Lollicup USA celebrates two-year anniversary of plant

Lollicup USA manufactures plastic cups in its Chino, CA warehouse.

Lollicup USA manufactures plastic cups in its Chino, CA warehouse.

Today marks the two-year anniversary of the operation of the company’s manufacturing facility in Chino, CA. Lollicup USA proudly manufactures many of its Karat products in the United States. The company held its grand opening in 2014 with just a few machines. Now the facility is packed full of automated, high-capacity and high-speed German equipment.

Poli Chou, production manager at Lollicup USA, said the plant began operations in 2014 with two extruders, one PET thermoforming machine, three paper cup forming machines and one printer for custom printing products.

After two years, the company now has a bustling manufacturing facility; complete with over 100 plant workers and various types of machinery, including, two PET extruders, one PP extruder, five thermoforming machines, eight paper cup forming machines, one paper slitting machine, one paper punching machine and four printers for custom printing.

The company is also installing a brand new state-of-the-art Reifenhäuser extruder, which will replace the extruders currently in use, and will increase production by 50 percent.

Lollicup USA is planning an expansion for its production capabilities with a second manufacturing plant. This second plant will be built in Rockwall, Texas, and is expected to open in 2018.

Combine sweet and salty flavors for a decadent coffee or tea

There is nothing stronger than a craving for an iced sea salt coffee. This tempting drink is all the rage at shops like 7 Leaves and 85C bakery. Lollicup® retail stores have an amazing sea salt tea option.

If you are looking to subtly enhance your coffee selection on your menu, quick and easy sea salt cream may be the perfect option for you.

Sea salt cream is a great way to make a plain coffee or tea more flavorful and interesting. The combination of sweet and salty has always been a favorite among lovers of sweet treats. From chocolate covered almonds to kettle corn.

Tea Zone® Sea Salt Cream Powder is a perfect substitute for milk foam and whipped cream. This powder is made without any additives.

Ingredients:

  • 9 Lollicup scoops of Tea Zone Sea Salt Cream Powder (#P1044)
  • 1/6 Lollicup scoop of sea salt
  • 50 ml of heavy cream
  • 100 ml of milk

Preparation:

  • Combine all ingredients in a blender and mix until the ingredients are creamy.
  • Pour the cream over iced coffee or your preferred flavor of iced tea.
  • For a completed look, add a pinch of matcha, or another flavor of powder to the top of the beverage.

Specialty lemonade: a great treat for hot weather

Summer is just weeks away. Sun-kissed customers will soon pick up their favorite cold beverages on their break from the beach.

Summertime allows for a great opportunity to bring in seasonal cold drinks. Need some ideas? Try out special lemonades with Big Train® Shaken Lemonade Mix, which is flavored with real honey.

This powder is delicious enough to create simple lemonade, but is also ideal for making an Arnold Palmer, an Oolong Lemonade, Floral Lemonade and much more.

Here is a little inspiration:

Arnold Palmer:

Combine 3 scoops of Big Train Shaken Lemonade with 2 ounces of hot water to a shaker. Stir the concoction until it dissolves. Next add 3 ounces of cold water and 6 ounces of black tea or oolong tea. Shake well, decorate with your favorite garnish and serve!

Flavored Frozen Lemonade:

Combine 3 scoops of Big Train Shaken Lemonade with 2 ounces of your favorite flavored syrup. We recommend a Monin® syrup for this particular mixture. Try mango, blackcurrant, cranberry or wildberry. Combine the mixture of powder and syrup with 4 ounces of water and a cup filled past the top with ice. Blend all ingredients together in a blender. Garnish and serve.

Floral Lemonade:

Combine 2 scoops of Big Train Shaken Lemonade Mix with 2 ounces of hot water to a shaker and stir until the powder dissolves. Next add 2-3 ounces of Monin rose or lavender syrup and 2/3 cups of ice to the mixture. Shake well, decorate with your favorite garnish and serve.

