The Ultimate Summer Strawberry Playlist

If you’re anything like us, you’re in total denial that summer is coming to a close, and you’re looking for any way to hold onto those warm weather vibes just a little longer. But there are better ways to extend summer than wearing jorts and sandals well into September. Instead, bring summer back by offering the fruity flavor or DOLE® Strawberry Soft Serve at your operation!

Ready to take it one step further? We’ve put together a playlist featuring some of the sweetest strawberry jams, to accompany the fresh-picked flavor of DOLE Strawberry. With this strawberry mixtape drowning your senses, you’ll be reliving summer in no time.

  1. Strawberry Swing-Frank Ocean
  2. Strawberry Wine-Deana Carter
  3. Grass and Wild Strawberries-The Collectors
  4. Strawberry Vapors-Luke James
  5. Strawberry Fields Forever-The Beatles
  6. Strawberry Kisses-Niki Webster
  7. Strawberry Avalanche-Owl City
  8. Strawberry letter 23-The Brothers Johnson
  9. Strawberry-Everclear
  10. Strawberry Wine (life is sweet)-Pat Benatar
  11. Strawberry swing-Coldplay
  12. Strawberry Bubblegum-Justin Timberlake

Extend summer with DOLE Strawberry Soft Serve. As a fat, dairy, cholesterol and gluten-free treat, it’s perfect for every customer. And, since it comes in a convenient, shelf-stable dry mix that helps you reduce waste and make money, it’s perfect for you too. Contact Us for ordering information.

Complimentary Marketing Materials from DOLE® Soft Serve

You may already know that DOLE® Soft Serve is one of the most unique desserts in the soft serve biz. Its popularity at Disney parks, as well as the Dole Food Company’s trusted heritage in real fruit flavor, has skyrocketed this frozen treat into fame.

Offering six refreshing fruit flavors, DOLE Soft Serve is the perfect choice for amusement parks or frozen yogurt shops with multiple soft serve machines. Not only is it delicious, it’s also vegan, dairy-free, fat-free, cholesterol-free and made without artificial colors…appealing to an ever-growing health-conscious demographic.

But the key to selling DOLE is telling customers you have it – and we don’t expect you to do it all on your own. When you order DOLE Soft Serve mix, we will provide the following materials to help you make and promote it:

  • Mixing Kit: Since DOLE Soft Serve is a dry mix – which by the way, saves you tons of money – you need some very basic equipment to prep it for your soft serve machine. This includes a mixing bucket with user-friendly measuring guides and a long, sturdy whisk that we offer for free with our sampling kit.
  • Recipe Guides: Our delicious flavors are fantastic in a simple cup or cone, but with a few mix-ins or toppings, they become signature sweet sensations. We offer downloadable recipe guides for several of our flavors to inspire your creativity.
  • In-Store Signage: One of the easiest ways to leverage the DOLE brand’s popularity is to promote the brand in your store. Wall posters, flavor strips and stickers are available for free – just contact us and tell us what you need.

So, if you’re already offering DOLE Soft Serve and want to tell the world about it, contact us to get your complimentary marketing tools. And if you aren’t selling DOLE yet, what are you waiting for? Use our broker locator to contact your foodservice broker today.

A Visual Treat: Frozen Treats Infographic

Several months ago, our sister brand, Frostline® created a blog post that defined a variety of different frozen treats. Since we are committed to offering the best information about the frozen treats industry to our customers (and we like to make pretty things) we decided to turn it into an infographic for your handy, dandy reference.

If you need a quick refresher, or an easy reference to the world of frozen delicacies, check out this visual guide. Feel free to print it out and hang it on your wall, too – just try not to lick it.

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7 Mango Treats to Try This Summer

One of summer’s greatest gifts is fresh, juicy mango. With its sweet, tropical flavor and oodles of healthy benefits, it’s one of the most popular fruits in the world. Nothing beats biting into a fresh-picked mango, but there are plenty of delicious ways to enjoy this one-of-a-kind fruit. Here are 7 mango treats you’ll certainly want to try this summer.

