Gluten-free beer finds its way

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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...

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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?

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Maui Wowi Hawaiian rolls out Cyber Monday deal

Customers who order online using the promo code "CYBER" will get nearly half off.

Domestic tea sales jump 6%

According to new research from the American Botanical Council, sales of loose, bagged, concentrated and herbal tea in the US increased by 5.9 percent in 2013, totally $1.7B. Ready-to-drink tea sales in the US remained relatively flat at $2.3B. According...

Maui Wowi will open new Chico, California, location in spring

Maui Wowi Hawaii announced recently that franchisee Jules Jackson has signed a lease and will soon begin construction on a new location in the Shops and Mangrove in Chico, California. The store is expected to open in spring 2015. "My...

Peet's offers free holiday drink with bakery or food purchase

Peet's is also bringing back a new Holiday Blend for sale in its retail locations, grocery stores and online.

Starbucks unpacks a sleigh full of holiday promotions

In addition to featuring five holiday beverages, Starbucks is rolling out a new line of drinkware and redesigned gift cards.

Caribou Coffee filling food pantry void for the holidays

With coffee being one of the most requested items at food banks, Caribou Coffee has launched a campaign to donate coffee to The Food Group for the holiday season. Guests can donate Reindeer Blend coffee at their local Caribou Coffee...

Pitfire Artisan Pizza founder plans expansion, snack and coffee concept

Paul Hibler, founder of Pitfire Artisan Pizza and the American Gonzo Food Corporation restaurants, has announced that Pitfire's eighth location will open in Pasadena, California, in early December. Also in Pasadena, Hibler will introduce Superba Snacks & Coffee in February...

Seattle's Best launches month-long giveaway promo

Seattle's Best Coffee has launched Doorbusters, a month-long giveaway promotion to celebrate the holiday season. On select days throughout November, Seattle's Best Coffee will offer holiday shoppers the chance to win one of hundreds of holiday Doorbuster giveaways, such as...

Caribou Coffee adds gingersnap mocha to holiday lineup

Just in time for the holiday season, Caribou Coffee has introduced its new gingersnap cookie mocha, made with ginger, allspice and clove. "Ginger has been a traditional holiday flavor for years and we are excited to take a classic ingredient...

Bruegger’s Bagels launches 12th annual Bottomless Mug season

Bruegger’s Bagels kicks off the 12th season of its Bottomless Mug program today and will celebrate with Free Coffee Day on Nov. 13.

Juice It Up! reports sales, AUV gains in Q3

Juice It Up! reported a same-store sales increase of 11 percent year-over-year in Q3 2014, and an average unit volume increase of 12 percent.

Jamba Juice same-store sales jump by 3.8 percent in Q3

Jamba Juice attributed the increase to strong performance by its fresh squeezed juice and whole food blending platform.

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf delivers holiday menu

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf announced its holiday beverage menu, available now through Dec. 29.

Bananas Smoothies & Frozen Yogurt add Muscle Builder Max

Muscle Builder Max is now available at all Bananas Smoothies & Frozen Yogurt locations for a limited time. This smoothie is made with nonfat vanilla frozen yogurt, peanut butter with Omega 3, banana, strawberries and whey protein. “For guests seeking...

Teavana intros Gift of the Week program for holidays

Teavana has launched a new Gift of the Week program, a series of tea gift sets specially priced each week of the holiday season. Kicking off Teavana’s Gift of the Week initiative, starting today, customers will receive a free Perfectea Maker with the purchase of the Teavana Ultimate Winter Collection, featuring 12 teas. From now through Dec.

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Sugar Foods is a multi-national food products company serving all segments of the food industry. For the foodservice market, the company offers a wide range of products to include its branded NJoy line of sweeteners and non-dairy creamers. Sugar Foods works with restaurant chains to offer private label sweetener programs. As a healthy milk alternative, Sugar Foods distributes in foodservice America’s no. 1 selling almond milk: Almond Breeze®.