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Beverages

Emerging Brands

Why bubble tea concepts seem to be popping up everywhere

The bright-colored drinks, studded with tapioca pearls, are social media darlings and the segment is growing fast. But will supply chain challenges get in the way?

Beverage

Bluestone Lane inks a co-branding deal with Hilton

The cafe chain will offer its products in the lodging giant's new Tempo line.

The company said the option to add booze could increase restaurants' average check by 30%.

Richard Key has been with the fast-growing smoothie chain since 2018. The fast casual recently opened its 1,000th store.

The hottest growth concepts feature inexpensive and focused menus and a lot of salads, bowls and bubble tea.

The family chain intends to go slow in developing a program built on beers, wines and mimosas.

Technomic data shows that customers crave unique and flavorful warm-weather drinks, especially those that feature watermelon, berries and other seasonal fruits.

Members of the Beer Barrel Club get their own keg and a $300 credit for refills.

Seasonal beverage innovation continues at the chain, with the addition of seven new items for spring and summer.

The subscription program is now available in all of the casual chain's Calfornia stores, with units elsewhere likely to participate later in the year.

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