1. Mango Milkshakes
Made with mangos, vanilla ice cream, brown sugar and mint sprigs, this mango milkshake is a refreshing warm weather treat.
Recipe here.

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2. Mango Lime Pops
Everyone loves popsicles, but these DIY favorites are as tasty as they are healthy.
Recipe here.

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3. Mango Layer Cake
White cake and frosting become irresistible when layered with fresh mango.
Recipe here.

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4. Mango Lemonade
Mango elevates the familiar flavor of lemonade to a refreshing new level.
Recipe here.

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5. Mango Lemon bars
These bars are creamy, custardy, and absolutely divine with a glass of cold milk.
Recipe here.

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6. No-Bake Mango Cheesecake
This is the easiest, yummiest cheesecake ever.
Recipe here.

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7. DOLE® Mango Soft Serve
Frozen yogurt shops and tourist attractions across the nation serve DOLE Soft Serve. Look for it in six delicious flavors—Orange, Strawberry, Raspberry, Pineapple, Lemon and, of course, Mango. If you own a soft serve machine and want to bring fruity DOLE Soft Serve to your operation this summer, order here.

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Operator Spotlight: Saint Louis Zoo

Recognized as a leading zoo in animal management, research, conservation and education, the Saint Louis Zoo is a get-away destination that brings together more than 14,840 wild animals and 3,200,000 annual visitors. A discovery is around every corner, and that includes its outstanding food and beverage options. The Zoo has something for every taste and diet, so you can enjoy mouthwatering favorites as you wander the grounds. Take DOLE® Soft Serve for example.

Eric Delmez, a Food and Beverage Manager at the Zoo, helped unite DOLE Soft Serve and the Saint Louis Zoo in 2011. He first tried Pineapple DOLE Soft Serve during his honeymoon to Disney World a few years prior. Not only was it delicious, the shop serving it had a longer line than any of the rides. So, when the Zoo’s gift shop manager suggested bringing DOLE Soft Serve to the Zoo, Eric was immediately on board.

But it wasn’t just about the taste. Having a dessert option that was fat-free, lactose-free and gluten-free was a huge appeal to Eric. He also wanted to offer something that stood out—something other than ice cream. “I try to keep up on the trends in the industry and keep up with what customers are looking for,” he said. “More and more people have allergies or are vegetarian or vegan. They’re looking for alternative options.”

After trying all 6 DOLE flavors, Eric chose Pineapple (a staple flavor) and Raspberry to complement it. The Zoo worked with Midwest Equipment Company and Kent Precison Foods Group (the manufacturer of Dole Soft Serve) to find the right equipment to handle the large capacity crowds typical for summer days at the Zoo. And just like that, they were ready to serve soft serve.

“I’ve had nothing but positive experiences with KPFG,” said Eric. “I’ve never had a delay on product, and they helped get marketing materials to our team and were always helpful.”

Pineapple and Raspberry DOLE Soft Serve continue to draw huge crowds at the Zoo, so Eric has never switched out the flavors. Though, he does wish the Zoo had space for additional hoppers, and flavors. “DOLE Lemon is phenomenal,” he added. “It could almost replace our Lemon Chill, and it’s healthier too.”

When asked what he would tell someone considering adding DOLE soft serve to their location, Delmez again expressed how popular the product is. But he also emphasized its profitability. “We have about a 72% profit margin at the zoo, and we are still able to keep the price low,” he said. “It’s so affordable, and dry storage and a long shelf life make it easy to handle too.”

To follow the Saint Louis Zoo’s lead and increase your profits with DOLE Soft Serve Mix, visit dolesoftserve.com.

Orange You Glad There Are So Many Oranges?

Nothing says summer like the refreshing, citrusy taste of oranges. With warm weather finally rolling in, it’s time to stock up on these seasonal must-haves—for drinks, desserts, and on-the-go snacks.

