Healthy Fruit Smoothies for Spring

Moving into spring, your customers are looking for a beverage that is refreshing and health conscious (bathing suit season is coming up), so the time is right to put smoothies back on the menu!

Adding frozen drinks to your menu could increase sales $1000 a year in a single store! Stockton Graham DaVInci Jet SmoothiesAnd you only need to sell two frozen drinks a day for six months to exceed that mark. That’s because the profit margin on frozen drinks is high, and they literally sell themselves without any additional marketing or advertising. (Although Stockton Graham & Co. offers a wide variety of POS materials including counter cards and signage to our customers.)

To further help you increase sales, MONIN is offering $3 off any case of Fruit Smoothie Mix you buy. There is no limit to how much you can redeem! Click here for the rebate form.

There’s also a rebate on Dr. Smoothie’s 100% Crushed Fruit flavors including the new 100% Crushed Fruit flavors: Beetroot & Berries and Tropical Sunshine. Get up to $120 back on all Dr. Smoothie 100% Crushed Fruit and Organics through June 2015.

Or, if your business needs a blender upgrade, receive FREE cases of pour and blend smoothie with the purchase of any blender package.

You can choose smoothies from Big Train, Torani, Monin and DaVinci Gourmet (formally Jet)! If you prefer Dr. Smoothie 100% Crushed Fruit, Classic Smoothie or Cafe Essentials, you can get three FREE cases with a blender purchase over $500 and two FREE cases with a blender purchase under $500. Read all the details on our blender specials.

Jet Smoothies are now sold under the DaVinci name
To start out this smoothie season Jet smoothies have been re-branded to DaVinci Gourmet! With all the classic flavors you have come to love, these smoothies will have no formula changes and no packaging changes. Under the DaVinci brand they offer 3 types of smoothie options:

  1. Natural Smoothies – No artificial flavors or colors, this smoothie is the natural choice for a great tasting, better for you beverage!
  2. Fruit Smoothies – The original pour over and blend smoothie, expect extra fruit flavor in this delicious blended drink!
  3. Non Fat Yogurt Smoothies – An alternative better-for-you smoothie option, this option offers all natural fruit puree & healthy yogurt for twice the health benefits!

Looking for the Green Tea that Jet used to offer in their smoothies? Big Train now offers a Big Train Fruit Tea Blast Smoothie with all the benefits of Green Tea, so Stockton Graham & Co. still has you covered!

Interested in learning more about this new smoothie option? Want to discuss which pour over smoothie best fits your customers’ needs? Call 800 835 5943 and talk to your Customer Care Associate about healthier beverage options today!

LIMITED TIME OFFER ON KIND BARS

STG499-Kind-guy-1LIMITED TIME OFFER ON KIND BARS: With 3 case purchase of KIND bars, get a FREE KIND rack. $25 value (Expires February 20, 2015)

KIND Bars are made with tasty ingredients you can see & pronounce, like nuts, fruits, honey and spices. This grab & go food product is perfect for our busy cafe customers looking to offer and healthy option they can trust.

There’s healthy. There’s tasty. Then there’s healthy and tasty. KIND believes you deserve both—they call it their BRAND philosophy. What began with just 8 bar varieties in 2004 has grown to over 22 bars and 6 Healthy Grains snackable clusters, and a multitude of new recipes being perfected and refined to high standards in the KIND kitchen.

All KIND Healthy Snacks are made from all-natural whole nuts, fruits and whole grains. No secret ingredients and absolutely nothing artificial here. Just a delicious way of getting your body essential nutrients like fiber, protein and antioxidants (to name a few).

Need another reason to choose KIND?

  • A recent study conducted by the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center found that two KIND bars a day can curb appetite and even help prevent weight gain.
  • Made with All Natural Ingredients
  • Gluten Free
  • Non GMO
  • Kosher OU

Call 800 835 5943 to Order Today!

blueberry_vanilla_cashew_ KIND Fruit & Nut bars are all natural whole nut and fruit bars made from ingredients you can see & pronounce.
peanut_butter_dark_chocolate KIND Plus bars are all natural whole nut and fruit bars plus a nutritional boost
dark_chocolate_nuts_sea_salt KIND Nuts & Spices bars are made with whole nuts flavored with delicious spices and have only 5g of sugar (or less)

Increase Your Store’s F.A.T. with Oatmeal While Keeping Guests Lean

Oatmeal-ImageOatmeal is a great way to increase the F.A.T. within your business. We’ve discussed F.A.T in past blogs,  as essentially convincing your customers to visit more often “Frequency”, sell them more stuff “Ticket Average” or “Average” and get new customers in the door “Trial”. Increasing your F.A.T. essentially increases your bottom line. How can Oatmeal help with this?

Oatmeal has recently become a top seller in many coffee shops for it’s healthy nature (whole grains), ease of eating on the go and keeping you full longer. Customers will tend to come into your shop more frequently when they know you have more to offer.

Strictly speaking, most coffee shops get the most traffic during morning hours, giving customers their caffeine boost for the day. This is a great time to increase your ticket average with Oatmeal as a breakfast option. Having it displayed right at your coffee bar reminds customers of their need for a nutritious breakfast and the convenience of your service. Many customers will grab it as an afterthought while waiting for their beverage.  They are already purchasing their coffee from you, why not breakfast too?

