Friday, 20 May 2016

Big Train to Attend Coffee Fest 2016 in Dallas

Coffee Fest Dallas 2016: Where passionate coffee and tea professionals will learn skills, receive education and experience new products, plus great networking!

The Big Train team is excited to participate once again in this leading tea and coffee trade show.

Coffee Fest has been serving the specialty coffee and gourmet tea industries since 1992 and is viewed by most as the best trade show in America and around the world specifically for those involved with retailing coffee, tea and related products.

Everything under the sun that is found in an upscale coffee shop on either side of the counter, including the counter was on the exhibition floor.

The best coffee retail education, training, and workshops were present to network and learn from each other.

In 2013, we took home a best new product award, taking home third place in the New Product Showcase for our Fit Frappe Spiced Chai!

Coffee Fest chose to highlight our Fit Frappes, Blended Cremes, and Real Fruit Smoothies as “special [and] outstanding products” throughout the show.

In 2014, several members of the Big Train team were on-hand and also participated in the America’s Best Coffeehouse (ABC) Competition.

The ABC competition is basically what you’ve seen from town papers like “the best cafe in town.” But, Coffee Fest took this to a national stage and coast to coast.

If it looks like coffee, smells like coffee, goes well with coffee or is coffee you will find it at Coffee Fest!

One of their primary features is the Drink Innovations Lab allows brands to showcase innovative new drinks.

In partnership with our sister brands DaVinci Gourmet and Oregon Chai, Big Train will be represented at the show.

Throughout the event, we’ll be making custom beverages showcasing featured recipes and products.

This year, Big Train will be highlighting three flavors of our blended ice coffees: Mocha, Vanilla Latte, and Cookies n Crème

Featured recipes made at this year’s show include:

Wild Berry Oat Smoothie

  • 8 oz Davinci Gourmet Very Berry Smoothie Mix
  • 2 oz steel cut oats, blended
  • 14 oz ice
  • Add all ingredients to a pitcher and blend until smooth

Salted Caramel Banana Smoothie

  • 2 scoops Big Train Vanilla Smoothie
  • 1 oz DaVinci Gourmet Hawaiian Salted Caramel
  • 1 frozen browned banana
  • Dusting of cinnamon
  • 12 oz ice
  • Add all ingredients to a pitcher and blend until smooth

Green Smoothie

  • 8 oz DaVinci Gourmet Gratifying Greens Smoothie Mix
  • ¼ avocado
  • 0.25 oz lemon juice or slice of lemon (no seeds)
  • 16 oz ice
  • Add all ingredients to a pitcher and blend until smooth

Twice Spiced Cider

  • 1 oz DaVinci Gourmet Chinese Five Spice
  • 7 oz apple juice
  • Optional: 1.5 oz clear tequila
  • Add ingredients in order, garnish with spices like ginger slices and lime wedges

Strawberry Basil Lassi

  • 1 oz DaVinci Gourmet Fruit Innovations Strawberry (infused with basil)
  • 5 oz milk
  • 10 oz greek yogurt
  • Lightly stir, garnish with 1-3 fresh basil leaves

Raspberry Fields Lemonade

  • 1 oz DaVinci Gourmet Pacific Northwest Raspberry
  • 3 oz lemon juiced
  • 4 oz water (also works with soda)
  • Ice
  • Add ingredients in order, garnish with a lemon wheel

Coconut Cold Brew Frappe

  • 2 scoops Big Train Vanilla Smoothie
  • 5 oz cold brew
  • 0.75 oz DaVinci Gourmet Natural Coconut
  • 12 oz ice
  • Blend

Fruit Loops Frappe

  • 2 scoops Big Train Vanilla Bean Blended Crème
  • 5 oz water
  • 2 oz fruit cereal of choice
  • 12 oz ice
  • Blend garnish with whipped cream and cereal

