3 Top Technology Trends in QSR

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

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

Online Ordering & Delivery

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

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

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

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

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

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

Employee Appreciation Event

Now that the New Year has come and gone, here at Lollicup we look forward to a prosperous year.

Towards the end of the New Year we were able to give back to our employees and host our annual employee appreciation event.

This year we had a lot of great changes and look forward to giving back to our employees every year.
We celebrated in San Gabriel Valley where our first retail location opened. After almost 20 years of business we are super thankful for all our customers and employees that were able to make this happen.

Throughout the event there were games, prizes, raffles and amazing food. All employees we’re appreciated through this event because of their hard work all year round. We wouldn’t be where we are today without them.

New Year, New Look

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

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

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


A Culinary Approach With Tea Zone

Over the past year we’ve thought of new ways to innovate food with Tea Zone products. Most customers are familiar with our syrups for drinks, but at Tea Zone we hope to inspire everyone to get creative in the kitchen.

This year alone, we thought of a few recipes that paired our syrups and purees with savory dishes. It is easy to switch out certain flavors with our Tea Zone products and go from there. Our products are made with premium ingredients that allow easy swaps.

Swap our orange puree into your orange chicken sauce and taste the citrus flavor as if you used fresh oranges. Incorporate our syrups and purees for many different dishes from sweet to savory!

Feel free to get creative in the kitchen and test out multiple flavors with our extensive line of syrup products. We have a variety of flavors that everyone will enjoy!
Check out our recipes below:

Trifle Mason Jar Recipe:

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1 loaf pound cake, cubed
8oz. Whipped Topping
1 oz. Tea Zone Syrup
1 ½ Cup heavy whipping cream
¾ Cup powdered sugar

1. Cut pound cake into cubes.
2. Mix heavy whipping cream and powdered sugar together.
3. Vigorously mix until mixture thickens.
4. Add additional powdered sugar until desired thickness
5. Divide into 3 bowls and mix Tea Zone syrup of choice
6. Layer pound cake, cream mixture and top off with whipped topping!
7. Optional: Top with fruit or layer fruit in
8. Enjoy!

Pineapple Teriyaki Shrimp Skewer Recipe

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1 lb. large shrimp, shelled and deveined
1/2 cup teriyaki marinade
1 1/5 oz. Tea Zone Pineapple Syrup
1 pinch of salt
1 tea spoon of black pepper
1 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
1 teaspoon fresh chopped green onions
1/2 large Red Onion, cut into 1″ squares
1 lb. of pineapple chunks
1 tablespoon of butter
Garnish: 1 table spoon of Cilantro

1. In a medium mixing bowl combine the teriyaki marinade, Tea Zone Pineapple Syrup, black pepper, and salt. Reserve 1/2 cup of the marinade mixture to use as a glaze.
2. Pour the finished marinade over the shrimp and toss to coat. Allow to marinate at least 1 hour prior to cooking.
3. Thread shrimp onto skewers alternately with pineapple and red onion chunks.
4. Grill about 2-3 minutes on each side or until shrimp is pink with the marinade throughout cooking.
5. Optional: Serve on cilantro, pineapple-lime rice and garnish with cilantro.

Orange Chicken Recipe:

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½ cup Tea Zone Sweet Orange Purée
2 tsp. Cornstarch
¼ cup Vinegar
1 tsp. Sesame oil
2 tsp. Soy Sauce
1 ½ tsp. Vegetable Oil
¼ tsp. Chili Flakes
1 tsp. Garlic
1/2 tsp. Ginger
2 tsp. Water
1 pinch of Salt

1. Heat up pan.
2. Cook vegetable oil and add chili flakes, ginger, salt, and garlic. Mix well.
3. Add Tea Zone Orange Purée. Stir well.
4. Pour in vinegar. Stir well. Add soy sauce and sesame oil. Mix well.
5. In a separate bowl, mix water and cornstarch together.
6. In small increments, add the water and cornstarch mixture into pan.
7. Stir mixture till sauce thickens.
8. Add in the cook chicken pieces and mix well till each piece of chicken is covered.
9. Serve and Enjoy!

