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Thursday, June 22, 2017

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 fall 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!


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Ghirardelli presents versatile products at final vendor open house session of the year

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 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.


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Monin inspires customers at annual open house

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 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.


Thursday, May 19, 2017

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.


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Caffe D’Vita shows off bases and 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.

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.


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

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.


 

Wednesday, April 3, 2017

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.

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 sample 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.


 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

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.

Inspire wanderlust with the new Atlas hot cup by Karat.

Inspire wanderlust with the new Atlas hot cup by Karat.

Here are the latest products at Lollicup USA this year:

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 recyled material. They are also reusable and recylable. Custom printing is avaible.

Grease resistant deli paper: Wrap your food and line your food baskets with grease-proof paper sheets by

Karat. These sheets are greaseresistant 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


Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017

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.


Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016

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.


Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Thank you all so much for your support and your business! We hope you all have a wonderful holiday with your friends and family.


Friday, Nov. 4, 2016

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.


Monday, Oct. 24, 2016

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.


Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016

Lollicup USA prepares for Halloween

Lollicup USA has got the Halloween spirit! This year, the company decided to do a little DIY to create the perfect decorations for the office.

The company created decorations made from different Karat products.

The company created decorations made from different Karat products.

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Portion cups and black stir straws were used to make spiders.

Karat PET cups were used to make pumpkins, bats and monsters.

Karat PET cups were used to make pumpkins, bats and monsters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016

Embrace fall flavors from Lollicup USA

1883 is a very high-quality syrup brand that specializes in creating authentic flavor.

1883 is a high-quality syrup brand that specializes in creating authentic flavor.

Halloween is on its way, so now is a great tome to bring out delicious fall flavor.

The passing of summer is always a bit bittersweet. The warm air and sunny, blue sky is replaced by a new crisp atmosphere. The leaves change and a cool breeze comes in, and now pumpkin spice has permeated what seems like every coffee shop, cafe and restaurant in America.

Be prepared. Stock up on all of the fall favorites to keep your customers coming back this season.

Lollicup USA carries all of the products you need to keep up with the demand. The company carries many different brands with top-notch products.

Earlier this year, the company brought in premium quality syrups by 1883 Maison Routin, a French company that focuses on creating extremely authentic flavors. 1883 offers several flavors that would be delicious in a fall treat. Try out pumpkin spice, hazelnut, caramel, apple and more.

Torani offers a delicious pumpkin pie sauce that can be drizzled over a refreshing coffee drink, hot chocolate or dessert item. Torani also offers syrups that work perfectly for celebrating fall.

Chai is another great flavor that is enjoyed all year, but is especially great in the fall. Lollicup USA offers many chai options, from latte mixes to flavored syrups.


Thursday, Sept. 28, 2016

Lollicup USA to attend Coffee Fest Anaheim

Lollicup® USA, Inc. will feature its product selection at booth 454 at Coffee Fest this weekend, Sept. 30 through Oct. 2.

Coffee Fest features top players in the coffee industry, including roasters, equipment manufacturers, syrup experts and more.

Lollicup USA will bring its selection of Karat® hot cups, cold cups, cup accessories and more. The company features many great options for coffee shop owners and distributors, including ripple and insulated hot cups, stock printed cups and cup jackets and colorful enclosure lids. Lollicup USA manufactures many of its Karat products at its production facility in Chino, CA.

The company will also showcase and sample some of its tasty Tea Zone® tea products, including a lychee jasmine green tea, a matcha green tea smoothie, a tropical slush and more.

Tea Zone specializes in food and beverage ingredients, including flavored powders, bubble tea supplies, syrups and more.

Coffee Fest will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center.


Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016

Reifenhauser extruder installed and begins testing phase 

Lollicup USA has made great progress in installing its brand new Reifenhauser extruder.

The extruder, which was originally announced this past spring, sprawls across the company’s manufacturing plant. It is so large, its pieces were shipped in about 28 different containers.

Testing began Sept. 1 and production is expected to begin by the end of October, said production supervisor Ron Gonzales.

The machine rumbled as Gonzales explained how the process works.

“This [machine] is the Cadillac,” he said.

Both recycled resin and new resin are used to create Karat plastic products. Gonzales said because Lollicup recycles all of its unused plastic material, its waste is close to nothing.

The process begins when resin is dispensed into the machine and is melted down into a liquid plastic. The liquid hits cold rollers (set at 25 degrees Celsius) and solidifies, then the thickness of the newly formed plastic sheet is measured. The plastic is coated with silicon to prevent bacterial growth, then the sheets are cut and rolled.

This new extruder is expected to improve the company’s manufacturing capabilities by at least 40 percent. Once fully operable, the company’s smaller extruders will be shut down.


Friday, Aug. 19, 2016

Lollicup USA Inc. ranks on Inc. magazine’s list of fastest-growing companies

For the fourth consecutive year, Lollicup USA was added to the Inc. 5000. However, this year the company ranked higher on the list than it ever has before. In 2013 the company ranked no. 2912, in 2014 no. 2939 and 2015 no. 3267. This year Lollicup USA ranked no. 2908 on the list.

Placement on the Inc. 5000 list is determined according to the percentage growth of a company’s annual revenue. A 3-year growth rate determines which companies make the cut, and where they place on the list.

This year, the company’s revenue grew 118 percent over the past three years, and had $100.2 million in 2015. Lollicup USA is committed to continuing its growth streak, with more sales and new Karat products launching regularly.

In addition to this growth, the company has also been expanding into other parts of the United States.

Lollicup USA recently opened a fourth warehouse, which is located in Wilmer, Texas. The company has also begun plans to build a manufacturing facility in Rockwall, Texas. This will be Lollicup USA’s second US-based manufacturing plant.


Friday, Aug 12, 2016

Savor the summer with these great products

School is back in session and summer vacations are coming to a close, but there is still plenty of time to savor the warm days and sunny sky. What better way to do this than to keep your summertime drinks menus fresh, even through the end of the season?

Lollicup USA is the perfect place to get all your summer flavors. Many of these options are versatile and can be used in many different drink applications.

Monin offers a huge variety of syrup flavors for sodas, teas, lemonades or even flavoring for iced coffees.

The brand also makes smoothie mix and fruit purees, which are also good for food applications.

Caffe D’ Vita is another brand that has tasty summertime options. The brand offers mixes that create incredibly creamy and delicious milkshakes.

These flavors channel the classic, American flavor of a diner milkshake. Lollicup USA carries chocolate, vanilla, strawberry and cookies n’ cream flavors.

One of the newest items the company carries are Fruit Tea Smoothie Blast mixes by Big Train. These bottled mixes are a fusion of green tea and fruit or fruit juice.

These smoothie mixes create a treat that is better for you, with 150 percent of a daily allowance of Vitamin C.  Select from pineapple coconut, pomegranate blueberry, lemon cooler and many more flavors!


Wednesday, Aug 3, 2016

Lollicup USA adds more products to its selection

Once again, Lollicup USA has brought in several new products this summer. Here is what you may have missed this season:

New 10 mm. short boba straws.

New 10 mm. short boba straws are great for smaller cups and drinks with add-ons.

PP injection food containers:

Karat PP Injection food containers are great for hot and cold foods. These can be used to store and reheat leftovers and to-go orders. These containers come with sturdy pp injection lids. Rectangular and round containers are both available.

Black ripple cups:

Ripple cups are insulated and do not require a cup jacket. These hot cups are now available in black and are prefect for hot cups of coffee, cocoa or tea.

Short boba straws:

Karat short-length boba straws are 5.75” and are ideal for smaller cups and sampling drinks with boba, jellies, pudding or popping pearls. These straws have a diagonal cut for punching through sealing film.

Beverage napkins:

Beverage napkins are available in new colors! Red, green, black and ivory beverage napkins are great for using with cocktails, appetizers and more.

Bouffant cap, beard cover and dust mask:

Sanitation supplies are some of the newest items added to Lollicup USA’s long list of products that it offers. The bouffant cap and beard cover both prevent hair from falling into food or machinery. Workers will be protected from dust, pollen and other particles in the air.


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Lollicup USA launches Total Clean

Lollicup USA, which is already known by its customers as a one-stop-shop, is now carrying a brand new line of cleaning chemicals. Total Clean features some of some of the most important chemicals needed to keep restaurants, schools, coffee shops and more.

Cleaning chemicals, janitorial and sanitation supplies are must-haves in every industry. Many of the company’s customers require much more than just food and beverage supplies to maintain their businesses. With cooking and crafting comes clean-up. Part of the Lollicup USA mission is to be a quick and simple solution for customers.

Total Clean dish wash soap, hand wash, oven and grill cleaner, glass cleaner and degreaser chemicals are the first items to be brought in to this line. The brand offers options for tough cleaners or light-duty clean-up options.