Cookies ‘N Cream

  • 2 scoops Big Train Cookies ‘N Cream
  • 5 oz water
  • 12 oz ice
  • Blend

Arnold Palmer Bubbler

  • 1 oz Oregon Chai Extra Spicy Super Concentrate
  • 1 oz DaVinci Gourmet Fruit Innovations Lemonade
  • 10 oz soda water
  • 12 oz ice
  • Add ingredients in order listed and garnish with a lemon wedge

Salted Caramel Matcha Chai

  • 5 oz Oregon Chai Salted Caramel
  • 5 oz half and half
  • 1 tbsp matcha
  • Blend
  • Pour into ice filled glass

Blended Spicy Cucumber Lemonade

  • 4 oz Big Train Lemon Cooler
  • 0.25 oz DaVinci Gourmet Habanero
  • 4 oz water
  • 1 thin slice of fresh cucumber
  • 16 oz ice
  • Blend drink, pour into cup, garnish with lemon wheel on rim

If you’ll be joining us in Dallas June 10-12, stop by and visit us in booths #500 and #502!

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Coffee Trade Shows: Big Train Visits St. Louis for Coffee Fest

We were excited to be a part of Coffee Fest, one of the leading tea and coffee trade shows, earlier this month in St. Louis. Coffee Fest has been serving the specialty coffee and gourmet tea industries since 1992 and is viewed by most as the best trade show in America and around the world specifically for those involved with retailing coffee, tea and related products.

If it looks like coffee, smells like coffee, goes well with coffee or is coffee you will find it at Coffee Fest! Everything under the sun that is found in an upscale coffee shop on either side of the counter, including the counter was on the exhibition floor. The best coffee retail education, training and workshops were present to network and learn from each other.

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Coffee Fest started out as true celebration of coffee with a consumer coffee show hosted in Seattle in 1992. What began with 65 exhibitors and more than 2,500 attendees sharing coffee with the general public has blossomed into shows that sport more than 300 booths with close to 10,000 attendees serving the coffee trades. The “little coffee show that could” boasts a track record of 16 years and more than 50 shows of consistently and confidently pushing specialty coffee retailers to be the best.

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Several members of the Big Train team were on-hand and also participated in the America’s Best Coffeehouse (ABC) Competition. The ABC competition is basically what you’ve seen from town papers like “the best cafe in town.” But, Coffee Fest took this to a national stage and coast to coast. In addition to the completed application, each participating coffee brand must also submit either a three minute video highlighting the coffeehouse, the team members, and the attributes that they believe make them the best coffeehouse in North America, or a picture of the coffeehouse and team members.

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Ray Rule, Levi Andersen, Andy Solheim, Katie Fordonski participate in the America’s Best Coffee House Competition.



The exact recipes used included:

Maple Bacon Whiskey Shake
4 oz Jet Blended Beverage Base
12 oz ice
0.75 oz DaVinci Gourmet Maple
1 oz Jim Beam bourbon
1 strip bacon

Strawberry Bomb Smoothie
2 oz Jet Strawberry Bomb
3 oz Jet Margarita
1.5 oz tequila
0.75 oz Triple Sec
16 oz ice

Boozed Banana Freeze
1 oz DaVinci Gourmet Chocolate
0.75 oz DaVinci Gourmet Banana
4 oz Jet Blended Beverage Base
1.5 oz vodka
16 oz ice

It was great being submerged with fellow industry experts and enthusiasts to be apart of this event!

For more information about Big Train, visit kerryfoodservice.com. For more information about Coffee Fest go to CoffeeFest.com.

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Coffee Fest Chicago 2013 | Big Train Wins Best New Product Award

Coffee Fest Chicago 2013 was a blast! Two weeks ago from June 8-10, baristas, roasters, business owners, and coffee lovers alike flocked to Navy Pier to learn about the newest, up-and-coming trends in the specialty coffee industry at Coffee Fest Chicago.  Coffee Fest has served the specialty coffee and gourmet tea industries since 1992 by joining relevant educational programs with an informative trade show floor.  Through the years, Coffee Fest has created a successful show that now sports over 300 booths—and this year Big Train was one of them!  We had the chance to see a lot of new products, coffee and tea-making techniques, and meet many wonderful, coffee-loving people!

