GRAPEVINE, Texas -- Our top beverage trend from the 2016 FARE Conference in Dallas is iced-tea cocktails. These mixed drinks—some with alcohol, some not—present a new alternative for providing flavored beverage syrups—mango, strawberry, chocolate, etc.—on the coffee bar to allow for experimentation by consumers. They showed up in the booths of a number of tea and syrup makers in the Food Pavilion of the conference and were evident in the first-ever Revolution Tea House, in which four different “ice shakers” were made fresh each day of the show.
That was far from the only beverage innovation offered by suppliers. Here’s a look at some others.
In addition to showcasing its Tetley iced tea brand and a line of Lyons syrups for adding flavor, Fresno, Calif.-based Lyons Magnus introduced potential customers to its line of fountain juices under the familiar Ocean Spray brand. While popular in hotels, the product is beginning to move into the convenience-store channel.
B.W. Cooper’s recent expansion into sparkling iced teas takes the next step by offering a fountain program. The tea brewer’s sweet, low-calorie peach, sparkling raspberry and sparkling tropical are now all available on the fountain.