Total Clean is available for purchase. Contact your sales representative, or visit LollicupStore.com


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Lollicup USA begins carrying Califia Farms products

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Califia Farms products are the perfect dairy substitute.

Make sure your lactose intolerant and vegan customers do not miss out on your delectable food and drinks. Stock up on almond milk products!

Califia Farms offers many flavorful dairy substitutes to enhance the flavor of some of your best products.

Califia Farms uses almonds that are grown on a family-owned farm about 30 miles away from the company’s production facility. These products have a very high-quality flavor. The almonds used are blanched before they are turned into meal. No almond by-product is left over in the production process.

Here are some details on the products Lollicup USA carries:

Barista Blend:

Barista blend was created for baristas to use as a direct replacement for milk. This product will steam and create a foam similarly to a the foam on a traditional cappuccino. This is perfect for customers who want to add designs to their beverages. These products will incorporate fully, unlike other dairy substitutes.

Better Half Original and Better Half Unsweetened:

Better half is a great replacement for half and half. This product is very versatile and can be used for both food and drink applications. This product uses coconut cream to create an authentic creamy texture, and for added sweetness.

Almond Milk Creamer:

Add this to milk, tea and more. This product is the perfect substitute for milk-based creamers.

Concentrated Cold Brew Coffee:

Califia Farms uses cold water to create its cold brew coffee. This coffee is made from 100 percent Arabica coffee.


Monday, July 11, 2016

Lollicup USA expands into to Wilmer, TX 

Lollicup USA is adding inventory to its new warehouse.

Lollicup USA is adding inventory to its new warehouse.

A team of Lollicup USA employees have made their way to Wilmer, TX to begin preparations for opening the company’s newest warehouse.

The warehouse, which is about 150,000 square-feet, will help cater to the southwest region of the United States, including Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas.

Thus far, 45 truckloads full of products have been unloaded as another 13 truckloads heads to the new facility.

This is just the first phase of a major expansion into Texas. Lollicup USA will build its very own 450,000 square-foot facility in Rockwall, TX. Once completed the company will begin logistics and production, expanding its presence as a U.S.-based manufacturer.

 


Thursday, July 7, 2016

New extruder installed at Lollicup USA manufacturing plant 

Reifenhauser extruder at Lollicup USA.

Reifenhauser extruder at Lollicup USA.

The company’s brand new, state-of-the-art extruder by the Reifenhauser Group is now in the process of being installed!

The new extruder will improve the company’s energy efficiency and manufacturing capabilities. Alan Yu, Lollicup USA CEO and co-founder, said Lollicup USA’s energy use is expected to decrease by 25 percent.

Peace Chen, a production supervisor at Lollicup USA, said this new machine will also increase the manufacturing capacity by 50 percent. The company anticipates it will manufacture more than 1 billion cups in 2016, Yu said.

It will also improve the quality of the finished product. The extruder will supply the company with thicker plastic sheets, which are for making plastic cups and lids.

 

 


Monday, June 27, 2016

Lollicup USA celebrates two-year anniversary of plant

Lollicup USA manufactures plastic cups in its Chino, CA warehouse.

Lollicup USA manufactures plastic cups in its Chino, CA warehouse.

Today marks the two-year anniversary of the operation of the company’s manufacturing facility in Chino, CA. Lollicup USA proudly manufactures many of its Karat products in the United States. The company held its grand opening in 2014 with just a few machines. Now the facility is packed full of automated, high-capacity and high-speed German equipment.

Poli Chou, production manager at Lollicup USA, said the plant began operations in 2014 with two extruders, one PET thermoforming machine, three paper cup forming machines and one printer for custom printing products.

After two years, the company now has a bustling manufacturing facility; complete with over 100 plant workers and various types of machinery, including, two PET extruders, one PP extruder, five thermoforming machines, eight paper cup forming machines, one paper slitting machine, one paper punching machine and four printers for custom printing.

The company is also installing a brand new state-of-the-art Reifenhäuser extruder, which will replace the extruders currently in use, and will increase production by 50 percent.

Lollicup USA is planning an expansion for its production capabilities with a second manufacturing plant. This second plant will be built in Rockwall, Texas, and is expected to open in 2018.

 


Friday, June 17, 2016

Combine sweet and salty flavors for a decadent coffee or tea

There is nothing stronger than a craving for an iced sea salt coffee. This tempting drink is all the rage at shops like 7 Leaves and 85C bakery. Lollicup retail stores have an amazing sea salt tea option.

If you are looking to subtly enhance your coffee selection on your menu, quick and easy sea salt cream may be the perfect option for you.

Sea salt cream is a great way to make a plain coffee or tea more flavorful and interesting. The combination of sweet and salty has always been a favorite among lovers of sweet treats. From chocolate covered almonds to kettle corn.

Tea Zone® Sea Salt Cream Powder is a perfect substitute for milk foam and whipped cream. This powder is made without any additives.

Ingredients:

  • 9 Lollicup scoops of Tea Zone® Sea Salt Cream Powder (#P1044)
  • 1/6 Lollicup scoop of sea salt
  • 50 ml of heavy cream
  • 100 ml of milk

Preparation:

  • Combine all ingredients in a blender and mix until the ingredients are creamy.
  • Pour the cream over iced coffee or your preferred flavor of iced tea.
  • For a completed look, add a pinch of matcha, or another flavor of powder to the top of the beverage.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Specialty lemonade: a great treat for hot weather

Summer is just weeks away. Sun-kissed customers will soon pick up their favorite cold beverages on their break from the beach.

Summertime allows for a great opportunity to bring in seasonal cold drinks. Need some ideas? Try out special lemonades with Big Train® Shaken Lemonade Mix, which is flavored with real honey.

This powder is delicious enough to create simple lemonade, but is also ideal for making an Arnold Palmer, an Oolong Lemonade, Floral Lemonade and much more.

Here is a little inspiration:

Arnold Palmer: Combine 3 scoops of Big Train Shaken Lemonade with 2 ounces of hot water to a shaker. Stir the concoction until it dissolves. Next add 3 ounces of cold water and 6 ounces of black tea or oolong tea. Shake well, decorate with your favorite garnish and serve!

Flavored Frozen Lemonade: Combine 3 scoops of Big Train Shaken Lemonade with 2 ounces of your favorite flavored syrup. We recommend a Monin® syrup for this particular mixture. Try mango, blackcurrant, cranberry or wildberry. Combine the mixture of powder and syrup with 4 ounces of water and a cup filled past the top with ice. Blend all ingredients together in a blender. Garnish and serve.

Floral Lemonade: Combine 2 scoops of Big Train® Shaken Lemonade Mix with 2 ounces of hot water to a shaker and stir until the powder dissolves. Next add 2-3 ounces of Monin® rose or lavender syrup and 2/3 cups of ice to the mixture. Shake well, decorate with your favorite garnish and serve.

Very Pink Lemonade: Combine 3 scoops of Big Train® Shaken Lemonade Mix with 2 ounces of hot water to a shaker and stir until the powder dissolves. Once dissolved, add 1.5 ounces of Tea Zone® Raspberry Syrup or Tea Zone Strawberry Syrup to the shaker. Next add 2/3 cup of ice, 2 ounces of hot water and 6 ounces of cold water. Shake well and serve.

There are many other options for cold, refreshing summer beverages. For more tips, tricks and goings on at Lollicup® USA, be sure to check back with us each week for a new post!


Friday, June 3, 2016

FunMix educates Lollicup on waffle powder mixes

Waffles can be topped with ice cream, powdered sugar, fruit and more.

Waffles can be topped with ice cream, powdered sugar, fruit and more.

FunMix, a brand of waffle mix powders and waffle irons, held a demonstration in Lollicup USA’s central kitchen this afternoon.

Representatives flew in from Taiwan to show attendees a few many of its waffle powder mixes.

One mix featured a rice base, another chocolate, and mochi. A gluten free option was also featured.

A highlight of this powder is how simple it is to make. No mechanical mixers are needed, and the product mixes easily with milk or water. The chocolate power is not recommended to use with milk because the finished product is not as flavorful, the representative said.

Mixes are quick and simple to make and the waffles can be topped with and decorated with fruit, whipped cream, chocolate or caramel sauce and more. Savory toppings and side dishes are also a great option. Chicken, French fries and salsa were among the more savory options. These powders can also have extra flavor added to them using flavored powders.

Alan Yu, Lollicup CEO and co-founder, said presentation is very important and an ordinary waffle on a plate by itself may be only a few dollars on a menu; however items with an exquisite presentation are worth spending more money on.

For more information about FunMix,  stop by the brand’s booth at the International Dairy-Deli-Bake Seminar and Expo this weekend in Houston, TX.


