Non-Alcoholic Beverage

Chicago's Oriole Launches Non-Alcoholic Pairings

Two Michelin-starred Oriole in Chicago announced the expansion of its beverage program curated by award-winning Bartender Julia Momose on March 14. Momose will work in tandem with Oriole Sommelier Aaron McManus to launch a Non-Alcoholic Pairing ($75) to compliment McManus’ Pairing ($125) and Reserve Pairing ($250).

Farmer Brothers Buys West Coast Coffee Company

Farmer Bros. Co., a national coffee roaster, wholesaler, and distributor of coffee, tea and culinary products announced that it has acquired West Coast Coffee Company for $13.5 million, plus a performance-based payment of $1 million if certain sales levels are achieved in certain subsequent periods.

Specialty Teas Take on a Starring Role

In terms of beverage reverence, tea is often overlooked in favor of wine, craft beer, and even coffee. But at the Park Hyatt Washington’s Tea Cellar in D.C., teatime has been duly venerated since the building’s renovation in 2005.

Craft Coffee Hits its Stride

As a coffee aficionada, Kelly Fields—executive pastry chef and partner at the year-old Willa Jean in New Orleans, a restaurant also operated by celebrity chef John Besh—knew regular drip coffee just wouldn’t do.

Selecting the Right Coffee Equipment for Your Restaurant

Consumers are growing in sophistication and demand greater varieties of taste in their dining experience—even when it comes to coffee. In fact, specialty coffee now represents 25 percent of all finished coffee purchased in the United States.

Making Healthy Beverages Work For You

As the trend toward better-for-you menu items continues to grow, consumers—especially millennials—are dropping carbonated, sugary drinks loaded with artificial ingredients and seeking out better beverage options.

Coffee’s Gone Craft

It’s local. It’s seasonal. It’s brewed to bring out natural flavors.No, we’re not just talking about craft beer. We’re talking about coffee.Coffee has gone craft, and not just in Seattle and Portland but across the nation, as local roasters import beans from small farms in South America, Africa, and elsewhere around the globe—and then roast them at home for super-fresh, nuanced brews.

New-School Soda Fountains

It’s apparent that sugary foods and beverages are falling out of vogue these days, but creating artistic presentations and eliciting emotional dining experiences are moving higher on the list of priorities for restaurant owners and their patrons.

Artful Elevation: Upgrading Your Beverage Program

Quick-service and fast-casual restaurants are often categorized by entrée points—burgers, chicken, burritos, and so on—but there’s one thing they all have in common: They serve non-alcoholic beverages.

More Sodas, Fewer Problems

When it comes to the state of beverage sales in the restaurant industry, it’s a case of good news and bad news. On the positive side, non-carbonated beverage and water sales are trending up, growing by 1.

Raising the Stakes for Shakes

The better-for-you food trend is upon us, and with it comes not only a desire to know the exact ingredients in our meals, but also an effort to replace unhealthy ingredients with more nutritious ones.The ingredient-conscious movement has infiltrated dessert, too, with trendy bakers swapping fat-filled sticks of butter for fiber-rich bananas, black beans, or Greek yogurt.

Sippable Snacks

While snacking is no new phenomenon to the American way of life, trends in snacking culture shift regularly, and drinkable snack popularity is on the rise. While many celebrate the Starbucks Frappuccino blended coffee beverage’s 20th birthday this year, others are opting for healthier, cleaner, selections like cold-pressed juices—a $100 million per year industry that shows no sign of declining popularity.

Organic’s Next Frontier

Take a look at any restaurant-trends list and chances are you’ll find “organic” sitting at—or near—the top. And for good reason: the organic food market is projected to reach sales of more than $45 billion in 2015 alone, according to an industry report published by TechSci Research.

Tea Programs Draw in Guests with Nuances and Pairing Possibilities

More than 7,000 miles away, in the eastern Chinese province of Anhui, known for its sagging clouds and Huangshan Mountains, a Pu-erh tea was harvested for an emperor. Five years of negotiations later, the commodity was hand carried out of the country, and a small amount—only 7 kilos even exist for commercial consumption—eventually found its way into the Park Hyatt Washington Hotel.