Beverage trends spilling into the restaurant industry


Fast casual gets its drink on

Wine, beer and cocktails may be coming to a fast casual near you, as these operators see profits in alcohol.


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For operators, nonalcoholic pairings are a way to boost the check. For guests, it’s a less costly alternative to wine, beer or cocktails, and is inclusive.

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Milkshakes and malts—two old-time soda-fountain treats—are seeing big-time action at fast casuals. By differentiating the beverage menu with these indulgences, fast-casual concepts are vying for that between-meal customer who is a regular at the coffee cafe.

Many operators are cutting cocktail wait times by batching cocktails and either bottling, barrel-aging or kegging them to serve on tap for speedy service.

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More ambitious alcoholic beverages are flowing in fast casuals.

The limited-time Crystal Ball cream-based drink is reportedly peach flavored and topped with candy.

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