Thursday, June 2, 2016

Cappuccine presents high-quality, unique flavor profiles

Innovation and quality are key to Cappuccine’s success. Pete Kelly, a regional sales manager for Cappuccine, and Natasha Simone Ferguson, the marketing director for Cappuccine, stopped by Lollicup USA’s Chino headquarters to present beverage options to staff and customers.

Cappuccine was founded locally in 1991, and was the first company to ever create powdered frappe mixes.

Pete Kelly, regional sales manager for Cappuccine, creates samples for attendees.

Pete Kelly, regional sales manager for Cappuccine, creates samples for attendees.

What makes Cappuccine stand out from other major players is its focus on quality and authenticity, Kelly said.

These products do not include just “flavored ingredients,” but authentic add-ins. An example of this is the Extreme Toffee Coffee Mix, which has bits of real SKOR Butter Toffee Bars in the powder.

Unique flavors allow for customers to make simple yet innovative dessert alternatives, including pistachio frappes, cinnamon bun frappes and more. These are flavors that are not sold or many by many companies.

Kelly described the brand’s business model as one that intends to carve a niche in the already booming coffee and frappe industry. Cappuccine emphasizes high-quality and versatility.

Frappes are a top seller in the coffee business. In fact, the offer the highest dollar profit of any non-alcoholic beverage. The average profit for a 16 oz. frappe is about $2.99, Kelly said.

The frappe market is extremely lucrative, with the specialty coffee industry in the United States contributing to its success. The U.S. specialty coffee sales are increasing by 20 percent per year. These sales also account for nearly 8 percent of the 18 billion dollar U.S. coffee market.

“It’s [coffee] the $5 luxury that you’re not going to give up,” Kelly said.

Even in the most difficult economic times, the coffee business still manages to succeed.

The seminar continued on with a series of mouth-watering samples of both hot and cold beverages, made from the brand’s versatile mixes.

Customers taste tested red velvet, a hot chai, a toffee coffee blend made with cold toddy and more.

The 2016 vendor open house was a hit for customers and Lollicup USA staff alike. Keep your eyes peeled for information about next year’s vendor open house seminars.


Monday, May 23, 2016

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.


Thursday, May 12, 2016

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.


Friday, April 22, 2016

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.


Friday, April 8, 2016

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.


Wednesday, March 23, 2016

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.

 


Thursday, March 17, 2016

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.


Thursday, March 10, 2016

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.


Wednesday, March 3, 2016

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.


Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016

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.


Monday, Feb. 8, 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!


Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016

Get ready to soak up the sun – prep. for warmer months with DaVinci

With summer right around the corner again, now is a great time to start thinking about what cold treats you will put on your menu this year.

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DaVinci Strawberry Bomb Smoothie Mix.

For a quick, simple and complete summer beverage, try a DaVinci Gourmet® iced drink mix. Lollicup® offers both blended ice bases and blended ice coffee powder mixes that create amazingly sweet beverages.

Tasty frappe mixes are available in chocolate, white chocolate and vanilla flavors.

DaVinci also offers some of its frappe mixes in “skinny” low calorie, low fat and low sugar options. The skinny collection includes the Skinny Vanilla Freeze and Skinny Freeze Chocolate. These are delicious alternatives for those who are being a bit more conscious of calorie intake.

For all of the coffee lovers out there, DaVinci offers several icy options with its line of blended ice coffee mixes. The Kona Mocha Freeze, Mocha Freeze, Chocolate Chunk Freeze and more are absolutely perfect for a caffeine fix on a warm spring day.

DaVinci smoothie mixes are great for those who crave fruity flavors instead of chocolate or coffee. These mixes are made with real sugar, real fruit purees and no preservatives. Lollicup carries many flavors including, Extreme Peach, Strawberry Bomb, Mango Mania and more.

If you are looking for something less creamy and more refreshing try a DaVinci Gourmet syrup for a perfect soda or flavored seltzer water. These can even be used to create a spring or summer cocktail!

Help your customers celebrate the warmth of spring and summer with some of these delectable options.

For more information on DaVinci products, please contact your sales representative!


Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016

Update on crude oil prices, and how it affects your costs

A few months ago, we published an article about the drop in crude oil prices worldwide. Yesterday, Jan. 19, Huffington Post reported an additional decrease in crude oil prices nationally and internationally. Oil prices were below $28 per barrel on Monday, which is the lowest price since 2003 according to Huffington Post.

With crude oil prices continuing to decrease, we are keeping an eye on the market to see when and how we can help you save money on Karat® food service disposables. Remember, When Karat saves, you save!

See below for our last post on oil prices:

Changes in oil costs may be affecting your prices (originally posted Nov. 2, 2015)

The slow and steady drop in oil prices over the past year has many concerned for the health and stability of the economy. This decrease in crude oil costs has been in progress since late 2014, according to Plastics News.

The future of these prices and whether they will increase significantly is still uncertain. Some prices have increased to almost $50 a barrel (compared to $45 and below), but these small increases seem to be short-lived.

It has been predicted that prices will begin increasing slightly in 2016, from about $49 to $53 according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA); however, the EIA crude oil price summary illustrates that these increases are far from where we once were with crude oil costs.

The plastics industry is often heavily affected by economic changes like these. In the case of cheaper oil, this is actually slightly beneficially to manufacturers like Karat®, as well as its customers. This could be considered a silver lining to the volatile and unclear future of the oil market.

“The plastics industry can expect to have relatively low oil prices for the next two or three years as demand catches up with supply …” according to Plastics News.

For those in the plastics industry this means the price of plastic resins for the creation of foodservice disposables and other plastic products is lower and will probably remain lower for a while. PP, PS and PET resins have all experienced price drops in recent months.

In August, each of these resins experienced a price drop, with PET having the largest decrease in price (4 cents), according to Plastics News. By September, the prices were still lower than normal. Prices have since come up very slightly, but not enough to be felt by those purchasing resin.

Karat® has paid close attention to these economic changes and has begun adjusting prices based on how much money is spent on resin. The less money Karat® spends on resin, the more money Karat®’s customers save on their food service disposable products.


Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016

Survive the rest of winter with DaVinci Gourmet®

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DaVinci offers a wide variety of hot and cold beverage ingredients.

The holidays are over, but the cold weather has only begun. There are still several months of cold hands and pink noses, even though spring looks like it’s around the corner. Get through the cold with hot beverage options by DaVinci Gourmet®.

Lollicup offers a wide selection of DaVinci Gourmet’s products. Syrups, sauces and smoothie mixes are just a few examples. For a quick, easy and delicious premade treat, DaVinci offers hot beverage powder mixes that are sure to warm you up, whether it is raining, snowing or just plain freezing.

For a hot flavored cup of tea, DaVinci’s Tahitian Vanilla Chai Latte Mix is the perfect choice. The chai latte mix is made with delicious black tea, vanilla and various spices, including clove, cinnamon, cardamom and ginger. This mix is extremely easy to make, and can also be used to make an iced or frozen drink. Lollicup Store also offers the East India Spice Chai Latte Mix, which is another great option.

DaVinci’s Gourmet Cocoa Mix is another good choice for a soothingly warm treat. The Chocolate Truffle Gourmet Cocoa Mix is made with delicious dark chocolate.

For other hot beverage creations, DaVinci’s sauces make a great topping! Drizzle caramel on top of a coffee drink, or double up on chocolate by adding chocolate sauce to your cocoa!

 


Monday, Jan. 4, 2016

Get noticed this year – Have your products custom printed

One of those most difficult aspects of running your own business is making sure that your customers are familiar with your brand.

Recognition is a lot harder to get that it seems it would be. Of course, word of mouth is always a good tool, but an extra push would be even better.

Need some direction on how to get that extra push? Try Lollicup USA’s custom print services.

Make 2016 the year that you get noticed. Make it the year that your business becomes a household name in your area!

Custom printing your brand or logo on your cups, napkins, straw wrappers etc. is a simple and creative way to spread the word about your incredible services.

Since Lollicup USA began manufacturing in the United States, it has brought in four printers, including three 6-color printers and one 8-color printer. These printers might be the first step in taking your business to the next level.

Our short turnaround time, which is between 8 and 14 weeks, will allow you to begin showing off your product in no time!

Here is a complete list of the products you can buy and have custom printed:

  • PET Cold Cups
  • Paper Cold Cups
  • Hot Paper Cups
  • Paper Food Containers
  • Eco-Hot Paper Cups (Karat® Earth)
  • Cold (PLA) Cups (Karat® Earth)
  • PolyPro/PP Cups
  • Pizza Boxes
  • Sealing film for PET and PP Cups
  • Tulip or Traditional Cup Jackets
  • Beverage and Dinner Napkins
  • Food Buckets
  • Straw Wrappers
  • Insulated Hot Cups
  • PP/PLA Deli Containers
  • Fold-To-Go Boxes.