That said, if you don’t know what a Cara Cara or a Blood Orange is, you might find yourself sticking with the familiar standbys. Expand your orange horizons with this guide to some of the most popular varieties in the U.S. Your new knowledge could even help you gain points with your patrons.

Clementines:
These are small oranges with a glossy, smooth texture to their skin. They’re easy to peel, seedless and sweet, making them perfect on-the-go snacks.

Tangerines:
Also great for snacking, tangerines are slightly larger than Clementines with thicker, more withered-looking skin. They do have seeds, but they’re also juicier than most Clementines.

Navel Orange:
These oranges have a little surprise on the inside—a partially formed fruit located at their blossom end. From the outside, this looks like a human navel—hence the fruit’s name. Navels are perfect to eat due to their sweet and seedless nature.

Cara Cara:
These look like Navels, but their similarities are only skin deep. The inside of a Cara Cara is pinkish red, and its taste is far more bitter. You can eat them straight up, but they’re even better in a hearty salad.

Valencia Orange:
This is the most well known type of orange, mainly because it’s the most common orange used in juice production. Valencia Oranges account for the majority of the United States’ citrus crop, including half of Florida’s total citrus production. However, its seeds and grainy texture make it less than ideal for eating.

Blood Orange:
One of the tartest types of oranges, Blood Oranges are small with thick skin and red interiors. They’re often used in baking, salad dressings, and even niche-market beer because of their tart and unique flavor.

DOLE® Orange Soft Serve:
Gotcha! This isn’t a fruit, but a soft serve made by the brand that does fruit best. Featuring a fresh-squeezed, citrusy orange flavor swirled in a cone or cup, it’s the perfect treat to satisfy patrons’ warm-weather cravings.

No matter how you incorporate the taste of oranges in your summer line-up, remember you have many delicious options—each with its own list of applications.

For information and recipe ideas using DOLE Orange Soft Serve, visit our websiteContact us for ordering information.

 

Source: http://grapplergourmet.com/guide-types-of-oranges/

Hit Summer Hard

With the meteoric rise of microbreweries and craft cocktails, it’s no wonder that boozy desserts are hitting the foodservice scene. And why not? According to Mintel, consumers are clamoring for creative flavor combinations, and adding alcohol gives gives you a reason to upcharge your otherwise affordable soft serve. If you have a soft serve machine and a liquor license, it’s never been easier to offer signature desserts. The familiar flavor draws customers in, but the unique twist keeps them coming back for more.

To answer this trend, DOLE® Soft Serve and its expert chefs have created a series of alcoholic soft serve options, using popular flavors Lemon & Strawberry. By adding wine or liquor to the soft serve mixing process, you can easily create deliciously boozy infusions for your operation. With these recipes on your menu this summer, the over 21 crowd won’t have to choose between an after-dinner cocktail or dessert – they get the best of both.

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For an even more premium experience, consider offering your alcoholic soft serve in a cocktail glass, with a salt or sugar rim. You can even upcharge for an additional shot of liquor and pour it over the top.

If you’re interested in expanding your bar offerings to customers with a sweeter palate, or adding other soft serve-inspired desserts to your menu, download our Strawberry or Lemon recipe brochures and contact us for ordering information.

 

 

 

How To Engage Brokers to Drive Innovation

As you may know, DOLE® Soft Serve is manufactured and marketed by Kent Precision Foods Group. We want to share an exciting company-wide initiative that furthers our commitment to serving the needs of not only our customers, but our customers’ customers.

At Kent Precision Foods Group, we regularly gather insights from leading foodservice research groups and organizations to stay ahead of flavor, consumer and industry trends. A focus on what’s coming next has helped us evolve our business with more innovative products and processes that benefit everyone who interacts with our company and brands.

