RISE Brewing Co. Launches America's First Canned Oat Milk Lattes

RISE Brewing Co., the brand known for its innovative nitro cold brew, announced the launch of its organic oat milk latte line on September 1. A twist on the classic latte, the line of Nitro Cold Brew Coffee Lattes includes two vegan flavors--Oat Milk and Mocha--that utilize the must have alt-milk of the year, elevating RISE’s award-winning signature coffee with a rich, creamy flavor.

The line also includes a classic latte made with silky organic skim milk and cream, which became available online and in stores on September 10. All are 150 calories or less, USDA Certified Organic, shelf-stable and consist of eight ingredients or fewer.

Since its inception, RISE Brewing Co. has focused on innovation and creativity in the industry, creating the best tasting and cleanest coffees available. The development of this latte line was no different. The founders began by experimenting with existing dairy alternatives, and it quickly became apparent that oat milk was RISE’s perfect match and their customers’ top choice. However, an organic oat milk did not exist on the market, so RISE took it to the next level by creating their own.

“There are a handful of great oat milks out there, but none that we found were made with 100 percent organic ingredients. After a search without limitation, we found a small farm in Finland that we were able to source the oats from to build the base of our Nitro Cold Brew Oat Milk Latte,” Grant Gyesky, CEO and Co-Founder of RISE Brewing Co., said.

"One of the most exciting parts of building RISE has been creating products and systems that previously did not exist. On one hand it is harder because you do not have a template to follow, but on the other hand you are not limited by your own perceptions of what is achievable. When you don't know where the ceiling is, you have the freedom to aim higher,” Gyesky said.

RISE’s current lineup also includes:

  • Original Black: The flagship nitro is smooth, strong and frothy and pours out looking creamy, but there is no milk, sugar or chemicals.
  • Lemonade: The Arnold Palmer of coffee, this is bright and refreshing.
  • Blood Orange: This tea-like flavor is creamy, tangy and refreshingly smooth.
  • Classic Latte: This clean and silky drink is a twist on the classic latte and made with organic skim milk without being overly decadent.
  • Mocha Latte: Also made with RISE’s organic oat milk, the mocha is chocolate-forward and velvety.

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Global Tea Championship Recognizes the Best Iced Teas for 2018

The Global Tea Championship (GTC), an independent competition that evaluates and distinguishes the highest quality and best tasting specialty teas, presented three Gold, eight Silver and 17 Bronze medals to the best, premium iced teas in various categories --- all of which are commercially sold around the world. The competition took place in August in Montebello, Calif. at the Wilbur Curtis headquarters. Three judges tasted and evaluated all of the teas, including: Eliot Jordan, vice president of tea, Mighty Leaf, for Peet's Coffee, John Cullicott, president and COO of Walters Bay, and Manik Jayakumar, CEO of QTrade Teas & Herbs.

The Global Tea Championship Iced Tea Class is divided into several categories, according to market application and sales channels, including: 1) Commercial 2) Bag-in-Box 3) Instant and 4) Ready to Drink. Each category is then separated into various sub-categories, to represent popular products currently being sold in the marketplace.

The 2018 Global Tea Championship Iced Tea winners include:

Green Straight:  Silver: Farmer Brothers - Farmer Brothers Select Green Iced Tea; Bronze: Shangri La Tea Co. Inc. - Organic Green Tea.  Black Straight:  Gold: The Tea Smith LLC - Blue Mountain; Silver: Farmer Brothers - Farmer Brothers Island Medley Classic Black.  Flavored White:  Gold: La Crème Coffee & Tea - Blueberry White Tea.  Flavored Green:  Silver: The Tea Smith LLC - Green Goodness; Bronze: Shangri La Tea Co. Inc. - Organic Tropic Green Tea.  Flavored Black:  ilver: Teatulia - Watermelon Black; Bronze: Kai Organics - Texas Peach.  Flavored Herbal:  Gold: Kai Organics - Hibiscus Berry; Silver: The Tea Smith LLC - Hibiscus Cooler; Bronze: Shangri La Tea Co. Inc. - Raspberry Cooler.  Blended Herbal:  Bronze: Brew Lab Tea - Spring Trellis.