For more information about our custom printing services, please contact us! We can give you more information about lead times, minimums and more!


Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015

A brief message from Lollicup USA

We just wanted to thank you for your support and your business. We hope you have are having a wonderful holiday season, and we look forward to continuing to work with you in 2016!

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(Lollicup USA Inc.)

This past year has been extremely successful for us, and while we hope to continue our streak of excellence, we hope we can contribute to yours. See you next year!


Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015

Delicious products channel Thanksgiving flavor

Thanksgiving is right around the corner! We are just a little over a week away from every foodie’s favorite holiday.

Begin the celebration early this year with the classic sweet flavors of the holiday. Add a bit of Thanksgiving flavor to your coffee or cocoa drinks for a taste of the feast to come. Here are some of our suggestions:

Pumpkin pie:

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DaVinci Gourmet Pumpkin Pie Sauce

Instead of prematurely overeating pumpkin pie, try out a pumpkin pie flavored syrup or sauce! We offer products by Torani and DaVinci that are sure to put a pause on your craving – at least until Thanksgiving arrives!

Pumpkin spice:

Of course, this is a well-known fall favorite. Pumpkin spice is everywhere this season, from food items to scented candles. This year, try out Big Train’s Pumpkin Spice Blended Ice Coffee Mix! Who says you have to enjoy pumpkin spice as only a hot drink? Be bold and drink it cold.

Cranberry:

If you can’t wait for the sugary taste of cranberry sauce, try Monin’s Cranberry Syrup! Add this syrup into a tea, lemonade, cocktail or a soda!
This syrup is perfect for those craving something more than cocoa and coffee, and adds a tart flavor to your most refreshing drinks.

Caramel:

We have myriad caramel lovers; from frappe mixes to sauces. For just a hint of caramel added to your drink or dessert, try out one of the many caramel sauces or syrups. Several brands offer them. For a complete caramel experience, try a latte, frappe or iced coffee mix.

Apple:

Apple is another fall favorite; whether it is dipped in caramel or enjoyed in a pie. Pump a little apple flavored syrup in your cocktails, sodas or iced teas for a deliciously crisp and sweet flavor. We offer syrups by a variety of brands!


Monday, Nov. 2, 2015

Changes in oil costs may be affecting your prices

The slow and steady drop in oil prices over the past year has many concerned for the health and stability of the economy. This decrease in crude oil costs has been in progress since late 2014, according to Plastics News.

The future of these prices and whether they will increase significantly is still uncertain. Some prices have increased to almost $50 a barrel (compared to $45 and below), but these small increases seem to be short-lived.

It has been predicted that prices will begin increasing slightly in 2016, from about $49 to $53 according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA); however, the EIA crude oil price summary illustrates that these increases are far from where we once were with crude oil costs.

The plastics industry is often heavily affected by economic changes like these. In the case of cheaper oil, this is actually slightly beneficially to manufacturers like Karat®, as well as its customers. This could be considered a silver lining to the volatile and unclear future of the oil market.

“The plastics industry can expect to have relatively low oil prices for the next two or three years as demand catches up with supply …” according to Plastics News.

For those in the plastics industry this means the price of plastic resins for the creation of foodservice disposables and other plastic products is lower and will probably remain lower for a while. PP, PS and PET resins have all experienced price drops in recent months.

In August, each of these resins experienced a price drop, with PET having the largest decrease in price (4 cents), according to Plastics News. By September, the prices were still lower than normal. Prices have since come up very slightly, but not enough to be felt by those purchasing resin.

Karat® has paid close attention to these economic changes and has begun adjusting prices based on how much money is spent on resin. The less money Karat® spends on resin, the more money Karat®’s customers save on their foodservice disposable products.

This doesn’t only apply to oil prices. When any major economic change occurs nationwide and globally, Karat® tries to adjust costs accordingly. Karat® understands the importance of working with customers to give them everything they need, for a reasonable price.

Changing prices based on current events is only a fraction of what the company does to support customers. Be sure to contact us to learn more about what Karat® does for its customers.


Monday, Oct. 26, 2015

Lollicup® makes cold brewing simple

Lollicup®’s latest addition to its product line is sure to give customers a jolt! The cold brew starter kit is perfect for coffee and tea aficionados. This kit will give you everything you need to have the delicious taste of cold brew on your menu.

Cold brew coffee is gaining a lot of attention. It’s extremely simple to make and is a great alternative to a traditional cup of Joe.

Taste Benefits:

Cold brew coffee is often more sweet than coffee that is brewed hot and is far less bitter. Cold brew coffee is said to be strong, yet very smooth and easy to consume.

Tea is more concentrated when it is brewed cold. You also have more control of how concentrated you want to brew your tea. Like cold brew coffee, cold brew tea is also more sweet than bitter.

Health Benefits:

While the cold brewing process does remove antioxidants from coffee, the lack of caffeine may do your body some good. Coffee brewed cold also has less acid in it than coffee brewed hot. Drinking cold brew can help you avoid the stomach ache that sometimes goes along with being a coffee lover. The same also applies to cold brew tea: less caffeine and less acid.

What does the kit include?

  • 1 Cambro Container and Lid
  • 1 Bag of LolliBlend™ Signature Blend Coffee
  • Two Cold Brew Bags

For more information about this bundle, contact your sales representative!


Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015

Fall must haves: 5 items to stock up on this season

Fall is here at last. Pull out your cool weather wardrobe and prepare to see pumpkin spice flavors EVERYWHERE. For business owners and employees, here is what you will need to have in stock this fall.

Enclosure Lids

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Karat gets pretty with pink enclosure lids.

Theses lids are awesome for a rushed morning to school or work. They will prevent you from spilling a scorching drink on your clothes or your skin. These lids are designed with a flap above the sipper that can be secured into the sipper while a customer is on-the-go. Select from pink, green, brown, black or white to match your brand and business.

Karat® Hot Cups

Karat® hot cups are a necessity for making your customers happy this fall. You can’t have a hot drink without a hot cup! Karat® offers various sizes of hot cups, from a sample size to large. Not only does Karat offers various sizes, it offers different types of hot cups. If you would prefer to be cup jacket-free, try an insulated hot cup or a ripple hot cup. Both of these are constructed to be insulated and sturdy enough to use without having to slip on a cup jacket. Karat® also has eco-friendly Karat® Earth hot cups for those who are trying to reduce waste and save the planet.

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Complete the look for your cup by adding a lid and cup jacket.

Syrups and Sauces

There is nothing better than a hot cup of cocoa or a delicious mocha. Try adding a sauce or syrup to your drink to make it even better! Lollicup® USA, Inc. offers many products from vendors like Ghirardelli® and Torani® that have the perfect add-ins for your fall and winter beverages.

LolliBlend™ Coffee

Lollblend™ Signature Blend medium roast coffee is a great way to celebrate the cooler fall months. This coffee is versatile, which is great for customers who are still having a difficult time letting go of the warm summer months. This coffee is tasty hot or cold.

Karat® Cup Jackets

Not only do we have a great selection of cup jackets, we have several new options just in time for the fall and winter season. Karat offers both traditional cup jacks and tulip cup jackets. Our latest includes pink jackets, which would be great to commemorate Breast Cancer awareness month.


Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015

Stop by our booth at ISSA/Interclean 2015!

Karat® is exhibiting at the ISSA/ INTERCLEAN trade show in Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Convention Center!

The ISSA/INTERCLEAN show will feature many exhibitors and speakers with expert information on the cleaning industry. Exhibits will run through October 21-23.

Be sure to stop by our booth (#882) to check out our line of janitorial products! Karat® will also feature some of its foodservice products at the booth.


Monday, Oct. 5, 2015

Check us out at the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Show!

Lollicup® USA, Inc. is heading to another trade show!

The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Show, which will run Oct. 6-8, is the perfect place to learn more about the foodservice industry. Demonstrations and discussions will be held to educate attendees on the best practices and the latest trends in foodservice.

Stop by booth #1450 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. to learn all there is to know about Lollicup® USA, Inc.! Talk to us about our brands and our extensive selection of foodservice supplies. Lollicup® will showcase Karat®, Karat® Earth and Tea Zone® products. We can’t wait to see you there!


Friday, Sept. 25, 2015

Visit us in Vegas at PACK EXPO!

(Pack Expo)

Karat® is heading out to Las Vegas to feature various products at this year’s PACK EXPO! See the latest and greatest
products,
and learn more about what we will have to offer in 2016. Check out our display and chat with us!

Thousands of attendees and more than 1,800 exhibitors will be present, according to the expo’s website. Guests can attend educational presentations, and learn more about the processing and packaging industry.

Be sure to keep a look out for booth S-6093 to see what we have to offer! This event will run Sept. 28-30 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.


Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015

Celebrate the first day of fall with delicious Ghirardelli® products

Ghirardelli® is a household name among chocolate lovers. We see delicious, tantalizing Ghirardelli® chocolate squares near cash registers and in candy aisles in stores all over. What many forget is that Ghirardelli® creates more than just candy.

Ghirardelli® products can also make any drink or dessert a luxurious and rich treat. A deliciously crafted dessert or beverage can become a whole new experience with Ghirardelli® chocolate products.

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Ghirardelli offers delicious chocolate syrups and powders.

Ghirardelli®’s frappe mixes are perfect for an end of summer treat. They can be used in both hot and cold beverages. Use these mixes to make hot, delicious fall-inspired drinks or use them to embrace the summer sweetness of an iced cold blended frappe.

Lollicup® USA offers many flavors of frappe mix, including mocha, double chocolate, white mocha and classic white.

For more powdery goodness, Ghirardelli®’s ground chocolate powders are an excellent way to include chocolate into a milkshake, smoothie, or dessert.

Any Ghirardelli® powder will be great for creating treats to commemorate the beginning of the fall and winter holiday months.

 


Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015

Fall into the fall season with Ghirardelli

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(Courtesy of Ghirardelli)

September is here! That means the beginning of fall is here! Say goodbye to summertime and transition into fall with a scrumptious Ghirardelli® product.

Top off some of your best drinks and desserts with one of Ghirardelli®’s delicious sauces. These sauces are just the thing to make your product stand out. Drizzle your flavor of choice on top of ice cream or frozen yogurt, or add it into a delicious frappe or hot or cold coffee drink.

Lollicup® offers several Ghirardelli flavors, including caramel, sweet ground chocolate & cocoa, black label chocolate and white chocolate.

Sauces are available in both 64 fl. oz. bottles and 16 oz. squeeze bottles. Pumps can be purchased for the 64 oz. bottles, and a wire rack is also available to store up to three 64 oz. bottles.

Contact your sales representative for more information!

 


Monday, Aug. 24, 2015

LolliBlend introduces new Signature Spice

Enhance the flavor of your foods with LolliBlend Seasoning: Signature Spice, made from a tasty mixture of Asian inspired spices. Make a marinade, or simply add a dash of it to a side dish or meat. This new product is delicious on popcorn chicken. Along with the new spice, be sure to grab the new stainless steel shaker to help you perfectly sprinkle seasoning onto your food.

This new seasoning is the second product of the new LolliBlend line. The LolliBlend line is a brand under Tea Zone® that specializes in our company’s signature flavors. Keep on the lookout for more LolliBlend products. LolliBlend medium roast coffee is also available for purchase.


Friday, Aug. 21, 2015

Tea Zone® introduces new popping pearl size and packaging

Popping pearls are now available in a new size, and in new packaging!

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Popping pearl pouches

For those who want a smaller size, we have added a 2.2 lb. bag as an alternative to our 7 lb. case! Strawberry and Mango popping pearls are available in these smaller sizes.

Popping pearls are a delicious topping that look similar to boba. They are round in shape, but are not solid like boba. Each pearl is filled with a colorful fruit-flavored juice.

Once bitten into, the pearls pop and juice instantly hits taste buds. If you are looking for something a little more daring than boba, these pearls are a great option.

 


Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015

Torani offers products, perfect for every season

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(Courtesy of Torani)

The sun is still hot and the beach is still full. Summer is not over yet, and Torani has the perfect products to continue the feeling of summertime bliss. Torani’s fruit smoothie mix, puree blends and frappe mixes will help you live out the rest of your summer with your head held high and with your shades over your eyes.

However, the warm days will soon begin to feel slightly cooler, and the leaves will begin to change. Sweaters will slowly make their way onto the backs of sundresses and tank tops. The next thing you know, our lovely summer months will be gone and fall will be here.

Luckily, with crisp autumn days comes warm treats like delicious cups of coffee, cocoa and tea that can easily be enhanced with Torani products. This fall, for the perfect cup, add a pump or two of Torani’s famous flavored syrups. Flavors like almond roca and pumpkin pie are sure to encourage customers to embrace the fall and winter months.

Torani also offers delicious sauces that can be drizzled over many kinds of hot or cold beverages, as well as desserts.

So don’t get down on the thought of losing your tan, perk yourself up with Torani’s delicious flavors all year round. For more information about which Torani products Lollicup® offers, contact your sales representative today!


Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015

Prepare for fall with Karat®‘s new colorful enclosure lids pink-enclosure-lid-(OPEN) C-KDL516-E-BROWN(OPEN)c-kdl516-e-green_02

Karat®’s new green, pink and brown enclosure lids are now available for purchase! With fall and winter right around the corner, these lids are a must have. Hot cups will once again be a common sight in and around coffee shops. The colors of these new lids are perfect for bringing in the cooler months.

Not only is pink pretty, it is the perfect shade for commemorating National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. The brown and green colors will pair well with warm fall colors and the pleasing pine look of the holidays.

These lids are designed to keep customers from small spills and splashes. Although the opening at the top of most lids is very small, the contents of a hot cup have the tendency to splash out while walking or driving. No one wants to feel their hot cup of coffee, tea or cocoa on their skin or on their clothes. With the enclosure lids, this won’t happen!

Karat®’s traditional enclosure lids have a small flap over the sipper, so that customers can close the cup up while carrying it. Customers can also choose to close it only slightly so that they can still drink from their cup with the flap closed.

These lids are available for 10-24 oz. cups. For more information, contact your sales representative.


Monday, Aug. 3, 2015

Tea Zone® popping pearls please taste buds

Tea Zone®, the leading supplier of bubble tea supplies, is gaining more attention through some of its signature products.

Tea Zone®’s claim to fame, of course, is its boba and mini boba. Recently, a new craze has delighted American taste buds: Tea Zone®’s popping pearls, also known as bursting boba or popping boba.

Tea Zone® popping pearls have become somewhat of a spectacle for those who have come across them.

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Strawberry popping pearls

Popping pearls are delicious balls of flavored juice, contained by a thin, gummy-like shell. Once the pearls are bitten, a sudden burst of flavor explodes onto taste buds. The pearls are about 3/8 inch in diameter and the exterior of the pearl is made of seaweed extract.

Samples of popping pearls on top of a vibrantly colored slush were given out to attendees at the NRA Show last May. Some were excited, thinking they were getting a taste of Tea Zone®’s well renowned boba. Others at first rejected the free sample, saying they weren’t fans of the round, squishy tapioca balls.

Those brave enough to try were stunned by the sudden burst of flavor.

These pearls are delicious on top of frozen yogurt or inside any tea, smoothie or slush. They come in 13 scrumptious flavors, including: mango, lychee, green apple, orange, passion fruit, strawberry, yogurt, blueberry, cantaloupe, cherry, peach, kiwi and pomegranate.

Popping pearls’ flavors and brilliant colors aren’t the only selling point. Unlike boba, popping pearls do not need to be cooked and there is no preparation needed. All popping pearls from Tea Zone® are ready to serve from the jar. This makes popping pearls a fast and easy topping for customers to enjoy.

The craze is catching on to very notable businesses, which are using the popping pearls in various ways, creating their own Asian fusion cuisine without even realizing it.


Friday, July 24, 2015

Take your pick: Tea Zone® offers many teas for many tastes

Tea is definitely not “one taste fits all.” There are many kinds, and everyone may prefer something different. That’s why Tea Zone® offers several different types of tea that can be used to create customized beverages that will win over customers’ taste buds.

Teas have been around for centuries, and are now a beverage of choice for many, whether served hot or iced. It is said to be the most widely consumed beverage in the world, according to the Tea Association of the U.S.A. Inc.

All Tea Zone® teas are harvested from tea fields in Taiwan. Here are some of the teas, Tea Zone® offers:

Black Tea:

For something strong and bold, black tea might be the right tea for you. Black tea leaves are much stronger than other teas. Tea Zone® also offers “Vintage Blend” Black Tea Leaves, which is a mixture of black tea leaves, cassia seeds, vanilla powder and flavoring.

These are some of the flavors that match well with black tea:

  • Strawberry
  • Peach
  • Mango and more

Green Tea:

For something a little bit lighter, green tea is a great option. Green tea is milder than black tea and is also lighter in color. Drinking green tea also has many health benefits. Tea Zone® also offers Premium Jasmine Green Tea Leaves.

These are some of the flavors that match well with green tea:

  • Peach
  • Strawberry
  • Grapefruit and more

Milk Tea:

Delicious milk tea and golden milk tea leaves are exactly what you need for classic bubble teas. This tea creates a silky smooth texture that is perfect with boba or mini boba added in.

These are some of the flavors that match well with milk tea:

  • Almond
  • Strawberry
  • Taro

Additionally, for even more variety, Tea Zone® offers Thai Tea Leaves and Oolong Tea Leaves. For more information about these tea leaves, contact your sales representative.