Coffee Fest Trade Show

Coffee Fest Trade Show

Big Train is happy to now be a party of the Kerry family and was thrilled to be a part of their booth at this year’s Coffee Fest. Kerry was the very first booth as customers entered the trade show, so we got a bunch of traffic!  Big Train was a big hit at the Kerry booth; people had the chance to take home samples of the Blended Iced Coffee and Blended Iced Crème products.  People visited our booth multiple times in order to get as many samples as possible!  We blended up free samples of our Blended Ice Coffee Kona Mocha and Blended Ice Crème Caramel during set up and registration which brought a lot of attention to the booth both before and during the show. We also said hello to several of our current customers and welcomed new ones.

Big Train at Coffee Fest Chicago 2013

Big Train as part of the Kerry booth at Coffee Fest Chicago

Throughout the show, Big Train appeared as an industry leader in a lot of ways! One of our in-house baristas held a Blending Seminar where she taught people how to properly use Big Train products in the best, most efficient way possible.  This seminar definitely made us look like a frontrunner in the industry and we had people come up to the booth afterwards and tell us how helpful it was.

We also featured many of our products at our booth, including the new Caramel Blended Iced Frappe Crème mix as well as the new Kona Mocha Blended Iced Coffee mix.  Coffee Fest even chose to highlight Big Train’s Fit Frappes, Blended Cremes, and Real Fruit Smoothies as “special [and] outstanding products” throughout the show.  Big Train ALSO won third place in the New Product Showcase for our Fit Frappe Spiced Chai!

We noticed many new and interesting trends while visiting other booths at the show.  Many booths were advertising “organic” and “indulgent” oatmeal as a snack or meal to go along with coffee and tea.  Oatmeal has low levels of fat and calories and high levels of protein and fiber, so it’s easy to see why it’s so popular! Though it was a bit unique to see oatmeal at a coffee trade show, the delicious, good-for-you breakfast food is becoming a staple in many coffee shops.

Overall, Big Train had a very productive and positive experience at Coffee Fest! We gained many new customers and continued to make Big Train a leading brand in the coffee industry! Special thanks to Brittany Crouch, Theresa Pope, Jennifer William, Lani Peterson, Paul Bulthuis, Andy Solheim, Louise Kruse, and Wyatt Edenfield for making this all possible.

For more information about Coffee Fest, go to www.coffeefest.com

For more information about Big Train, visit our website at www.bigtrain.com or call 800-BIG TRAIN (244-8724)

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Maddie James Seaside Learning Center Grand Opening

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On Saturday, May 18, 2013 hundreds of participants in the A Mile for Maddie walk were present for the grand opening of the Seaside Learning Center located in Dana Point, California, just a few miles south of Big Train’s headquarters. The Center is built along the Dana Point waterfront, and boasts exciting new facilities that will introduce oceanography, environmental science and maritime history to locals and visitors alike, but especially K-12 students in honor of the beautiful Maddie James.

Thousands of walkers have participated in A Mile for Maddie over the past two years, raising a total of $160,000. This money has gone a long way towards helping The Maddie James Foundation to achieve its initial goal of raising $1 million, in order to secure the naming rights to the Maddie James Seaside Learning Center (at the Ocean Institute).

Big Train was honored to be a part of the grand opening of this amazing endeavor. We were onsite, serving up samples of our Fit Frappe™ protein drinks to the hundreds of participants. Our healthy and delicious beverage was a natural fit for the crowd in attendance, as it offers a low-calorie and high-protein drink that’s perfect before or after the 1.2-mile walk.

Check out the slideshow below for some images of our booth, the crowd as well as the children of one of our very own, meeting marine life artist and conservationist, Wyland. We’ve added in some videos of A Mile for Maddie and also the grand opening.

 

Grand Opening of the Maddie James Seaside Learning Center
Serving Up Some Fit Frappe™
Serving Up Some Fit Frappe™

Offering some healthy and refreshing Fit Frappe beverages, with the help of our young assistant.