Bag in Box
Black Straight:  Bronze: Farmer Brothers - Farmer Brothers Black Unsweetened Iced Tea.

Instant Powder
Green Straight:  Bronze: Cusa Tea - Organic Green Tea.
Matcha Straight:  Bronze: ITO EN (North America) Inc. - Matcha LOVE Unsweetened Single Serve Packets.

Ready to Drink
Green Straight:  Silver: ITO EN (North America) Inc. - Oi Ocha Organic Unsweetened.  Black Straight: 
Silver: Tejava/Crystal Geyser Water Co. - Tejava Original Black Tea.  Flavored Green:  Bronze: Teavana - Teavana Unsweetened Strawberry Apple Green Craft Iced Tea.  Flavored Matcha:  Bronze: Templar Food Products - Maine Matcha Blueberry Blitz.  Flavored Black:  Bronze: Tejava/Crystal Geyser Water Co. - Tejava Raspberry Black Tea.  Flavored Carbonated:  Bronze: Teavana - Teavana Sparkling Unsweetened Peach Nectarine Green Craft Iced Tea.  Flavored Cold Brew:  Bronze: Try MY T, Gourmet Iced Tea - Try MY T, Gourmet Iced Tea.  Flavored Herbal:  Silver: Tea North Ltd. - Blueberry Rodeo.  Sweetened White:  Bronze: teaRIOT - tea RIOT Hibiscus Glow.  Sweetened Black:  Bronze: Templar Food Products - Patagonia Cold Brewed Black Tea.  Sweetened Herbal:  Bronze: Tea Tea and Company - Lemon Ginger Tea.  Sweetened Carbonated:  Bronze: Teavana - Teavana Sparkling Blackberry Lime Green Craft Iced Tea.


"Congratulations to all of the winners of the Global Tea Championship Iced Tea Class evaluation," said Samantha Hammer, the World Tea Expo event director and World Tea brand leader at Informa Exhibitions, organizer of the Global Tea Championship. "You should all be proud of your high quality, medal-winning teas. We look forward to your continued success in the marketplace and seeing your teas at World Tea Expo next June."  See 


Dunkin' Donuts Launches First-Ever Beverage in a Can

For on-the-go coffee drinkers seeking something a bit bolder, Dunkin' Donuts has a new coffee choice served in a cool new way. Less than two years after launching its first bottled Iced Coffee beverages, Dunkin' Donuts is giving the ready-to-drink category another jolt with the launch of new Shot in the Dark coffee espresso blend, the brand's first-ever coffee beverage served in a can

Manufactured and distributed by the Coca-Cola Company, Shot in the Dark combines the classic tastes of Dunkin's signature coffee and espresso for a bold new way to keep recharged, refreshed and running on Dunkin', anytime, anywhere.

Served in a special slim can, Shot in the Dark delivers Dunkin' Donuts' high-quality coffee with a touch of cream and sugar, combined with delicious espresso for a full-bodied, rich, smooth coffee espresso blend. Offered in three fan favorite flavors – Caramel, Mocha and Vanilla – each 8.1 ounce can of Shot in the Dark is 80 calories. Shot in the Dark can be found now in select retail locations, and its availability will continue to expand through 2019 at convenience and grocery stores across the United States.

"Our fans have loved our ready-to-drink iced coffees as a great way to power through their day with Dunkin' anytime and anywhere," according to Brian Gilbert, Dunkin' Donuts Vice President, Retail Business Development. "Now, for the coffee-loving consumers who want something a little bolder than a traditional cup of coffee, but not as strong as a shot of espresso, our Shot in the Dark creates an exciting and energizing new option when on-the-go."

Shot in the Dark isn't the only new Dunkin' ready-to-drink choice launching this month for on-the-go coffee drinkers, as the brand is keeping fans pumped for pumpkin with new Pumpkin Spice Bottled Iced Coffee. Featuring the fall flavor consumers crave, Pumpkin Spice Bottled Iced Coffee is also available in retail locations nationwide. Dunkin' Donuts offers one of the largest menus of pumpkin choices of any national restaurant chain, with popular seasonal items including Pumpkin flavored Hot and Iced Coffee, Lattes, Cappuccinos, Frozen Coffee and Cold Brew Coffee; Pumpkin Muffins, Donuts and MUNCHKIN® donut hole treats; and Pumpkin flavored K-Cup® pods and packaged coffee.

