Mix It Up This Spring

A business suit and flip flops? Short-shorts and high heels? A military-style jacket with nautical accents? Spring’s the time to start mixing it up. And when it comes to beverages at your store, spring’s the best time to plan for cold blended beverage sales.2015_Blender Specials

Last year alone, sales of cold blended beverages increased more than 166%, with fruit smoothies leading the pack. Adding cold blended beverages to your menu can help your business grow. Selling just 10 frozen drinks a day can increase store profits by $1000 a month!

Save up to 55% on Commercial Blenders from and VitaMix.

Stockton Graham & Co.® has partnered with VitaMix® and BlendTec® to help your store get ready for warm weather with savings of up to 55% on popular blender packages.

From the Vitamix Drink Machine Advanced to the Vitamix Quiet One, Stockton Graham & Co. has assembled these blender packages to provide the ability to handle customer orders with speed, consistency and reliability for many seasons to come.

If maintaining a calm and relaxing atmosphere is important at your store, Stockton Graham & Co. offers several low-noise blender options, such as the Quiet One from Vitamix and the Q-Series from BlendTec.

All of our blender packages come backed by the resource and expertise of over 100 years of specialty beverage experience to help your business succeed.

Bonus: Receive Enough Free Product to Pay for the Blender!

For a limited time, Stockton Graham & Co. is offering up to three FREE cases of blended beverage mix and powders with the purchase of a commercial blender package.* Mix and match select products from some of your favorite brands: Dr. Smoothie, DaVinci, Jet, Caffe D’Amore, Big Train, Monin, MoCafe and Torani.

The free cases will allow you to significantly offset the price of a new commercial blender. For instance, a single case of Dr. Smoothie can generate sales of at least $200 when you sell smoothies at a very modest price of $4.00 for 12 oz. Three cases can lead to $600 in sales—more than covering the cost of a new blender.

Contact a Stockton Graham & Co. Customer Care Associate at 800 835 5943 to discuss your blender needs and free product options. 

* Receive three free cases of select product from brands listed above with purchase of blender package from Stockton Graham & Co. For Dr. Smoothie only, receive two free cases with purchase of blender package under $500 and three free cases with purchase of blender package over $500. Not all products are available for free case promotion. Discuss available options with a Customer Care Associate. Purchaser pays all shipping on blender and free cases. Offer valid until 8/31/2015.

 

PLEASE NOTE: As of June 1, 2015, Stockton Graham & Co. is no longer taking orders for BlendTec blenders.

Blend This! Blended Beverage Workshops

Join us for “Blend This!”, a blended beverage workshop and promotions event! Top brands DaVinci Gourmet, Jet, Big Train, Caffe D’Amore and Oregon Chai are sending their beverage experts to demonstrate how you can utilize their products in your cafe to blend bigger profits. The blended beverage industry is worth $4 billion and growing every year!

Kerry will be giving away 2 iPads (one for each event) via drawings. Your name will automatically be entered to win if registered for the event, and upon attending you will receive another entry! There will be extra ways to enter the drawing at the event itself as well.

Presented by: Jill Zimmerman of Kerry Foodservice and Thom Swain of Stockton Graham & Co. They will blend you through achieving higher revenues, industry know how, creative beverage programs that will attract new customers and suggestive selling for blended iced beverages! Be sure to register today to obtain some of this valuable information!

*June 26, 2013 – Thank you so much for attending these successful events!

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!

Stocking Issues with Caffé D’Amore Powders

We have been experiencing significant production and shipping delays in the manufacturing of Caffé D’Amore (CDA) Frappe, Cocoas and Chai beverage mixes. The following SKU’s have been affected: Vanilla Freeze, Chocolate Truffle Hot Chocolate, East India Spice Chai, Vanilla Chai, Green Tea Smoothie and Mexican Spiced Cocoa.

We have been monitoring the situation daily to try to obtain as much stock as possible and shipping/delivery updates from the manufacturer. We are hopeful that we will start to see some production runs and deliveries of the CDA products into our warehouse, with the first shipment arriving in early November. We appreciate your patience with us in dealing with these shortages and offer our apologies for not being able to supply you with these critical products.

However, we understand that you have customers coming into your shops, and these mixes are critical to your menu and your sales.  While we would prefer to have the CDA products available to ship to you, we recognize that we cannot send what we do not have, and excuses from us or the manufacturer, does not allow you to serve your customers.

We have been working with our other manufacturers of similar specialty drink mixes including Big Train, Ghirardelli and Dr. Smoothie, to find the best match in their products to the affected CDA products. We have samples of these mixes, and our expert associates have prepared and tasted many versions of these to help recommend the most comparable product in taste, performance and cost per serving for you. Big Train and Dr. Smoothie have offered several different savings programs to assist our customers to taste and test their products in your shop.

