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.

Cappuccine highlights exquisite flavors at annual vendor open house

It’s another year, and our annual Vendor Open House seminars kicked off with a great discussion and presentation by Pete Kelly from Cappuccine®. Kelly, a regional sales manager for Cappuccine, pulled out all the stops with some of the brands most successful and delicious flavor options.

“Everything we do exudes quality,” Kelly said as customers taste tested blended frappes.

The presentation began with an overview of industry information. Kelly said the coffee and frappe industry is a very lucrative business.

Cappuccine samples frappes at annual open house seminar.

Specialty coffee sales are increasing 20 percent per year, and account for nearly 8 percent the $18 billion coffee market. Iced, frozen and blended beverages are the top growing beverage trends, he said.

Thanks to the growing frappe market, Cappuccine has flourished since its founding in 1991. The brand offers a variety of flavors, many of which are sold at Lollicup USA.

Cappuccine products are both delicious and simple to make, making them ideal for business owners who seek a high-quality, hassle-free menu option. These award-winning powders can be mixed with milk or water. They also mix very well with coffee.

During the seminar, Kelly sampled out many top-selling flavors. Pistachio, matcha, cookies n’ cream and red velvet were so popular that some customers placed orders for them immediately following the event. These flavors offer a delicious authenticity that not all powder brands have. The red velvet flavor truly gives customers that realistic cream cheese flavor that red velvet cake often features.

Kelly also sampled the beloved Extreme Toffee Coffee flavor by blending ice, milk and a delicious toddy cold brew. Not only does this product create a bold, sweet taste, it also is enhanced by bits of Skor® candy bar.

The first vendor open house session of the year was a major success. This week, Kerry will stop by to discuss and demonstrate Big Train®, DaVinci Gourmet® and Oregon Chai®. For more information about these weekly seminars, please contact your sales representative.

Check out the latest products at Lollicup USA

Each year, the company brings in many new products and product lines to help its customers continue to run their businesses smoothly.

Here are the latest products at Lollicup USA this year:

Inspire wanderlust with the new Atlas hot cup by Karat.

Inspire wanderlust with the new Atlas hot cup by Karat.

Aluminum foil pop up sheets, food containers and lids:

Aluminum containers are available in various sizes and are great for hot or cold foods, to-go orders and more. Foil laminated paper board lids and OPS dome lids fit perfectly to keep foods covered. Aluminum foil sheets are recyclable and safe for use in the oven. These leak resistant items help maintain food temperature and moisture. Karat aluminum products are ISO 9001 certified.

The Atlas hot cup:

The Atlas design is new and inspired by the universal love for hot beverages around the globe. Karat® paper hot cups are sturdy, recyclable and made with high-quality paper.The Atlas hot cup fits with all Karat® 90mm enclosure and sipper dome lid.

Paper shopping bags:

These kraft paper bags feature twisted handles, making them great for carrying items on the go. Multiple sizes will be available. These bags are made from 70- 90 percent recycled material. They are also reusable and recyclable. Custom printing is available.

Grease resistant deli paper:

Wrap your food and line your food baskets with grease-proof paper sheets by Karat. These sheets are grease resistant to keep your food presentation nice and clean. Choose from kraft or white pre-cut sheets to fit your business needs. Looking for a perfect match? Custom printing services are also available

Lollicup USA reaches $123 million in sales

Happy New Year to all of our loyal customers and partners! We can’t wait to work with again through 2017 and beyond.

Once again, Lollicup USA, Inc. had a very successful year. In 2016, the company brought in new machines that will enhance manufacturing capability, and it opened a new warehouse in Wilmer, TX.

With the opening of a new facility, the company also expanded employment significantly. The company now has 400 employees.

It also saw a 23 percent increase in sales; from $100 million to $123 million. In 2017, Lollicup USA has plans to improve its efficiency by offering extensive training opportunities for its employees across all departments.

The company hopes more training will better improve efficiency and communication between coworkers, including understanding workloads within departments. Improved efficiency will also make surpassing the company’s 2017 sales goal more possible. Alan Yu, Lollicup USA’s CEO and co-founder, said $160 million is the target for sales this year.

In addition to boosting sales, the company will continue to bring in new product lines that will help us better provide for our customers to meet their demands and needs.

Prepare for winter with winter-inspired flavor

Winter is here and with it comes new opportunities for seasonal drink options.

Seasonal products can often turn an ordinary shop, into a five-star yelp review, customer favorite. It is important to bring in new, limited items to help keep customers interested in your location.

This can often inspire them to return throughout the year to see what else your store offers.

Lollicup carries many must-have products for winter and the holidays.

Here are some of the best flavors for winter:

Peppermint:

Peppermint is one of the most notable holiday flavors. It is most often enjoyed in the form of candy cane, but is also popular in coffee and chocolate beverages.

Lollicup offers peppermint syrups from many brands, including 1883 Maison Routin, Torani, Monin and DaVinci Gourmet. These syrups can be used to simply enhance a mocha, latte and cocoa.

For a quick and simple way to add this flavor to a dessert or a drink, drizzle Torani® peppermint bark sauce over the top. This sauce is a great way to turn a delicious yet ordinary treat into a seasonal favorite.

Aside from syrup, Lollicup also carries organic peppermint tea by Harney & Sons, which has many health benefits.

Cinnamon:

The holidays are often known for spicy scents and flavors. Along with the deliciously popular chai, cinnamon holds a special place in the hearts of those who love hot winter drinks.

Monin, Torani, 1883 Maison Routin and DaVinci Gourmet all offer high-quality cinnamon syrups. Sugar-free options are also available.

Cappuccine, which specializes in frappe mixes, has an incredibly sweet cinnamon bun frappe mix that is sure to attract customers.

Caramel:

This flavor is delicious year-round, but is especially tasty poured over classic fall and winter coffee beverages. Lollicup carries the caramel flavor in many forms, from flavored powders to sauces in several different brands.

Create a traditional caramel macchiato or something entirely new.

 

For information on how to use some of these great products, check the blog periodically for recipe ideas.

Get ready for the holiday season with new stock prints

Lollicup USA sweater print cups will give customers the warm, cozy holiday feeling.

Lollicup USA sweater print cups will give customers a warm, cozy holiday feeling.

Lollicup USA’s new holiday print products are now available.

With the holidays around the corner, now is a great time to prepare.

The new design features a holiday-themes sweater print that is perfect for winter.

Cup jackets, paper food containers and hot cups are all available.

Once November hits, many people excitedly begin putting up their holiday decorations. Many are very enthused by the season, and love when businesses participate as well. For example, consider the public’s obsession over Starbucks special holiday cups.

Bob Phibbs of RetailDoc.com mentioned that decorating for the holidays can be an excellent marketing tool for a business. He said it combines the new and the familiar to change the atmosphere of a store.

“There is a reason better merchants pull out all the stops during December – it jolts jaded shoppers into the higher brain area that engages child-like wonder,” Phibbs said.

If you are hoping to draw in the crowd this holiday season, the new Karat holiday print is a great start.

Ease pumpkin pie cravings

Halloween is almost here and stores are already beginning to clear out selections of Halloween candy and spooky décor. If you haven’t done so already, now is the perfect time to start planning to bring out new seasonal menu items.

Luckily, there are so many unique options to choose from because of our vendors. Here is a great example by DaVinci Gourmet®:

Pumpkin Pie Shake:

  • 1 ounce DaVinci Gourmet® Pumpkin Pie Syrup
  • 1 1/4 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 1 ounce milk

Directions:

Combine ingredients in a blender set on high speed and blend until smooth.

Visit the DaVinci Gourmet website for more recipes.