Ghirardelli dazzles guests with decadent recipes and flavors

Aileen Avila, business development manager at Ghirardelli, pours samples for customers.

Aileen Avila, business development manager at Ghirardelli, pours samples for customers.

Ghirardelli brought delicious samples of frappe bases and syrups to Lollicup USA’s headquarters last Wednesday for the fourth vendor open house seminar of the year.

Although Ghirardelli is known best for its chocolate, the brand is remarkably versatile. This was the highlight of Ghirardelli’s seminar.

About six samples of icy and delicious blended beverages were made each session to show all of the different ingredients that can be paired with Ghirardelli; from tiramisu to dulce de leche.

Aileen Avila, a business development manager for Ghirardelli, encouraged customers to seek out unique flavors.

She said frappe bases are often mixed with juice, coffee and other ingredients to make very unique treats.

The first session’s taste testing began with a delicious chocolate chip banana bread pudding frappe. Avila blended Classic White Frappe Mix, a banana, water, ice and a graham cracker together to make an incredibly decadent drink.

Later in session Lollicup staff and customers had the opportunity to create their own recipe. The group decided to combined ingredients like milk, caramel, peanut butter, vanilla wafer cookies and Chocolate Frappe mix. The drink was deemed the “Lollicup special,” and the results were delicious.

Avila also stressed the importance of marketing a menu, products and the business as a whole.

Avila said getting customer’s attention is extremely important to maintaining a business. Any marketing efforts can help give your business the push it needs.

Tips were offered on how to create attractive menu boards and advertisements. Avila said ads can be made using free phone apps like VSCO, Aviary, Phonto and Pitch Stitch. These aps are great options for those on a tight budget.

Ghirardelli helps customer market products with its “Made with Ghirardelli” program. Food and beverages made with Ghirardelli products can be advertised as such. According to Ipsos Chocolate Consumer Monitor, nine out of 10 people are aware of the Ghirardelli brand.

There is one final vendor open house seminar of the year. Cappuccine with stop by Lollicup USA on Wednesday, June 1.

Oregon Chai, DaVinci Gourmet and Big Train inspire customers at open house

Last Wednesday’s vendor open house brought about a very important aspect of the foodservice industry: variety.

Nate Booth, a senior corporate accounts manager for Kerry Foodservice Brands, showcased some of the best products from top brands; from chai flavors to kid-inspired drink mixes.

The events began with an introduction to the well-renown Oregon Chai brand, which is the no. 1 selling chai brand.

Nate Booth discusses DaVinci smoothie mix,

Nate Booth discusses DaVinci smoothie mix.

Chai sales are continuously on the rise as people seek alternatives to coffee drinks. Booth said 49 percent of coffee shops, donut shops and cafes have chai on their menus.

For those not already serving chai, Booth encouraged them to try out Oregon Chai’s delicious Chai Tea Latte Concentrate. Guests had the opportunity to taste this sweet and simple mix during the session.

Booth followed his Oregon Chai demonstration with an in-depth conversation about DaVinci Gourmet products. While this brand carries a wild variety of products, it began with its focus on coffee beverages.

“DaVinci Gourmet (syrups) was made for coffee,” Booth said. The brand was founded in Seattle, WA in the 1990s and was developed to focus on accenting espresso.

This is what makes these syrups stand out from other leading brands. DaVinci Gourmet flavors perform very well in both hot and cold coffee drinks.

Flavor is a necessity, Booth said. “Not everyone likes an Americano.” Guests chuckled and nodded.

Flavored beverages add uniqueness and quality to beverages that might otherwise be ordinary. Adding flavor to beverages can increase profits by 10-40 percent, he said.

Along with syrups, Booth highlighted the brand’s sauces. Each flavor breaks down and infuses the beverage instead of drifting to the bottom of the cup. These sauces thoroughly and evenly add flavor.

“We want the first sip to taste like the last sip,” Booth said.

The final presentation featured Big Train, a brand of tasty powder drink mixes and concentrates. Seminar attendees had the opportunity to help create and taste test some of Big Train’s Blended Creme products, including a flavor from its Kidz Kreamz line.

Two more vendor open house sessions are available for sign-ups. On May 18, Ghirardelli will present its incredible selection of products. Click here for more information and for RSVP instructions.

