Fall for these sweet treats

Summer is winding down and with fall right around the corner, it’s time to update your menu board with a new batch of seasonal specialty beverages.  Stockton Graham & Co is now offering Pumpkin flavored syrups from Monin, Torani, & DaVinci along with Torani Pumpkin Pie sauce. A perfect complement for coffee & tea based drinks.  My favorite is the Pumpkin Pie Latte but these syrups & sauces also work great as a steamer or blend up a cool, refreshing Pumpkin Pie frappe.

Also be on the lookout for these other seasonal syrup flavors from Monin, Torani, & DaVinci: Honey Vanilla, Shortbread, Chocolate Chip Cookie, Gingerbread, Caramel Apple, Egg Nog, Maple Spice, Spice Berry, etc…

Stockton Graham & Co will have limited stock of these seasonal flavors.  Please order early to ensure adequate inventories at your store because these flavors will not last long.   We also have a limited availability of seasonal promotional items but you may always sign up online for your merchandising kit at the Monin, Torani, & DaVinci websites.

Get your order in today! Call us at 800.835.5943

fall treats

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/Summer Monin Merch Kit now available

The Monin Merchandising Kits designed especially for the spring and summer months are shipping soon.

With signature recipes like the Trail Mix Latte, Island Time Lemonade and Sun Kissed Latte, you will be sure to please your guests and increase seasonal sales!

The Merchandising Kit includes:
• 12 Signature Recipe Cards created by the Monin Beverage Innovation Team
• 8 Counter Cards for table top or register promotion
• 1 Acrylic Counter Sign Holder

The Poster Kit includes (optional order):
• 4 Double-sided Beverage Posters for window or wall display

If you’ve signed up before with Monin, your kit will be shipping ASAP. If you haven’t previously signed up to receive your FREE merchandising kit from Monin, head over to Monin.com and get registered today!

Holiday Season To-Do List for Specialty Beverage Retailers

In reviewing some of the trade journals that come across my desk, I noticed a listing of key things to look at for the holiday season.  I thought they were helpful to keep in mind during this busy retail time.  I modified them a bit for a specialty coffee retail establishment.  Not all inclusive, but  if nothing else, I hope this encourages you to develop your own action item list for your store.

November 1.  Review holiday merchandise and food orders for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukkah.  Include seasonal coffees and point of purchase coffees.

November 4.  Make sure all seasonal point of sale materials have been ordered and are on their way, if not in already.   Make plans to hold an open house or mini-tastings throughout the season to help introduce customers to your offerings for the season.

November 9. Complete hiring plans for the season. Do you have all new help or returning help?  Do you have training programs ready? If you need more information on Stockton Graham’s Coffee College courses or our Barista Certification Program, contact your Customer Care Associate at 800.835.5943.

November 11.  Make sure Thanksgiving coffee signage is  up.  It’s a great time for your customers to arrive at Thanksgiving dinner with a bag of their favorite coffee from your store. Work with your staff on upsellng those items.

November 18.  One week before Thanksgiving.  Place coffee orders to arrive in time for customer pick-up.

November 26.  Thanksgiving Day!

November 27.  Change out November decor and POS and put up the December items.  Review December merchandise, food and coffee orders.

December 12.  Hanukkah starts and runs through Dec. 19. All our coffees are Kosher certified.

December 1 through December 24.  Sample, sample, sample holiday food, coffees and merchandise!

December 26.  Start your seasonal mark downs to move out holiday specific merchandise.

December 31.  New Years Eve.  Celebrate!

January 3. Time for the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Evaluate what worked, what flopped and what, with some improvement, could be better next year.

Jeff Vojta, Co-founder & CEO
Stockton Graham & Co.