Smoothies for breakfast

People are switching to smoothies for breakfast as a tasty way to drink a meal and get a healthy start to their day. Smoothies are an easy way to get a low-calorie, healthy, one-cup breakfast with the right type of energy that caffeinated coffee and sugary drinks don’t have. Plus, drinking a healthy smoothie instead of eating bagels and muffins for breakfast helps customers avoid the jittery or burned-out feeling by lunchtime.

Boosted by “smoothies for breakfast” campaigns from big-name QRS chains like Smoothie King, Tropical Smoothie, Jamba Juice and regional testing programs from Burger King, McDonalds, Dairy Queen and Subway, customers are increasingly grabbing smoothies on the go.Smoothies, Stockton Graham & Co.

Perhaps demographics are at the core of the smoothies for breakfast trend. More younger coffee shop patrons are placing an emphasis on their health and well-being, so breakfast is starting to make a resurgence in popularity. Younger, go-getters have experienced the drawbacks of skipping breakfast — lower energy, less nutrients and a tendency to binge-eat later in the day — so they’re finding ways to work breakfast back into their daily routines.

According to a 2014 survey of 1,000 adult consumers by Kellogg Company, 56% of respondents said they’d prefer to eat breakfast every day, but cited a lack of time as a primary reason why it doesn’t always happen.

Drinking a nutrient-rich smoothie doesn’t take as long as most meals and many people find it easier to manage in the car or on the run than other fast-food options. Time, portability, convenience and health are the biggest factors in choosing a smoothie.

The new breakfast smoothie craze is good news for your shop. You can be one of the first in your area to offer smoothies for breakfast as a way to entice more customers into your store.

As an operator, there are several benefits to offering smoothies for breakfast:

Sales: Smoothies have become more popular than ever and have grown on restaurant menus by 9%.  Almost 90% of consumers aged 18-24 want more smoothies available. These tasty and healthier beverages keep them coming back for more! Smoothies rake in more than $2 billion each year, according to Mintel International.

Customization: Smoothies can be made on-the-fly to satisfy just about any customer’s palette with just a few basic smoothie flavor mixes (strawberry banana, mango and pineapple for instance) and a couple healthy add-ins like yogurt, chai seeds, fresh fruit, fresh kale and protein powder.

Efficiency: In most cases, the only equipment you’ll need for a booming morning smoothie business is the same blender and cups you use for your afternoon blended drink business. Your shop may even have ingredients like yogurt and fresh fruit on your current breakfast or lunch menu. If you’re already offering frappes and smoothies in the afternoon, very little additional staff training will be necessary.

Here at Stockton Graham & Co. we offer everything you need to update your menu with delicious smoothie choices. From smoothie mixes to blenders, we offer it all by carrying a variety of both Dr. Smoothie mixes in addition to DaVinci Gourmet mixes. Between those two brands, there are over 32 smoothie flavors to choose from.

Greens for Breakfast
With chains like Starbucks, Jack in the Box, Burger King and Dunkin Donuts now offering green smoothies with ingredients like kale, spinach, beets and squash, customers are becoming more adventurous in their blended drink habits. You can ride to the top of the green smoothie wave by offering green alternatives on your breakfast smoothie menu.

The newest flavors in the DaVinci Gourmet smoothie family provide an easy way to try out green smoothies in your shop. Gratifying Greens is a mix of healthy vegetables and fruits such as spinach, pear, apple and kiwi made with only natural ingredients and no preservatives; it is the perfect way for your customers to start their day. Every flavor is gluten and lactose free, and there is a serving of fruit per glass. A second flavor, Red Harvest, is a yummy blend of super fruits such as acai berry and pomegranate with the fresh flavors of pumpkin and pear mixed in, creating a delightfully crisp taste.

The nice thing about DaVinci Gourmet’s Gratifying Greens and Red Harvest is that their healthy flavor profile is not overwhelming. So they create a nuanced foundation for the addition of healthful breakfast ingredients like yogurt, kefir, oats and almond butter.