Friday, July 17, 2015

Check out one of Karat®‘ s latest items! PP Injection Deli Containers

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New PP injection deli containers now available.

The sturdy and reliable Karat® PP Injection Deli Containers are microwavable and are suitable for all kinds of hot or cold food items. These withstand much higher heat levels than regular deli containers, and are available in different sizes. If you are looking for something high quality, this is a great product for you. Contact your sales representative for more information about these containers.


Thursday, July 16, 2015

COMING SOON! New colorful Karat® products

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Colorful Karat products are on their way to Lollicup USA.

Karat® is getting more new products soon! Add a splash of color to the presentation of your food items and make your foods and drinks look even more delicious. New colored enclosure lids and colored napkins will be released soon! Keep your eyes open for more information.


Monday, July 13, 2015

What is boba?

On the timeline of popular food items, Boba is newer than chicken wings but older than the Cronut.

Its origin is said to have come from a woman named Lin Hsiu Hui, who was the product development manager of the Chun Shui Teahouse in Taichung, Taiwan in the 1980s, according to CNN.

She brought her tapioca pudding with her to a staff meeting, and poured it into her iced tea. It has been a craze in Taiwan ever since, and has spread around the world.

Boba is a squishy and delicious way of adding some texture to a drink. It can be added to slushes, milk teas, iced coffee and even hot coffee.

Boba, also known as tapioca pearls, are small balls of tapioca made from the starch of the cassava root.

The pearls come in two size: regular, which are 1/4 inch in diameter, and mini, which are 1/8 in diameter. They do not naturally have any flavor, but can be infused with flavoring to make them sweet.

Lollicup is known for marinating its boba in a concoction of longan honey, brown sugar and hot water. This gives the boba a lightly sweetened taste and a dark brown color. Green tea infused boba is also quite popular.

Be sure to try some in a drink if you haven’t already!


Monday, July 6, 2015

Splendid summer treats with Dole® and Frostline®

Lollicup vendors, Dole® and Frostline®, offer mixes for cold treats that are perfect to serve in the summertime.

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(Courtesy of Kent Precision Foods)

In case you hadn’t noticed already, Lollicup carries a favorite of many who have tasted it – the classic Dole® Pineapple Soft Serve Mix™.

This mix creates the smooth and delicious Dole Whip that has pineapple lovers waiting in long lines for it.

While many are aware of the delicious pineapple flavoring, they do not know that there are other flavors of the soft serve mix available.

Lollicup also sells the mixes in raspberry, strawberry and a few other flavors, which are lactose free and vegan.

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(Courtesy of Kent Precision Foods)

Frostline® Frozen Treats also have soft serve mixes available, including chocolate and vanilla. Both mixes are lactose, gluten and cholesterol free.

Frostline® Simply Smoothies™ Base Mix is also offered. The mix is extremely versatile with its preparation options. It is also certified dairy kosher and is gluten and cholesterol free.

For more information about Dole® and Frostline® products at Lollicup, contact your sales representative.

 


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Lollicup USA employees get a how-to on boba and tea making

Boba is poured into a colander after it is marinated.

Boba is poured into a colander after it is marinated.

One of the many perks of purchasing from Lollicup, are the training sessions. Lollicup offers customers training in its central kitchen at its Chino HQ.

Lollicup’s certified trainers demonstrate how to make tasty Lollicup beverage items, as well as train customers to use ingredients from its vendors like Cappuccine, Big Train and more.

A perk of being a Lollicup USA employee: getting to participate in training.

Last week, the central kitchen offered two Boba 101 training sessions for employees who wanted to sign up. This class is often known as “Boba School.”

Wednesday’s class, which was instructed by central kitchen barista Jonelle Berberabe, was packed with 9 employees from various departments—all excited to learn how to make some Lollicup favorites.

Lollicup employees observe as a fellow Boba 101 student makes a beverage.

Lollicup employees observe as a fellow Boba 101 student makes a beverage.

The kitchen was warm. Fires burned underneath many large pots and pans. Some filled with food being prepared for lunchtime, some still containing foods from breakfast. Sizzles and crackles accompanied sounds of stirring and sifting.

For Boba 101 students, aroma was the most prominent sense as Tea Zone black tea, green tea, and milk tea were passed around for everyone to smell.

The official course began with cooking boba and brewing the three teas. Hot water is boiled and poured into each tea bucket. Once the tea leaves are drained, the teas are refrigerated.

Following the cooking portion of the class, boba school students got to taste basic green tea, black tea and milk tea. Then they got a lot more creative.

Sesame Almond Milk Tea, Raspberry Milk Tea and many others were created per Jonelle and the students’ request. The scent of Tea Zone’s almond powder was powerful enough to create an instant craving—at least for those who like almonds.

After specialty teas were made, slushes were next on the list. Honeydew, peach, raspberry, and kiwi were just a few flavors created and taste tested.

By the end of it, boba students seemed pleased with what they learned, despite their sugar high.


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Chill out with Cappuccine frappe mixes

Cappuccine’s high quality smoothie bases and frappe mixes create delicious drinks people are bound to love. Lollicup is pleased to sell some of Cappuccine’s best powders to its customers.

Cappuccine, founded in 1991 by its current CEO Michael Rubin, has a variety of flavors and options for its customers.

Lollicup USA offers 3 pound bags of Cappuccine’s frosted latte, pistachio, cookies & cream and many other flavors of its frappe mixes.

Each mix can be used to make hot or cold beverages so they can be used all year round.

For those with dietary concerns, Cappuccine’s mixes contain 0 grams of trans fat, and many are gluten free.

To order these mixes, please contact your sales representative.


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Company hosts event for employees, friends, family

Lollicup USA Inc. treated employees and their families to a special family day event at its headquarters in Chino, CA last Saturday.

Alan Yu, Lollicup CEO and co-founder. speaks to guests about the event and the company.

Alan Yu, Lollicup CEO and co-founder. speaks to guests about the event and the company.

Many of Lollicup’s 200+ employees came to show off their company to family and friends.

Excited, casually dressed employees and their loved ones checked in, asking about all the event had to offer.

A giant white tent sat above seating for guests, tables full of soda-making ingredients, snacks, and tons of water.

Panda Express and Tacos were served to hungry attendees, and Mustache Mike’s Italian Ice helped take the edge off of the California heat. The DJ played party favorites as adults and children enjoyed all of the inflatable activities offered.

Giant plastic zorb balls—which are essentially human sized hamster balls—rolled around the premises and an inflatable slide and boxing ring were also available to the guests.

Children excitedly made their way to the free face painting clown, and came out with brightly colored faces and elaborate balloon sculptures.

Tours of the production plant were held and showed the PET cup making process, as well as the paper cup forming process. Many were intrigued by the machines’ ability to mass produce products so quickly.

Toward the end of Family Day, Lollicup CEO and co-founder Alan Yu spoke about the success and growth of the company and the hard work that has gone into its success.

This year so far, Lollicup has experienced significant growth and is already expanding its warehouse space in Chino, CA after only one year of the U.S. plant’s production. Lollicup also has plans to expand in other areas of the United States.

For more news about Lollicup USA, continue to check back here for the latest.


Thursday, June 18, 2015

Karat releases new products

Karat is constantly getting new and improved products! Here is a listing of the latest:

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New products this season include paper food buckets, sealing film and fold-to-go containers.

Fold to-go boxes

Karat now has fold-to-go food boxes in several sizes! They are available in Kraft color. These containers are great for packing up your customers’ leftovers or for packing up meals to-go. They can hold various types of food and are microwavable, cut and leak resistant and have a poly lining.

Paper short buckets

The new 32 ounce and 48 ounce Karat paper short buckets can hold a plate full of food. They can contain hot or cold food, but are not good for holding items that are high in liquid, like soups. The buckets can hold gravy and sauces. Matching OPS lids are also available for these containers.

Food Buckets

The new white 85 oz. and 130 oz. food buckets with paper lids are now available for purchase. These food buckets are perfect for holding foods like fried chicken, popcorn and pastries. All of the buckets come with lids, which fit perfectly into a groove at the top of the bucket. Each case of 85 oz. buckets has 180 buckets and lids. Each case of 130 oz. buckets has 125 buckets and lids.

Generic Seals

Karat also has new generic seals. The 95 mm. seal for PP cups now come in a new fruity print. These seals will look great on top of vibrant, summery drinks. The new 98 mm. seal comes in fleur, which matches the fleur cup jackets. Although cup jackets are typically used for hot drinks, they are also great for keeping iced drinks from chilling fingers to the bone.

Continue to check back with us for the most recent news about our company, and for updates on new products. For more information, contact your sales representative.