Please do not hesitate to contact our coffee and beverage specialists at 800.835.5943 to help guide you through these stocking shortages and assist you in preparing the best drinks that your customers have come to expect.  Again, we thank you for your business, and we will continue to serve you as best we can.

Jeff Vojta
Co-founder and CEO of Stockton Graham & Co.®

Top “New Year’s Resolution Friendly” Cafe Recipes

1. Sugar Free Iced White Chocolate Cream Latte
½ oz Sugar Free White Chocolate Syrup
½ oz Sugar Free French Vanilla Syrup
1 shot Espresso
Ice
8 oz Cold Milk

Fill a 12 oz glass ¾ full of ice. Add other ingredients. Mix well.

2. Sugar Free Faux French 75
1/2 oz DaVinci Gourmet Raspberry Sugar Free Syrup
Dash of Bitters
Squeeze of Lemon
5 oz Clear Diet Soda
Ice

To a highball or tall old-fashioned glass, add syrup, bitters and a squeeze of lemon. Fill with ice, and top off with soda. Stir well, and garnish with a twist of lemon.

3. Skinny Snowman Latte
1 oz Sugar Free White Chocolate Syrup
¾ oz Monin Almond Sugar Free Syrup
2 shots Espresso
8 oz Cold Milk

Combine Monin White Chocolate Sugar Free Syrup, Monin Almond Sugar Free Syrup and espresso in a cup. Stir while filling with steamed milk. Garnish with milk froth and slivered almonds.

4. Sugar Free Snowflake Steamer
1 oz DaVinci Gourmet Vanilla Sugar Free Syrup
9 oz Steamed Non-Fat Milk

Combine ingredients in a 12 oz cup. Mix well.

5. Skinny Blended Vanilla Freeze
1 scoop of Skinny Vanilla
4 oz Skim Milk or Water
12 oz Ice

Pour Skinny Vanilla, skim milk and ice into blender. Blend 30 seconds or until smooth.

6. Sugar Free English Toffee Steamer
1 oz Torani Sugar Free English Toffee Syrup
8 oz Nonfat Milk

Steam milk and Torani together. Pour heated flavored milk into a tall glass and a stir gently.

7. Low Sugar Cherry Cheese Pie
2 Tbsp. DaVinci Gourmet Cherry Syrup
2 Eight ounce packages fat-free cream cheese
2 Tbsp. fat-free ricotta cheese
1/2 cup Splenda granulated sweetener
1 pie crust
1 cup boiling water
1 packet unflavored gelatin

In a large bowl, soften cream cheese and add the ricotta. Beat until smooth with a mixer and set aside. In a smaller bowl add DaVinci Gourmet Vanilla and Cherry Sugar Free Syrups, Splenda, and gelatin. Add 1 cup of boiling water and stir until gelatin dissolves – about 5 minutes. Add gelatin mixture to the cheeses and beat with mixer until smooth. Pour into pie crust and refrigerate until firm – about two hours. Cover in fridge over night.

Blended Drink Solutions from Stockton Graham & Co.

Stockton Graham & Co.® and Vitamix® present the New 2011 Blender Series for specialty coffee retailers: the Drink Machine Advance, T&G 2 Blending Station and The Quiet One.

These commercial Vita-Mix® blenders have been designed to blend luscious, mouthwatering frappes and delectable smoothies consistently drink after drink and customer after customer. Using our retail experience, Stockton Graham & Co. ® offers these blenders to provide the retailer the ability to handle one or many customer orders with speed, consistency and reliability for many seasons to come.

VITAMIX® DRINK MACHINE ADVANCE #05086

List $940

$425

The Drink Machine Advance has the power and performance to produce perfectly smooth beverages that’ll get your customers asking for more! The Drink Machine Advance has 6 programs using just the dial switch! Each program combines the right speed and timing to eliminate the guesswork, allowing operators to have consistency from location to location, and drink to drink.

VITAMIX® T&G 2 BLENDING STATION #34013

List $1705

$725

The noise-reducing cover of the Vita-Mix Touch & Go 2 makes this one of the quietest blenders on the market, allowing you to blend virtually any drink while preserving your shop’s soothing atmosphere. As powerful as the Vita-Mix Drink Machine Advance, but adding 34 programmable blending programs, variable speed control, low and high pulsing, and a much quieter operation.

VITAMIX® THE QUIET ONE #36019

List $2095

$1025

Operating at an amazing 18 decibels below its closest competitor on one of the most demanding recipes (milkshake), according to independent third party testing, The Quiet One would be perceived as being four times quieter. It was specifically designed to create a more enjoyable customer environment while offering operators the ability to deliver a wide variety of superior blended beverages.

Smoothie brands available: Dr. Smoothie, Jet, Big Train, Monin, Torani, Caffe D’Amore.