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.

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!

Visit us in Vegas at 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.

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.

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!

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.

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.