Friday, June 5, 2015

IDDBA Show: We’re heading to Georgia!

Lollicup USA will be at this year’s Dairy-Deli-Bake Seminar and Expo in Atlanta, GA. The event will be held June 7 through June 9.

According to IDDBA.org, the event will feature educational seminars on trends, research and more, as well as a giant food expo. Come and find us at our booth (#1645) to see what we have to offer.


Thursday, May 28, 2015

NRA show: Here’s what you missed at Lollicup’s booth

Watch as Katrina Li, Lollicup sales account executive, briefly highlights what Lollicup USA, Inc. showcased at its booth this year!

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Lollicup, a big success at NRA Show

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Karat displayed many products, including it’s eco-friendly line.

Lollicup USA, Inc. showcased a variety of Karat and Tea Zone products at this year’s NRA Show.

The annual show, held in Chicago by the National Restaurant Association, is one of the largest in the restaurant industry. There were more than 2,000 exhibitors, ranging from giant distributors to small businesses.

Lollicup had a large booth set up on the showroom floor that emphasized tons of great products, including the eco-friendly Karat Earth product line.

Lollicup USA featured both Tea Zone and Karat products.

Lollicup is determined to help its customers reduce their carbon footprint through its line of polylactide (PLA) plastics.

Karat Earth also displayed its line of plates, bowls and hinged containers made from a sturdy material called bagasse – the remaining fibers after sugarcane is removed from its stalk.

With all of these earth-conscious products available, Lollicup is proving itself to be at the forefront of the trend of environmental sustainability.

Samples of beautifully crafted, brightly colored slushes made with Tea Zone syrup and juicy popping pearls were handed out to guests. Some were curious about the boba-shaped pearls while others were already knowledgeable about the product. Guests who were new to popping pearls were stunned at the somewhat startling, but delicious, burst of flavor.

Lollicup’s presence at the event was a huge success! Keep an eye out for Lollicup at next year’s NRA Show for more Karat and Tea Zone products.

 


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Ghirardelli® visits Lollicup for vendor open house

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Ghirardelli® came by the office today to discuss tasty frappé recipes and the great products used to make them, as part of the Lollicup USA vendor open house.

Ghirardelli®’s new vanilla flavored premium powder base, as well as its white mocha and mocha frappé mix can be combined with ice and any drink to create the perfect summer treat. Teas, liquor, juices and fruit can all be used with these powders.

Today Ghirardelli® demonstrated the citrus dream frappe – which is a mix of the vanilla flavored powder base, any citrusy juice and ice – white chocolate mocha with Oreo cookies and mocha with pecan and caramel (made to mimic the taste of a pecan turtle candy).

Ghirardelli® also offers syrups, other frappé mixes and hot cocoa, which can be purchased through Lollicup.

For those interested in using Ghirardelli® products to create foods and drinks, the chocolate connoisseur offers a complimentary “made with” program to brand items with the Ghirardelli® name.

Lollicup encourages its customers to sign up for these demonstrations to gain more insight on products, point of sale material and more.

For more information on the next open house, to register or to check for availability, please contact your sales representative or email info@lollicup.com.


Monday, May 4, 2015

Lollicup® Fresh Brea celebrates grand opening weekend

Friday afternoon we celebrated the Grand Opening of our newest Lollicup Fresh location in the Brea Mall food court. This is the third Lollicup Fresh and fifth location to be owned and operated by Lollicup USA, Inc. CTI TV, city officials, representatives, and the Brea Chamber of Commerce joined us for recognition and a ribbon cutting ceremony at noon.

We were presented with certificates of recognition from the Brea City Council, US Representative Ed Royce’s office, and the State Board of Equalization as well as a plaque from the Brea Chamber of Commerce recognizing our membership. Following the certificates, our President and CEO Alan Yu gave a speech touching on the fact that this is corporate’s first mall location and the first location in a Simon mall. He expressed that we hope to continue to expand to other mall locations and even announced that we will begin franchising again in about 4 months. His speech was followed by the cutting of the ribbon in front of the store.

Members in attendance were given Boba Milk Teas and popcorn chicken as well as a Lollicup Fresh souvenir tote bag and water bottle with a Lollicup USA, Inc. 2015 calendar and VIP Rewards card.

A line formed at one o’clock and persisted throughout the day as we handed out free Boba Milk Teas. The crowds continued through the weekend and Lollicup drink cups could be seen throughout the mall.

Thank you to those of you who joined us and made our Grand Opening weekend a success!

Don’t forget until the 31st we are giving out a free 12oz popcorn chicken when you check in on Yelp or like us on Facebook!


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Dole® / Frostline® Vendor Open House

Dole® and Frostline® stopped by today to cool us off from this recent heat wave with a soft serve demo!

Guests sampled tasty Dole Whip.

From Disneyland’s Dole® Pineapple Whip to Universal Studio’s Dole® Mango Banana Soft Serve drink at its Minion Mayhem attraction, Dole® soft serve has made quite the reputation for itself.

Did you know that Dole® soft serve is not only dairy free but gluten free and vegan as well? This delicious treat is a wonderful alternative to traditional soft serve and offers several delicious fruit flavors. We got to try the new lemon flavor today and we loved it!

Frostline soft serve was a topic of discussion at this weeks’s event.

We bet you didn’t know it but Sizzler has been serving Frostline® Vanilla and Chocolate soft serve! Frostline® soft serve is also gluten free and even lactose free which is great news for people with lactose intolerance.

Thinking about supplementing your frozen dessert line? Dole® and Frostline® come in dry, shelf-stable form and are easy to mix. Not to mention, you can get a free starter kit with a mixing bucket, two bags of soft serve, and a wire whisk so you can see just how easy it is yourself. Just ask your Sales Representative for more information.

Our next open house will be featuring Dr. Smoothie on May 6th. If you would like to sign up, please contact your Sales Representative or email info@lollicup.com.

 

 


Monday, April 27, 2015

Lollicup® Fresh Brea officially opens

Lollicup Fresh Brea is now opened for business.

Lollicup® USA, Inc. is proud to announce the Grand Opening of our 3rd Lollicup® Fresh Coffee & Tea location in Brea, CA. The anticipated opening date is slated for May 1, 2015 in the Brea Mall food court. The festivities will kick off with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 12pm with Lollicup® USA, Inc. President and CEO, Alan Yu and the Brea Chamber of Commerce in attendance.

In honor of our store launch, Lollicup® Fresh Brea will be running four promotions throughout the month. We invite all of you to join us on this special day and take part in the promotions listed below!

  • Receive a free cup of Boba Milk Tea between 1pm-5pm (May 1st only)
  • Get a free water bottle & tote bag when you spend $20 or more (May 1-3)
  • Check into our Yelp or Facebook page and get a free 12oz Popcorn Chicken (redeemable May 4-31)
  • Buy 1 get 1 free drink (valid May 4-31) at Brea location only

“We are honored to be part of the Brea community and cannot be more excited to provide a different type of dining experience for our customers in the Brea Mall. Our menu offers a wide range of freshly made food and drinks that can satisfy any taste bud, while being truly affordable.” – Shaun Ito, Vice President of Lollicup® Franchising LLC.

Official Press Release

 


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Ride the healthy drink wave this summer

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Summer is just around the corner and Kerry paid us a visit just in time to give our customers a taste of what flavor combinations will be all the rage this Summer.

Kerry continues to expand their product line with distinct flavors and ingredients, in order to remain competitive with emerging beverage trends worldwide. Some of their brands include: DaVinci Gourmet, Jet™ Smoothies, Oregon Chai® Teas and Caffe D’Amore®.

During our vendor open house, Kerry presented us with a beverage trend forecast for Spring and Summer 2015. Our customers were able to learn firsthand what type of drinks will sell well during the hottest months of the year. Refreshing fruit and vegetable flavored smoothies, juices, and waters are what consumers want to see this Summer. To learn more about Kerry and new recipes, sign up for our next open house! Contact your sales representative or email info@lollicup.com for more info.


Thursday April 9, 2015

We are exhibiting at the SCAA show, April 10-12!

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Lollicup USA, Inc. will be exhibiting the SCAA (Specialty Coffee of Assocation) show from April 10-12! Stop by our booth at 15037 if you are planning to attend!


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Lollicup® Fresh Brea to hold a Grand Opening event

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Lollicup USA, Inc. is proud to announce the Grand Opening of our 5th Lollicup Fresh Coffee & Tea location in Brea, CA. The anticipated opening date is slated for May 1, 2015 at the Brea Mall food court beginning 11:00am.

In the spirit of our store launch, we will be having 3 promotions going on throughout the day. We welcome all our new and existing friends to come join us on this special day!

