Smoothies are a great addition to any menu. Light and fresh, they’re the perfect treat on a hot summer day and a great way to get an extra serving of fruit in the winter. While smoothies have been a mainstay of coffee shops and restaurants for some time, there are a number of new trends to keep in mind. According to Technomic, smoothies are a $5 billion a year business, and in order to make sure you’re offering the latest and greatest in smoothie options to your customers.
Below are five trends currently taking the smoothie world by storm. Add them to your menus with the help of Java Estate and enjoy the sweet taste of success.
- Low Sugar Options Americans are becoming more health conscious, and that means they’re paying attention to thinks like sugar content. You can offer low sugar blends, use alternative sweeteners such as agave and stevia, and serve up naturally sweet fruit like pineapple and mango for a bust of sweetness without the added sugar. We recommend Torani Real Fruit Smoothies, an all natural blend that contains zero caffeine, fat, or dairy.
- Millennials Love Them Millennials (consumers between the ages of 18 and 34) see smoothies as a part of a regular diet, rather than a rare indulgence. They’re known to grab one in the morning when they’re on the go, and to replace their meals with a smoothie, provided it’s filling and loaded with nutrients. To appeal to these tastemakers, keep Big Train Shaken Powders in stock. They’re light, refreshing, and packed with beneficial antioxidants.
- Don’t Forget the Veggies! Smoothies are a great way to sneak in some veggies. Green smoothies (blended with spinach and kale) are really popular, especially since the flavor of these greens can be easily overpowered with other tastier ingredients. Consumers are always interested in new twists on old favorites, so don’t be afraid to embrace other leafy greens and unorthodox vegetables, such as chard or beets. DaVinci has some easy, blender-ready smoothies—one of our favorites is their Gratifying Greens option.
- Build-Your-Own and Customization People enjoy the opportunity to make their smoothie their own. Allowing a build-your-own option, or encouraging people to make substitutions and additions is a great idea. Get things started with DaVinci Gourmet Dairy Base, which is a base that easily allows you to offer your own one-of-a-kind creations.
- Smoothie Bowls
Many smoothie-enthusiasts are opting for bowls instead of cups. Acai bowls were the first to hop on this trends. Bowls allow more options for toppings, and they look prettier, which is a plus in the age of Instagram and Snapchat. If you want to get in on the bowl game, try DaVinci Gourmet Real Fruit Smoothies. Made with real fruit puree and non-fat yogurt, they’re smooth, creamy, and wholesome—perfect for a bowl!
No matter how you spin it, smoothies are a popular option in any coffee shop, breakfast spot, or restaurant. Thanks to Java Estates, it’s easy to make sure you’ve got what the people want. Check our full selection of smoothie products, and contact us if you need any help!