3 Top Technology Trends in QSR

Technology is ever evolving and it can feel overwhelming to keep up with the latest and greatest tech.

The foodservice industry is no stranger to technology reforms. In fact technology is helping consumers and quick service restaurant owners in a major way.
There are many new technologies to start working with but we’ve come down to a top 3 of QSR technology you should start working with if you’re a small café to a bigger franchise.

Online Ordering & Delivery

There’s no secret that online ordering and delivery are becoming the social norm for consumers. Yet there are still so many restaurants that don’t have an online ordering system or delivery.
The great way of online ordering whether it’s in house or using a 3rd party company is that it helps consumers cut down on time. Society is on the go, offer them convenience and they will come your way.
Apps like Door Dash Grub Hub and Uber Eats have allowed QSR to use their technology without doing all the heavy lifting themselves. Make online ordering and delivery your priority before you get left in the dust of the technological shift.

Data
Data is everywhere and if you don’t think it relates to your foodservice business you are wrong. We are constantly giving out data and receiving data. Now is the time to use data the customers so willingly give us to work.

How do you collect data? With technology through POS systems, apps and online delivery apps you’ll be able to learn more about what your customers like and want and how to retarget that information to gain profit.

If you can create an app, utilize social media, and email marketing you’ll have enough data to start analyzing your consumers. Another great way to find data? A loyalty program. Tailor and target your customers with customized deals based off of their interactions with your program.

Waste Management
Technology is a powerful tool when it comes to tracking your waste. Inventory tracking technology is key when it comes to reducing a restaurants waste.
Look into how certain tracking systems can help you regulate your business all the way from knowing when you’re low on spinach to toilet paper.

Tracking systems will also allow you to keep better track on what is being used and what isn’t being used in your shop allowing more accurate inventory orders, knowing when your inventory is going to expire and allows you to assess your business in and out to stop unnecessary waste of money.

New Year, New Look

The New Year is a great time to start planning new custom print looks on your disposable products! Get creative and leave your custom printing work up to us! Custom printing is a great way to showcase your brand for the new seasons, and get yourself looked at.

Whether it’s a new print design or logo change, Karat® has you covered. We provide quick and easy custom printing services to make this process as easy as it can be for you. Our printing services are available on most products we offer like hot and cold cups, take-out food containers, cup sleeves, sealing film, napkins and much more!

Revamp or make sure you have enough branding for the New Year. We have a pretty quick turnaround and premium to ink to make sure that your branding efforts are high quality. We work with you from start to finish making sure you get the best service and any support you need during the custom printing process.

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How Virtual Restaurants Are Changing the Food Service Industry

For the past 2 years, ghost restaurants or virtual restaurants have grown in popularity, but are still uncommonly known to the public. They are essentially a restaurant that has no storefront and delivery apps are giving them the tools to operate this way.

How did Ghost Restaurants Become Popular?

In short, technology; A restaurant with no face can seem sort of scary for some people, but delivery apps like Uber Eats and Door Dash have been helping restaurants make it happen.
UberEats has been helping restaurants by setting up how to utilize their delivery service specifically for virtual prospects only. DoorDash even set up a community kitchen for people to cook and deliver their food to customers.

With the growing popularity of apps like Instagram that allow people to showcase their own food people are eating with their eyes and want to get their hands whatever food looks amazing on social media.

With that being said delivery apps for virtual restaurants are going to become the new normal. That sushi restaurant you love down the street may be a ghost restaurant specializing in ramen or poke bowls under a new name but the same kitchen.

Another popular trend for foodservice establishments to do is create a whole menu targeted towards delivery; adding only popular items, new items, and even price changes to entice delivery customers.

As more and more people order from a delivery app it might be more profitable to go the virtual way as you don’t have to worry about storefront costs, and customer service. Virtual restaurants only focus on the most important aspect: the food!

Manufacturing with Lollicup USA, Inc.

Over the past 4 years Lollicup USA, Inc. has dedicated time and thought to it’s manufacturing process.

October 5th was national manufacturing day and is celebrated throughout all of October to shed light on the manufacturing process.

Manufacturing creates more jobs and boost the American economy and Lollicup USA, Inc. is proud to contribute to this process. We manufacture select products in house at our headquarters in Chino, CA. and we hope to still focus on our manufacturing efforts for the future with our growth and expansion across the United States.

Not only does manufacturing help create jobs and boos the economy but it allows us to be more efficient and better service our customers. With in-house manufacturing Lollicup USA, Inc. is allowed to cut down on production time and can predict any maintenance issues or delays with products. Manufacturing in-house also allows us to check on the quality of the product. When we manufacture certain disposable goods we know exactly what goes into the product and what comes out as the end result.

When utilized properly manufacturing can be a great asset for any company who needs it and we’re glad to be apart of this process.

New Products from Lollicup USA to Help Combat Straw Pollution

Lollicup USA, Inc. has launched new products that are to help businesses cut down on straw pollution.

Cutting down on straws has been a new way people are trying to help the environment. This movement has progressed over the past year and more and more cities and states are changing their rules when it comes to single use plastic straws.