Very Pink Lemonade:

Combine 3 scoops of Big Train Shaken Lemonade Mix with 2 ounces of hot water to a shaker and stir until the powder dissolves. Once dissolved, add 1.5 ounces of Tea Zone® Raspberry Syrup or Tea Zone Strawberry Syrup to the shaker. Next add 2/3 cup of ice, 2 ounces of hot water and 6 ounces of cold water. Shake well and serve.

There are many other options for cold, refreshing summer beverages. For more tips, tricks and goings on at Lollicup® USA, be sure to check back with us each week for a new post!

FunMix educates Lollicup on waffle powder mixes

Waffles can be topped with ice cream, powdered sugar, fruit and more.

Waffles can be topped with ice cream, powdered sugar, fruit and more.

FunMix, a brand of waffle mix powders and waffle irons, held a demonstration in Lollicup USA’s central kitchen this afternoon.

Representatives flew in from Taiwan to show attendees a few many of its waffle powder mixes.

One mix featured a rice base, another chocolate, and mochi. A gluten free option was also featured.

A highlight of this powder is how simple it is to make. No mechanical mixers are needed, and the product mixes easily with milk or water. The chocolate power is not recommended to use with milk because the finished product is not as flavorful, the representative said.

Mixes are quick and simple to make and the waffles can be topped with and decorated with fruit, whipped cream, chocolate or caramel sauce and more. Savory toppings and side dishes are also a great option. Chicken, French fries and salsa were among the more savory options. These powders can also have extra flavor added to them using flavored powders.

Alan Yu, Lollicup CEO and co-founder, said presentation is very important and an ordinary waffle on a plate by itself may be only a few dollars on a menu; however items with an exquisite presentation are worth spending more money on.

For more information about FunMix, stop by the brand’s booth at the International Dairy-Deli-Bake Seminar and Expo this weekend in Houston, TX.

Cappuccine presents high-quality, unique flavor profiles

Innovation and quality are key to Cappuccine’s success. Pete Kelly, a regional sales manager for Cappuccine, and Natasha Simone Ferguson, the marketing director for Cappuccine, stopped by Lollicup USA’s Chino headquarters to present beverage options to staff and customers.

Cappuccine was founded locally in 1991, and was the first company to ever create powdered frappe mixes.

Pete Kelly, regional sales manager for Cappuccine, creates samples for attendees.

Pete Kelly, regional sales manager for Cappuccine, creates samples for attendees.

What makes Cappuccine stand out from other major players is its focus on quality and authenticity, Kelly said.

These products do not include just “flavored ingredients,” but authentic add-ins. An example of this is the Extreme Toffee Coffee Mix, which has bits of real SKOR Butter Toffee Bars in the powder.

Unique flavors allow for customers to make simple yet innovative dessert alternatives, including pistachio frappes, cinnamon bun frappes and more. These are flavors that are not sold or many by many companies.

Kelly described the brand’s business model as one that intends to carve a niche in the already booming coffee and frappe industry. Cappuccine emphasizes high-quality and versatility.

Frappes are a top seller in the coffee business. In fact, the offer the highest dollar profit of any non-alcoholic beverage. The average profit for a 16 oz. frappe is about $2.99, Kelly said.

The frappe market is extremely lucrative, with the specialty coffee industry in the United States contributing to its success. The U.S. specialty coffee sales are increasing by 20 percent per year. These sales also account for nearly 8 percent of the 18 billion dollar U.S. coffee market.

“It’s [coffee] the $5 luxury that you’re not going to give up,” Kelly said.

Even in the most difficult economic times, the coffee business still manages to succeed.

The seminar continued on with a series of mouth-watering samples of both hot and cold beverages, made from the brand’s versatile mixes.

Customers taste tested red velvet, a hot chai, a toffee coffee blend made with cold toddy and more.

The 2016 vendor open house was a hit for customers and Lollicup USA staff alike. Keep your eyes peeled for information about next year’s vendor open house seminars.