Clean Labeling & Your Coffee Shop Menu

Natural and organic foods have been touted for over two decades, but 2016 is bringing in a natural food sea change of epic proportions. The shift is toward clean labeling, which translates into food and beverages that are less processed and more nutrient-rich. And importantly, clean labeling means offerings that are void of extra salts, sugars, colors, flavors, hormones, antibiotics or any other additives.Clean menu clean labeling coffee shop stockton graham organic coffee roaster

In fact, clean labeling as it is called has become so important that it is transforming big manufacturers like Mondelez, Kellogg and Heinz Kraft. And FoodBusinessNews named clean labeling the #1 menu trend of the year.

“Big Restaurants are all-of-a-sudden dumping some artificial (and other bad-for-you) ingredients from their menus,” reported international food and restaurant consultants Baum+Whiteman. “We’re looking at the ‘healthification’ of fast- and fast-casual food.”

Food industry observers are quick to say that the clean labeling trend is not a fad, but rather a long-lasting shift in consumer attitudes away from highly processed foods, especially among the coveted baby boomer generation. A recent Gallup poll revealed that 76% of baby boomers look to clean label or unprocessed products due to concern about their health while 69% of Millennials also site health concerns as the reason they would buy clean products.Smoothies, Stockton Graham & Co., Breakfast

Now’s the time for coffee businesses to get in front of one of the biggest food trends that can impact your business in 2016 and beyond. Here are some ideas from Stockton Graham & Co. to help you lean into the clean label trend.

  1. Assess your customer base
    If your store is on a college campus, in a college town or near a university, in a high-tech corridor or near an active adult retirement community, chances are your customers will gravitate toward clean labels. If in doubt, do an informal survey of your regular customers. One approach, “We’re thinking about adding a small menu that focuses on clean ingredients – that means we’ll look at beverages without added salts, sugars, flavors and the like. Is this something you’re interested in buying from us?”
  2. Know that “clean means clean”
    Replacing “artificial” additives with “natural” additives means you are still using additives: “natural raspberry flavor” shares no genes with real raspberries and customers know it. If you’re committed to a clean menu then look for products that are 100% fruit or ones that contain no added flavoring or preservatives. Click here for simple Green Menu recipes for your coffee shop.
  3. Start with your coffee
    Adding organic coffee to your menu is a simple, inexpensive way to lean into the clean menu trend. Plus, its a simple way to gauge your customers’ affinity for clean labeling. Raleigh coffee roaster Stockton Graham & Co. offers several organic single origins like Organic Fair Trade Guatemala, Organic Mexico Chiapas and Organic Sumatra. We also offer roast-to-order organic blends and espressos.
  4. Buy local
    Let’s face it, in foodservice avoiding all additives can be nearly impossible. And until you see how your customers will react, there’s no need to completely switch your menu over to 100% clean. You can take small steps across the board by implement more natural ingredients, like pesticide-free organic produce or foods with no added chemicals or hormones. One trick is to look for local suppliers of milk, cheese, butter, meats, vegetable and breads: when you buy local, foods get to your business faster so there is less need for preservatives or chemicals to maintain freshness on long cross-country journeys.
  5. Add USDA-certified OrganicMonin Organic Vanilla Syrup
    According to Food Navigator, 81% of American families purchase organic foods at least some of the time, and this is a good place to start. Plus, the price differentials between USDA-certified coffee, milk, soy milk, syrups and sauces and non-certified products are now fairly minimal. In addition to offering several USDA-certified single origin coffees, espressos and blends, Stockton Graham & Co. carries a wide variety of USDA-certified Organic and clean labeled products for your store.

If you’d like to discuss options for your menu, feel free to call us at 800 835 5943.

 

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!

Shore Up Torani Savings in Ocean City

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Join Stockton Graham & Co.’s Debra Dolan, our Northeast Director of Business Development, and Torani at the 40th annual Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association’s Spring Trade Expo and enjoy Torani savings. Mark your calendars to visit booth #214 on March 8 and 9 to sample some of Torani’s award-winning smoothies and frappes.