Monin brings exquisite flavor demonstrations to Lollicup USA

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Guests sample Monin Mango Smoothie Mix.

Following a brief video on the history of Monin, Vittorio Caputi, business development
manager, begged a simple question. “What is something that stands out to you about this brand?” The answer is quality.

Monin, a French company founded in 1912, visited Lollicup USA on Wednesday to present beverage and culinary applications of some of its best flavors.

Caputi said the company originally began specializing in liqueurs. It later expanded into coffee and beverages, and is now moving into the world of culinary arts.

Monin is best known for its authenticity and high quality of flavor. Caputi said nine times out of 10, the company’s flavors are preferred over the competitors’ flavors.

Caputi continued the presentation by touching on important trends in the beverage industry.

Lemonades, teas and handcrafted sodas are increasingly popular among customers.

He said iced coffees and coffee beverages are still a hit, with top flavors like mocha, caramel, hazelnut and more. Millennials are the top consumer demographic for coffee, particularly iced coffee. About 38 percent of those sampled were iced coffee drinkers, he said.

Following the flavor trend discussion, an in-depth taste testing of various Monin products captivated minds as well as the sweet tooth of many guests.

Monin featured some of its amazing flavors that Lollicup carries, as well as some brand new products projected to be a hit.

The first flavor of the day ended up being the most talked about among Lollicup USA staff and customers. A simple black tea mixed with Monin Stone Fruit Syrup, and topped off with a maraschino cherry or peach.

Monin Stone Fruit Syrup is made with apricot, peach and cherry. Caputi explained that a stone fruit is any fruit with a pit. This syrup is not only fantastic in tea, but it is also great for flavoring cocktails, sodas and more.

Monin also featured two of its tasty smoothie mixes, which are both very flavorful and convenient. Monin smoothie mixes only require ice. Pour it over ice, blend it and serve, Caputi said.

Toward the end of the session, guests had the chance to try out Monin® True Brewed Espresso Concentrate mixed with one of the brand’s newly launched syrups. This concentrate is an exceptional alternative to brewed coffee.

So far, Lollicup USA’s vendor open house seminars have been a huge success. The company will hold three more sessions through June 1. Next, Kerry will visit the company’s HQ to present its three popular brands, Big Train, Oregon Chai and DaVinci Gourmet. Click here for more information.

Caffe D’Vita demonstrates tasty powder mixes at open house seminar

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Sandy Wulf, project manager, and Alan Dossey, national sales manager, demonstrate applications of Caffe D’Vita products.

Blenders buzzed loudly as customers and Lollicup USA employees eagerly awaited small samples of top selling powder beverage mixes by Caffe D’Vita.

Alan Dossey, national sales manager for Caffe D’Vita, and Sandy Wulf, project manager, stopped by the Lollicup USA headquarters Wednesday to offer much more than a simple product demonstration.

The vendor open house seminar began with information on the brand’s selection of signature drink mixes, including two flavors that Lollicup USA carries – Mocha and Java Chip.

Mocha is the highest selling product that Caffe D’Vita carries, Dossey said. The flavorful mix creates the perfect blended, icy treat.

Java Chip is a flavor that is well known and loved by many coffee and chocolate lovers. “There is no need to rename this drink,” Dossey said. This beverage is so well received that it can stand to simply be called a “Java Chip.”

Delicious samples of milkshake mixes and hot chai were also demonstrated and sampled for guests to get an idea of both traditional and unique options to add a to a menu.

Aside from the demos, Dossey and Wulf gave guests many tips for running a perseverant shop. Many businesses close within 6 months from their opening, Dossey said. “The hardest thing is getting somebody through the door.”

The drink aficionados stressed the importance of powdered drink mixes in an industry in which success is often dependent on efficiency.

Caffe D’Vita powder mixes are simple to use, fast and high quality. When these products are used, customers are less likely to have to wait in line for a long time for their orders, Dossey said.

The blending process can also make or break a shop. Caffe D’Vita’s ”liquid-powder-ice” method of blending ensures a quality texture and taste. By using the wrong method of mixing this powder, drinks may be off and the quality might not be very high.

