The rush of consumers back to cafes and restaurants has been a welcome sight this summer. One key to keeping that traffic coming back is with a little bit of innovation. With 35% of consumers looking to try new flavors in their coffee, it pays to stay current with what’s new and trending, mixing in new offerings with tried-and-true favorites.
Citrus and Chocolate lead the way
According to trendwatcher Technomic, these are the top 5 fastest-growing flavors paired with coffee. It might not be a surprise to see perennial favorite chocolate make the list in both mint and dark chocolate varieties. But orange – a flavor we called out last month for its immunity credentials – might be a surprise in the #1 spot.
Flavor In Action
Ginger Orange Cold Brew
This cold brew tonic is a deliciously clever way to combine the trending flavors of orange and ginger (another immunity star) in a refreshing summer tonic. Go all in with the hand-crafted version, or speed-scratch with prepared syrups, it’s a sure-fire winner either way.
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Capturing Customers with LTOs
Recent studies have shown that consumer brand preferences have changed dramatically since the start of the pandemic. That creates an opportunity to capture new customers, and a need to re-engage with your old customer base. A smart play is to use LTOs to draw them in, and let your quality and hospitality earn a return visit
75% of consumers changed their brand preferences1
Promote cold brew on your mobile app and in-store signage for maximum visibility.
The Cold Brew Hook
Cold brew’s rapid growth it makes an excellent draw. In fact, cold brew was a top 5 delivery item in 2020 according to GrubHub. Simply showcase a new blend of beans like our Brillante® blend, or add a float of sweet cream to keep it easy to execute.
Leverage the digital shareability of eye-catching coffee creations like this Ginger-Orange Cold Brew Tonic. Whether you’re crafting by hand or using pre-made syrups, it’s all about that slice of orange for the garnish to have this drink ready for its Instagram moment(s).
Invest the time in propping and styling a good-quality photo of your buzzworthy drink, and reshare fan photos while giving them credit.
This works! About 20% of consumers say LTOs are the reason for their visits to coffee shops and bakery cafes.2
2Technomic Bakery and Café Trend Report, 2018