You’ll want to experiment in your shop to create the perfect flavor profile for your customers. But here are two recipes to get you started:

Green Machine Breakfast Smoothie
6 oz DaVinci Gratifying Greens
1/4 oz Peach syrup
2 oz plain yogurt
1 T Chia seeds
16 oz. of ice

Directions: Place DaVinci Gratifying Greens in blender jar. Add yogurt and syrup. Top with ice. Blend, pour into cup and serve.

Kefir SuperFruits & Oats Breakfast Smoothie
6 oz DaVinci Red Harvest
3 oz Kefir
1 T organic oatmeal
16 oz Ice

Directions: Place DaVinci Red Harvest in blender jar. Add kefir and oatmeal. Top with ice. Blend until smooth, pour into cup and serve.

Pump up Breakfast
For an additional pump of health, add protein powder to a breakfast smoothie. Dr. Smoothie brand SmoothieCeuticals offers organic protein, vegan protein, whey protein and functional blends that are easily integrated into any smoothie recipe. Consider using Dr. Smoothie’s new Beetroot & Berries smoothie mix with an invigorating blend of tart red beets, strawberry and raspberry puree as a base. The Dr. Smoothie mixes are 100% fruit, gluten free and vegan. Each 20 oz. portion has a full day’s 5 servings of fruit and vegetables.

Red Revival Protein Breakfast Smoothie
6 oz Dr. Smoothie Beetroot & Berries
2 scoops SmoothieCeuticals Whey Protein
3 oz water
16 oz of ice
(optional) ¼ cup raspberries

Directions: Place SmoothieCeuticals whey protein in a blender and top with Dr. Smoothie Beetroot & Berries and water. Add ice blend. Pulse in raspberries for two seconds pour, into cup and serve.

New smoothie equipment, FREE product and rebates!
When your new breakfast smoothie menu becomes a hit, you may consider upgrading your blender or adding a new, super-quiet and high-efficiency commercial blender. We carry many Vitamix blenders ranging from easy blending to blast-off power. For a limited time, you can take up to 55% off the MSRP of commercial blenders from Vitamix.

Plus, as a special offer, receive up to 3 FREE cases of smoothie mix from Dr. Smoothie, DaVinci, Big Train, Caffe D’Amore, MoCafe, Monin or Torani with a blender purchase. All offers end 8/31/2015.

If you don’t need a new blender but want to try the new smoothie mixes from DaVinci and Dr. Smoothie, both brands are offering rebates on their products. Just call a Customer Care Associate at 800.835.5943 to order, and we’ll email the rebate form. It’s as easy as that!

Mix It Up This Spring

A business suit and flip flops? Short-shorts and high heels? A military-style jacket with nautical accents? Spring’s the time to start mixing it up. And when it comes to beverages at your store, spring’s the best time to plan for cold blended beverage sales.2015_Blender Specials

Last year alone, sales of cold blended beverages increased more than 166%, with fruit smoothies leading the pack. Adding cold blended beverages to your menu can help your business grow. Selling just 10 frozen drinks a day can increase store profits by $1000 a month!

Save up to 55% on Commercial Blenders from and VitaMix.

Stockton Graham & Co.® has partnered with VitaMix® and BlendTec® to help your store get ready for warm weather with savings of up to 55% on popular blender packages.

From the Vitamix Drink Machine Advanced to the Vitamix Quiet One, Stockton Graham & Co. has assembled these blender packages to provide the ability to handle customer orders with speed, consistency and reliability for many seasons to come.

If maintaining a calm and relaxing atmosphere is important at your store, Stockton Graham & Co. offers several low-noise blender options, such as the Quiet One from Vitamix and the Q-Series from BlendTec.

All of our blender packages come backed by the resource and expertise of over 100 years of specialty beverage experience to help your business succeed.

