One Stop Fits All! Offering Lactose Free and Gluten Free Gives Peace of Mind!

The market for lactose free and gluten-free foods and beverages is hot! With estimates that 70 –75% of the world’s population may be lactose intolerant¹ and 1 in 133 people in the U.S. are affected by Celiac Disease², operators are paying attention! Foodservice directors are adding lactose and gluten free (GF) products to their menus daily. In fact, with the rise in these two gastrointestinal conditions, all aspects of foodservice (healthcare, hotels/casinos, C&U, K-12 cafeterias, and restaurants) should take it very seriously.

Colleges & Universities (C&U) are responding to the trend. For example, Oregon State University has a gluten-free webpage that directs students to food stations that offer GF menu items including frozen yogurt and smoothies. Looking to the near future, University of Nevada – Reno is adding a vegan/gluten free eatery and a self-serve frozen yogurt station to their food court this fall.

Frostline is Gluten Free
Lactose and Gluten Free Soft Serve

Why the connection between lactose free and gluten-free? The physical symptoms someone experiences who is sensitive to either two are very similar: abdominal pain, excessive gas, cramping, bloating and nausea. A large portion of people who avoid gluten or lactose, do so primarily because of symptoms and not because of diagnosis. All they know is cause and effect; if they eat it, they suffer. For people with Celiac or gluten-sensitivity, an elimination diet is the only treatment². For lactose, there are medications that can help prevent symptoms¹.

So what can you do as an operator to make the most of this rising health concern? Offer gluten free and lactose free options! In 2011, U.S. and Europe hit a combined $900 million in retail sales for lactose free products³. Gluten free was listed #2 in Time magazine’s Top 10 Food Trends of 2012. The gluten free category is expected to become worth $6.6 billion by 2017 according to Packaged Facts.

Frostline® Frozen Treats can help you in the dessert portion of your gluten free or lactose free menu. Offering soft serve that is free from these two gastrointestinal targets will not only give you peace of mind but it will enhance your menu’s image. It’s hard to find a person that doesn’t like ice cream, but some people have given it up because of their special dietary concerns. In healthcare, a bowl of soft serve is a welcome treat for patients who crave something cold and sweet but have dietary restrictions that limit their selections. C&U students have meal plans to use and self-service soft serve is a nice draw. Lastly, soft serve is a family favorite at restaurants! Restaurants can entice larger groups and families to dine-in just by offering complimentary soft serve.

If you are interested in talking to someone about offering a GF or lactose free dessert, let us know! Frostline® offers soft serve mixes, frozen yogurt mixes, frozen beverage mixes (including smoothie base mix) and flavor packets. We are here to help!

Resources

¹ Cleveland Clinic http://my.clevelandclinic.org/disorders/lactose_intolerence/hic_lactose_intolerance.aspx

² National Foundation of Celiac Awareness http://www.celiaccentral.org/celiac-disease/facts-and-figures/

³ FoodBev.com http://www.foodbev.com/news/lactose-free-dairy-market-is-booming-say#.U0buv8JOWM8

 

Healthier Eating Lends Itself to Fruit Smoothies

Add Fruit, Ice and Water to Make a Smoothie
Fruit Smoothies Add Choices to Your Beverage Menu

Paying attention to food and beverage trends is important to foodservice professionals. If trends aren’t monitored, menus turn stale resulting in decreased new and return customer traffic. With the world paying closer attention to eating healthier, it seems conceivable that menu options should be mindful of this evolution. Ten years ago, consumers were used to seeing milkshakes on beverage menus. Today, menus are beginning to offer healthier alternatives for consumers’ steering away from high-fat, high-calorie foods. According to a recent Mintel® survey, 68% of people would like to see more restaurants offer smoothies.

Simply Smoothies Satisfies Health-Conscience Consumers
4.8 lb. Container Yields Approximately 39 Servings

Fruits and vegetables are the pillars of healthful eating. An easy way to accommodate the healthier-eating food trend is to offer smoothies. Frostline® Simply Smoothies base mix offers a low cost of entry into the blended beverage category. The mix is a dry base mix that easily blends with water or juice, ice and your choice of additional ingredients like fresh, frozen or canned fruit in a traditional blender. This versatile mix can be used with a wide array of ingredients to create delicious, profitable smoothies. We suggest starting small and offering the top two smoothie flavors – Strawberry and Strawberry/Banana. When you are ready, branch out to Mango, Peach, or Pineapple flavors. Once you feel comfortable this blended beverage is working for you, create a smoothie menu and offer seasonal flavors or specialty flavors. With the neutral base mix, you can add anything from peanut butter to Girl Scout Cookies to carrots or kale. The possibilities and combinations are endless!

Simply Smoothies Mix Comes in Single Serve Packets
Single Serve Packets Too!

There isn’t a worry of waste because smoothies, like milkshakes, are made to order – one 16 oz. serving at a time. Operators can see more than 50% gross margin on one smoothie. The reason being, in each case of bulk mix, there are four – 4.8 lb. containers of the base mix and each container yields approximately 39 smoothies – over 150 smoothies per case! Our base mix is also available in convenient, individual serving packets. There are 50 packets in one case. Simply Smoothies® can help you make use of ingredients you already have on hand in order to avoid spoilage concerns.

If you decide to try smoothies, you have Simply Smoothies® support! Operators can choose from a variety of complimentary, high-quality, point-of-purchase materials including posters, stickers and clings. Each piece was professionally designed to keep your smoothies top of mind with customers for increased sales. Although free merchandising materials are available for order, you can download and print the files anytime from our website. We host a wealth of product information on our website: unique flavor combinations, promotion ideas and seasonal recipes.

We’re happy to send you a sample. Visit us at FrostlineSimplySmoothies.com and complete the Contact Form.

Simply Smoothies Spring Recipes
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