  • Receive a free cup of Boba Milk Tea between 1pm-5pm (May 1st only)
  • Get a free water bottle & tote bag when you spend $20 or more (May 1-3)
  • Check into our Yelp or Facebook page, get a free 12oz Popcorn Chicken (redeemable between May 4-31).
  • Buy 1 get 1 free drink (valid May 4-31) at Brea location only

 


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Monin presents new recipes and samples products

Monin dropped by our office today to enlighten us and our customers about new seasonal recipes and offerings. They offer over 140 products including syrups (premium, organic, sugar-free), concentrates, sauces, purees, and smoothie mixes that are perfect for cafe’s quick service restaurants, and bars. It was a fruity and flavorful seminar, and we can’t wait for our customers to experiment with these new recipes at their store.

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Karat cups to soon be manufactured in the United States

Karat got off to a great start in 2015 with many new additions to our production area, including a new PP machine, 6 color printers, and now the highly anticipated PET lid machine that will be finished installing at the end of this month.

Our Chino, CA facility is working hard this year to increase our production capabilities, so our customers can feel confident in knowing that their products are made in the U.S. with quality materials and prompt delivery times.

– Flat & dome lids available
– Lids can fit 12-24oz size cups
– Our machine can produce up to 40 cases (80,000 lids) per hour
– Recyclable material
– Food grade plastic


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Cappuccine samples tasty mixes at its vendor open house seminar

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Today we held another exciting vendor open house! Cappuccine, the original frappe mix creator held a demonstration and Q&A panel. Cappuccine is the pioneer of the all-in-one original powdered frappe mix that was created nearly 24 years ago. Today, these irresistible drinks are popular throughout many coffee shops and cafés in the U.S. and Cappuccine continues to lead the way with innovative flavors and quality mixes.

These frappe mixes can be used as stand-alone flavors or base mixes to blend the richest most flavorful drinks. Store owners love carrying Cappuccine for their versatility, quality, and convenience. The powder mixes come in convenient water-proof storage tubs, which were engineered for coffee shops and small cafes as they can be stacked on top of one another to save counter space. Each tub also includes a scoop for easy measuring. Some of the most popular favorites right now include red velvet, white chocolate, toffee coffee, and mocha.

We encourage our customers to sign up so they can learn more about what our vendors offer, including support in marketing materials, product training, and market trend forecast.

To register or to check for availability, please contact your Sales Representative or email info@lollicup.com. Spaces are limited!


Wednesday, March 13, 2015

Visit us at Pizza Expo 2015

Karat will be exhibiting at the International Pizza Expo (http://www.pizzaexpo.com) in Las Vegas on March 23-26. We will be showcasing our new pizza boxes, pizza sticks, custom PET cups, straws and more! Come find us at booth 1506!

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Torani opens Lollicup USA’s first vendor open house seminar

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Established in 1957, the Torani collection of premium flavoring products transforms familiar beverages to irresistible drinks. With over 80 delicious flavors – the possibilites are endless. Quench your thirst by creating the perfect ice blends with our Torani Classic Syrups, Purees, Smoothie Mixes, Sugar Free Sauces, and Sugar Free Syrups.

We are proud to announce that Lollicup USA will be hosting bi-weekly open houses for our customers and distributors until end of May. Each open house will include demonstrations, new product introductions, and recipes presented by our Vendors Representatives.

We encourage our customers to sign up so they can learn more about what our vendors offer. Torani provides support in marketing materials, product training, and market trend forecast.

To register or to check for availability, please contact info@lollicup.com. Spaces are limited!


Friday, February 27, 2015

Lollicup USA begins free training seminars hosted by vendors

Lollicup USA is please to announce that it will be hosting Vendor Open House Seminars at our corporate office in Chino. These seminars are FREE training sessions with some of our top vendors that will include different ways to use products as well as recipe information. Sessions will be held twice a day with a Morning Session from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM and an Afternoon Session from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Vendor Schedule:
Wednesday March 4th – Torani
Wednesday March 18th – Cappuccine
Wednesday April 1st – Monin
Wednesday April 15th – Kerry
Wednesday April 29th – Dole/Forstline
Wednesday May 6th – Dr. Smoothie
Wednesday May 20th – TBA

Seminar space is limited! Please contact your sales representative or customer service for more information and to sign up for a seminar.


Thursday, May 8, 2014

Lollicup USA begins operation of manufacturing plant

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After a year of research and development, Lollicup USA has begun its production of disposable plastic cups at the end of April and will be distributing its Karat® line of “made-in-USA” cups to its customers today. Paper cold cups will go into production in June.

“Manufacturing in the U.S. is gaining traction. More and more companies are bringing manufacturing back, and more and more consumers are looking for American-made products. Consumers trust the quality and are very supportive,” stated co-founder, President and CEO of Lolli20140507_165315cup USA. “We moved manufacturing from Asia to the U.S. because we saw the increasing demand of American-made products and a trend of consumers having a preference for these products. The cost of labor in Asia has also risen significantly and there are too many uncertainties.”

The 300,300 square-foot facility houses the company’s offices, distribution, and a new state of the art production plant, which features automated high-capacity and high-speed German equipment allowing Lollicup to manufacture up to one million cups per day. Plastic pellets are mixed with recycled plastic and melted to liquid form, then rolled to a flat sheet and cut to size. No materials are wasted as any excess plastic used to form the plastic cups are reused.


Monday, May 5, 2014

Lollicup USA honored with energy efficiency award

Southern California Edison (SCE) joined the national celebration of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month for its ninth annual celebration to show appreciation to its customers, business partners, and community organizations on May 2nd.

Lollicup USA was awarded an Energy Efficiency Participation Award, alongside Din Tai Fung USA, after adding a new LED lighting system to its corporate headquarter facilities, saving the company approximately $80,000 annually.

“We’re very excited to be awarded by Southern California Edison,” stated Alan Yu, Lollicup’s co-founder, President, and CEO. “Switching to LED lights has cut our costs significantly, which both helps us and is energy-efficient and eco-friendly.”

SCE’s energy management solutions are a way to help businesses cut costs and carbon footprint, while adding to their bottom line. Programs are funded by California utility customers and administered by SCE under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission.

This year’s celebration, themed “Celebrating Business & Community Partnerships,” was held at SCE’s Energy Education Center in Irwindale and also highlighted SCE’s investment and contribution to higher education, particularly Asian recipients of the Edison Scholars Program. Ding-Jo H. Currie, Ph.D., professor at California State University, Fullerton, joined SCE in celebrating, serving as keynote speaker. KNBC anchor Hetty Chang was the emcee.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2014

Company featured in State of San Bernardino County

Lollicup USA is honored to be featured in State of San Bernardino County: State of the County 2014 since relocating it’s headquarters to Chino, CA in the San Bernardino County.

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Lollicup USA ranks on 2013 Inc. 5000 list

Lollicup USA, a leading manufacturer and distributor of disposable beverage & foodservice products and coffee & tea supplies, is pleased to announce that it has been named on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing privately held companies in America.

5000_color stackedConsidered to be one of America’s most prestigious entrepreneurial lists, the Inc. 5000 ranks Lollicup USA at no. 2912. The company was selected based on its success in improving its annual percentage revenue growth by 117% from 2009 to 2012. This achievement recognizes the company among an elite group of honorees that include LivingSocial, Microsoft, Zappos, Timberland, Vizio, and Jamba Juice.

“The Inc. 5000 was harder to get into this year than ever in its history. The median company on the list increased sales more than 140% since the start of 2010, while the average honoree grew a mind-boggling 468%,” stated Eric Schurenberg, Editor-in-Chief of Inc. magazine.

As the manufacturer of Karat disposable paper & plastic beverage and foodservice products, Lollicup USA is also a retailer & supplier of specialty beverage ingredients for thousands of retail business accounts, including several Fortune 500 restaurant franchisees. Founded in 2000 and based in City of Industry, CA, Lollicup USA’s annual revenue in 2009 came in at $21.1 million, and increased to $45.9 million in 2012.

“We’re very excited to be considered and named for such a prestigious list,” stated Alan Yu, Lollicup USA’s co-founder and CEO. “Our growth this year and next year will be significantly higher than 2012 and we hope it will increase our ranking next year.”


Monday, July 8, 2013

Lollicup USA becomes certified as minority business enterprise

Lollicup USA, Inc. has met the requirements for certification as a bonafide Minority Business Enterprise by Southern California Minority Supplier Development Council (SCMSDC) as defined by the National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc.® (NMSDC®) and as adopted by the SCMCDC North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Code(s): 311920; 311999; 326199; 322219; 424130.

In order for a business enterprise to receive a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Certification, a company must have at least 51% ownership by a minority or group of minorities that are US-citizens, and owned, managed, and operated on a daily basis by the minority of group or minority owners. MBEs gain exposure by being in the NMSDC database accessed by more than 3,500 corporate members nationwide.

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