Christmas in July

Christmas in July Promotion Ideas and RecipesThe summer heat can be unbearable. The sun is beating down, heat is rising from the asphalt and you’re sweltering and dripping sweat. When the temperature peaks and the heat wave feels like it will never end, people start yearning for snow, ice and all of the lovely things winter brings. This includes holiday cheer, cold winter nights and the Christmas Season. While you can’t make December come any quicker, you can have Christmas in July! This fun celebration brings the feelings of the winter season to the scorching summer months. Lots of families are celebrating the holiday in the summer with long distance relatives and friends, who can’t travel during the inclement winter weather. Also, people enjoy giving holiday presents during the summer, when the sales are good. Having Christmas in July in your store can be a fun way to get your customers through the summer and look forward to the months ahead. Find inspiration and recipes to bring the celebration to your store below:

Recipes:

peppermint_bark_drink_0Peppermint Bark Frosted Frappé

  • 1 oz. Peppermint Bark Sauce
  • 5 oz. Cream Frappe Base
  • Ice
  1. Combine ingredients, except ice, in blender.
  2. Fill serving glass with ice and pour into blender.
  3. Blend until smooth.
  4. Pour blended beverage into serving glass.
  5. Garnish.

Santa’s Surfboard Shake

  • 1/4 oz. Coconut Syrup
  • 3/4 oz. Banana Syrup
  • 4 oz. milk
  • Ice

1. Combine ingredients, except ice, in blender.
2. Fill serving glass with ice and pour into blender.
3. Blend until smooth.
4. Pour blended beverage into serving glass.
5. Garnish.

Maple Christmas Cookie Latte

  • 2 oz. Espresso
  • 1 oz. Maple Spice Syrup
  • 1/2 oz. White Chocolate Sauce
  • 12 oz. Milk
  • Ice

1. Pull the shots directly into a cup containing the sauce and syrup.
2. Stir gently.
3. Add milk!
4. Garnish with whipped cream if desired!

Campfire Frappe

  • 1 oz. Espresso
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Smoothie Powder
  • 1 oz. Dark Chocolate Sauce
  • 3/4 oz. Toasted Marshmallow Syrup
  • 4 oz. milk
  • Ice

1. Combine ingredients, except ice, in blender.
2. Fill serving glass with ice and pour into blender.
3. Blend until smooth.
4. Pour blended beverage into serving glass.
5. Garnish.

 

Torani Peppermint Bark Sauce

peppermint_bark_drink_0It wouldn’t be winter without a little indulgence… Torani Peppermint Bark Sauce is BACK!

The sweet, rich flavor of white chocolate, dark chocolate and peppermint will add holiday sparkle to your menu.  This flavor is available in 64 oz. bottles, 4 per case only for a few weeks. It will be gone until next holiday season,  so call 800.835.5943 to order today!

Torani Peppermint Bark Sauce is a way to create richly decadent mochas, chais and frozen frosted frappes that even Jack Frost will love!  Torani has created a line of signature recipes and garnish ideas to get you started, but let your holiday creativity and flair take over to develop your own unique drink masterpieces with individualized garnishes to delight your guests.

To help promote in-store marketing, Torani has a seasonal recipe and garnish idea guide and point of sales materials (table tents and posters). Click here to download more info about Torani Peppermint Bark Sauce

Call 800.835.5943 to speak with a Stockton Graham & Co. sales associate about adding this great new product to your next order before it’s gone!

NEW! Stockton Graham & Co. Now Offering Paisley Brand Tea

PaisleyCatalog_headerTwo leaves tea company™ recently announced its new brand, Paisley Brand Tea — traditional paper tea bags packaged in vibrant colors that are “hotter than the average tea bag.” We love the concept and decided to offer our customers these beautifully packaged and great-tasting organic teas.

INTRODUCTORY SPECIAL!
Case of 6 retail boxes – $21.99
Regularly $24.60/case
(Expires 11/30/2013)

Paisley-Org-ChaiThe Certified Organic and Fair Trade tea is positioned to be an attractive, high-quality tea at an accessible price point. Paisley Brand Tea is a more accessible entry for two leaves tea company ™ which is known for its whole leaf, organic tea sachets. The company calls Paisley “two leaves’™ slightly hipper, younger sister” that will appeal to a broad swath of tea drinkers.