The Coca-Cola Company and its bottling partners have been manufacturing and distributing pre-packaged Dunkin' Donuts® branded bottled beverages since the beginning of 2017. The bottled Dunkin' Donuts Iced Coffee beverages are made according to Dunkin' Donuts' specifications using high-quality Arabica coffee blends with real milk and sugar, delivering the quality and great taste that millions of Dunkin' Donuts guests have come to expect from the brand's signature iced coffee served at its restaurants worldwide.  Dunkin' Donuts® pre-packaged branded bottled Iced Coffee beverages include Original, Mocha, Espresso, French Vanilla and Cookies & Cream flavors.


How to Make a Pumpkin Spice Latte at Home

Makes 2 drinks

What You Need/Ingredients:
• 2 tablespoons pumpkin purée
• 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, plus more to garnish
• Freshly ground black pepper
• 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 
• 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
• 2 cups whole milk
• 1 to 2 shots espresso (about 1/4 cup), or 1/3 to 1/2 cup strong coffee
• 1/4 cup heavy cream, whipped into firm peaks

Mixer, whisk, or hand blender, to whip cream
Wooden spoon
Espresso maker or coffee maker

Heat the pumpkin and spices. Heat the pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, and a generous helping of black pepper in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it's hot and smells cooked, about 2 minutes.
Stir in the sugar. Add the sugar and stir until the mixture looks like a bubbly, thick syrup.
Warm the milk. Whisk in the milk and vanilla and warm gently, watching carefully to make sure it doesn't boil over.
Blend the milk. Carefully process the mixture with a hand blender or in a traditional blender (hold the lid down tightly with a thick wad of towels!) until frothy and blended.
Mix the drinks. Make the espresso or coffee and divide between 2 mugs. Add the frothed milk and pumpkin mixture. Top with the whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, or nutmeg if desired.

Vanilla: Yes, this recipe calls for two tablespoons (not teaspoons) of vanilla. This sounds like a lot, but it does more than anything else to mimic the intense, even artificial, taste of the syrups used in coffee shops. But feel free to start with less and bump it up as needed.
Milk fat: This recipe is most satisfying when made with whole milk, but 2% and skim can be substituted.
Canned pumpkin substitution: You can substitute 1 teaspoon Torani Pumpkin Spice Syrup for the canned pumpkin if you have it on hand.
Sugar substitute: You can use a sugar substitute in place of the sugar if desired. Add to taste.
Pumpkin pie spice substitute: No pumpkin pie spice? No problem — use our recipe to make it out of cinnamon, ginger, and other spices: Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix

Recipe Notes:
Make a big batch of pumpkin spice base: If you like, you can make a big batch of the pumpkin spice base, and refrigerate. To make 8 full servings, cook 1/2 cup pumpkin purée with 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, and 1/2 cup granulated sugar. Stir in 1/2 cup vanilla extract. Refrigerate for up to 1 week and use as desired. To serve, blend 1/3 cup pumpkin spice base with milk until frothy, and add 1 or 2 shots of espresso. Top with whipped cream and serve.



Fire Dept. Coffee

Strong coffee pairs with strong values in this veteran owned business.

Fire Department Coffee was founded by firefighters, Luke Schneider and Mark Williams, on a mission to make the easiest drinking coffee for our Nation's hard working men and women.  Schneider, a Navy veteran turned firefighter paramedic, and Williams, a combat vet turned firefighter, are driven with a mission to serve, unite, and give back.

“Fire Dept. Coffee believes in the bonds created between people when sharing the mutual responsibility of selfless service to Nation and Community," explains Williams. "The bond created by service members and firefighters is unique, strong and loyal. Our brand looks to foster similar relationships with customers, business partners and employees. FDC will always put our mission before lesser objectives like profits and numbers."

