Winter Weatherize Your Business

The warmth from the oven seemed to permeate the out-of-doors over Thanksgiving weekend here in Raleigh, where Stockton Graham & Co.’s warehouse is located. But the Central part of the U.S. had a different winter weather story. Stockton Graham & Co. Raleigh roaster winter weather info

Winter Storm Delphi dumped heavy snow, sleet and freezing rain from the Plains into the Upper Midwest, creating dangerous travel conditions. The storm impacted deliveries for some of our customers in places such as Minneapolis/St. Paul, Sioux City, Iowa, and Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Delphi gave us a clue as to what to expect this winter whether your business is located in Minneapolis, Oregon, Florida or North Carolina. According the National Weather Service, the South and Southeast are expected to see colder than average temperatures from December through February, which means any precipitation in Raleigh could lead to debilitating snow and ice storms.

“The unusual strength and east-based location or “flavor” of the El Niño event suggests that a very warm 1982-83 or 1997-98 winter is quite possible, with highest confidence for a mild winter across the northern Plains and Pacific Northwest and highest confidence for a cooler winter across the south-central U.S.,” said Dr. Todd Crawford of Weather Service International.

If weather becomes too extreme, shipments from our vendors like Torani from the West Coast can be delayed. Here in Raleigh, if there is snow and ice on the roads, our staff cannot get to the roasting facilities and warehouses to process your orders. And, of course, FedEx and our other freight carriers will be at a stand-still if their large trucks cannot pass on the icy roads anywhere from Raleigh to your business.

We want your business to be prepared in the event of winter weather. Here are a few tips from our Customer Care Team:

Stock Up: Have at least one extra week of essentials like coffee and cups on hand so if shipments are delayed, your business can still operate.

Order Earlier: Place your orders on Monday or Tuesday so they don’t sit in trucks or on tarmacs over the weekend. This is particularly important if you are ordering sugar-free syrups, as those tend to freeze easily and can explode if left in the cold over the weekend.

Track Orders: All shippers offer tracking either by email or text or both. Sign up to receive automatic tracking on all your orders so you’ll know whether, say, an ice storm in Omaha will effect your delivery in Seattle.

All of us at Stockton Graham & Co. wish you a very safe and successful winter.

Ride the Green Wave with Organic Syrups from MONIN

Green coffee shops are a rising star in the specialty coffee industry, offering a wide variety of environmentally and socially responsible coffee options.

Fully organic shops are generally most successful in “mature” coffee drinking markets where customer taste and income levels tend to be higher. Stockton Graham & Co. offers a variety of sustainable coffee selections for organic shops.Monin Organic Vanilla Syrup

But even if you’re not in a market that can support a fully fair-trade or green business, adding certified organic syrups to hot and cold drinks on your menu could help your store ride this wave.

MONIN Organic Syrups are certified organic by Quality Assurance International (QAI), certified Vegan, Kosher, Halal and are Gluten and GMO-free. A yogi’s dream. With all natural ingredients come heightened flavor profiles, and our customers typically find that less syrup is required to achieve the same flavor profile as the other syrups. MONIN Organic Syrups come in caramel, hazelnut, raspberry, chocolate and vanilla. The top flavors include:

Vanilla: Vanilla is a prized spice of the tropics, with the preeminent producer being the island nation of Madagascar. Offering a pleasant, smooth taste, vanilla is an essential coffeehouse and foodservice flavoring with endless applications.

Raspberry: The most common raspberries are red, but originally all raspberries were white. Legend says that one day, the Nymph Ida tried to pick some wild white raspberries to calm the god Jupiter who was in a rage. While picking the fruits, Ida scratched her finger on the thorny raspberry bush. According to this Roman myth, her blood forever died the raspberries a bright red color.

Caramel: The word “caramel” refers to caramelized sugar, traditionally obtained by melting sugar in a sauce pot of water. The rich flavor and color of caramel derive from the process of heating and melting the sugar. Caramel is an ingredient in many popular confections, beverages and desserts.

