Wednesday, 3 October 2012

4 Ways to Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month

About 1 in 8 U.S. women (just under 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. (BreastCancer.org)

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Take care of yourself every year and get a mammogram!

4 Things you can do to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month:

1-Think Pink – Wear pink all month long!

2- Get a mammogram – Now is the perfect time to get a mammogram. That way you can’t forget to get one every year. You’ll be reminded every October that it’s time to take care of yourself.

3- Donate – There are several organizations out there that raise funds for breast cancer research. HerHighway proudly supports 10 groups, including Susan G. Komen, American Cancer Society and Avon. Click here and pick your favorite charity! Your donation is greatly appreciated.

4- Spread the word! Share as much information as you can with your family and friends. Make sure every woman you know is taking care of herself, too.

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Irvine Coffeehouse Paradise Perks Hosts Luau Fruit Smoothie Tasting Tweet-up

When Big Train recently launched all new blender-ready pour over real fruit smoothie mixes, we wanted to share our latest line of drink mix products with some local consumers. We reached out to Marcie Taylor aka @suburbanmama on twitter, a social media strategist based in Irvine. Marcie connected us with Beth, the owner at Irvine Coffeehouse Paradise Perks. What a great idea!

Irvine Coffeehouse Paradise Perks

Jim from Big Train & Beth at Paradise Perks

After meeting Beth at Paradise Perks in Irvine, we were excited to learn they had been serving Big Train products for years including Big Train Spiced Chai and Dragonly frappes, an Asian themed line of ice blended creme mixes like Taro, Green Tea, Thai tea etc. Paradise Perks was the perfect venue to showcase new real fruit smoothie mixes. And so we set our Luau plans in motion.

Real Fruit Smoothie Tasting Tweet Up

Beth promoted the event, had her staff dress in Hawaiian attire and offered up a great menu:

  • coconut shrimp
  • wings of fire
  • bacon wrapped pineapple
  • fruit platter
Hold your Luau at Paradise Perks

Have your next Luau at Paradise Perks

Local ten year old blogger @TinyTechie offered to provide her interpretation of tropical desserts: Pineapple Beach Cupcakes.

Coconut Beach Cupcakes

Coconut Beach Cupcakes

@tinytechie cupcakes

@TinyTechie

@kimikor and @maryannewendt

@kimikor and @maryannewendt

Hoda007

@hoda007 sporting an orange lei


Lady Lux Swimwear
also from Irvine offered special discounts for attendees.
Lady Lux Swimwear

LadyLuxSwimwear.com

Big Train brought a Vitamix Quiet One Blender, new Real Fruit Smoothie pour-over-ice smoothie mixes, a treasure box full of Big Train drink mix samples, and a huge box of leis.

While Hawaiian music played, our Luau guests enjoyed great food, samples all the new Real Fruit Smoothie Mixes(Strawberry, Mango, Superfruit, Strawberry Banana, Peach and Wildberry). Beth and her staff were very accommodating and were great to work with.

Paradise Perks Staff

Paradise Perks Staff is great!

OC Foodie Mavens

Foodie Mavens Suki and @MadHungryWoman

Luau Tweet Up

Christiny rockin’ the blender

Sampling Smoothies

@TheBigDebowski & friends

Suki Angie Weeks Kathy Klingaman Cheryl Hawley

Suki, Angie Weeks, Kathy Klingaman, Cheryl Hawley

The event was a success! Many thanks to Marcie Taylor, Beth from Paradise Perks, Lady Lux Swimwear, @TinyTechie for the amazing cupcakes, and of course our friends and guests. Special thanks to Jenn and Christiny from Big Train’s marketing team that worked tirelessly to make it all happen.

 

 

Friday, 25 May 2012

Big Train Stops at WLSFA “Meet and Greet” in Las Vegas

Billed as the “Mother of all Meet and Greets”, the Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America hosted its best annual conference yet recently in Las Vegas. We were introduced to the WLSFA by several of our consumer customers who discovered our Fit Frappe® low sugar high protein drink mixes in 2011.

The WLSFA mission has three components:

  • Ending Obesity by empowering people to move from surviving to thriving through weight loss surgery, education and support.
  • Performing charitable services and supporting research to find solutions to enhance the quality of life of the morbidly obese community.
  • Raising awareness and funds for surgery.
Antonia Namnath WLSFA Big Train

Antonia Namnath, CEO WLSFA

Antonia Namnath, CEO of WLSFA encouraged Big Train to help sponsor their annual conference. We are so glad we did! Attending from Big Train were Jim Wendt and Christiny Bouback from Big Train’s marketing department. According to Wendt, “The response from the WLS community for Big Train has been great. We were blown away by the positive response at the recent show in Vegas.