Bonus: Receive Enough Free Product to Pay for the Blender!

For a limited time, Stockton Graham & Co. is offering up to three FREE cases of blended beverage mix and powders with the purchase of a commercial blender package.* Mix and match select products from some of your favorite brands: Dr. Smoothie, DaVinci, Jet, Caffe D’Amore, Big Train, Monin, MoCafe and Torani.

The free cases will allow you to significantly offset the price of a new commercial blender. For instance, a single case of Dr. Smoothie can generate sales of at least $200 when you sell smoothies at a very modest price of $4.00 for 12 oz. Three cases can lead to $600 in sales—more than covering the cost of a new blender.

Contact a Stockton Graham & Co. Customer Care Associate at 800 835 5943 to discuss your blender needs and free product options. 

* Receive three free cases of select product from brands listed above with purchase of blender package from Stockton Graham & Co. For Dr. Smoothie only, receive two free cases with purchase of blender package under $500 and three free cases with purchase of blender package over $500. Not all products are available for free case promotion. Discuss available options with a Customer Care Associate. Purchaser pays all shipping on blender and free cases. Offer valid until 8/31/2015.

 

PLEASE NOTE: As of June 1, 2015, Stockton Graham & Co. is no longer taking orders for BlendTec blenders.

Proper Blender Maintenance from Stockton Graham & Co. & Big Train

 

Stockton Graham & Co. and Big Train want to make sure your shop is ready for summer frappe sales and your blender is a critical piece of that pie. Proper blender care and maintenance can prolong the life of your blender as well as improve your drink consistency and save you money. Here are some great tips to get ready for the blended season:

• Check your pitchers – Pitchers should not have spider cracks on either of the sides or have cracks at the bottom. Spider cracks in the pitcher could mean your quaternary ammonia levels are higher than 200ppm and cracks on the bottom allow the container to sit on the base differently potentially causing the drive socket and blade assembly to wear down quicker. If your containers are cracked, it is time to buy new ones.

• Check your blade assemblies – Hold the pitcher upside down under one arm and spin the clutch that is located at the bottom of the container. For Vita-Mix blenders, the blade assembly needs to be replaced if it does one of the following: spins more than 1-2 revolutions, keeps spinning, no longer has rigid teeth, contains a blackish/brownish oil-like substance beneath or can wiggle, the bearings are worn out. This is one of the benefits of a Vita-Mix blender; you can replace the blade assembly without replacing the entire pitcher.

• Check the Drive Socket – Look into the socket which is located on the top of the motor base. If the teeth/grooves are not rigid and clearly visible by touch, the socket needs to be changed.

Never:
-remove the container before the blades have stopped spinning or,
-put the container in the dishwasher.

 

If your blender cannot be refurbished or repaired, now is the time to bring in a new blender. Hanging on to one that’s clearly on it’s last leg can cost your dearly, especially if it decides to quit during 4th of July weekend. Luckily, VitaMix and Stockton Graham & Co. have your blender needs covered! These commercial VitaMix® blenders have been designed to blend luscious, mouthwatering frappes and delectable smoothies consistently drink after drink and customer after customer. Using our retail experience, Stockton Graham & Co. offers these blenders to provide the retailer the ability to handle one or many customer orders with speed, consistency and reliability for many seasons to come.

VITAMIX® DRINK MACHINE ADVANCE #05086
List $940
$425
The Drink Machine Advance has the power and performance to produce perfectly smooth beverages that’ll get your customers asking for more! The Drink Machine Advance has 6 programs using just the dial switch! Each program combines the right speed and timing to eliminate the guesswork, allowing operators to have consistency from location to location, and drink to drink.

VITAMIX® T&G 2 BLENDING STATION #34013
List $1705
$725
The noise-reducing cover of the Vita-Mix Touch & Go 2 makes this one of the quietest blenders on the market, allowing you to blend virtually any drink while preserving your shop’s soothing atmosphere. As powerful as the Vita-Mix Drink Machine Advance, but adding 34 programmable blending programs, variable speed control, low and high pulsing, and a much quieter operation.

