Thursday, 29 September 2011

The Perfect Bariatric Protein Drink for Gastric Bypass and Lap Band Weight Loss Patients.

The bariatric community is constantly on the look out for new delicious protein drink mixes as part of their stringent diets. Each year, more than 200,000 people make the life-changing decision to undergo gastric bypass surgery for weight loss. Focusing on health and a better well-being, bariatric patients work towards a total body and diet transformation. Extreme diet restrictions immediately following the surgery prevent this group from eating solid foods for weeks and then they’re required to maintain a high protein diet. The minimum protein requirement is about 50 to 60 grams per day to consume that much protein from foods alone – especially during the first few months after surgery.

Protein Drink Mix hot iced or cold

Fit Frappe: Hot, Iced, or Blended.

Bariatric patients often turn to liquid protein supplements because it is convenient and contains a high source of protein. However, many protein supplements have a very chalky taste, and more often than not, do not mix well when heated…but NOT Big Train’s Fit Frappé™!

Big Train first launched Fit Frappé™ last month with fitness and coffee lovers. During that time, the samples fell into the hands of a few weight loss surgery patients and we discovered that this was the perfect bariatric product  because of the high protein/low sugar and fat content, versatility, and great taste.

Here is the nutritional breakdown for Fit Frappé™ in a 16 oz serving:

  • 20 g Protein
  • Less than 1 g Sugar
  • 130 Calories
  • 5 g Fiber
  • 3.5 g Fat
  • 19 Vitamins & Minerals
  • 25 g Carbs or Less
  • Gluten Free

One of the best features about Fit Frappé™ is that it can be made blended, over ice or hot – and mixes very easily. In fact, our friends at BariatricTV.com did an entire segment on Fit Frappé™ and how easy it is to make and how great it tastes!  (And it doesn’t clump up when served hot like other protein mixes.) Click here to see the episode below (Fit Frappé™ appears around 6:15):

Fit Frappe Protein Drink Mix as seen on Bariatric TV

As seen on Bariatric TV

As you can tell, BariatricTV.com is very excited that there is a delicious protein option for gastric bypass patients. Here are a few more bariatric community members that have tried Fit Frappé™ and are in love with the drink!

“I am a bariatric patient and I am a protein snob. When I come across a protein that I enjoy, it excites me and immediately I want to share it with my friends and community.” -Beth

“So glad you came up with something now that I have had bariatric surgery all of your products are awesome.  Will be ordering the big tubs for sure!” – Linda

Many bariatric patients are replacing their morning cup of coffee with Fit Frappé™ and some are using it as a mid-day meal. They love the clean coffee taste and the fact that it can be made blended, over ice or hot. (Just add water.) Several recommendations for adding extra POWER include oatmeal, bananas, blueberries and raspberries, but Fit Frappé™ is delicious right out of the jug in any one of these 5 flavors:

Fit Frappe™ comes in five flavors: Espresso, Mocha, Vanilla Latte, Chocolate (non-coffee) and Vanilla (non-coffee)

Fit Frappe™ comes in five flavors: Espresso, Mocha, Vanilla Latte and two non-coffee flavors: Chocolate and Vanilla

If you are a member of the bariatric or lap band community or simply want to incorporate great tasting protein drinks as part of your diet, and would like to learn more Fit Frappé™, please go to FitFrappe.com or send an email to fitfrappe@bigtrain.com. Check us out at twitter.com/bigtrain and read the #FitFrappe posts. Also, visit us on facebook.com/bigtrain for recipe ideas, product information and Big Train giveaways! Find more easy to make gourmet beverage mix products at BigTrain.com.

 

 

Monday, 26 September 2011

Protein Coffee Mix Fit Frappe™ from Big Train Best New Products Winner!

Big Train News:

Specialty coffee industry panelists select Big Train’s Fit Frappe™ as 1 of 3 best new products at Coffee Fest trade show in Seattle.