Crowd Gathers to Show Support
Crowd Gathers to Show Support

A large group of people came to show their support for Maddie and the Learning Center whose completion was due to The Maddie James Foundation.

Meeting the Artist, Wyland
Meeting the Artist, Wyland

A group of excited children met marine life artist and conservationist, Wyland.

Maddie James Seaside Learning Center 2013 Grand Opening

Maddie James Seaside Learning Center Grand Opening 2013….The dream becomes reality.
Be sure to come and visit the new center on the dock the Ocean Institute in Dana Point, Ca.

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Maddie James Foundation, A Mile for Maddie 2012

A Mile for Maddie 2012 Event Highlights with The Ocean Institute of Dana Point as host.
A very special heartfelt “Thank You” to all of our valued sponsors,contributors and volunteers. Video credits: Reflections Video Productions

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For more information about Maddie James Foundation go to http://maddiejamesfoundation.org/

For more information about Big Train go to BigTrain.com or call 800 BIG TRAIN (244-8724).

 

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Define The New You in 2013

How will You Define the New You in the New Year? Tell us your 2013 Health & Fitness Goals and Win.

In order to help our customers keep their healthy New Year’s resolutions and reach their fitness goals, we are promoting Fit Frappé as a healthy way to stay on track in 2013. We are encouraging consumers to “Define the New You in 2013” by going to our landing page and telling us how they plan to achieve their goals in the new year.

As part of this promotion Big Train is holding a contest for consumers. Go to BigTrain.com/DefineTheNewYou to view the video (or see the YouTube video below) then head over to the Define the New You Contest page and enter to win! Consumers can fill out their name, email and phone number to be entered into a drawing to win one of over 200 prizes:

  • 100 Fit Frappe Tumblers
  • 100 Fit Frappe protein drink shakers
  • Grand Prize: 10 Asics Fitness Packages

Promotion begins January 7th and ends January 31, 2013. Winners will be selected at random and will be notified after the promotional period ends. For giveaway details and terms and conditions go here.

About this Project.

The idea behind the “Define the New You in 2013” video was to showcase friends, customers and some of southern California’s brightest in the social media and health/fitness communities, asking them how they will be reaching their goals in 2013. In total, there were about 30 participants and their responses primarily focused on health/fitness and life improvement. The photo shoot itself was a blast, taking place near the train station in San Juan Capistrano, with a fantastic brunch at nearby restaurant, Sarducci’s.

Monday, 10 December 2012

Big Train 2012 Holiday Hours

With the holidays right around the corner, we understand the importance of keeping your pantry or warehouse stocked with all of the delicious drink mixes and/or baked good mixes that your consumers love. They’ll need a place to get away from all the hustle and bustle the holiday season brings, and you don’t want to leave them out in the cold without their favorite beverage because of a missed order deadline.

  • We’re accepting orders!
  • We’ll be closing at 12pm PST for our company Holiday Celebration.
  • Orders placed by 10am PST will ship the same day.
  • Orders placed after 10am PST will ship on Friday, 12/14.

  • We’re accepting orders!
  • All orders placed after 1pm PST will ship on Wednesday, 12/26.

  • We’re accepting orders!
  • No same-day shipping available.
  • All orders placed will ship on Wednesday, 12/26.

  • Closed for Christmas day.

  • We’re accepting orders!

 

  • Closed for New Year’s Day.

Online Ordering is a Click Away

We accept online orders 24 hours per day 365 days per year. Let us know if you would like us to set you up for online ordering.

Thank you for making 2012 amazing. Looking forward to an even better 2013!

 

Monday, 26 November 2012

Cyber Monday Chai & Frappe Sale | Big Train Drink Mixes up to 50% off

Big Train Sale Black Friday Cyber Monday

 

If you were hoping that Big Train would be offering extra savings for Cyber Monday, then boy do we have some great news for you!

Cyber Monday Chai & Frappe Sale | Big Train Drink Mixes up to 50% off

Ends Midnight, Cyber Monday 11/26.