VITAMIX® THE QUIET ONE #36019
List $2095
$1025
Operating at an amazing 18 decibels below its closest competitor on one of the most demanding recipes (milkshake), according to independent third party testing, The Quiet One would be perceived as being four times quieter. It was specifically designed to create a more enjoyable customer environment while offering operators the ability to deliver a wide variety of superior blended beverages.

Give us a call at (800) 835-5943 for blender advice, Big Train recipes and more!

Your New Blender Could Be Free!

Smoothie season is on the horizon, and there is a wide variety of new products. The current trend indicates that customers are looking for more healthy versions of the products they already buy. Tofu smoothies aren’t in style just yet, but low-fat and all-natural products are thriving. Jet has recently introduced a Non-Fat Yogurt Smoothie program and Torani has produced their brand new Real Fruit Smoothies. Manufacturers are becoming more adept at maximizing nutrition without sacrificing taste, and the result is an increase in sales. This sales jump can be very profitable, but many cafes are already maxing out their blenders. Smoothies often play second fiddle to coffee in the café, but that doesn’t mean that your old blender can’t have an upgrade.

Stockton Graham & Co. and smoothie vendors have partnered with equipment companies in order to bring you a complete listing of blender rebate programs. The chart below provides insight on the discounts and free product available with blenders. If these rebates are employed properly, many of the blenders available at Stockton Graham & Co. are practically free. Take for example the Dr. Smoothie rebate program. It states that any new blender purchase will be accompanied by two free cases of smoothie. If you figure that each case of Dr. Smoothie contains 48 – 16 oz. drinks, and those drinks are sold for $4.00 each, then those free cases will yield $384 of profit. If you consider that the Vitamix Drink Machine Advance costs $425, then a brand new blender will cost you only $41. To access our rebate program guide or our blender catalog, please visit our link library and choose from the appropriate brands.

Reid Jackson
Stockton Graham & Co.

Blended Drink Solutions from Stockton Graham & Co.

Stockton Graham & Co.® and Vitamix® present the New 2011 Blender Series for specialty coffee retailers: the Drink Machine Advance, T&G 2 Blending Station and The Quiet One.

These commercial Vita-Mix® blenders have been designed to blend luscious, mouthwatering frappes and delectable smoothies consistently drink after drink and customer after customer. Using our retail experience, Stockton Graham & Co. ® offers these blenders to provide the retailer the ability to handle one or many customer orders with speed, consistency and reliability for many seasons to come.

VITAMIX® DRINK MACHINE ADVANCE #05086

List $940

$425

The Drink Machine Advance has the power and performance to produce perfectly smooth beverages that’ll get your customers asking for more! The Drink Machine Advance has 6 programs using just the dial switch! Each program combines the right speed and timing to eliminate the guesswork, allowing operators to have consistency from location to location, and drink to drink.

VITAMIX® T&G 2 BLENDING STATION #34013

List $1705

$725

The noise-reducing cover of the Vita-Mix Touch & Go 2 makes this one of the quietest blenders on the market, allowing you to blend virtually any drink while preserving your shop’s soothing atmosphere. As powerful as the Vita-Mix Drink Machine Advance, but adding 34 programmable blending programs, variable speed control, low and high pulsing, and a much quieter operation.

VITAMIX® THE QUIET ONE #36019

List $2095

$1025

Operating at an amazing 18 decibels below its closest competitor on one of the most demanding recipes (milkshake), according to independent third party testing, The Quiet One would be perceived as being four times quieter. It was specifically designed to create a more enjoyable customer environment while offering operators the ability to deliver a wide variety of superior blended beverages.

Smoothie brands available: Dr. Smoothie, Jet, Big Train, Monin, Torani, Caffe D’Amore.