Lake Forest, CA and Seattle, WA (September 27, 2011)

Big Train®, a leading manufacturer and distributor of premium powdered and liquid concentrate beverage mixes serving the specialty coffee, foodservice and retail industries in the US and abroad, was one of three companies honored with an award for Best New Products at Coffee Fest, in Seattle, Washington over the weekend.

At each of the Coffee Fest shows across the United States held annually, manufacturers are invited to spotlight new products for specialty coffee and tea retailers. Vendors can

Coffee Fest Best Products Award

Fit Frappe Wins Best Products Award

compete in two categories – consumables (like mixes) and non-consumables (like cups and lids). Submissions are carefully reviewed and sampled by a team of industry experts to determine the best new products available to coffee houses and other retailers. At the Coffee Fest show in Seattle last week, Big Train won 3rd place, and was the only drink mix manufacturer to win one of the three  coveted awards at this event.

“It’s quite an honor to receive a best in show award at Coffee Fest”, says Frank Lindsey, General Manager of Foodservice at Big Train. “Fit Frappe has been well received by coffeehouses and new verticals for Big Train. It’s great to see industry experts acknowledge this new product line. Fit Frappe will give our customers an opportunity to capture incremental drink sales with more fitness-minded consumers that might otherwise seek high-protein refreshments elsewhere.”

This is Big Train’s 3rd award from Coffee Fest since 2004, representing three categories of products, first Chai , then Shaken  Teas, and now Protein Drink Mixes.

Big Train launched Fit Frappe™ Protein Drink Mixes in a response to customers demanding healthier beverage options. Packed with 20 grams of protein, less than 1 gram of sugar and 130 calories, a 16 ounce beverage can be a meal replacement or a refreshing mid-day snack that can be enjoyed guilt-free. Fit Frappe™ also has 19 vitamins and minerals, at least 5 grams of fiber, only 3.5 grams of fat and is gluten free.

This gourmet protein drink comes in 3 pound bags in three mouthwatering coffee flavors, Vanilla Latte, Mocha and Espresso and two non-coffee flavors, Vanilla and Chocolate. Baristas can easily create these drinks by just adding water or combine their espresso with Big Train’s Vanilla and Chocolate Fit Frappe™ mixes to customize their own delicious coffee protein drinks, without the heavy chalkiness and aftertaste from other protein mixes. Coffee house operators like that Fit Frappe™ can be served blended, over ice, or hot. Other protein mixes tend to clump up whereas Fit Frappe™ creates a frothy latte richness when served hot.

Samples of Big Train Fit Frappe™ protein drink mix are available to coffee house and foodservice operators through local Big Train distributors or by contacting Big Train directly at 800 BIG TRAIN (800-244-8724). For more information regarding Fit Frappe, go to http://www.FitFrappe.com or search #fitfrappe on twitter.

Big Train will donate a portion of profits from sales of Fit Frappe™ products to a  nonprofit organization called Good Sports. Good Sports’ mission is to increase youth participation in sports, fitness, and recreational programs by targeting one of the major obstacles limiting participation – access to sports equipment. Since 2003, Good Sports has provided $5.7 Million worth of equipment impacting over 300,000 kids, while serving the needs of over 750 youth programs across the United States. Big Train is excited to be a part of this great organization and the opportunity to help less fortunate kids get more involved in sports and encourage a lifelong healthy active lifestyle. For more information go to http://www.GoodSports.org.

About Big Train, Inc.

Founded in 1991, Big Train is a leading manufacturer and distributor of premium powdered and liquid concentrate beverage mixes serving the specialty coffee, foodservice and retail industries in the US and abroad. Headquartered in Lake Forest, California with a manufacturing facility in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, Big Train is known for high quality beverage solutions that are great tasting and easy to prepare. Big Train offers a wide array of products including blended ice coffees, coffee-free blended crème frappes, chai teas, protein drink mixes, fruit smoothies, kids’ beverages, hot cocoas (hot chocolates), low carb beverages and baked goods, powdered soft serve and flavored syrups to more than 20,000 customers including independent and small chain coffeehouses, bakeries, foodservice operators and its extensive international distributor network. For more information, visit http://www.bigtrain.com or call 800-BIG-TRAIN (that’s 800-244-8724). Or follow @BigTrain on  Twitter http://www.twitter.com/bigtrain or like Big Train on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/bigtrain. For testimonials, where to buy, nutritional information, and video recipes for Big Train Fit Frappe™ Protein Coffee mixes, go to http://www.FitFrappe.com or email us at fitfrappe@bigtrain.com.

