Coffee has been consumed for hundreds of years, but the last few decades—even just the last few years—have seen a steep rise in the demand for premium coffee. Just look at the coffee-shop boom; according to Mintel data, coffee-shop sales hit $23.
Unilever Food Solutions introduced Pure Leaf Hot and Iced Teas to foodservice. Today’s guests appreciate simple, authentic ingredients and Pure Leaf tea leaves are simply picked from the finest tea estates around the world.
PepsiCo and VOSS Water Of Norway announced a multi-year agreement that enables PepsiCo’s foodservice division to distribute VOSS artesian water throughout the U.S. in select channels, including fine dining restaurants and luxury lodging.
Just in time for falling leaves, sweater weather and football tailgates, Red Diamond added Pumpkin Harvest to its portfolio of premium coffees. The new fall blend features Red Diamond’s 100 percent Arabica, premium coffee with notes of pumpkin pie spiced flavors.
S&D Coffee & Tea continued its commitment to the specialty coffee industry by serving as the sole sponsor for the Re:co Fellowship program for the third consecutive year. The Fellowship program grants access to individuals who might not have otherwise been able to attend the Re:co Symposium, held April 19-20 in Seattle, as well as the Global Specialty Coffee Expo (GSCE) that followed.
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 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.
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.
Hoosier company Copper Moon Coffee announced a partnership with Verizon IndyCar Series team Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. The Indiana coffee company will serve as the winning team’s Official Coffee Provider through 2018.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.