Using oatmeal promotions between 12pm – 2 pm like, “25% off a oatmeal with a purchase of a specialty beverage”, is a great way to encourage customers to come back for another beverage and use oatmeal as a quick lunch or snack. This way you will encourage customers during different day parts, and possibly multiple times a day!

Believe it or not, there are some people who just don’t love coffee (gasp!), but by offering oatmeal and promoting it with posters in your windows, you could start drawing in these customers for an easy breakfast. While they stop by for a quick, healthy snack, they may then be tempted by the teas and smoothies you sell, too. Also, consider even promoting a special and healthy “smoothie and oatmeal combo” for more traffic in your shop.

Stockton Graham offers two ready to serve oatmeal options your guests will love, Umpqua Oats and Modern Oats, both boasting the delicious additions of nuts and dried fruits. These are convenient for customers who grab and go, and need a food that can keep up. Everything is in the cup – all they need to add is hot water, which a coffee shop obviously has! We’ve also explored a more cost effective way to offer oatmeal that is flavorful and enjoyable to your sit down customers in our Oatmeal Done Easy video blog. Either way, you know your customers, and what suits them best!

Call 800.835.5943 today to learn more about how oatmeal can play a role in increasing your F.A.T, or to request samples of the different Oatmeal brands we sell!

Stockton Graham & Co. Now Offering Mocafe and Cappuccine!

Stockton Graham & Co. is proud to announce the addition of two new leading brands of specialty beverage products, Mocafe and Cappucine! Customers have been inquiring about these lines for some time, so we decided to bring them in. As they are extremely popular for their blended iced drinks, we are excited that they will be available for your customers’ summer enjoyment and help further build your business’ success! We are offering a new product promotion of $5 off a case of all Mocafe or Cappuccine! Expires June 30th 2013

2012--Mocafe-web-LogoA number of products from the Mocafe line are now available, including Original Mocafe Mocha, Caffe Latte, Tahitian Vanilla Latte and Wild Tribe Moka frappe powders. We will also have Precious Divinity Chai, Matcha Green Tea, Mexican Spiced Cocoa and Vanilla Smoothie mixes. Mocafe has been offering high quality specialty beverage products since 1996, and we are thrilled to be able to offer this line to our customers.

logoWe have the entire extensive line of Cappuccine frappe flavors, too! These 27 flavors provide a wide assortment of choices for our customer’s needs, including: Lactose free, no hydrogenated oils, Kosher and Halal approved. Cinnamon Bun and Red Velvet are two flavors Cappuccine offers that can help make your cafe unique. Winning numerous specialty beverage awards since 1994, Cappuccine has solidified itself as a top contender in the blended iced coffee world. We are excited to have more options for our customers to choose from with this delicious brand.

POS for these brands and samples are also available from Stockton Graham & Co.. Remember that samples are free, so if you would like to try one of these new products, just ask your Customer Care Associate to include it in your next order! Mocafe is also offering blender specials through Stockton Graham & Co. Purchase a Vitamix or Blendtec blender from us and you will receive, 3 cases of Mocafe Product! Cappuccine has a direct purchase program that you can learn more about here.

Upon tasting in house, both brands were well received with the Stockton Graham & Co. staff. These new brands will help your shop create signature blended drinks that will have customers returning for more! If you are looking to serve delicious, creamy, blended iced coffee beverages, call your Stockton Graham & Co. sales associate to discuss updating your specialty beverage program! Call 800.835.5943 today to get pricing and learn more about these great new product lines!

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

New Branding and packaging for Umpqua Oats!

Umpqua-Oats--JackPotWe recently mentioned that Umpqua Oats was making some big changes this year, including a new variety pack. Those who order Umpqua Oats will soon be seeing something else that’s new, the packaging! Here at Stockton Graham we are starting to get in the beginnings of the new branding for the oatmeal, particularly on the new variety packs.  The Oatmeal will continue to be the delicious, filling oatmeal you expect from Umpqua Oats, just with a different looking container.

New-mark-and-logo-webThe new logo uses red as the main color, instead of the orange and brown we used to see. The Umpqua Oats owners, mothers that started creating these tasty grab-n-go’s, say the new packaging is bolder and has color differentials to better help customers recognize the flavors. This visually striking packaging will really grab your customers attention and make them take a closer look.

So, expect to see these new looking packages in your shipments soon! In addition to new packaging and branding, Umpqua Oats is promising new flavors in 2013! Stockton Graham & Co. will continue to keep you up to date with anything new from our vendors, including Umpqua Oats. If you have any questions or would like to know what else is new at Stockton Graham & Co. call 800.835.5943 and discuss with our Customer Care Associates!

Previous Blogs on Umpqua Oats:
Umpqua Oats Variety Kit Changes
Practical Product Positioning of Umpqua Oats

Torani Real Cream Frappé Base Now Available for your Café!

web3We 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.

Torani-FrapsThe 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 FRAPPE_GROUPFRAPPE_HEROtents 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!