Tea, craft soda, beer bubbling up in beverage trends


Fast casual operators can pull away from the pack by offering trendy beverages like handcrafted sodas, specialty teas and alcohol. But will margins be high enough to make it worth it?


New beverages, food give Starbucks a lift in Q3

Food sales drove two points of comp growth in the U.S., and the breakfast sandwich platform surged 40 percent.

The Starbucks mobile wallet: Will fantasy become reality?

Mobile Payments Today Editor Will Hernandez believes robust rewards could help such an initiative take off.

Maui Wowi CEO: Sky's the limit for brand's growth

The coffee/specialty beverage brand just launched an online store for guests who want to have its products shipped to them.

bd's Mongolian Grill aims for incremental sales lift with new drink offerings

The company is broadening its craft beer selection to remain on trend.

Biggest challenge for breakfast daypart is converting eat-at-home consumers

Americans spend only 12 minutes eating breakfast; those 12 minutes should be seen as precious by restaurant operators.

3 reasons why the Starbucks app would fail at your restaurant

Without mobile ordering, customers only seem to care about mobile payment if you give them free coffee.

A look at Starbucks' global offerings

Starbucks around the world offer specialty menu items that incorporate local flavors to honor cultures.

Digital, food, Oprah highlight Starbucks' Shareholders Meeting

The beer and wine tests are going better than expected and will be expanded to multiple cities.

Loitering: Critics on both sides of the fence slam limited-service chains

How can restaurants create an inviting customer experience without playing socio-economic favorites?

Taking a deep dive into beverage trends

Consumers have told us they want more coffee, tea and alcohol options from restaurants

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Starbucks set to roll out mobile ordering in 2015

Starbucks will roll out mobile order and pay across the US in 2015, according to a statement for the coffee giant.

Bowl of Heaven celebrates 4th anniversary with free acai bowls

Also samples new smoothie offerings and offers discounts on special Maq7 juice blend.

Wixon Foodservice Group adds new beverage mixes

The Wixon Foodservice Group has introduced new beverage mixes that can be used for hot, cold, alcoholic or nonalcoholic drinks and can be customized across all dayparts, according to a news release. The new offerings include: Café Olé Cappuccino: plain,...

Starbucks will serve Fairtrade expresso exclusively on Canadian campuses

Customer demand for Fairtrade certified coffees continues to be strongest on college and university campuses in Canada.

Healthy beverage category on pace for 8.6% growth in Middle East

Euromonitor International, a market research company, has published new research in an e-book identifying the top beverage trends throughout the Middle East and North Africa. According to the data, the MENA region is on pace for an 8.6-percent increase in...

Smoothie King adding two vegan smoothies to menu

Interest in plant-based diets growing among all consumers, not just vegans, says Smoothie King CEO.

Corner Bakery Cafe marking World Smile Day with mug giveaway

Special promotion will feature a set of smiley face mugs for the first 50 guests; one to keep, one to share with a friend.

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf connects with LA's train commuters for new partnership

The promotion at LA's Union Station included mystery offers, a special train car and decorations on the platforms.

Peet's Coffee & Tea peeks into presidents' coffee habits

Ever wonder how Honest Abe took his coffee? Peet's Coffee & Tea may have the answer for you this week.

Maui Wowi Hawaiian offers National Coffee Day discount for online orders

Maui Wowi Hawaiian is also bringing back Maui Mountain Roast and Pumpkin Pie Latte for a limited time.

The Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Co. will offer a free coffee on Sept. 29

The Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Co. will offer a free hot or iced coffee to customers in celebration of National Coffee Day.

Starbucks testing stout-flavored latte offering

The non-alcoholic offering gets its flavor from a syrup.

Starbucks redesigns Android app

Starbucks has redesigned its Android app, adding several new features.

Café Intermezzo opening up franchise markets in the Southeastern US

The upscale café is looking to expand its footprint into other major Southern cities through franchising.

Thinking small: Starbucks testing a 10-ounce Frappuccino

Starbucks is the latest restaurant to test the waters with smaller offerings for the budget and diet conscious customer.

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