While you’re visiting, check out our special show promotion. When you purchase a Vitamix® or BlendTec® blender package from Stockton Graham & Co., you’ll get two FREE cases of Torani Real Fruit Smoothie Mix or Real Cream Frappe Base (limit two FREE cases).

Don’t need a new blender? You can still save on Torani when you visit the show. Just order three cases of Torani Real Fruit Smoothie or Real Cream Frappe in Ocean City and get 1 case FREE.

Debra, an avid cook and former Coffee Fest America’s Best Coffeehouse judge, will be sharing some of her favorite Torani recipes at the show booth.

“The kids and I love blueberry-pomegranate smoothies made with Torani Real Fruit Smoothie Mix and yogurt,” Debra says. “The yogurt provides a healthy, creamy base for the crisp freshness of the fresh-picked blueberry and pom flavor.”

Debra’s Favorite Blueberry-Pom Smoothie

  • 8 oz. Torani Real Fruit Smoothie Mix
  • 2 c. ice
  • 2 oz Greek yogurt
Instructions: Fill cup with ice, Torani Real Fruit Smoothie Mix and Greek yogurt. Blend until smooth (#4 blender cycle). Pour into chilled glass and garnish with fresh fruit and mint.

Register for the event online today.

Offers valid for conference attendees and expire March 30, 2015. For more information, call our Customer Care Associates at 800 835 5943.

Show Your Customers Some Love this Valentine’s Day!

Valentines day-imageThis year Valentine’s Day falls on Saturday, February 14, so your shop should have V-Day themed events and specials all week! Show your customers how much you care by giving them “Valentines”. Keep a few Valentines (aka coupons for discounted drinks) by the register to give out to regular and loyal customers all week.

Be sure to promote your Valentine’s day specials on your Social Media accounts, website and newsletters. You should also have posters, flyers, table toppers and chalk boards promoting any specials in your store. Make sure, as with any special event, your store is decorated to subtly remind your customers of the holiday and the specials they could take advantage of.

On Valentine’s Day, share the love by offering a special discounted  beverage all day! Or, have a small “treat” ready to show your appreciation like a small chocolate for each customer or a free flavor shot! You might also encourage those who have significant others to make visiting your shop part of their date night by offering a buy-one-get-one deal on drinks later in the evening!

Here are a few love-inspired drinks to try on this special holiday:

White Chocolate Raspberry Mocha
Ingredients:

  • 1 Pump white chocolate sauce
  • 2 Pumps raspberry syrup
  • 2 shots espresso
  • Steamed milk

Pull the shots directly into a cup containing the sauce and syrup, stir gently and add the steamed milk!

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie
 Ingredients:
  • 5 oz. water
  • 3 oz. Dr. Smoothie Strawberry Concentrate
  • 3/4 (70cc) scoop of Chocolate frappe or iced hot chocolate mix
  • 16 oz. cup of ice
Add the ingredients in the order listed above and blend. Optional: Top with whipped cream, shaved chocolate pieces and a small strawberry.
Hot Cinnamon Twist White Mocha
Ingredients:
  • 3/4 oz. Monin Spicy Red Cinnamon Syrup
  • 1 oz.  White Chocolate Sauce
  • 2 shots of Espresso
  • 8 oz. milk
Tips: Garnish with a cinnamon stick and whipped cream.

Contact our Customer Care Department by calling 800.835.5943 for access to samples, POS Materials and more fun ideas.

See Past Valentine’s Day Blogs:
Roses are Red, Violets are Blue…
Valentine’s Day / Mardi Gras Coffee Drink Recipes!
Valentine’s Day and Mardi Gras Promotions for your Coffee Shop!