He said using the wrong kind of blender can also be a bad decision in the café and beverage business because it not only effects the taste of the drinks, but it also can lead to a loss of insurance and warranty if a business has a fire or any type of disaster situation.

Blenders used in businesses should be a professional grade that followers UL and NSF standards.

On April 20, Lollicup USA will continue its vendor open house seminars with product demonstrations by Monin. For more information, click here.

Lollicup USA to begin open house events hosted by popular vendors

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Vendor hosted training seminars will run from April 6 through June 1 at Lollicup USA’s HQ.

Caffe D’Vita, Monin, Kerry, Ghirardelli and Cappuccine will visit the Lollicup USA headquarters to discuss creative beverage ideas.

Vendors will demonstrate and discuss products and trends in the beverage industry. These events are FREE. No purchase is necessary to attend.

Lollicup USA’s Vendor Open House will run from April to June 1st. Vendor events will be held every other week on Wednesdays.

This is the second year that the company is holding this series of demonstrations. Customers are encouraged to attend to learn about the products and brands that will take their menus to the next level.

Vendors often present a hands on experience, with sampling and by creating delicious recipes made with vendor products.

On April 6th, the company will kick off its vendor open house events with a presentation by Caffe D’Vita on its delicious drink mixes.

If you are interested in attending, please click here for more details about each session and for RSVP instructions. Customers may sign up for as many events as they would like to.

Snacks will be provided, as well as paper and writing utensils for note taking.

Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day and shop green colored products

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Lollicup USA brands carry many green colored food and beverage products.

St. Patrick’s Day is here! Today we will highlight some of our green colored products! Even though it’s a little late to stock up on green for St. Paddy’s Day, it is still a great choice to make your shop lively and colorful. It is also perfect for bringing in the fresh feeling of the spring season.

Lollicup® USA Inc. offers many different green colored products; from food service disposables to drink ingredients.

For holding items like popcorn chicken, fruit and any smaller sized portions or snack foods, Karat® generic printed green food containers are a great option. These are available in various sizes including 4oz, 5oz, 6oz, 8oz, 12oz, 16oz and 20oz. These containers are very convenient and colorful! More colors are also available.

Karat’s green enclosure lids look great on top of a white hot cup, insulated hot cup or a kraft colored ripple cup. Enclosure lids are a premium option for keeping your coffee, tea or cocoa covered. These lids feature a sipper hole that can be plugged up to prevent spilling while walking. These lids are also available in black, white, brown and pink.

Lollicup USA also offers green spoons, including a PS heavy weight tea spoon, a heavy weight bio-based spoon, a PP extra heavy weight tea spoon and a PP medium weight tea spoon.

For a gorgeous green color and a splendid sweet favor, try Tea Zone toppings, syrups or powders. Green apple coconut jelly, kiwi popping pearls and green tea mini mochi are just a few of many options by Tea Zone.

For more information about these products and their applications, please feel free to contact us.

New MilkTeaBLAST powders make amazing milk teas, fast

Milk tea is a Lollicup specialty. Milk tea is what has brought Lollicup® USA Inc. to where it is today. The company began as just a small bubble tea store in San Gabriel, CA. Because of this, you can trust Lollicup to come up with incredible products to make exceptional teas.

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Nagasaki, Hokkaido and Okinawa flavors are now available at Lollicup USA.

In addition to its well renowned tea leaves and milk tea powder, Lollicup USA’s Tea Zone® brand has added a brand new line of tasty instant milk tea powders. This new MilkTeaBLAST powder is available in three flavors: Hokkaido, Nagasaki and Okinawa.

MilkTeaBLAST Hokkaido creates an incredibly creamy milk tea. The Hokkaido flavor has similarities to the flavor of a traditional milk tea. This flavor is perfect for those seeking something a little more classic.

Nagasaki has the tasty flavor of green tea and honey. Since most traditional milk teas are made from black tea leaves, the green tea in the Nagasaki powder might be a nice change for anyone looking to try something a bit different.

MilkTeaBLAST Okinawa is flavored with sweet brown sugar. This powder creates a rich, full-bodied tea with the distinct flavor of brown sugar.