MONIN also makes organic sweeteners. The Organic Agave Nectar Syrup is made with organically grown agave nectar with no additives or preservatives. Agave, a succulent plant native of Mexico, the southwestern US and tropical South Africa, is a flowering plant with many culinary and medicinal uses. Each agave plant will produce several pounds of edible flowers during its final blooming season. The stalks, which are ready during the summer, before the blossom, weigh several pounds each. Roasted, they are sweet and can be chewed to extract the aguamiel, like sugarcane.The nectar is produced by filtering and processing the expressed juice from the core of the agave plant. Agave has grown in popularity in recent years because of its low glycemic index. Similar to sugar yet sweeter, with honey-nutty notes, Organic Agave Nectar Syrup contains fewer calories and carbohydrates than sugar.

For more information on MONIN’s Organic Syrups and recipe ideas, download their sales flyer.

Call a Stockton Graham & Co. Customer Care Associate in Raleigh, North Carolina at 800.835.5943 to order MONIN organic syrups and sweeteners.

2013 Pumpkin Syrups and Sauces Now Available!

pumpkin-blogWhile the days are still long for most of us, Stockton Graham & Co. and our specialty beverage vendors have been working on getting ready for the fall roll-out of all things pumpkin.

We are happy to announce that our stock of pumpkin syrups and sauces are now available for immediate shipping!  As in years past, we are offering our customers a selection of the most delectable and versatile syrups and sauces in the specialty coffee industry.

For sauces, we are stocking Torani Pumpkin Pie Sauce packed 4 – 64 oz. bottles per case.  We also have by special order a limited-time stocking of the DaVinci Gourmet Pumpkin Sauce packed in 6 – 64 oz. bottles per case.

For those who prefer to use syrups in their café lattes and other specialty drinks, we are stocking the following syrups in 750ML glass bottle:

  • Torani Pumpkin Pie Syrup (Regular and Sugar Free)
  • DaVinci Gourmet Pumpkin Pie Syrup
  • Monin Pumpkin Spice Syrup

Due to their popularity and high demand, we are pre-packing these glass bottles into six-count cases for quick shipment and passing along the full case savings of $1.50 per case (based on standard list price), single flavor on these prepackaged syrups.

We also have by special order a limited-time stocking of the following syrups in 750ML glass bottles, packed 12 per case:

  • DaVinci Gourmet Pumpkin Pie Sugar Free
  • Torani Pumpkin Spice Syrup
  • Monin Pumpkin Pie Syrup

Make sure to plan for the upcoming fall season early! Call your customer care or sales associate at 800.835.5943 for more details and pricing.

Stockton Graham Now Offers Teawave, Dolce, Sweetbird and Pacific Chai!

Stockton Graham & Co. is proud to now offer Teawave, Dolce, Sweetbird Syrups and Pacific Chai products to our customers. We are always looking for new products to serve our customers needs and these select brands were brought in to meet those demands.

Teawave makes real fruit smoothies blended from natural ingredients, high quality fruits and Rooibos red tea extracts. These smoothies come in 9 delicious flavors and offer 50% more antioxidants than green tea.

Dolce syrups were inspired from the beautiful things in Italian life. They want you to stop and enjoy the small things, like your coffee. Dolce offers 17 classic syrup flavors and 7 sugar free options. This line of syrups offers an elite taste, with a lower price point.

Sweetbird syrups are perfect for the Vegan or Vegetarian customer. Approved by the Vegetarian Society and for vegans by Viva!, Sweetbird assures no GMOs, artificial preservatives or colorings.

Pacific Chai is a dry mix of rich chai, ginger, honey, cinnamon and cloves. With 7 great flavors, it is another option to have customers coming to your shop for fall.

Only a few more days of our Pumpkin Promotion left!

There are only a few more days of our great pumpkin syrups and sauces promotion left! Pumpkin is falls favorite flavor, so have your shop ready for the pumpkin crowd!