Wishing You A HEALTHY New Year

SGC-specialty-beverage One of the top New Year’s resolutions, year after year, is to lose weight and be more healthy. Give your customers’ health kick a boost by providing them healthy options from Dr. Smoothie! This line of purees is the perfect solution to the yearly health craze, and each whole fruit or veggie smoothie includes a full FIVE servings of fruit in a 20 oz. beverage. Free of gluten, dairy, preservatives and artificial flavors, Dr. Smoothie purees are sure to satisfy most diets your customers are trying to stick to through the New Year.

Order the Dr. Smoothie products mentioned in the recipes below by calling 800 835 5943. 

cherry_gone_wildCherries Gone Wild
2 oz. water
3 oz. Dr. Smoothie Wild Cherry Cranberry Concentrate
3 oz. Dr. Smoothie Acai Plus Concentrate
16 oz. Cup of ice
Add the ingredients in the order listed above and blend.

 

caramel_appleCaramel Apple
2 oz. water
3 oz. Dr. Smoothie Northwest Red Apple Orchard Concentrate
2 oz. – 3 oz. caramel sauce
15 oz. cup of ice
Add the ingredients in the order listed above and blend.

 

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Peach Pumpkin Pie
2 oz. water
4 oz. Dr. Smoothie Peach Pear Apricot Concentrate
1 oz. pumpkin pie filling
2 tbsp. Café Essentials Chai Original
2 tsp. Café Essentials Vanilla Cream
16 oz. cup of 3/4” ice
Add the ingredients in the order listed above and blend.

The American

IMG_0698Happy 4th of July weekend from all of us at Stockton Graham & Co.! As a reminder, we will be closed Friday, July 4th 2014. To celebrate, we have created a fun new recipe using Dr. Smoothie Classic Real Fruit Smoothie Concentrate and Dr. Smoothie 100% Crushed Fruit Smoothie Concentrate. We hope you have a fun and safe holiday weekend!

The American
2 oz Dr. Smoothie Strawberry
2 oz Dr. Smoothie Blueberry Banana
2 oz Dr. Smoothie Lemonade
Blend 2 oz. of mix separately with 1 oz of water and 4 oz of ice
Layer smoothie in cup using a spoon
Enjoy!

New Red Bull Infusion recipes!

The summer season can lead to restless nights and tired mornings. This can be chalked up to constant changing schedules, school, vacations, and the later daylight hours make it more difficult to sleep at night. We decided to create a few recipes featuring Red Bull and some of our other favorite products to help get rid of those bags under your eyes and make sure you keep going for hours!

Our Raspberry Whey Red Bull Smoothie is designed to wake you up in the morning and keep you full until lunch with Smoothie Ceuticals Whey Protein Powder. We’ve paired Red Bull and DaVinci Invigorators to create Get Up & Go, the perfect fizzy soda to fight the mid-afternoon lull. And if you need an extra kick before you head out for the evening, we have the Toro Inflamado! Perfect for backyard cookouts, this spicy sweet cocktail is a combination of Torani’s Sweet Heat syrup and Red Bull.

Although these drinks are full of flavor and are delicious, we do not recommend consuming all three in one day. Find recipes below:

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  • 1 scoop Smoothie-Ceuticals® Vanilla Whey Powder
  • 4 oz Raz-Berry Organics by Dr. Smoothie
  • 4 oz Red Bull
  • 4 oz Water
  • Ice

Blend together and enjoy! It should keep you up for your morning run and the rest of the day!

 

1Get-Up & Go Gourmet Soda

  • 1.5 oz of DaVinci Orange Melon Fruit Invigorators
  • 1 can of Red Bull
  • Ice (optional)

Mix chilled Red Bull and Orange Melon Fruit Invigorators for a tangy sweet treat. Add an orange slice for garnish! If desired, add ice cubes to soda.

Toro Inflamado

  • 1 oz Vodka2
  • 1 oz Torani Sweet Heat
  • 5 oz of Red Bull

Stir don’t shake!

Give us a call at 800.835.5943 to place your order today!