Each batch is roasted to order, ensuring every cup is as fresh and flavorful as possible for when it's needed most.  They offer three distinct roasts:
Original -- This medium roast is the perfect way to start the day.
Dark Roast -- Made with organic beans from fair-trade farms, its deep flavor hits the spot.
Donut Shop – Medium roast, available whole bean or ground.

PLUS:  For the more adventurous coffee lovers they offer a spirit-infused line of coffees. Each cup has a distinct flavor you love paired with just the right amount of pick me up. Whether you favor a Bourbon infused, Irish-Whiskey, Rum, or Tequila, their signature spirit infusion process will change the way that you drink coffee forever.

To do even more good in their communities, Fire Dept. Coffee donates a portion of each sale to military and fire service related charities.

“In the 25 years of combined military and public service, the team at Fire Dept. Coffee has always fostered the idea of charity. Whether big or small, it is the right thing to do.” Said Schneider. Fire Dept. Coffee continually runs campaigns and events to raise money, awareness and improve relationships with charity organizations that promote veteran outreach, the fire service, and the people they serve.

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4 International Teas to Watch in U.S. Beverage Market

The genie is out of the (ready-to-drink) bottle when it comes to a growing number of U.S. consumers willing to try beverages from all over the world. A slowdown in immigration might reduce the speed with which the trend takes place, but in the long run, the U.S. will remain a nation of immigrants and a fertile ground for cross-cultural beverage developments. The beverage segment most on trend for multicultural inspiration is tea, according to market research firm Packaged Facts in the report U.S. Beverage Market Outlook 2018.

"Teas are a beverage category in which the appeal of foreign ingredients plays a role," says David Sprinkle, research director for Packaged Facts. "U.S. tea consumers are currently enjoying the varieties, such as matcha, moringa, and sencha, that have long been staples of Japanese and other Asian cultures. In the U.S. these are marketed as individual types and also used as components in tea beverages that have additionally flavored with fruits and spices. Each of these teas also are favored for their widely recognized health benefits, which is attractive to today's consumers who are trending away from surgery soft drinks and juices."

Here are Packaged Facts' four international tea trends to watch in the coming years that will help drive growth in the U.S. tea market from $8 billion in 2017 to $10 billion by 2022:

Matcha Tea – Popular in China and Japan, matcha is a highly nutritional form of green tea with high concentrations of potassium, magnesium, vitamins A and C, and fiber as well as high levels of L-theanine, a valuable amino acid that is said to have a calming effect on consumers it and substantial amounts of caffeine. It offers health benefits in terms of strengthening the immune system as well as providing an energy boost. Matcha has entered the mainstream as can be seen by the 2017 introduction by Unilever of its first-ever home-brewed matcha teas to its Pure Leaf line of hot and iced tea products.

Moringa Tea - Following along the same path as matcha except with origins rooted in India is moringa, a tea made from the leaves of the moringa oleifera tree that is rich in antioxidants. Benefits attributed to moringa include increased energy and rapid recovery after exercise, mental and emotional balance, and healthy blood sugar levels. Ready-to-drink moringa teas are few and far between, but there are many companies offering moringa teas for brewing. Among them is Terrasoul Superfoods, which has as its goal making nutrient-dense foods more affordable and accessible to consumers.

Sencha Tea - Sencha is a variety of green tea that is still relatively new to the U.S. market although it is considered the most popular tea in Japan where it originates. Sencha, reported to contain more antioxidants than matcha, is available in leaf and powder form, as loose tea and in tea bags. At present, many of the brands sold in the U.S. are imports from Japan, but there are U.S. companies that offer Sencha, as well.

Mizudashi (Cold Pressed Tea Process) - The adoption of the cold-brewed process in the ready-to-drink (RTD) coffee category has begun spreading to the tea category. As with coffee, the cold brewing process results in a beverage that is reported to be smoother and less bitter and is further said to better preserve the health benefits of the tea than preparing it through a hot brewing method. The Japanese tea marketer ITO EN in 2017 launched a lineup of ice-steeped cold brew ready-to-drink teas in the U.S. The company reportedly uses an authentic Japanese cold brew process called Mizudashi.

For information on the companion report U.S. Food Market Outlook 2018 visit: