Smoothies for breakfast

People are switching to smoothies for breakfast as a tasty way to drink a meal and get a healthy start to their day. Smoothies are an easy way to get a low-calorie, healthy, one-cup breakfast with the right type of energy that caffeinated coffee and sugary drinks don’t have. Plus, drinking a healthy smoothie instead of eating bagels and muffins for breakfast helps customers avoid the jittery or burned-out feeling by lunchtime.

Boosted by “smoothies for breakfast” campaigns from big-name QRS chains like Smoothie King, Tropical Smoothie, Jamba Juice and regional testing programs from Burger King, McDonalds, Dairy Queen and Subway, customers are increasingly grabbing smoothies on the go.Smoothies, Stockton Graham & Co.

Perhaps demographics are at the core of the smoothies for breakfast trend. More younger coffee shop patrons are placing an emphasis on their health and well-being, so breakfast is starting to make a resurgence in popularity. Younger, go-getters have experienced the drawbacks of skipping breakfast — lower energy, less nutrients and a tendency to binge-eat later in the day — so they’re finding ways to work breakfast back into their daily routines.

According to a 2014 survey of 1,000 adult consumers by Kellogg Company, 56% of respondents said they’d prefer to eat breakfast every day, but cited a lack of time as a primary reason why it doesn’t always happen.

Drinking a nutrient-rich smoothie doesn’t take as long as most meals and many people find it easier to manage in the car or on the run than other fast-food options. Time, portability, convenience and health are the biggest factors in choosing a smoothie.

The new breakfast smoothie craze is good news for your shop. You can be one of the first in your area to offer smoothies for breakfast as a way to entice more customers into your store.

As an operator, there are several benefits to offering smoothies for breakfast:

Sales: Smoothies have become more popular than ever and have grown on restaurant menus by 9%.  Almost 90% of consumers aged 18-24 want more smoothies available. These tasty and healthier beverages keep them coming back for more! Smoothies rake in more than $2 billion each year, according to Mintel International.

Customization: Smoothies can be made on-the-fly to satisfy just about any customer’s palette with just a few basic smoothie flavor mixes (strawberry banana, mango and pineapple for instance) and a couple healthy add-ins like yogurt, chai seeds, fresh fruit, fresh kale and protein powder.

Efficiency: In most cases, the only equipment you’ll need for a booming morning smoothie business is the same blender and cups you use for your afternoon blended drink business. Your shop may even have ingredients like yogurt and fresh fruit on your current breakfast or lunch menu. If you’re already offering frappes and smoothies in the afternoon, very little additional staff training will be necessary.

Here at Stockton Graham & Co. we offer everything you need to update your menu with delicious smoothie choices. From smoothie mixes to blenders, we offer it all by carrying a variety of both Dr. Smoothie mixes in addition to DaVinci Gourmet mixes. Between those two brands, there are over 32 smoothie flavors to choose from.

Greens for Breakfast
With chains like Starbucks, Jack in the Box, Burger King and Dunkin Donuts now offering green smoothies with ingredients like kale, spinach, beets and squash, customers are becoming more adventurous in their blended drink habits. You can ride to the top of the green smoothie wave by offering green alternatives on your breakfast smoothie menu.

The newest flavors in the DaVinci Gourmet smoothie family provide an easy way to try out green smoothies in your shop. Gratifying Greens is a mix of healthy vegetables and fruits such as spinach, pear, apple and kiwi made with only natural ingredients and no preservatives; it is the perfect way for your customers to start their day. Every flavor is gluten and lactose free, and there is a serving of fruit per glass. A second flavor, Red Harvest, is a yummy blend of super fruits such as acai berry and pomegranate with the fresh flavors of pumpkin and pear mixed in, creating a delightfully crisp taste.

The nice thing about DaVinci Gourmet’s Gratifying Greens and Red Harvest is that their healthy flavor profile is not overwhelming. So they create a nuanced foundation for the addition of healthful breakfast ingredients like yogurt, kefir, oats and almond butter.

You’ll want to experiment in your shop to create the perfect flavor profile for your customers. But here are two recipes to get you started:

Green Machine Breakfast Smoothie
6 oz DaVinci Gratifying Greens
1/4 oz Peach syrup
2 oz plain yogurt
1 T Chia seeds
16 oz. of ice

Directions: Place DaVinci Gratifying Greens in blender jar. Add yogurt and syrup. Top with ice. Blend, pour into cup and serve.

Kefir SuperFruits & Oats Breakfast Smoothie
6 oz DaVinci Red Harvest
3 oz Kefir
1 T organic oatmeal
16 oz Ice

Directions: Place DaVinci Red Harvest in blender jar. Add kefir and oatmeal. Top with ice. Blend until smooth, pour into cup and serve.

Pump up Breakfast
For an additional pump of health, add protein powder to a breakfast smoothie. Dr. Smoothie brand SmoothieCeuticals offers organic protein, vegan protein, whey protein and functional blends that are easily integrated into any smoothie recipe. Consider using Dr. Smoothie’s new Beetroot & Berries smoothie mix with an invigorating blend of tart red beets, strawberry and raspberry puree as a base. The Dr. Smoothie mixes are 100% fruit, gluten free and vegan. Each 20 oz. portion has a full day’s 5 servings of fruit and vegetables.

Red Revival Protein Breakfast Smoothie
6 oz Dr. Smoothie Beetroot & Berries
2 scoops SmoothieCeuticals Whey Protein
3 oz water
16 oz of ice
(optional) ¼ cup raspberries

Directions: Place SmoothieCeuticals whey protein in a blender and top with Dr. Smoothie Beetroot & Berries and water. Add ice blend. Pulse in raspberries for two seconds pour, into cup and serve.

New smoothie equipment, FREE product and rebates!
When your new breakfast smoothie menu becomes a hit, you may consider upgrading your blender or adding a new, super-quiet and high-efficiency commercial blender. We carry many Vitamix blenders ranging from easy blending to blast-off power. For a limited time, you can take up to 55% off the MSRP of commercial blenders from Vitamix.

Plus, as a special offer, receive up to 3 FREE cases of smoothie mix from Dr. Smoothie, DaVinci, Big Train, Caffe D’Amore, MoCafe, Monin or Torani with a blender purchase. All offers end 8/31/2015.

If you don’t need a new blender but want to try the new smoothie mixes from DaVinci and Dr. Smoothie, both brands are offering rebates on their products. Just call a Customer Care Associate at 800.835.5943 to order, and we’ll email the rebate form. It’s as easy as that!

NEW Invigorators™ Green Coffee Extract Beverages

DVG-Invigorators-Hero-GroupCustomers are now demanding a variety of drink options throughout the day. With a quick prep time (under a minute) and high profit margin, handcrafted carbonated drinks are the latest and greatest specialty beverage power-player. These easy to prepare rejuvenating sodas are exactly what your customers are looking for in an afternoon pick-me-up. Made with Green Coffee Extract, to add caffeine without the taste of coffee, DaVinci Gourmet Invigorators™ are the perfect product to propel you into the fizzy drink world, and with a $400 million global soda market, this is one bandwagon we suggest you hop on.

GROUP_INVIGORATORSWith three enticing fruit flavors, Kiwi Lime, Orange Melon and Raspberry Pomegranate, DaVinci Gourmet Invigorators™ create delicious fizzy sodas in no time. With a simple 5:1 concentrate, all you have to do is mix with still or sparkling water!

Find recipes below and call your Customer Care Associate at 800.835.5943 to place your order!

Kiwi Lime Cooler


  • 1.5 oz DaVinci Gourmet Kiwi Lime Invigorator
  • 1 oz DaVinci Gourmet Fruit Innovations Lemonade
  • 6 oz soda water
  • Fill with ice
  • Stir and serve
    (Optional: add one slice of cucumber)

Orange Melon Sparkler

  • 5 oz ginger aleDVG-OrangeMelon-glass-fruit
  • 1.5 oz DaVinci Gourmet Orange Melon Invigorator
  • 0.25 oz DaVinci Gourmet Fruit Innovations Pomegranate
  • Fill with ice

Raspberry Pomegranate Rejuvenator

  • 1.5 oz DaVinci Gourmet Raspberry Pomegranate InvigoratorDVG-RaspPom-glass-fruit
  • 2 oz frozen raspberries or blackberries
  • 5 oz filtered water
  • Fill with ice
  • Shake


BREAKING NEWS: New Products Are Now Available from DaVinci Gourmet, Torani & Jet!

DaVinci Gourmet Introduces Single Origin Natural Syrups
Manufacturer rebates are available – ask your Customer Care Associate for details.
DaVinci’s exclusive new Single Origin Natural Syrups are crafted using ingredients from locations famous for natural greatness. The four distinctive flavors will complement premium coffee and lets users craft signature specialty beverages. Madagascar Vanilla features authentically grown vanilla beans from a tropical climate; Hawaiian Salted Caramel combines rich caramel with pink sea salt; Pacific Northwest Raspberry uses radiant red, slightly tart berries from Oregon and Washington; and Turkish Hazelnut uses hazelnuts grown along the coast of the Black Sea.    Read more

Jet Introduces Margarita and Arctic Lemon Smoothies
Manufacturer rebates are available – ask your Customer Care Associate for details.
These two new flavors are rolling out just in time for spring!  Create refreshing concoctions to beat the heat this spring and summer with margarita and lemon flavored smoothies!  Add shots of syrup to create new unique beverages that will quench the thirst of your customers!

Jet Introduces Black Cherry to Non-Fat Yogurt Line
Manufacturer rebates are available – ask your Customer Care Associate for details.
This new non-fat yogurt smoothie has been tearing up the west coast and has finally arrived in the southeast!  Made with 100% all natural real fruit puree and non-fat yogurt, this delicious beverage offers amazing taste with only 100 calories per serving!

Torani Has a New Sauce Bottle Design
Torani sauce will now come in cases of 4, new, sleek looking bottles!  They will still be the original 64oz size and will be accompanied by a new pump design, as well!

New DaVinci Sweetener Flavors: Maple, Honey, Agave
Limited supplies of samples available upon request.
DaVinci is rolling out some sweet alternatives to add to your specialty coffee beverages!  These three sweeteners can be added to sweeten anything from regular coffees to lattes and teas.

For more product information, rebates or to place your order,
please give us a call today at 800.835.5943, and one of our
customer care associates will be more than happy to assist you!

Valentine’s Day Drink Ideas To Steal Your Heart!

Although December has come and gone, the “holidays” are certainly not over. Valentine’s Day can be a great sales booster for your café, and many of our vendors, such as Torani, Monin and DaVinci have come up with some very lovable recipes to help you out during the month of February!

Sugar & Spice Mocha by Torani
1 oz. Torani Chocolate sauce
1/2 oz. Torani Cinnamon Vanilla syrup
8 oz. Milk
2 shots of Midnight Lotus Espresso
Garnish with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

Hot Cinnamon Twist White Mocha by Monin
3/4 oz. Monin Spicy Red Cinnamon Syrup
1 oz. Monin White Chocolate Sauce
2 shots of Midnight Lotus Espresso
8 oz. milk
Garnish with a cinnamon stick and whipped cream.

Iced Chocolate-Covered Cherries Latte by DaVinci Gourmet
1/4 oz. DaVinci Vanilla Classic Syrup
1/2 oz. DaVinci Gourmet Chocolate Classic Syrup
1/4 oz. DaVinci Gourmet Cherry Classic Syrup
1 shot of Midnight Lotus Espresso
8 oz. milk
Fill a 12 oz. glass 3/4 full of ice. Add other ingredients. Mix well.

For more recipes or seasonal promotions, be sure to give us a call at 800-835-5943 and your SGC customer care associate will be standing by to assist you!

Matt Hogan
Stockton Graham & Co.

Frosted Gingerbread Latte

Stockton Graham & Co. wants to help you have a fantastic and profitable holiday season! We hope our recipes for seasonal specialty beverages will be a great reference to help make the season special for you and your customers.  Order the DaVinci Gourmet, Monin and Torani products by calling 800-835-5943. Look for upcoming posts with more recipes for Christmas & New Years 2012!

Frosted Gingerbread Latte
– Ice
– 1 oz. Monin Chai Tea concentrate
– ½ oz. Monin Gingerbread syrup
– Milk
– 2 shots SGC Espresso Milano

Directions: Fill glass with ice.  Add Monin Chai Tea concentrate and Monin Gingerbread syrup.  Fill with milk and shake to mix.  Garnish with whipped cream and cinnamon powder.

DaVinci Gourmet & Coffee Kids: Giving Back to the Coffee Community

The life of a coffee farmer and their loved ones can be a difficult one. Coffee Kids, a non-profit organization, was founded in 1988 with the mission “to work with coffee-farming families to improve their lives and livelihoods.”

What makes Coffee Kids unique is their approach; instead of giving direct aid in the form of donations (except in cases of a natural disaster or emergency), the organization works with local members of the coffee farming community and other groups to listen to issues and ideas and work to implement the best solutions through technical resources, training and more.

DaVinci Gourmet is proud to donate a portion of all sales to this unique and impactful organization. As part of their sponsorship, in addition to financial contributions, DaVinci Gourmet is also dedicated to raising awareness of Coffee Kids to specialty coffee retailers and consumers. The organization is prominently featured on DaVinci bottle labels. In addition, a host of resources are available to retailers to promote Coffee Kids in their shops. For information on obtaining Coffee Kids brochures, “Every Flavor Shot Counts” posters, table tents and more, please contact Stockton Graham & Co. at (800) 835-5943.


Hot Holiday Flavor Trends for 2010

Ever wonder where that weird new featured flavor in a bag of chips come from?

A recent article in Bloomberg BusinessWeek profiled Kevan Vetter, the executive chef from McCormick & Co. Every year since 2000, Vetter has published his Flavor Forecast which has accurately predicted culinary popularity increases for chipotle and small plate meals, just to name a few.

Here are Vetter’s flavor pairings from his 2010 seasonal forecast from BusinessWeek:

A lot of good stuff for a specialty beverage retailer, right? Chances are caramel, almond, cinnamon, coconut, pumpkin and citrus syrups and/or sauces are already in your cafe. If they aren’t, we have them available in Monin, Torani and DaVinci Gourmet. You might also be able to get your hands on some bacon syrup from Torani and a pear from Monin.

Play around with what we have to offer – you never know when you might have another hit on your hands! Also, if you need an updated listing of flavors, give us a call and we’ll send you a new copy or additional recipe ideas.

Use the recipes below as a guide and be sure you let your customers know that the drink represents a combination of hot new flavor trends – you have to make them want it!

Coconut Cream Pumpkin Pie Latte
3 pumps of Torani Coconut syrup
3 pumps of Monin Pumpkin Spice syrup
2 oz. SGC’s Espresso Milano
12 oz. milk

Creamy Almond Caramello
3 pumps of DaVinci Almond syrup
4 pumps of DaVinci Caramel sauce
2 oz. SGC’s Seda Dulce Espresso
12 oz. milk

Combine espresso and syrup (or sauce) in 16 oz. cup. Add steamed milk and serve. Garnish with whipped cream and cinnamon sprinkles.

Mike Adams
Stockton Graham & Co.