Ghirardelli presents versatile products at our final vendor open house seminar

Ghirardelli visited Lollicup USA last week for the final vendor open house seminar of the year. This year, the beloved chocolate brand boasted its decadent frappe mixes and new hot chocolate with chocolate chips.

Aileen Avila, a business development manager for Ghirardelli, highlighted the versatility of the brand by sampling a variety of delicious drink options.

Avila began her discussing with some insight into the company, as well as current market trends.

Ghirardelli sample drink chocolate with house-made whipped cream

House-made whipped cream atop chocolaty beverage samples.

Ghirardelli is a household name, Avila said. According to her presentation, consumers prefer beverages made with Ghirardelli products over leading specialty coffee companies.

Business owners can easily capitalize on this by joining the brand’s official Made With Ghirardelli Program. The program, which is free of charge, allows shop owners to put a Ghirardelli logo on their menus, packaging and POS materials for approved menu items made with Ghirardelli products.

“Nine out of 10 people know the Ghirardelli name,” Avila said, explaining that the brand’s name truly helps push sales.

Aside from this program, the brand also hits the current trends in the beverage industry. Avila said the most recent trends include cold brew and nitro coffee, drinkable desserts, ethnic flavors, beverage flights and experimental flavors.

Ghirardelli products are adaptable and can be used to help store owners stay on trend. They can also help store owners form their own unique drink and dessert creations.

Avila proved this following her presentation by sampling several different beverages using white mocha and mocha frappe mixes, including a decadent sea salt caramel truffle, peanut butter hot fudge mocha and Aztec hot chocolate.

Customers sipped their delicious samples while asking Avila for suggestions. New drink creations were made along with a vanilla whipped cream flavored with a Ghirardelli powder.

This was an excellent and informative conclusion to Lollicup USA’s annual vendor seminars. Be on the lookout for next year’s presentations by the company’s top-of-the-line vendors.

Did you attend a session this year? Which one was your favorite? Be sure to let us know.

Monin inspires customers at annual open house seminar

Last week, Vittorio Caputi and Donna Ritchie visited Lollicup USA to talk to employees and customers about delicious Monin products as part of the annual vendor open house seminars.

Monin showcased its clean label pistachio syrup.

Monin has been in flavored syrup business for more than 105 years, and has been family owned since its founding, Caputi, a business development manager, said.

The brand offers syrups that can be used for a variety of applications including culinary, beverage and dessert.

While this brand offers products that may have a bit higher of a price than competitors, customers are guaranteed to pay for nothing but the highest-quality products.

Monin offers a high-quality selection of syrups, purees, smoothie mixes and more. The brand is also one of the few to offer its customers a wide variety of clean label products, Caputi said.

The clean label initiative is defined as products with little to no additives, minimal processing and a simple ingredient lists.

About 72 percent of customers are concerned about additives than they were two years ago, Caputi said. This is why so many customers are looking to buy natural or “clean label” food and beverage ingredients.

In addition to clean label, Monin focuses a lot on offer innovative flavors. Studies show approximately 40 percent of consumers are more likely to visit a restaurant that offers new and unique flavors, and 37 percent are more willing to spend more on unique flavors, Caputi said.

Other market trends include consumers’ quest for adventure, ethnic and novelty flavors, tradition and more.

After an in-depth conversation about these trends, Caputi and Ritchie, a territory manager for Monin, began to craft delicious samples.

They made an artisan soda with the new pistachio syrup, as well as flavored teas and lemonades. They also demonstrated the freshness of Monin fruit smoothie mix.

Lollicup USA will host its fifth and final vendor open house session May 25, with a presentation by Ghirardelli.

Join us at NRA Show 2017, this weekend!

Lollicup USA is heading to Chicago this month! The company will feature many products by Karat, Karat Earth and Tea Zone. New Karat® food packaging products will be showcased, in addition to many others. Tea Zone® food and beverage ingredients will also be on display. Lollicup USA will sample several delicious beverages, including a matcha smoothie, Hokkaido milk tea, tropical smoothie and more! Be sure to visit us at booth #1464 to see what we have to offer this year.

Caffe D’Vita shows off powder mixes at third open house of the season

The hot spring day was eased by icy treats, as Alan Dossey of Caffe D’Vita gave customers valuable advice for owning businesses.

Dossey, national sales manager for Caffe D’Vita, visited the Lollicup USA headquarters to discuss and demonstrate some of the brand’s best and most recent products.
This year, Dossey placed a lot of emphasis on his tips for operating a business in the foodservice industry. Being a successful business owner goes beyond serving good food and drinks, he said.

Caffe D’Vita offers powder mixes that make it simple to create quality drinks.

Considering what customers need and want is very important to running a business, which is why Caffe D’Vita products feature quality ingredients, no trans fats, a consistent yield and versatility for any season. These products are also gluten free and kosher and halal certified.
It is also very important to pay attention to industry trends, Dossey said.

For those who serve beverages, coffee is an especially important trend to keep watch of.

The number of people who purchase coffee beverages outside of their homes has risen 8 percent since 2014. Coffee consumers are also more willing to pay more for a cup of coffee than in previous years.

Caffe D’Vita offers a competitive advantage with its extensive product line. The brand carries base mixes, traditional flavor profiles like mocha and chai, and a variety of other powder mixes, including its popular milkshake mixes.

Dossey also discussed how important it is for business owners to overcome certain objections that they may have regarding their shop, including avoiding being too safe with menu items, worrying too much about cost and being concerned about selling the same or similar menu items as customers.

Overcoming these concerns can allow shop owners to push their businesses to their full potential.

Lollicup USA will host two more vendor open house sessions this year. For information on how to sign up to attend, contact your sales representative.

Lollicup USA hosts second open house with Kerry Foodservice brands

Lollicup USA hosted its second vendor open house session with a presentation by Kerry Foodservice Brands.

Nate Booth, regional sales manager for the brand, visited Lollicup USA in Chino to discuss DaVinci Gourmet®, Oregon Chai® and Big Train® consumable products.
With each of these brands, versatility and variety were stressed throughout the event.

The presentation kicked off with a discussion and demonstration of DaVinci Gourmet—a brand that specializes in the specialty coffee industry.
DaVinci uses the best ingredients possible to create syrups that perfectly pair with coffee beverages, Booth said. This allows for many business owners in the foodservice industry to enter the specialty coffee industry with ease.

DaVinci offers many options for enhancing the flavor of your beverages, including sweet syrups and sauces. These products are designed for both hot and cold drinks.
Flavored beverages add uniqueness and quality to beverages that might otherwise be bland. Adding flavor to beverages can increase profits by 10-40 percent, Booth said.
DaVinci also offers great concentrated smoothie mixes that are a great option for spring and summer menus. These mixes feature an authentic flavor.

Booth continued his presentation with Big Train powder mixes. The brand offers a variety of flavors for various applications. They can be mixed with juice, coffee, water, milk and just about any other tasty liquid.These mixes allow for perfectly blended treats; some of which instantly won the hearts of customers in attendance.

The session closed with a brief overview of delectable Oregon Chai concentrates and powders.

Chai is an extremely popular beverage in coffee shops, tea houses and cafes, Booth said. Like many of the other products presented at this session, this brand instantly sparked interest among customers at the event.

The 2017 vendor open house sessions will continue on next week with a presentation and demonstrations by Caffe D’Vita. Contact your sales representative for more information.