California just passed a law that people will have to ask for straws and they will no longer be handed out. Other cities have banned plastic straws all together and local businesses are suffering trying to find eco-friendly replacements.

Lollicup USA, Inc. has been working to make sure our valued customers will be able to find solutions to these bans by releasing multiple new straws and lids.
Our two new sippy lids, Half-Moon and Strawless Sipper are a great way to skip the straw entirely. Half-moon features a wide opening that is perfect for foam drinks. Strawless Sipper Lids are great for all cold beverages with their easy open mouth.

We also feature a range of eco-friendly straws that are a great alternative to plastic straws. These straws are compostable in industrial facilities and better for the environment as well. Our straws are a great way to comply with straw bans and to become a more eco-friendly brand. People care about what companies are doing to help with their eco-friendly initiatives and offering sustainable products to customers is a great start.

Lollicup USA Beach Clean-Up

Lollicup USA Inc. Gives Back!

Lollicup USA, Inc.’s first ever beach clean-up was a success! Over 40 employees showed up with friends and family to help tackle ocean pollution.

Lollicup employees show that they care about the environment by donating their time and effort to help clean Huntington State Beach this past weekend. Many employees expressed that they were excited to help make a difference, especially those with younger children.

Veronica Diaz said “I brought my niece because I want her to be aware about the importance of recycling and taking care of our planet, I want her to connect to nature.”

This was also a great way for fellow Lollicup employees to bond with each other as people from all departments showed up .This was an effort that took many people to put together as we teamed up with Coast Keeper to help learn how to approach a beach clean-up.

Lollicup USA Inc. hopes to carry a tradition of doing more volunteer work as we believe in giving back to our communities for a better future.

Vendor Seminar Series: Ghirardelli

Ghirardelli is one of our proud vendors and participated in our Vendor Seminar this past week. Ghirardelli did a great job leveraging beverage and product knowledge to our customers. This presentation was valuable to customers because they got to see new beverage trends and what they should be utilizing on their menu to get the most profit.

Through this presentation it was expressed that consumers care about visual presentation, health benefits and playing with different textures when it comes to food and beverage. One awesome trick “the fastest growing flavor is salted caramel and vanilla is the number one flavor people choose when ordering a beverage”.

Vendor seminars are a great tool for customers to utilize as they will gain great business knowledge and test out or learn about products that will help grow their business.

Will the PS Hot Cup Lid Become a Relic?

The impact consumer products have on the environment has become a worldwide issue. According to NPR , Kenya has imposed a countrywide ban on plastic bags that is punishable by jail time because of the devastating effects the bags are having on polluting their environment. The bags are everywhere from hanging from trees to clogging up canals. “It is a toxin that we must get rid of,” Judi Wakhungu, the country’s Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, told reporters. “It’s affecting our water. It’s affecting our livestock and, even worse, we are ingesting this as human beings.” The contamination is so wide spread that the Eastern African Community has considered a ban for the entire region.

Our oceans are also being affected. It is estimated that an average of eight million tons of plastic escapes collection systems polluting the environment and eventually the ocean. What makes the plastic even more toxic is that the sunlight and ocean currents will break it down into microplastics, ending up in the marine food chain and then into the bodies of anyone who eats it, including humans.

As of July 1, 2015 California became the first state to impose a statewide ban on single use plastic bags, and other states are looking to follow suit.

Plastic bags are not the only product legislators are imposing stricter regulations. Expanded polystyrene (Styrofoam) has already been banned in many cities across the nation from Seattle to New York. How does this affect the food industry? They have had to find alternative food and beverage containers for serving their customers or to use for their to-go items.

There is a new push to ban other plastic products such as: polyethylene bags, polystyrene utensils, polystyrene lids, and many others.

In lieu of this proposed ban, a large coffee chain has already made the switch from using PS hot cup lids and is instead using PP hot cup lids. Manufacturer Lollicup USA Inc. is making preparations to discontinue making the PS hot cup lids altogether and will be making PP lids. “This is the trend of the future,” said their CEO Alan Yu.

The price difference is only pennies, but the benefits are vast. The first one being that PS can only be used once while PP is fully recyclable and can be recycled multiple times into different applications such as: buckets, caps, automotive applications, and more. In addition, PP has low density and does not use water during the dyeing process, reducing the environmental impact.

“PP is more heat resistant than PS, more environmentally friendly, and leaves less of a carbon foot print,” said Yu.

Leaving less of a carbon foot print is becoming more important not only with legislators, but with industry leaders. In the end, however, people will vote with their dollars.

Lollicup USA celebrates employees at annual family day event

Lollicup USA employees and their families visited Knott’s Berry Farm, Saturday July 8 for the company’s annual family day event.

Lollicup employees enjoy a Saturday at Knott’s Berry Farm.

Despite the blistering heat, Lollicup employees enjoyed the various attractions at the theme park. The water rides were particularly popular that day.

The company provided meal cards and a souvenir bottle with free refills to attendees. This kept everyone fed and hydrated throughout the day.

Lollicup USA holds a family day event each summer to show its appreciation to its staff.

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!