FCES15: Beverage smarts: What’s on trend


Beverages are an important aspect of the consumer dining experience and play a critical part of a restaurant’s branding efforts. Being on trend is key to success, say experts.


Cali toasts new beverage concepts

DRNK coffee + tea and Qwench juice bar are Hollywood-born concepts that have opened in 11 locations.

Starbucks suspends 'Race Together' campaign amid criticism

Hoping to encourage a dialogue around race-related issues, the Seattle-based coffee giant devised the now partially dismantled "Race Together" campaign where baristas write the slogan on Starbucks coffee cups, and engage select customers in a conversation on race.

Three takeaways from Starbucks' Q1 2015 report

Starbucks' consistent success comes down to three things: a strong loyalty program, excellent operational execution and product innovation.

Juice It Up! gears up for aggressive expansion under new VP

The California-based juice bar and smoothie concept hired its first-ever VP of Business Development in November, and Laina Sullivan is ready to take it nationwide.

A peek inside Starbucks' first Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room

A projected 1.4 million pounds of small lot coffee will be roasted in the first year at the new Roastery, doubling current production rates.

The chefs have spoken: Menu trend predictions for 2015

After years on the rise, gluten-free cuisine has fallen out of the top 10 list of the National Restaurant Association's annual survey.

Gluten-free beer finds its way

I can't tell you how many photos from friends I receive of restaurant bar menus that feature gluten-free beer. The photos are sent out of enthusiasm for the gluten-free movement making its way to the beer menus across the country...

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?

How mobile changes consumer behavior

When 82 percent of U.S. adults own smartphones, and 91 percent keep them with them at all times, a mobile strategy for retail becomes more important than ever.

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.

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Carpigiani shares sweet opportunity with 'Fantastick 4 U' concept

The gelato bar concept is gaining momentum in the frozen dessert market with gelato bar shops surfacing across the U.S.

Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Stumptown won't be melding the retail experience

Peet’s Coffee & Tea is buying Stumptown Coffee Roasters, but customers won’t find both brands sharing counter space.

Robeks unleashing new design

As it celebrates its10th year in business with a grand re-opening Oct.17 at its Ashburn franchise, the location will be the first in the metro area to undergo a design renovation.

Project Juice Kitchen opening in San Fran

Project Juice, a certified organic, cold-pressed juice and clean food company, is opening its newest concept, the Project Juice Test Kitchen, this month in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley neighborhood.

Starbucks to switch to cage-free eggs by 2020

Starbucks will switch to 100-percent cage-free eggs by 2020

Chia seeds now available at Tropical Smoothie Cafe

Tropical Smoothie Cafe is offering a new smoothie blend with nutrient-packed ingredients.

Coffee flowing 'freely' on National Coffee Day

Several chains are celebrating National Coffee Day today by giving customers freebies.

Tully's Coffee launches iPad POS

Tully's Coffee has a new iPad POS.

Tropical Smoothie launches grain bowls

Tropical Smoothie Café has created Super Grain Bowls and a few new smoothie flavors.

Starbucks, Panera square off in pumpkin latte battle

Brands are battling for the pumpkin spice latte lover who likes to drink healthful.

Starbucks leading fast casual industry?

The coffee giant is becoming a major player in the fast casual industry with the addition of new, healthy menu items.

Juice It Up! celebrates 20th birthday

Juice It Up! is celebrating its 20th birthday with a summer campaign and seasonal smoothie that pays homage to Southern California where the chain was founded in 1995.

The Original Brooklyn Water Bagel launches 'Brooklyn Deli'

Known for serving artisan-baked bagels for breakfast, The Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Co. is now offering a variety of lunch options on its latest menu with the introduction of its "Brooklyn Deli" menu.

Starbucks stirs up price hikes

Starbucks is increasing prices ranging from 5 to 20 cents per drink in the U.S

Bruegger's Bagels, Jamba Juice opening 9 co-branded stores

Bruegger's Bagels and Jamba Juice are opening nine co-branded stores in the Midwest, East Coast and New England.

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The US coffee and specialty beverage industry generates more than $18 billion in annual combined revenue. Learn about the latest trends and discover how your restaurant can gain a piece of the coffee and specialty beverage market share.