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Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Celebrate Great Service with a Big Train Chai at Nordstrom eBars.

Did you know Nordstrom, the amazing retail company with insanely loyal customers, best known for defining exceptional service, also known as an upscale department store chain in the United States, started as a shoe store? Now Nordstrom also sells fashionable clothing, accessories, handbags, jewelry, cosmetics, and fragrances. Oh and chai. Chai? Yup. Big Train chai.

Nordstrom eBar carries Big Train Chai

Celebrate Great Service with a Big Train Chai at Nordstrom eBar.

Recently, the “Espresso Bar” from older stores has been discontinued and re-introduced as the “eBar” offering a variety of quick-fix snacks, and an expanded “hotbar” drink list. Yup you guessed it, Big Train’s famous chai is sold at Nordstrom eBars nationwide.

Wanna be a home barista? Great! You can purchase Big Train Vanilla Chai and Big Train Spiced Chai at Nordstrom eBars.  Note – Selection may vary.

Nordstrom stocks Big Train Vanilla Chai and Big Train Spiced Chai in all eBars nationwide:

Buy Big Train Chai at Nordstrom eBar

Buy Big Train Chai at Nordstrom eBar

So after you experience the Nordstrom touch, delight yourself with a world famous Big Train chai that is as easy to prepare as it is delicious. Perfect for cooler days of fall and winter, grab a can or two on your way out.  Or give Big Train Chai as a great gourmet gift as the holidays are right around the corner. Thanks for your support Nordstrom! Our customer service team admires Nordstrom as we try to go above and beyond for our foodservice and home barista customers. Pssst if you’re a cafe or restaurant owner ya may wanna check out our unique rewards program called OnTrack Rewards. 😉

For more information about Big Train products like Fit Frappe Protein coffee mixes, Blended Ice Coffees, 16 flavors of Big Train chai, amazing frappe mixes like Southern Velvet, gourmet hot cocoas, real fruit smoothies, seasonal flavors like Pumpkin Spice, Peppermint Mocha and Egg Nog frappes, and more go to BigTrain.com. Also for fun giveaways, recipes, and new product announcements, follow us on Facebook, twitter, and You Tube. Or call us at 800 BIG TRAIN (244-8724). Thanks Nordstrom!

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Bon Beverage: Boire Big Train Chai Mixes via Le Gourmet Chef.

Continuing our retail appreciation week at Big Train, we’d like to give a grand merci to Le Gourmet Chef for carrying some of our delicious beverage mixes at their 77 stores across the country.

Le Gourmet Chef

Based in Chillicothe, OH 45601, Le Gourmet Chef is a wonderstore for foodies providing everything you need to organize a fun and festive celebration for any occasion. Giving guests world class barista style beverages can be part of the menu with amazing drinks made from Big Train gourmet beverage mixes. LGC stocks some of our most popular drink flavors.

Le Gourmet Chef has a huge assortment of gourmet foods, kitchenware and home entertaining products and they provide expert advice on dining and entertaining. According to their website, “Whether it’s holiday baking or a Hawaiian luau, you’ll find the food, drinks, tools, decorations and accessories to make it happen in your home.” Look for Big Train mixes on their shelves and in their online store.

