of honey, creamy pumpkin, black tea and exotic spices. Also available is the Big Train’s top seasonal seller Gingerbread Chai! The same delicious Chai with added Ginger and spices.

Peppermint Mocha Blended Ice Coffee is a chocolaty minty staple of every holiday menu! This flavor sells out quickly almost every year during the holidays, so make sure you order yours today! Another popular seasonal blend is Pumpkin Spice Blended Ice Coffee. Fall is the start of the busy season and nothing has customers coming in quicker than pumpkin coffee options!

Egg Nog Blended Crème is another holiday favorite that you can serve it as is or add espresso for an amazingly delicious Egg Nog Latte. This great mix is a creamy Egg Nog drink that everyone will enjoy.

 

August Promotions Recap

With August being the segue month from Summer to Fall, we are offering a lot of great promotions to help your shop shift into the cooler months. To remind you of all we have going on here at Stockton Graham & Co., we have created this recap list. Give your Customer Care Associate a call at 1.800.835.5943 to place your order today!

Monin All Natural Fruit Smoothies
Save up to $18 dollars a case:
$6 instantly on your full case of one flavor. Expires: 9/30/2012
$12 back as a rebate direct from Monin on any case you buy. Expires: 12/3/2012
First case of Monin Smoothies Free with rebate. Expires: 12/31/2012

Big Train Real Fruit Smoothies
$10 off each case Expires: 9/30/2012

Big Train Blended Cremes NY Cheesecake and Root Beer
Buy 1 case of NY Cheesecake get 1 case of Root Beer free
Expires: 8/31/2012

Torani Real Fruit Smoothie Green Apple
$4 off two 64oz. bottles
$18 off each case Expires: 8/31/2012

Torani Real Fruit Smoothie Strawberry Lemonade
$6 off a case Expires: 9/22/2012

Pumpkin Sauces & Syrups :Torani, Monin, Davinci Syrups Torani Sauces
$4 case instant savings on Sauces
$6 case instant savings on Syrups
(full cases only) Expires: 8/31/2012

Jet Artic Lemonade and Margarita Flavors
$6 instant off a case Expires: 9/30/2012
$12 per case or $2 per 64oz carton mail in rebate. Expires: 12/31/2012

DaVinci Gourmet Single Origin Naturals
$6 instant off a case Expires: 9/30/2012
$12 per case or $1 per 64 mail in rebate. Expires: 12/31/2012

Big Train New Flavors: Buy one case and get one case Free!

Big Train has two new blended crème frappè flavors that are now available with Stockton Graham & Co.! We are now offering New York Cheesecake and Root Beer Float to our customers with a great new promotional deal! Buy One case of New York Cheesecake and get a case of Root Beer Float for free!

This is a new product offer and will only be available til 8/31/2012, so call Call Stockton Graham & Co.  at 1.800.835.5943 to take advantage of this great deal today!

With the Cheesecake flavor, use it as a base to create customized cheesecake frappes with berries and other fruit, flavor syrups, chocolate, nuts, candy pieces…the possibilities are endless.

Anyone who enjoys a cold Root Beer Float will love the flavor of this specialty frappè! Root Beer Float was a HIT at Coffee Fest Chicago!

Here at Stockton Graham both flavors were enjoyed. The Root Beer Float frappè reminded many of the froth at the top of the classic beverage and the Cheesecake was sweet and compared to Cake Batter. Raspberry syrup was a nice garnish on the Cheesecake frappè, and we plan on tasting it with cherry, strawberry and blueberry syrups too!

If you want free samples to taste the flavors yourself, call our Customer Care Associates to learn more!