Foodservice beverage options let consumers indulge or keep it light

07/15/2013 |

Sales of non-alcoholic beverages at foodservice venues are up 3.8%, to $625 billion, said Technomic, which noted growth of both low-calorie options and indulgent drinks. Dairy Queen recently rolled out its Orange Julius Light Smoothies and Caribou Coffee added four "lite" sparkling teas and juices to its menu, while McDonald's unveiled its Dulce de Leche shake. More chains are also investing in specialty coffee offerings, Technomic VP Joe Pawlak said. "Consumers no longer just think about coffee for breakfast; they think about it for a mid-afternoon snack or even as a dessert for dinner," he said.

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