The new line has tea lovers’ wallets at heart: Paisley proves that great-tasting tea can be an indulgence without being expensive. Tea drinkers will enjoy being able to affordably sample these new varieties before finding favorites.

Paisley Brand Tea comes in eight varieties that are most in-demand in foodservice and cafes, including its flagship Organic English Breakfast, that brews up dark and strong, standing up to milk and sweeteners. Other varieties currently available are Decaf English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Chai, Ginger Green, Sencha Green, Peppermint and Chamomile. Each box of Paisley comprises 20 individually wrapped traditional paper teabags, and is certified Organic, Non-GMO and Fair Trade. More flavors are planned for the line to debut in 2014.

Paisley brews up fast and strong, particularly in a smaller cup (8 to 12 oz.) with a lower water temperature than full leaf infusions.

Call 800.835.5943 to learn more about this great new product line and place your order today!

Click here to learn more about Paisley Brand Tea from two leaves™ Tea Company!

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Peppermint Recipes to add “Pep” to your Cafe’s Menu!

peppermin-recipesAs the Holiday season quickly approaches, it will just as quickly pass, and what flavor encompasses all of winter: Peppermint. Peppermint entices memories of candy canes, sweet cookies and snow. With its sensation of chill, a peppermint beverage always conjures thoughts of the coolness of winter. Here at Stockton Graham & Co. we have compiled some peppermint recipes to introduce into your shop this blustery season.

First is the classic, Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha. Just add 1 pump of peppermint syrup and a ½ pump of white chocolate sauce to 1 cup of milk and steam. Add this mixer into a cup with 2 shots of espresso or a ½ cup of strong coffee. Top with whipped cream. Since the New Year brings a lot of resolutions, make sure to offer this delicious beverage with sugar free syrups and sauces for those guests who are watching their calorie intake.

Another twist on the Peppermint Mocha is to add a pump of Caramel. The spiciness of the peppermint is mellowed by the sweetness of the caramel, and creates a surprisingly tasty beverage.

For Children or caffeine free guest, you can easily whip up a Peppermint Hot Cocoa with the same ingredients as the mocha, minus the espresso. Just use dark Chocolate sauce instead of white, and feel free to add a little extra.

Don’t forget your tea drinking customers! Offer them a Chocolaty Peppermint Tea Latte! Many brands offer a peppermint flavor tea bag. Just steep the tea like normal, stir in 1 pump of chocolate sauce and a ½ a cup of milk. This beverage may require more sugar to sweeten it up, depending on the customer!

If peppermint tea isn’t readily available you can easily concoct a Peppermint Mocha Chai. Use your house chai, add 2 pumps of peppermint flavor and 1 pump of chocolate sauce and stir briskly. The cinnamon from the chai will really pull out the spicy notes of the peppermint.

Peppermint is a solid go to this time of year, and if you aren’t offering something in this flavor you will surely disappoint. One or all of these recipes will be a fun addition to your already delicious menu. If you have any other questions, or wish to discuss menu or recipe topics, contact your Stockton Graham & Co. customer care associate at 800 835 5943 for more information.

Christmas Holiday Promotions For Your Coffee Shop!

christmas coffeeWith the Christmas season rapidly approaching it is time to begin preparing your café for holiday festivities! The colder weather, family gatherings and shopping outings should all contribute to increasing business at your shop, yet there are still many things you can do to help increase foot traffic through your doors!

As this is a time of giving, many people will be in the market for gifts they can give to friends and family both locally and across the country. Be sure to create gift baskets that contain your coffee and other small merchandise from your shop. Other items can include mugs, tumblers, shirts, sweaters, gift cards or any other goods you may carry! Keep in mind that some people may be looking for smaller gift packages than others, so a couple of different sized gift baskets ranging in price could be a good idea. What’s a better gift than your delicious coffee beans?