If you pre-order a full case of Pumpkin sauces or syrups before Aug 31 we will give you:

$4 off a case* of  Pumpkin Sauces
$6 off  a case*of Pumpkin Syrups
*full cases only (applies to 12ct pumpkin syrup or 4ct/6ct sauce)
***All pre-orders will ship 9/5/2012 with FREE FREIGHT***

Syrups and sauces will be available from the taste leaders Monin, DaVinci and Torani! Stay ahead of the competition and call Stockton Graham at 800.835.5943 to pre-order your pumpkin flavors today!

With Fall and a change in temperatures right around the corner, your customers are going to be looking for those delicious pumpkin flavors!

August Promotions Recap

With August being the segue month from Summer to Fall, we are offering a lot of great promotions to help your shop shift into the cooler months. To remind you of all we have going on here at Stockton Graham & Co., we have created this recap list. Give your Customer Care Associate a call at 1.800.835.5943 to place your order today!

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

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

Big Train Blended Cremes NY Cheesecake and Root Beer
Buy 1 case of NY Cheesecake get 1 case of Root Beer free
Expires: 8/31/2012

Torani Real Fruit Smoothie Green Apple
$4 off two 64oz. bottles
$18 off each case Expires: 8/31/2012

Torani Real Fruit Smoothie Strawberry Lemonade
$6 off a case Expires: 9/22/2012

Pumpkin Sauces & Syrups :Torani, Monin, Davinci Syrups Torani Sauces
$4 case instant savings on Sauces
$6 case instant savings on Syrups
(full cases only) Expires: 8/31/2012

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

Prepare your shop for Fall!

Fall is just about here, and it’s a great time to be a coffee shop owner! Your regulars start to return from summer vacation, kids begin a new school year, and some of the most favored seasonal blends and drinks give people another reason to stop in your shop. There’s a lot going on, and a business owner can get overwhelmed quickly, so we have prepared a cheat sheet of preps that you should take into consideration in order to plan for a successful fall.

Revise your menu for fall drinks! As we move into fall, our industry shifts gears and we begin to prepare for coffee’s busiest season. It is time to consider promoting your seasonal drinks, beginning with pumpkin!

• Call Stockton Graham & Co. to pre-order seasonal syrups and sauces. Customers expect flavors like Pumpkin Spice and Caramel Apple to be on your fall menu. Pre-ordering these seasonal items ensures you are prepared to handle the demand. We highly suggest you order AT LEAST one case of pumpkin flavored syrup of your brand choice – it will sell. We offer it in DaVinci, Torani and Monin. To give you an extra boost with the fall transition Stockton Graham & Co. is offering a  promotion for pumpkin syrups and sauces pre-order! Click here to learn more.

• Determine what seasonal coffees you will offer. Here at Stockton Graham & Co., we have numerous fall-inspired flavors and blends to satisfy any customer. Click here for more details, and a list of our favorite fall-time coffees!

Apple cider is also a very common and popular drink for the colder months. Click here to learn great ways to incorporate cider into you menu!

• Don’t forget about Chai! Chai is always a big hit in fall and winter months, and it is a great way to pick up some of those smoothie and frappe sales that oftentimes slow down this time of the year. Check out this great chai recipe to get your chai program up and running!

• Just because the peak of frozen beverages has come and gone doesn’t mean you won’t continue to sell them now, and through the fourth quarter. Dr. Smoothie’s 100% Cherry Cranberry is always a fall-time favorite, and this year’s new fall smoothie hit is Torani’s real fruit Green Apple smoothie! This green apple smoothie mixed with caramel sauce makes an AWESOME caramel apple smoothie. To give it a try, check out a spectacular offer here.

• And finally, make sure you are well staffed. Remember, fall marks the beginning of the busiest time of the year, and you don’t want to be shorthanded when it comes to employees. If you do need to hire additional help, be sure to consider Stockton Graham and Co.’s Coffee College to make sure your baristas are the best that they can be, ultimately saving you money!

If this is your first season as a cafe owner, or if you’re a veteran looking for some new, spicy ideas, contact one of our customer care associates today at (800) 835-5943 for additional seasonal advice!