Get ready to soak up the sun – prep. for warmer months with DaVinci

With summer right around the corner again, now is a great time to start thinking about what cold treats you will put on your menu this year.


DaVinci Strawberry Bomb Smoothie Mix.

For a quick, simple and complete summer beverage, try a DaVinci Gourmet® iced drink mix. Lollicup® offers both blended ice bases and blended ice coffee powder mixes that create amazingly sweet beverages.

Tasty frappe mixes are available in chocolate, white chocolate and vanilla flavors.

DaVinci also offers some of its frappe mixes in “skinny” low calorie, low fat and low sugar options. The skinny collection includes the Skinny Vanilla Freeze and Skinny Freeze Chocolate. These are delicious alternatives for those who are being a bit more conscious of calorie intake.

For all of the coffee lovers out there, DaVinci offers several icy options with its line of blended ice coffee mixes. The Kona Mocha Freeze, Mocha Freeze, Chocolate Chunk Freeze and more are absolutely perfect for a caffeine fix on a warm spring day.

DaVinci smoothie mixes are great for those who crave fruity flavors instead of chocolate or coffee. These mixes are made with real sugar, real fruit purees and no preservatives. Lollicup carries many flavors including, Extreme Peach, Strawberry Bomb, Mango Mania and more.

If you are looking for something less creamy and more refreshing try a DaVinci Gourmet syrup for a perfect soda or flavored seltzer water. These can even be used to create a spring or summer cocktail!

Help your customers celebrate the warmth of spring and summer with some of these delectable options.

For more information on DaVinci products, please contact your sales representative!

Update on crude oil prices, and how it affects your costs

A few months ago, we published an article about the drop in crude oil prices worldwide. Yesterday, Jan. 19, Huffington Post reported an additional decrease in crude oil prices nationally and internationally. Oil prices were below $28 per barrel on Monday, which is the lowest price since 2003 according to Huffington Post.

With crude oil prices continuing to decrease, we are keeping an eye on the market to see when and how we can help you save money on Karat® food service disposables. Remember, When Karat saves, you save!

See below for our last post on oil prices:


Changes in oil costs may be affecting your prices

Originally posted Nov. 2, 2015

The slow and steady drop in oil prices over the past year has many concerned for the health and stability of the economy. This decrease in crude oil costs has been in progress since late 2014, according to Plastics News.

The future of these prices and whether they will increase significantly is still uncertain. Some prices have increased to almost $50 a barrel (compared to $45 and below), but these small increases seem to be short-lived.

It has been predicted that prices will begin increasing slightly in 2016, from about $49 to $53 according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA); however, the EIA crude oil price summary illustrates that these increases are far from where we once were with crude oil costs.

The plastics industry is often heavily affected by economic changes like these. In the case of cheaper oil, this is actually slightly beneficially to manufacturers like Karat®, as well as its customers. This could be considered a silver lining to the volatile and unclear future of the oil market.

“The plastics industry can expect to have relatively low oil prices for the next two or three years as demand catches up with supply …” according to Plastics News.

For those in the plastics industry this means the price of plastic resins for the creation of foodservice disposables and other plastic products is lower and will probably remain lower for a while. PP, PS and PET resins have all experienced price drops in recent months.

In August, each of these resins experienced a price drop, with PET having the largest decrease in price (4 cents), according to Plastics News. By September, the prices were still lower than normal. Prices have since come up very slightly, but not enough to be felt by those purchasing resin.

Karat has paid close attention to these economic changes and has begun adjusting prices based on how much money is spent on resin. The less money Karat spends on resin, the more money Karat’s customers save on their food service disposable products.

Survive the rest of winter with DaVinci Gourmet®


DaVinci offers a wide variety of hot and cold beverage ingredients.

The holidays are over, but the cold weather has only begun. There are still several months of cold hands and pink noses, even though spring looks like it’s around the corner. Get through the cold with hot beverage options by DaVinci Gourmet®.

Lollicup offers a wide selection of DaVinci Gourmet’s products. Syrups, sauces and smoothie mixes are just a few examples. For a quick, easy and delicious premade treat, DaVinci offers hot beverage powder mixes that are sure to warm you up, whether it is raining, snowing or just plain freezing.

For a hot flavored cup of tea, DaVinci’s Tahitian Vanilla Chai Latte Mix is the perfect choice. The chai latte mix is made with delicious black tea, vanilla and various spices, including clove, cinnamon, cardamom and ginger. This mix is extremely easy to make, and can also be used to make an iced or frozen drink. Lollicup Store also offers the East India Spice Chai Latte Mix, which is another great option.

DaVinci’s Gourmet Cocoa Mix is another good choice for a soothingly warm treat. The Chocolate Truffle Gourmet Cocoa Mix is made with delicious dark chocolate.

For other hot beverage creations, DaVinci’s sauces make a great topping! Drizzle caramel on top of a coffee drink, or double up on chocolate by adding chocolate sauce to your cocoa!

Get noticed this year – Have your products custom printed

One of those most difficult aspects of running your own business is making sure that your customers are familiar with your brand.

Recognition is a lot harder to get that it seems it would be. Of course, word of mouth is always a good tool, but an extra push would be even better.

Need some direction on how to get that extra push? Try Lollicup USA’s custom print services.

Make 2016 the year that you get noticed. Make it the year that your business becomes a household name in your area!

Custom printing your brand or logo on your cups, napkins, straw wrappers etc. is a simple and creative way to spread the word about your incredible services.

Since Lollicup USA began manufacturing in the United States, it has brought in four printers, including three 6-color printers and one 8-color printer. These printers might be the first step in taking your business to the next level.

Our short turnaround time, which is between 8 and 14 weeks, will allow you to begin showing off your product in no time!

Here is a complete list of the products you can buy and have custom printed:

  • PET Cold Cups
  • Paper Cold Cups
  • Hot Paper Cups
  • Paper Food Containers
  • Eco-Hot Paper Cups (Karat® Earth)
  • Cold (PLA) Cups (Karat® Earth)
  • PolyPro/PP Cups
  • Pizza Boxes
  • Sealing film for PET and PP Cups
  • Tulip or Traditional Cup Jackets
  • Beverage and Dinner Napkins
  • Food Buckets
  • Straw Wrappers
  • Insulated Hot Cups
  • PP/PLA Deli Containers
  • Fold-To-Go Boxes.

For more information about our custom printing services, please contact us! We can give you more information about lead times, minimums and more!