Fall is on its way, start prepping now

Fall is probably the last thing on your customers’ minds right now. The sun is blazing, a heat wave has taken over much of the country and the ocean breeze is calling. But don’t forget that, as a business owner, you must be one step ahead at all times.

Now is a great time to start planning your fall menu, and we have the inside scoop to what you will need to be ready for cool October nights.

Bring out the autumn flavors

Pumpkin spice usually begins to appear in coffee shops and restaurants as early as late August and early September. It may seem too soon, but many customers jump at the opportunity to grab a pumpkin spice latte once they are back in stores.

According to the BBC, this trend has, in a way, become all-American, with other western nations baffled by our obsession for pumpkin spice.

“Pumpkin spice also divides Americans, with many dismissing those that buy into the craze as ‘basic’. But the pumpkin-spice paraphernalia shows no sign of abating,” the BBC said.

Pumpkin isn’t the only flavor that is perfect for fall. Cinnamon, apple and caramel are other flavors that get fall on the brain for customers. For states with hotter weather in the fall, pomegranate is another great flavor that can be used in iced beverages like sodas and teas.

Cool weather mean warm drinks

Once hot coffees, teas and cocoas are back in season, shop owners will need hot cups to serve them. Buying the perfect hot cups for your business is simple.

Presentation and safety are both crucial, so be sure to consider both of these factors. Low-quality products can lead to leaking, and even burns on customers hands. Choose a cup that is sure to hold.

Cups are also available in different sizes and with varying styles for insulation. Shop owners who do not want to use cup jackets, insulated hot cups and ripple cups are a great option. These cups feature a double poly lining and an extra layer of insulation that eliminates the need for a cup jacket or cup sleeve.

Business owners who prefer cup jackets can select from printed or plain cups. For customized branding, cups and cup jackets can have logos and designs printed on them.

Warm foods for fall days

Cold sandwiches and salads will soon be replaced by hot bowls of soup and other warm meals. Like preparing for your hot drink selection, it is important to prepare for your hot food menu items.

The most important thing to consider when it comes to packaging is whether the containers, plates and bowls you are using can withstand higher heat levels.

PP Injection plastic is a great way to go for hot foods. They are also microwavable, which is a major perk for restaurants that serve takeout and quick service.

What other supplies do you think you’ll need this fall? Let us know in the comments!