Each of these flavors is very simple to use. None of these require tea leaves or brewing. A combination of MilkTeaBLAST, non-dairy creamer and hot water can create a very fast and exquisite drink for thirsty, tea-craving customers.

Enjoy a MilkTeaBLAST beverage blended, iced or hot, and be sure to add Tea Zone boba, jellies, pudding or popping pearls for the ultimate taste experience.

Karat® Earth brings in new products

Lollicup USA Inc. is continuing its efforts to bring more environmentally friendly products to its customers by increasing its line of bagasse products.

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Karat Earth brings in new products to encourage greener practices for its customers.

Karat® Earth has added three bowl sizes to its existing eco-based bagasse line, which is BPI certified. Lollicup now offers bowls, plates and hinged containers in various sizes. A recyclable PET lid to fit 9” bagasse plates was also recently released. These lids keep food fresh and warm, and they allow for easy takeout meals.

Bagasse is made from the remaining fibers of sugar cane stalk. These fibers are extremely durable, which is why it is so perfect for disposable packaging.

With the addition of these products, Karat Earth has everything needed to run an environmentally friendly operation. Karat customers can now serve their foods, drinks and desserts in nothing but sustainable materials. This includes Karat® Earth PLA plastic cups, lids and deli containers.

Lollicup USA began its sustainable Karat Earth line several years ago to give customers the option to do their part to reduce waste. By encouraging customers to adopt more eco-friendly practices, the company hopes to help reduce the amount of waste that piles up in landfills.

Lollicup USA will soon carry syrups by 1883

Lollicup® USA Inc. is excited to announce that it will begin carrying 50 delicious syrups by French company, 1883 Maison Routin. Customers can now purchase these exclusive syrups from Lollicup USA.

The hallmark of 1883 is its commitment to purity and excellence. Not only do these syrups have a high-end look, they are crafted with taste satisfaction in mind. The company’s unique flavors include passion fruit, Yuzu lemon, pistachio and much more.1883’s syrups have a natural flavor, making them perfect for coffee houses, bars, frozen yogurt shops and juice bars.

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1883 Maison Routin offers many premium flavors, perfect for cocktails, sodas, coffee and more.

By becoming a distributor of 1883, Lollicup USA has made these syrups much more accessible to the west coast area. The company’s distribution centers in California, Washington and South Carolina will all have 1883 syrups in stock. This overall increases the brand’s presence across the United States.

Alan Yu, Lollicup USA co-founder and CEO, said by making these syrups more accessible domestically, the company will be able to sell 1883 syrups at a very competitive price compared to other high-end brands flavored syrups. Lollicup is one of the few American companies to carry 1883’s products. It is also the only distributor to carry it on the west coast.

Joanne Wang, vice president of sales and operations at Lollicup USA, said until now 1883 has had a limited presence in the U.S. distributor network. She said most distributors have a difficult time finding a re-distributor like Lollicup USA that carries the syrup locally.

She said with this new selection, Lollicup USA is expected to see an increase in mid-sized reseller and ecommerce business.

Customers will have two different options for purchasing the syrups, since Lollicup USA will also be selling them on its ecommerce website, LollicupStore.com. All syrups are expected to arrive by April 2016.

Monin smoothie mixes ease heat wave

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Monin smoothie mixes are great for warm days.

Here at Lollicup USA’s headquarters in California, we’ve been experiencing a heat wave! It definitely does not feel like winter, and it has inspired us to start thinking about refreshing drinks that are perfect for warmer days.

Get prepared now, with delicious products by Monin®.

Tasty smoothies are always a favorite among customers in the summer and spring. Monin smoothie mixes are an incredible all natural option for creating a flavorful cold smoothie.

All smoothie mixes by Monin are dairy free and gluten free, which makes them great for almost anyone to enjoy. These are a delicious alternative to dairy-based beverages.

With these mixes, you can also be a bit more creative by making cold milkshakes or frozen cocktails.

Lollicup® USA carries six different flavors of Monin’s smoothie mix, including Piña Colada, which is a tropical favorite.

Wildberry Fruit Smoothie mix is an excellent option for those seeking the fresh taste of a ripe piece of fruit. Each of these mixes are sure to satisfy any fruity craving.

For more products by Monin, contact your sales representative today!