Lollicup USA celebrates employees at annual family day event

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

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

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

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

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

Fall is on its way, start prepping now

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

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

Bring out the autumn flavors

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

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

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

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

Cool weather mean warm drinks

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

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

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

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

Warm foods for fall days

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

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

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

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

Ghirardelli presents versatile products at our final vendor open house seminar

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 sample drink chocolate with house-made whipped cream

House-made whipped cream atop chocolaty beverage samples.

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.

Monin inspires customers at annual open house seminar

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 showcased its clean label pistachio syrup.

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.

Join us at NRA Show 2017, this weekend!

Lollicup USA is heading to Chicago this month! The company will feature many products by Karat, Karat Earth and Tea Zone. New Karat® food packaging products will be showcased, in addition to many others. Tea Zone® food and beverage ingredients will also be on display. Lollicup USA will sample several delicious beverages, including a matcha smoothie, Hokkaido milk tea, tropical smoothie and more! Be sure to visit us at booth #1464 to see what we have to offer this year.

Caffe D’Vita shows off powder mixes at third open house of the season

The hot spring day was eased by icy treats, as Alan Dossey of Caffe D’Vita gave customers valuable advice for owning businesses.

Dossey, national sales manager for Caffe D’Vita, visited the Lollicup USA headquarters to discuss and demonstrate some of the brand’s best and most recent products.
This year, Dossey placed a lot of emphasis on his tips for operating a business in the foodservice industry. Being a successful business owner goes beyond serving good food and drinks, he said.

Caffe D’Vita offers powder mixes that make it simple to create quality drinks.

Considering what customers need and want is very important to running a business, which is why Caffe D’Vita products feature quality ingredients, no trans fats, a consistent yield and versatility for any season. These products are also gluten free and kosher and halal certified.
It is also very important to pay attention to industry trends, Dossey said.

For those who serve beverages, coffee is an especially important trend to keep watch of.

The number of people who purchase coffee beverages outside of their homes has risen 8 percent since 2014. Coffee consumers are also more willing to pay more for a cup of coffee than in previous years.

Caffe D’Vita offers a competitive advantage with its extensive product line. The brand carries base mixes, traditional flavor profiles like mocha and chai, and a variety of other powder mixes, including its popular milkshake mixes.

Dossey also discussed how important it is for business owners to overcome certain objections that they may have regarding their shop, including avoiding being too safe with menu items, worrying too much about cost and being concerned about selling the same or similar menu items as customers.

Overcoming these concerns can allow shop owners to push their businesses to their full potential.

Lollicup USA will host two more vendor open house sessions this year. For information on how to sign up to attend, contact your sales representative.

Lollicup USA hosts second open house with Kerry Foodservice brands

Lollicup USA hosted its second vendor open house session with a presentation by Kerry Foodservice Brands.

Nate Booth, regional sales manager for the brand, visited Lollicup USA in Chino to discuss DaVinci Gourmet®, Oregon Chai® and Big Train® consumable products.
With each of these brands, versatility and variety were stressed throughout the event.

The presentation kicked off with a discussion and demonstration of DaVinci Gourmet—a brand that specializes in the specialty coffee industry.
DaVinci uses the best ingredients possible to create syrups that perfectly pair with coffee beverages, Booth said. This allows for many business owners in the foodservice industry to enter the specialty coffee industry with ease.

DaVinci offers many options for enhancing the flavor of your beverages, including sweet syrups and sauces. These products are designed for both hot and cold drinks.
Flavored beverages add uniqueness and quality to beverages that might otherwise be bland. Adding flavor to beverages can increase profits by 10-40 percent, Booth said.
DaVinci also offers great concentrated smoothie mixes that are a great option for spring and summer menus. These mixes feature an authentic flavor.

Booth continued his presentation with Big Train powder mixes. The brand offers a variety of flavors for various applications. They can be mixed with juice, coffee, water, milk and just about any other tasty liquid.These mixes allow for perfectly blended treats; some of which instantly won the hearts of customers in attendance.

The session closed with a brief overview of delectable Oregon Chai concentrates and powders.

Chai is an extremely popular beverage in coffee shops, tea houses and cafes, Booth said. Like many of the other products presented at this session, this brand instantly sparked interest among customers at the event.

The 2017 vendor open house sessions will continue on next week with a presentation and demonstrations by Caffe D’Vita. Contact your sales representative for more information.

Cappuccine highlights exquisite flavors at annual vendor open house

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

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

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

Cappuccine samples frappes at annual open house seminar.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Check out the latest products at Lollicup USA

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

Here are the latest products at Lollicup USA this year:

Inspire wanderlust with the new Atlas hot cup by Karat.

Inspire wanderlust with the new Atlas hot cup by Karat.

Aluminum foil pop up sheets, food containers and lids:

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

The Atlas hot cup:

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

Paper shopping bags:

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

Grease resistant deli paper:

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

Lollicup USA reaches $123 million in sales

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

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

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

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

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

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