That’s why we have formed the KPFG Insights Foodservice Broker Advisory Board. The board includes a regional cross section of industry leaders with extensive experience, drawn from the country’s top brokers, including:

  • Al McGarity – Gilbert Foods
  • Phil Schmidt – Floyd B. Case Inc.
  • Elizabeth Klingman – Acosta
  • Ed Brink – Herspring-Gibbs
  • Kyle Moen – Synergy Enterprises
  • Dori Bilbrey – Menu Marketing

By more directly engaging with the broker community, we hope to gather industry insights, learn more about competition, discover cross-merchandising opportunities, test promotion ideas, identify product gaps, ideate on new products, and collect operator feedback, including overall business insights and trend impact. KPFG will use this information to serve as a source of market intelligence for the entire foodservice industry and to create future product and marketing plans for our brands.

The KPFG Insighters Foodservice Broker Advisory Board meets every six weeks via conference calls and at least twice a year face to face. Input from the first meeting, held in November, is already being incorporated into the KPFG Foodservice plan for 2016.

For more information about the Broker Advisory Board or about KPFG, please visit precisionfoods.com.

10 Berry Punny Raspberry Jokes

Sweet, flavorful and a favorite of all ages, DOLE® Raspberry is a unique soft serve that satisfies customer cravings with mouth-watering sensation. While it’s just one of our 6 fruit flavors ramping up for the summer, today we honor it through corny jokes that are always in season.

What do you call raspberries playing the guitar?
A jam session.

What do you call a sad raspberry?
A blueberry.

What did one raspberry say to the other?
If you weren’t so sweet, we wouldn’t be in this jam!

What do you call a raspberry that uses foul language?
Berry Rude.

What did the doctor tell the patient with the raspberry growing out of his head?
Just put some cream on it.

What do you call a raspberry who got stepped on?
Toe Jam.

Where did DOLE® Raspberry and Vodka meet?
A mixer.

How were Raspberry and Milk introduced?
“Raspberry, Milk, shake!”

How did Smoothie’s parents get engaged?
Raspberry confessed to Banana, “We blend well together.”

How many raspberries are in a slice of fruit pi?
3.14

 

For more information about DOLE® Soft Serve, visit our product catalogContact us for ordering information.

DOLE Whip™ vs. DOLE® Soft Serve

What is DOLE® Soft Serve? And What is DOLE Whip™?

As the manufacturer of DOLE Soft Serve, this is one of the most common questions we get. Allow us to clear up the confusion.

One of our strongest emotional connections with consumers is the iconic DOLE Whip treat, sold at Disney® parks, commonly in the form of a delicious float. Anyone who’s enjoyed DOLE Whip will instantly recognize the delicious taste and tropical flavors of DOLE Soft Serve – because they are, in fact, the same product! We just call them by different names, and here’s why.

Originally, the Dole Food Company made the DOLE Whip soft serve mix themselves. As demand grew, DOLE strategically licensed the brand to Kent Precision Foods Group, the leader in dry mix foods, who now exclusively produces the magical mix that makes DOLE Whip.

Outside of Disney Parks, the mix is sold and marketed as DOLE Soft Serve. Around the country, independent frozen yogurt shops (like Menchie’s) and tourist attractions (like Dodgers Stadium) serve DOLE Soft Serve. And since the name “DOLE Whip” is so familiar among consumers, we encourage the use of this alternate name on store signage, on menus or even for advertising.

However, “Disney” is a trademarked brand, and all its properties are protected by copyright. So when using the DOLE Whip or DOLE Soft Serve name, operators must avoid referring to or implying a connection to Disney to avoid pesky trademark infringement.

To sum up, the names “DOLE Soft Serve” and “DOLE Whip” can be used interchangeably. The pineapple flavor is most popular at Disney Parks, but a total of 6 bold, refreshing fruit flavors are available for purchase—Pineapple, Orange, Strawberry, Raspberry, Mango and Lemon. And since it’s dairy-free, fat-free and vegan, DOLE Soft Serve appeals to more customers than ever.

If you want to get a sense for just how popular this treat is, just search “DOLE Whip” on Twitter or Instagram – then contact us when you’re ready to purchase.