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!

Monin Specials for your café from Stockton Graham & Co.!

Monin-BakedSyrupsMonin, a top leader in flavor, has some great new products and options for your specialty beverage needs. Monin has recently released their Baked Flavors Syrups series, with 3 delicious flavors: Banana Nut Bread, Cupcake and Stockton Graham & Co.’s favorite, Cinnamon Bun. These syrups take your favorite baked treats and combine them with your favorite coffees!

In Banana Nut Bread you will taste the flavors of fresh banana, nuts and spices. With the Cupcake syrup you find hints of vanilla sweet cupcakes in your beverage. Cinnamon Bun gives you the tastes of spicy brown sugar and sweet icing. Stockton Graham & Co. is offering a great BOGO on these Baked syrups right now. Buy One bottle of syrup and Get One bottle of the same flavor for free! We are excited to be able to offer our customers savings on these great new flavors, be sure to discuss these savings with our Customer Care Associates.

Monin Pina ColadaMonin is gearing up for summer with some great All Natural Fruit Smoothies savings! Stockton Graham & Co. is offering a free case of Pina Colada Fruit Smoothie mix, with any 5 purchased cases of All Natural Fruit Smoothie mix. Monin is also offering a $3 off any case purchased rebate. This program will be running through December 2013 and there is no limit on how many cases you can apply the rebate to.

Another thing Monin is offering to customers right now is their 2013 Spring/Summer Merchandising Kits. In this kit you receive: 8 counter cards for drinks, 10 recipe cards using 577195_524846804233635_600629258_nthe flavors included and 3-50ml bottles of syrup in Irish Cream, French Vanilla and Salted Caramel! To receive these kits, click here fill out the form, and they will be sent right to you. This is a great opportunity to try some new flavors and get some new recipes.

Monin is one of the brands coffee shops can count on to supply amazing flavors. Stockton Graham & Co. is proud to offer our customers great deals on great products. Call 800.835.5943 to learn more about Monin’s Baked Flavored syrups, All Natural Smoothie mix and the savings we can supply!

Spring Recipes For Your Cafe’s Menu!

smoothiesSpring 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.

Introducing Monin All Natural Fruit Smoothie Piña Colada. Available Now!

Monin Pina ColadaStockton Graham & Co. now has Colada Monin All Natural Fruit Smoothies in! This smoothie mix is ready to serve, just pour over ice and blend! Liven up any spring menu by offering this great new flavor to your customers! It’s gluten free and packaged for fresh taste in 46oz cartons for easy storage and handling. This smoothie mix is made with only natural ingredients: no artificial flavor, color or preservatives. After tasting it here at Stockton Graham & Co., team members said it was sweet and tropical. Learn more with this Piña Colada Flyer from Monin!

Monin Fruit Smoothie Mixes are also available in Mango, Peach, Wildberry, Strawberry and Strawberry Banana! For the year of 2013 Monin is offering a manufacturer rebate $3 back on every case you buy, and there is no limit on how many you can redeem!

To order your Monin Fruit Smoothie Mixes today, or to learn more about any of our great products, call your Customer Care Associate at 800.835.5943!