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!

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.

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!

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!

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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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!

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!

 

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.

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!

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.

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

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

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.

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.