On the Rocks vs. Frozen Margaritas on Cinco De Mayo

[fa icon="calendar"] May 5, 2017 8:40:56 AM / by Franke

The battle of the Ices

It’s that time of year again - Cinco de Mayo. Each year Cinco de Mayo gives millions of Americans an excuse to have a night of fun at their favorite neighborhood Mexican restaurant, and of course, consume a good number of margaritas. So, before you go out tonight take a moment to learn a little bit more about Cinco de Mayo and the drink of the day, the margarita.

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Five Reasons to Serve More Iced Beverages

[fa icon="calendar"] May 3, 2017 9:00:00 PM / by Franke

Iced tea and cold brew coffee are gaining popularity as consumers venture into new flavors and seek healthy beverage options. But where’s the proof that iced tea and coffee are just as popular (or more popular) than their hot counterparts? It's right here. Learn More

Why Ice Is Essential to a Good Cocktail Program?

[fa icon="calendar"] Apr 4, 2017 11:57:08 AM / by Franke

The craft cocktail trend is way beyond a trend. It’s something that’s here to stay, and savvy operators can capitalize on this fact by paying attention to all the ingredients that comprise a craft cocktail. One of those items is ice.

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Beverage Trends: "What's Hot" in Hot Beverages

[fa icon="calendar"] Feb 24, 2017 3:00:00 PM / by Franke

The craft movement is alive and well in the hot beverage sector. According to a report from Virginia Lee in Euromonitor International's Passport, premium hot beverages and health-positioned drinks are gaining in consumer preference.

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Is Specialty Tea Really Trending?

[fa icon="calendar"] Oct 12, 2016 9:00:00 AM / by Franke Americas

The Tea Association of the U.S.A. recently attempted to read their own leaves, and what they found, in part, was the number of restaurants, coffee houses and stand-alone tea salons that serve gourmet or specialty tea has been steadily increasing for a number of years. In foodservice sales alone, the growth of tea has increased about three to five percent each year for the last several years.

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The Top Reasons People Drink Coffee

[fa icon="calendar"] Jun 21, 2016 11:00:00 AM / by Franke Americas

Why is it that people choose to drink coffee? The top three reasons are not really a surprise. According to the National Coffee Association's (NCA) 2016 National Coffee Drink Trends (NCDT) report, those reasons are when people need to wake up, when they need to warm up and when they need an energy boost.

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National Coffee Association Report Shows Consumers Drinking More Espresso-Based Beverages

[fa icon="calendar"] Jun 20, 2016 4:17:35 PM / by Franke Americas

A recent report by the National Coffee Association (NCA) shows consumption of espresso-based beverages has nearly tripled since 2008. This shift represents 18 percent of adult consumers within the United States, and it is largely driven by preferences of younger generations.

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Why Restaurants Are Expanding Their Tea and Coffee Selections

[fa icon="calendar"] Jun 2, 2016 6:03:36 PM / by Franke Americas

'Fusion' is a word often used in the foodservice industry to describe a combination of culinary styles into a single form. In reality, this also happens at a much greater scale than on the plate, though. It's happening on a macro level with foodservice establishments themselves.

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