Put on an event such as, “The 12 Beverages of Christmas” in December where you promote a different seasonal specialty beverage every day: gingerbread mocha, peppermint latte, chai-der, eggnog and more! You could also, promote seasonal specialty beverages by picking a day to offer a free seasonal flavor shot with every latte purchase. Be sure to promote the events in your store weeks in advance, as well as using social media networks like Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. This increases specialty drink sales by introducing them to customers at promotional prices early on. Guests will continue to frequent your shop for seasonal treats they can’t get enough of!

Bring in seasonal flavored coffees (such as gingerbread spice, sugar cookie, peppermint mocha, etc.) and offer tastings on specific days. This will open the doors for customers to try flavors they may not have otherwise tasted, which could in turn lead to bulk coffee sales. Retail 12 oz. and 16 oz. flavored coffees make great gifts for the office or family gatherings! Be sure to have the bulk coffee on display in areas where customers can easily see it, accompanied by descriptions to better help them understand the flavor profile!

Get in touch with your local bakery about what kind of specialty items they plan to offer over the holiday season. Baked goods can be a great way to increase sales, especially with Christmas sugar cookies, gingerbread men and other holiday sweets that people will undoubtedly be looking for! Set up a date for customers to pre-order so they have delicious treats for their holiday events!

Planning an event at your shop just to get people in to celebrate (and buy your coffee) is a fun promotion on its own. Set up Christmas movie nights, where you screen the Christmas films in your shop. Plan a tacky Christmas sweater party, offering prizes to the tackiest. Host a Christmas Carol Karaoke night for customers to share their “talents”. Anything you can do to spread the cheer and invite customers in your doors is a great idea! Encourage your staff to pick up the holiday cheer or even dress up in holiday attire! The holiday season should be fun, eventful and fruitful for your café! We at Stockton Graham & Co. wish you happy, and busy, holiday!

September Promotions Reminder

September is the beginning of the years busiest season. In the fourth quarter you will have the highest goals to reach and the biggest turn outs. So keep sales up with new drinks, classic beverages and expected seasonal options. We have a lot of promotions going on here at Stockton Graham & Co. to help your business get the most out of each customer’s visit. To remind you of all we have going on we have created this recap list. Give your Customer Care Associate a call at 1.800.835.5943 to place your order today!

Dr. Smoothie 100% Whole Fruit Smoothie: Blueberry Banana, Strawberry Banana and Northwest Red Apple Orchard
$6 Instant savings off a case, Full Cases only. Expires: 11/1/2012

Big Train Seasonal Flavors: Pumpkin Pie Chai, Gingerbread Chai, Peppermint Mocha Blended Ice Coffee, Pumpkin Spice Blended Ice Coffee and Egg Nog Blended Crème
Up to $10 off a case. Expires: 9/30/2012

Big Train Real Fruit Smoothies
$10 off each case Expires: 9/30/2012

Monin All Natural Fruit Smoothies
Save up to $18 dollars a case:
$6 instantly on your full case of one flavor. Expires: 9/30/2012
$12 back as a rebate direct from Monin on any case you buy. Expires: 12/3/2012
First case of Monin Smoothies Free with rebate. Expires: 12/31/2012

Torani Real Fruit Smoothie Strawberry Lemonade
$6 off a case Expires: 9/30/2012

Jet Artic Lemonade and Margarita Flavors
$6 instant off a case Expires: 9/30/2012
$12 per case or $2 per 64oz carton mail in rebate. Expires: 12/31/2012

DaVinci Gourmet Single Origin Naturals
$6 instant off a case Expires: 9/30/2012
$12 per case or $1 per 64 mail in rebate. Expires: 12/31/2012

David Rio Chai FoodService Products (Promotional Postcard; call for more info)
$10 off each case. Expires: 10/15/2012

4th Quarter Timeline and Seasonal Necessities

Summer has come and gone, and now we’re a matter of weeks away from the start of the fourth quarter. In the coffee industry, these last three months of the year are the busiest, most intense and in just about all cases, the most profitable. The weather starts to drop, students and workers return to their normal routine, and the holiday season is among us. These are just a few reasons why your business volume will be affected tremendously, and if you’re prepared, this quarter will be a successful one.  At Stockton Graham & Co., we’ve created at fourth quarter/seasonal timeline to help you make sure you are on track to wrap up 2012 in a positive manner.