How Virtual Restaurants Are Changing the Food Service Industry

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

How did Ghost Restaurants Become Popular?

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

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

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

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

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

Manufacturing with Lollicup USA, Inc.

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

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

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

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

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

Make an Impact. Go Green with Paper Straws.

Making headlines across the country is one thing you might not expect, it’s an item we use every day and most people don’t even think twice about it. Of course, we’re talking about straws. If you’re in California, you’ll know about the recently implemented straw ban that restricts the use of plastic straws in the foodservice industry.

Restrictions like these are aimed to reduce the number of straws that ultimately pollute our oceans and can be detrimental to ocean life. The plastic used to make disposable straws are non-biodegradable which means that it can take 500 years for plastic straws to decompose. Facts like these have given scientists a lot to think about in terms of our ecosystem and our legacy for years to come.  In the United States alone, we use 500 million straws daily. That’s a lot of plastic.

Eco-conscious citizens are beginning to wonder what they can do to reduce the amount of plastic that is flooding our oceans; thankfully we have a few solutions.

Paper straws are on the uptrend across the country in anticipation of future legislation that will restrict the usage of plastic straws and many companies in the foodservice industry are already going to make the switch to more effective straws. Some are writing off straws altogether, deciding to go straw-less for their cold beverages.

One of the most cost-effective and eco-friendly materials we can use for straws is paper. Paper straws are sweeping this food service industry as a trendy, cost-effective, and green way to make a stance alongside the plastic straw ban. Big brands like Starbucks are phasing out straws altogether and replacing them with paper alternates. Most of these paper straws are built with cardboard like-paper and take a significant time to dissolve. Paper products like this are easily compostable and direct us towards a more eco-friendly future.

Alongside paper straws, people are opting to switch to Polylactic Acid or PLA straws for short. Don’t be dissuaded by the name, this plastic is made to last. Not to mention they have the same look and feel of regular plastic straws! The difference is PLA is a biodegradable material and takes about 6 months to decompose in a commercial composting facility.


If you’re looking for a place to start to create a more eco-friendly business, don’t worry! Many businesses are looking to switching things up and don’t know where to begin. Look at what you’re using the most for your to-go products, or straw usage. Are you reaching for straws more often than necessary? Does your to-go packaging include straws on default whether someone ordered a drink or not? These are little changes that can have a big impact.

Karat Earth® carries a whole line of PLA and paper straws at varying sizes to accommodate any beverage.  From our straws, half-moon lids, to Strawless™ Sipper lid, we have you covered!

Times might be changing, and they might be scary for some, but these little changes now are moving us slowly but surely into a brighter future.

Lollicup Hosts Annual Family Day to Celebrate Employees

Every year Lollicup USA Inc. gives back to their employees and hosts an event where employees have the opportunity to introduce their work family to their home family.

This year Lollicup celebrated their employees with a casual fun event at a local private park for Labor Day Weekend to help employees feel like a kid again. There were games, an airbrush artist, and catered classic barbecue foods. Employees were able to let loose and relax on their holiday weekend and spend some quality time with fellow employees outside of work.

Lollicup has multiple locations throughout the United States so not all employees outside of California were able to attend this event. Lollicup USA Inc. decided to have each location who wasn’t able to attend the main event take their team out to a nice dinner as a token of their appreciation.

This year alone Lollicup USA has received two awards for their outstanding service for companies El Pollo Loco and Chili’s. This was all possible because of our amazing employees that took the time to make sure our clients needs were met.

Lollicup is grateful for all of our employees hard work and glad that we were able to show their employees some appreciation along with their families.

New Products from Lollicup USA to Help Combat Straw Pollution

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

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

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

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

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

Lollicup USA Beach Clean-Up

Lollicup USA Inc. Gives Back!

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

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

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

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

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