Tropical Smoothie Café launches latest Superfood Smoothie: UnBEETable Berry

Tropical Smoothie Café announced that the latest product in its Superfood Smoothie series, the UnBEETable Berry, will be added to its menu for a limited time starting Aug. 25.

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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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NEWS


Starbucks rolling Pumpkin Spice Latte out early

Starbucks will roll out its Pumpkin Spice Latte early this year, returning the popular drink to the menu on Aug. 25.

Tim Hortons celebrates autumn with return of Pumpkin Pie Iced Capp and Latte, intros new baked goods

Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop is kicking off the pumpkin season with the return of its signature Pumpkin Pie Iced Capp and Pumpkin Pie Latte in the chain's U.S. restaurants. Prepared fresh in-restaurant and hand blended with real cream, the Pumpkin Pie Iced Capp sells for $2.79 for a 12-ounce small.

Teas honored for excellence

Fourteen teas took first-place awards in key categories during the North American Tea Championship's (NATC) evaluation of spring-harvest 2014 hot teas.

Caribou Coffee adds salads, wraps, snack boxes to menu

Caribou Coffee is adding green salads, wraps, pasta salads, snack boxes and fruit to its menu.

Maui Wowi slings smoothies at Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Maui Wowi Hawaiian made its way into the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota, the latest in the smoothie purveyor's appearances in non-traditional venues.

Juice It Up! posts 19 percent YOY sales growth

Juice It Up! announced second quarter sales had increased by 13 percent and average unit volume sales had increased by 16 percent compared to the same period in 2013. Overall 2014 sales have increased by 19 percent over the previous...

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf inks exclusive area development agreement for Japan

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf announced it has signed an exclusive area development agreement with L.A. Style to introduce the brand to Japan.

Peet's Coffee & Tea acquires Mighty Leaf Tea

Peet's Coffee & Tea Inc. announced today that it has acquired Mighty Leaf Tea in partnership with Next World Group, a private investment firm. Mighty Leaf Tea will continue to operate independently and will have full access to Peet's resources, capabilities and scale.

Jamba Juice will hold sampling event Aug. 6

Jamba Inc today announced it will give away free samples of its recently-launched, made-to-order juices blended with whole foods at stores nationwide on Aug. 6 from 9 a.m.

Robeks adds melon and mint to seasonal menu

Robeks fresh juices and smoothies is adding three new items featuring melon and mint to its seasonal menu. In many markets locally-grown fruits and produce will be used. "With these refreshing summer menu choices, we are keeping in step with our motto at Robeks — 'Healthy never tasted this good,'" CMO Chad Bailey said in a news release.

Villa Enterprises adds hibiscus, mango, pomegranate tea flavors

Villa Enterprises has added new flavored iced teas including hibiscus, mango and pomegranate at its restaurant concepts, Green Leaf’s and Bananas Smoothies & Frozen Yogurt, participating locations for a limited time. Also, Green Leaf’s & Bananas has kicked off a...

Genghis Grill launches new summer drinks

Genghis Grill announced the limited launch of three new summer drinks. Available at restaurants nationwide for $2.99 each, the new Strawberry Summer line features blends of tea, mango, lemonade and watermelon along with strawberries.  The drinks will only be available through Sept.

DaVinci Gourmet intros new smoothie mixes for foodservice operators

DaVinci Gourmet has introduced new smoothies made without artificial sweeteners, colors or preservatives. According to a news release, the smoothies include two servings of fruit per 8-ounce finished drink and are geared toward the foodservice industry. "With healthy eating on...

Starbucks moving Teavana to Seattle

The Seattle Times reported recently that Teavana’s corporate operations will move from Atlanta to Starbucks’ Seattle headquarters. Ninety-nine people employed at the Atlanta location will be affected by the move. Some will relocate to Seattle, others will remain in Atlanta for the next year or two, and others will be let go.

Starbucks opens first store in Colombia

Starbucks Coffee Company announced today the opening of its first store in Colombia. Fifty more stores are planned to open in the market over next five years. Located in the stylish Parque de la 93 in Bogota, the three-level store...

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