Le Gourmet Chef carries the follwing Big Train products (selection may vary):

  • Single Serve Big Train Spiced Chai
  • Single Serve Big Train Vanilla Chai
  • Single Serve Big Train Raspberry Chai
  • Single Serve Big Train No Sugar Added NSA Vanilla Chai
Big Train Spiced Chai Single Serve

Big Train Spiced Chai

Vanilla Chai Single Serve

Big Train Vanilla Chai

Big Train Raspberry Chai single serve

Raspberry Chai

NSA Vanilla Chai No Sugar Added

NSA No Sugar Added Vanilla Chai

Voulez-vous desire le chai ce soir?  Then run over to Le Gourmet Chef or visit their website aujourd’hui.

If you’d like to inquire about Big Train’s huge selection of gourmet mix products like our new Fit Frappe™ Protein Drink mixes, Real Fruit Smoothies, Blended Ice Coffees, delicious frappes like our new Southern Velvet™ blended creme, hot cocoas, lemonade and green teas, check us out at BigTrain.com or call us at 800 BIG TRAIN (244-8724). Or follow us on twitter or facebook and see our recipe and “how to” videos on You Tube. Merci beaucoup Le Gourmet Chef.

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Dress For Less (and grab a can of Big Train gourmet Cappuccino mix at ROSS).

This week is Big Train Retail Partner appreciation week. In this post, we’d like to thank Ross Stores for stocking some of Big Train delicious gourmet products nationwide.

Ross stores carry Big Train

Get Big Train Passport line at Ross

At a time when the economy is sluggish, ROSS is on a tear as more consumers are looking for better deals on great looking apparel, shoes, and accessories.  How good is ROSS doing? The company’s sales have risen over 40 percent since 2007 and with over 1,000 stores and 12 new ones opening in the Chicago area, ROSS Stores is on track to pass $8 billion in annual sales.

Buy Big Train Passport Line at ROSS

Big Train is pleased to offer some of its most popular gourmet mix products at Ross stores nationwide. Look for Big Train’s Passport beverage mixes at Ross so you can enjoy a barista style beverage mix product at home that is as delicious to drink as it is easy to make. With the holidays right around the corner, Big Train products make great gifts. So if you want the same amazing drinks that are served up at coffeehouses around the world, stop at Ross and grab a can or two.

ROSS stocks the following Big Train Passport line across the country – selection may vary (Check their website store locator for locations near you):

  • Mocha Cappuccino
  • French Vanilla Cappuccino
  • Lemonade
  • Mango Passion Iced Green Tea

Big Train’s Passport Line looks like this:

Gourmet Mocha Cappuccino Mix

Mocha Cappuccino Mix

Gourmet French Vanilla Cappuccino Mix

French Vanilla Cappuccino Mix

gourmet lemonade mix

Gourmet Lemonade Mix

Gourmet Mango Green Tea Mix

Mango Green Tea Mix

Thanks ROSS for your support and best wishes for continued success. For more information about Big Train and the company’s gourmet drink mixes, go to http://www.bigtrain.com or call 800 BIG TRAIN (244-8724). Or follow Big Train on twitter or like Big Train on Facebook.

Saturday, 17 September 2011

HomeGoods is Your Passport to Delicious Gourmet Beverage Mixes from Big Train.

Where can I buy Big Train” is something we hear all the time. This week is Big Train Retail Partner appreciation week. In this post, we’d like to thank HomeGoods for stocking Big Train products nationwide.

Buy Big Train Gourmet Beverage Mixes at HomeGoods

Buy Big Train at HomeGoods

HomeGoods is the only major off-price store dedicated to home fashions, and just opened a new 25,000 square foot store in Big Train’s backyard in Point Loma, its 3rd store in the San Diego, California market. This new location can be found at Loma Square, Rosecrans Street and Midway Drive. With the addition of this store, HomeGoods has three locations in the San Diego market. The HomeGoods allure is great home furnishings at up to 60% off typical department store prices. HomeGoods is a division of The TJX Companies, which operates T.J.Maxx and Marshalls.