September/October

I. Pumpkin needs to be on your menu. Every year the crave for pumpkin begins earlier and earlier, and by mid-September, pumpkin flavoring is in full swing. Stockton Graham & Co. offers a variety of pumpkin products, in multiple brands, including the following:
– Pumpkin Syrup
– Pumpkin Sauce
– Pumpkin Frappe Powder
– Pumpkin Chai Powder
– Pumpkin Flavored Coffee

II. Chai is back in season! It may have been a slow mover throughout the spring and summer, but if you have not seen it already, the high demand for chai is just around the corner. Stockton Graham & Co. offers chai in both powder and liquid concentrate forms, with flavors ranging from the ever-so-popular spiced chai and vanilla chai, to seasonal flavors such as pumpkin chai and gingerbread chai.

III. Apple Cider is always a hit this time of the year. It can be served cold, right from the refrigerated container, or you can add hot water or steamed milk and serve it as a hot drink. We do not stock an apple cider, simply because it is more cost effective for you to swing by your local grocery store and grab it there. However, if you are having trouble finding some, let us know and we’ll be happy to special order some for you!

November

I. Keep it coming! Once October ends, it does not mean that its popular beverages do. Pumpkin inspired drinks, chai and cider all will continue to sell throughout November!

II. Seasonal Coffees are available at Stockton Graham & Co.! Our Autumn Harvest Blend and Thanksgiving Blend are always customer favorites this time of the year. As for flavored coffee, Apple Cobbler, Bourbon Pecan Pie and Toasted Almond are our most popular, year after year! Click here to see our list of seasonal blends and click here to see the great seasonal flavored coffee.

III. Seasonal syrups are abundant this time of the year! As mentioned earlier, the pumpkin flavoring will continue to sell, though other flavors such as maple spice, brown sugar cinnamon, spice berry and Monin’s pie series including pumpkin pie, apple pie, pecan pie and blueberry pie (available on special order) are big time hits as well!

IV. Smoothies, believe it or not, will continue to sell even as the weather gets about as cold as the smoothie itself! And what better way to keep your smoothie sales up than promoting fall flavored smoothies? Dr. Smoothie offers a cherry-cranberry smoothie, as well as a northwest apple smoothie, both of which are very popular in the fourth quarter. Torani now offers a green apple smoothie, which goes great with a little caramel sauce to give it that caramel apple flavor that everyone loves!

December

I. Peppermint needs to be on your menu by now. This flavor will be as popular as pumpkin was in the earlier months of the quarter and will even continue to sell in January. Just like pumpkin, we will have a variety of peppermint products including:
– Peppermint Syrup
– Peppermint Mocha Frappe Powder
– Peppermint Flavored Coffee

II. Gingerbread is another extremely popular flavor this time of the year. Stockton Graham & Co. has you covered in this flavor department as well, including products such as:
– Gingerbread Syrup
– Gingerbread Chai
– Gingerbread Flavored Coffee

III. Retail Coffee is a must this time of the year. Due to the frigid weather, customers are more willing to buy your whole bean coffee, so they brew a cup right at home and don’t have to venture out into the cold in order to grab their favorite cup of coffee. Retail coffee also makes fantastic holiday gifts, and is also commonly used as stocking stuffers and in gift baskets. Stockton Graham & Co. has you covered in all of your holiday coffee favorites. Our most popular holiday blends include Winter’s Comfort and ‘Tis the Season, and when it comes to flavors, Winter Wonderland, Gingerbread Spice and Christmas Sugar Cookie are the front runners. Not only are we happy to prepackage these coffees in 12 or 16 ounce bags for you, but we can also add custom labels to each bag!

This is an exciting time to be a café owner, and whether this is your first fourth quarter experience or you are a veteran ready to take on the season yet again, the most important thing is that you are well prepared. It may seem early, but you will be surprised how fast the seasonal sales will sneak up on you. For help planning your fourth quarter agenda, give us a call today at 800.835.5943. As long as you stay ahead of the game and are ready for the season, success will naturally come your way, because after all, it is the most wonderful time of the year!