Mystic Chai, 2 lb Can
50% OFF
Only $6.25 + shipping (No promo code needed)
(normally $12.50)

Curl up with a delightfully delicious cup of Big Train’s Mystic Spiced Chai and unwind from your busy day. Simply add hot water, mix and enjoy your Mystic Chai tea latte. Mystic Chai can also be served blended with ice and water. This product has a very similar taste profile to Big Train’s legendary Spiced Chai drink mixes.

Friday, 9 November 2012

Skinny Chai Nirvana: Big Train Launches Fit Frappe Spiced Chai Latte

Skinny Chai, the Big Train Way!

Skinny Chai Latte Fit Frappe Spiced ChaiLast year, Big Train introduced a protein-boosting gourmet beverage called Fit Frappé®. It is a complete line of coffee and non-coffee protein drink flavors that can be made blended, over ice, or hot. Until now, there were 5 flavors: Espresso, Mocha, Vanilla Latte, Chocolate and Vanilla. We’re adding one more to that list. Big Train is now introducing a brand new flavor to our great tasting protein line – Spiced Chai Latte – just in time for Chai season!

 

Benefits of Chai Latte Plus Added Protein – Skinny Chai Supreme!

Even better than just a skinny chai, now you can enjoy one of Big Train’s best-selling flavors with the long-lasting energy from protein with this new Fit Frappé flavor. Gluten-free, very low in sugar, low in calories and packing enough of a caffeine boost to keep you going, Spiced Chai Latte will definitely satisfy your chai craving.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Big Train Stops at Compete 4 Causes (C4C) 5K with #WLSFA

Recently Big Train discovered Compete 4 Causes, a non profit organization dedicated to raising support and public awareness for charitable causes while promoting Fitness & Wellness. Since Launching Fit Frappé (outrageously delicious café style protein drink mixes) in the health and fitness industry, the Bariatric community has really embraced this protein drink mix line. Sandi Henderson from Banded Living was kind enough to invite Big Train to support the Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America (WLFSA) booth at the event. It was great to meet WLSFA YouTube sensation Wendy Campbell aka Banded Wendy. Antonia Namnath, CEO and Founder of WLSFA was there too!

C4C WLSFA Banded Wendt Sandi Henderson

Banded Wendy, Jim from Big Train ‘n Sandi Henderson

It was a gorgeous southern California day, perfect for a run. Fun fact: Banded Wendy runs to techno music. The event was held on the Cal State Northridge University campus. There were no earthquakes! (Knocking on wood.)  Big Train handed out samples of our Fit Frappé line to race participants. The response was very enthusiastic.

We met some great people including the lovely Lea Crosetti, Founder of BariAthletes.

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Coffeehouse Hillbilly Beans in Olympia Washington Wins Coffee Fest Blender Prize Package from Big Train

In September Big Train attended Coffee Fest Seattle, where we held a contest to give  away a blender prize package. Anyone who signed up for our OnTrack™ Rewards program during the show had a chance to win a Vitamix Drink Machine Advanced blender, two pitchers and 3 free cases of product mixes. When the dust settled, the winner was a coffee shop called Hillbilly Beans, located near Olympia, WA. The owners were kind of enough to contribute to a little FAQ, so without further ado we present to you…

Hillbilly Beans In Olympia, Washington

Coffeehouse Hillbilly Beans Olympia Washington

Where are you located?

We are located in Littlerock, Washington which is between Olympia and Grand-mound at the foothills of Capitol Forest.

What types of drinks do you offer?

We offer iced, blended, and hot coffee drinks, teas, smoothies and protein shakes.

Are you known for any type of particular drink?

All of our drinks have funny “hillbilly” names. A white chocolate mocha is called a Ma’s Favorite, a mocha is called a Moonshine, Blended coffees are called Mashed, whipped cream is considered opossum pie topping and so on. Skunks seem to be one of our most popular drink; it is white chocolate and chocolate combined. Some customers enjoy a little raspberry flavor with the chocolate and white chocolate, which is called Road Kill.