Since 1925, we've been bringing amazing flavor to life – and we want to help you bring that amazing flavor to your customers. Read on to find out about the latest summer beverage trends and insights to keep your sales HOT and your customers COOL!

 

Bubble Teas-e

Originating in Taiwan in the 1980s, bubble tea, named for the inclusion of tapioca pearls (Boba), has cemented its place in mainstream US beverage culture.

  • Main consumers of bubble teas are Gen Z and Millennials
  • Bubble tea is often seen as a substitute for dessert occasions as it delivers texture a typical beverage would not.

With a base recipe of cooked tapioca pearls, it is easy to add these to elevate any standard iced fruit tea or milk tea.

 

Better – for – You Smoothies

Incorporating non-dairy milk is an easy way to feature smoothies with fewer calories and less sugar that are still delicious.

  • Across foodservice outlets, mentions of smoothie offerings have increased 4.2% over the past year.
  • Health-forward ingredients have gained traction on smoothie menus with non-dairy milk options increasing 16% and almond milk options specifically increasing 62%.

 

Lemonade Twists

Lemonade beverages are on 63% of foodservice menus, with mentions growing 13% over the last four years.*

  • Gen Z consumers drive the demand for lemonade with 40% saying they drink lemonade more often now than they did two years ago.

Younger consumers are looking for elevated lemonade experiences:

  • Shaking the lemonade creates texture – “shaken” lemonade mentions have increased 16.7% over the past year.
  • Floating vibrantly colored butterfly pea flower tea on top of lemonade creates visual appeal.

 

Modern Shrubs

Shrubs, also known as drinking vinegars, are an approachable way to offer these on trend beverages in a foodservice setting.

  • Artisinal offerings with stated health benefits around digestion & anti-inflammation have saturated the RTD market

Beginning with the health craze of drinking apple cider vinegar, vinegar-based beverages remain popular with greater emphasis on improving taste.