Cali toasts new beverage concepts

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

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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.

The Starbucks mobile wallet: Will fantasy become reality?

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

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NEWS


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.

The Coffee Bean brewing 1,000th store

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf began brewing at its 1,000th store location worldwide in its home town of Los Angeles

Starbucks shuttering all 23 La Boulange bakeries, 14 San Francisco locations to close

Just three years after buying up La Boulange as part of its strategy to be a bakery brand, Starbucks is shuttering all 23 La Boulange bakery café locations and the brand’s two manufacturing locations by the end of September.

Pretzels, coconut, burgers now on Bruegger's menu

Bruegger's Bagels has launched its new summer menu, adding two new menu items and bringing back some seasonal favorites.

Study: Tea offerings growing; coffee still most popular

Hot brewed coffee is the most consumed beverage in America after tap water, according to Datassential's latest report, the MenuTrends Keynote on Non-Alcoholic Beverages.

Maui Wowi debuts Midnight Kona coffee

Maui Wowi Hawaiian locations are adding Midnight Kona, a premium dark roast coffee, to the menu this summer for a limited time.

Starbucks concept store is an 'Espresso Shot'

Starbucks is opening its first-ever express format store at 14 Wall Street, across from the New York Stock Exchange.

Peet’s Coffee introduces Javiva

Peet’s Coffee today introduced Javiva Blended, a new blended iced coffee beverage now available in all Peet’s stores nationwide.

Looking for 'coffee and conversation'? Starbucks wants to help

More than 3 million Match.com members list "coffee and conversation" as one of their interests, and Starbucks wants to make sure those conversations take place in one of its locations. Match members can now use the "Meet at Starbucks" feature...

World Tea Expo set for May 6 – 8 in SoCal

The 13th annual World Tea Expo will take place May 6 – 8, 2015 in Long Beach, California at the Long Beach Convention Center.

Mars Drinks adds Peet's to workplace coffee offerings

Mars will offer Peet's French Roast, Café Domingo and Columbia Luminosa in its proprietary, recyclable Freshpacks.

Starbucks adds Flat White espresso beverage

Starbucks Coffee Company has announced the launch of the Flat White espresso beverage.

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