At the conference Big Train sampled Fit Frappe gourmet Protein Drink mixes: Espresso, Vanilla Latte, and Vanilla (coffee-free) blended with water and ice, and Fit Frappe Mocha served hot (by mixing the powder mix with hot water). We also handed out several of our low carb products (including low carb chai, low carb cookies, low carb brownies) and no sugar added mocha and chai. Customers seem to like the diversity of both our Protein drink mixes as well as the other non protein options.

One attendee at the show had an amazing protein mix recipe: Fit Frappe Sorbet. They take the mix add more ice less water and store in the freezer then eat it like ice cream. So it’s like a high protein no sugar frozen treat that’s good for you!

One of the charters for the WLSFA organization is to raise funds for weight loss surgeries. Connie Bailey, their first grant recipient, attended the Las Vegas event and posted this video on You Tube after trying our protein drink mixes (one of our best testimonials ever). Thanks Connie!

We didn’t ask for this video and so it means a lot to us that Connie would take the time out of her day to produce and share this video with her You Tube followers. Thanks again Connie!  WLSFA profiled an inspiring documentary produced by our friends at BariatricTV about Connie and her sister that has received over 100,000 views check it out: http://wlsfa.org/media-kit/view-surviving-to-thriving/the-film/

Some Fun before the Conference

Wendt and Bouback wanted to do something fun for WLSFA attendees prior to the show and invited some of the early bird attendees on a private tour of Zappos.com‘s corporate HQ that is close to the Las Vegas strip. The company was recently ranked #11 Best Company to Work for by Forbes Magazine in 2012. Zappos is legendary for its unique and sometimes wacky culture. The Book Delivering Happiness. A Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose, by the company’s CEO Tony Hsieh is a MUST read for anyone looking to overcome adversity and make great things happen by among other things building win-win relationships with people. Wendt figured the WLSFA community, a passionate and brand-loyal group, would appreciate the Zappos tour. In typical Zappos exceed-customer-expectation fashion, the Zappos Insights team made an exception for us (Natalie rules) and graciously hosted their first ever Friday tour (as that was the only day that worked for us). Here are a few pics:

Zappos Tour All Aboard with Big Train and WLSFA Attendees

Melting Mama photo bombing Wendt’s Zappos Tour sign pic.

Las Vegas Limo Bus Big Train

Thx Celebrity Coaches for the Big Train ride!

Zappos Reception

Zappos Reception

Tony Hsieh Desk Big Train Tour

No managers get offices, not even the CEO.

no ties at Zappos

Beware vendors: Do not wear a tie at Zappos.

 

Zappos VIP Tour Big Train

Everyone is a VIP at Zappos.

Thanks everyone at the WLSFA “Meet and Greet”! And just how did folks respond to Big Train at the event. According to Namnath, “I knew your Fit Frappe was going rock it in Vegas it IS the talk of the show!!!!

It truly was a humbling experience meeting so many people that have made huge differences in their lives. So inspirational! Thanks for the great feedback on our products. Thanks Zappos for the amazing tour and service for our group. I don’t know what impressed us more the $16 Million record braking sales day poster or the size 40 boot you shared with us. For more information about WLSFA go to http://www.wlsfa.org. For more information about Zappos, go to http://www.zappos.com. And to find out more about Big Train go to http://www.BigTrain.com. To get more information about Fit Frappe gourmet protein mixes go here.

Monday, 14 May 2012

Support the Maddie James Seaside Learning Center and Win an Original Wyland Painting.

Big Train is pleased to help sponsor the Mile for Maddie event on May 19th in Dana Point, California. The Maddie James Foundation was founded by the parents of a five year-old California girl who passed away due to an inoperable brain tumor, but whose love of the ocean and its many creatures will live forever. The individual who raises the most money for this year’s walk will earn an original, signed Chinese brush art painting created by Wyland.  Wyland will personally award the prize at the Club Honu dinner.

The Foundation is committed to supporting the construction and ongoing operation of The Maddie James Seaside Learning Center (scheduled to break ground in 2012) at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point, California, one of Maddie’s favorite places.