Big Train developed a new “Passport” line of gourmet drink mix products just for retailers like HomeGoods, to give their customers a barista style beverage mix product that is as delicious to drink as it is easy to make. With the holidays right around the corner, Big Train products make great gifts. So if you want the same amazing drinks that Big Train is famous for, stop at HomeGoods and grab a can or two.

HomeGoods stocks the following Big Train Passport line across the country (Check their website store locator for locations near you):

  • Mocha Cappuccino
  • French Vanilla Cappuccino
  • Spiced Chai
  • Vanilla Chai
  • Lemonade
  • Mango Passion Iced Green Tea

The packages look like this:

Big Train Gourmet Mocha Cappuccino Mix

Mocha Cappuccino Mix

Gourmet French Vanilla Cappuccino Mix

French Vanilla Cappuccino Mix

Passport Gourmet Spiced Chai Mix

Spiced Chai Mix

Gourmet Vanilla Chai Mix

Vanilla Chai Mix

Gourmet lemonade mix

Gourmet Lemonade Mix

Gourmet Mango Green Tea Mix

Mango Green Tea Mix

Monday, 12 September 2011

Chai Latte Recipes: How To Make Chai Teas using one of 15 Big Train Gourmet Chai mix flavors.

Big Train just launched two new flavors of chai latte mixes. And just in time for chai tea season. It’s here folks. The days are slowly getting shorter, the air a little cooler, your jacket a little heavier – it’s time. You will begin to notice the leaves changing colors and falling from the trees as you reach for that extra blanket and your favorite warm beverage. What’s better than savoring your favorite Chai tea latte on a cool, autumn evening? How about two new chai recipes from Big Train? Caramel and Tropical Chai are the newest additions to the yummy and ever-expanding Big Train Chai family.

Big Train's New Caramel Chai Tea LatteBig Train’s new Caramel Chai Tea Latte will wrap you up in a blanket of sweet, buttery caramel with the classic notes of vanilla, cinnamon and black tea spice of chai. This popular flavor for lattes, coffees and desserts pairs well with chai and pours well into your favorite mug.

Big Train's New Tropical Chai Tea LatteAnd for those of you that are not looking forward to the impending crispness in the air, Big Train’s Tropical Chai Tea Latte will transport your taste buds to a warm, sunny island. With the bountiful blend of mango, pineapple and passion fruit blended with the creamy exotic spices of chai, this chai recipe will be sure to give your mouth a little beach  party – minus the tiki torches and hula dancers.

One of the great features about the Caramel and Tropical Chai Tea Lattes as well as the rest of the Big Train Chai family is the versatility. All of the chai flavors can be made three ways – hot, iced and blended. Here is a great YouTube video that demonstrates how to make a delicious chai tea latte, hot and iced.

Note, Big Train drink mixes are legendary – they taste as delicious as they are easy to make – just add water.

The flavor on these Chai drinks is big, but the product line is even BIGGER! Here is a list of the delectable and irresistible Chai mix flavors from Big Train:

Spiced Chai, Vanilla Chai, Raspberry Chai, Chocolate Chai, Green Tea Chai, No Sugar Added Vanilla Chai, Decaf Spiced Chai, Low-Carb Chai, Gingerbread Chai, Decaf Vanilla Chai, Dairy Free Spiced Chai, Eastern Chai, Seréno Chai, NEW Caramel Chai, and NEW Tropical Chai

As you can see, Big Train knows Chai. In fact, we have the largest variety of Chai in the industry…and we aren’t done yet! We have many more recipes in our apron pocket, but wanted to share these newest flavors – Tropical and Caramel Chai – just in time for Chai season. Cheers!!

Are you a Chai Chasing retailer, coffeeshop or foodservice business? Contact us anytime at 800 BIG TRAIN, that’s 800 (244-8724) and request your FREE SAMPLE of Big Train Chai mixes!

You can also go to http://www.bigtrain.com to learn more about other great tasting beverages. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, FoodBuzz, and Empire Avenue. Oh and Yelp for recipes and testimonials for Big Train chai-chai lattes.