The Foundation is also proud to partner with other ocean-minded charities and groups committed to bringing the ocean to children around the country, regardless of circumstance, to show them its many wonders and the importance of its preservation through dynamic educational programs.

Come join Big Train and a great group of amazing people and be a part of Maddie’s dream. If you are interested in volunteering at “a Mile for Maddie”, please contact the Foundation at volunteer@amileformaddie.com

 

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Big Train 美馔冲泡饮料登陆中国。

Big Train 宣布与香记咖啡集团有限公司 (HKCG) 建立合作伙伴关系,并借此进入中国专业咖啡饮料市场。

加利福尼亚州森林湖(2011 12 12 日)

Big Train 是优质粉状和液态浓缩冲泡饮料的领先制造商和分销商,主要服务于美国和海外的专业咖啡、餐饮服务和零售行业,该公司日前宣布与中国的大型咖啡和专业饮料分销商香记咖啡建立合作伙伴关系。

Big Train 将向中国各地(包括香港、上海、杭州、广州和江门等地区)的咖啡馆和其他餐饮服务机构提供冲泡饮料全套系列产品。

Big Train 目前正在培训 HKCG 的员工,以准备在中国发布 Big Train 冲泡饮料系列。培训已于近期在上海举行的国际食品饮料及餐饮设备展览会 (Food & Hotel China Show) 中开始。如需了解有关国际食品饮料及餐饮设备展览会 (FHC) 的更多信息,请前往 http://www.fhcchina.com

香记咖啡集团有限公司营销及运营经理 Kyle Fu 称:“我们正在物色优质的美国供应商,以向餐饮服务销售渠道供应粉状饮料。此外,我们还希望完成营销和销售点 (POS) 资料,以及一项全套的品牌解决方案。我们发现,Big Train 正是我们要找的公司。有了 Big Train 味道上乘的产品、良好的品牌知名度、丰富精深的国际经验和以客户为中心的卓越服务水平,我们有信心,我们将在中国市场取得成功。”

Big Train 对将在中国发展的商机感到十分激动人心。Big Train 相信,中国将在不久的将来推动世界经济增长,并可能在几年内成为该公司最大的市场。

Big Train 的首席执行官 Robyn Hawkins 称:“随着中国开始青睐优质咖啡和奶基饮料、人民收入水平提高、追求时尚的中产阶层扩大,加上其庞大并日益注重生活品质的人口,Big Train 已做好准备利用这一发展商机。我们对 HKCG 感到非常满意,选择他们是因为他们拥有广泛的覆盖面、以客户为中心的商业模式以及十分出色的员工。我们期待在未来相当长的时间内与他们开展密切的合作。”

关于 Big Train, Inc.

Big Train 成立于 1991 年,是优质粉状和液态浓缩冲泡饮料的领先制造商和分销商,主要服务于美国和海外的专业咖啡、餐饮服务和零售行业。Big Train 总部位于加利福尼亚州森林湖 (Lake Forest),并在该州牧场圣玛格丽塔 (Rancho Santa Margarita) 建有生产厂,该公司以其优质的饮料解决方案而闻名,其产品不仅味道香郁,而且易于调配。Big Train 的产品种类广泛,包括混合冰咖啡、无咖啡混合奶昔、印度奶茶、蛋白饮料混合剂、水果冰沙、儿童饮料、热可可(热巧克力)、低碳饮料和烘焙产品、蛋卷冰淇淋粉和多种口味的糖浆,客户达 20,000 余家,其中包括独立和小型连锁咖啡馆、面包店、餐饮服务运营商及其广泛的国际分销商网络。如需了解更多信息,请浏览 http://www.bigtrain.com,或致电 800-BIG-TRAIN(即 800-244-8724)。或者在 twitter 上关注 @BigTrain (http://www.twitter.com/bigtrain),或在 Facebook 上点击“喜欢”Big Train (http://www.facebook.com/bigtrain)。如需了解有关 Big Train Fit Frappe™ 蛋白咖啡冲泡剂的推荐感言、购买地点、营养信息和视频食谱,请前往 http://www.FitFrappe.com,或致函 fitfrappe@bigtrain.com,联系我们。

关于香记咖啡集团有限公司

香记咖啡集团有限公司 (HKCG) 专门为客户定制综合的饮料解决方案,以满足客户的不同饮料需求。该公司是亚洲一家经验丰富的专业咖啡烘焙商,掌握现代化的欧美烘焙技术,我们的烘焙工厂位于中国广东省江门市,并已经过 ISO9001、HACCP 和 QS 认证。HKCG 的客户可以凭借我们丰富的经验和热情,向其消费者提供优质的咖啡。

HKCG 深谙混合茶之道,并直接从斯里兰卡进口优质的锡兰红茶。通过广泛的客户基础,HKCG 合作提出为不同酒吧运营配制不同混合茶的想法,以满足西式和港式的不同需要。公司还为餐厅和咖啡馆提供茶包、有机茶、散装茶和花草茶。

HKCG 亦在香港、澳门和中国内地分销知名品牌的咖啡机、泡茶器、搅拌机和其他饮料设备。HKCG 的客户不仅享有利用优质设备制作饮料的方便和乐趣,更会因专业且训练有素的技术人员和维修服务而感到安心,从而专注于他们的核心业务运营。如今,已有众多国际公司、五星级酒店、知名西餐厅、私人度假村/会所、航空公司餐饮部、快餐连锁店和咖啡馆成为香记咖啡宝贵而忠诚的客户。如需了解更多信息,请前往 http://www.hiangkie.com.hk

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Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Big Train Gourmet Drink Mixes Now Available in China.

BIG TRAIN NEWS

Announcing partnership with Hiang Kie Coffee Group Limited (HKCG), Big Train enters Chinese specialty coffee beverage market.

Lake Forest, CA (December 12, 2011)

Big Train, a leading manufacturer and distributor of premium powdered and liquid concentrate beverage mixes serving the specialty coffee, food service and retail industries in the US and abroad, announced it’s partnership with Hiang Kie, a major coffee and specialty beverage distributor in China.

Hiang Kie Specialty Beverage Distributor ChinaBig Train’s full line of beverage mix products will be made available to cafes and other foodservice establishments throughout China including regional areas such as Hong Kong, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Guangzhou, and  Jiangmen.

Big Train Gourmet Drink Mixes now Available in China

Big Train Training HKCG Staff in China.

Big Train is in the process of training HKCG staff as they prepare to launch the Big Train beverage mix line in China which began recently at the Food & Hotel China Show held in Shanghai. For more information on the FHC show, go to http://www.fhcchina.com.

FHC China Coffee and Tea Expo

Big Train Served at FHC CHina Tea and Coffee Expo

We were seeking a high-quality U.S. supplier of powdered beverages for foodservice sales channels,” according to Kyle Fu, Marketing & Operations Manager at Hiang Kie Coffee Group Limited.  “Furthermore, we wanted complete marketing and POS materials and a turn-key branding solution.  We found exactly what we were seeking with Big Train.  With Big Train’s superior tasting products, high brand awareness, deep international experience, and excellent customer-focused service levels, we are confident that we will succeed in the China market.”

Big Train is excited about the opportunities that will develop with China. Big Train believes that China will drive growth in the near future, and may become the company’s largest market within a few years.

“With the Chinese penchant for quality coffee and milk-based beverages, rising income levels and aspirational middle-class, coupled with its large and increasingly-sophisticated population, Big Train is well-positioned to capitalize on this growth opportunity,” says Robyn Hawkins, CEO of Big Train. “We are very pleased with HKCG and selected them because of their broad coverage, customer centric business model, and their wonderful staff. We look forward to working with them for many years to come.”

 

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 baKied 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.

About Hiang Kie Coffee Group Limited

Hiang Kie Coffee Group Limited (HKCG) is proficient in formulating total beverage solutions to customers with different beverage needs.  As an experienced and professional coffee roaster in Asia, with the help of modern roasting technique from Europe and America in our own ISO9001, HACCP and QS accredited roasting plant in Jiangmen City, Guangdong Province, China, HKCG customers can benefit from experience and passion to provide quality coffee to their consumers.

Experienced in tea blending, HKCG directly imports quality Ceylon tea from Sri Lanka. Through a diverse customer base, HKCG collaborates to initiate ideas in formulating different tea blends for different bar operations, to support both western and Hong Kong styles. The company also carries tea bags, organic tea, loose tea and herbal tea for restaurants and cafés.

HKCG also distributes renowned brands of coffee machines, tea brewers, blenders and other beverage equipment in Hong Kong, Macau and Mainland China. HKCG customers not only enjoy the convenience and fun of making beverages from quality equipment, but also feel secured with professional and well-trained technicians and repair services so customers can focus on their core business operations. Today, numerous international corporations, five-star hotels, prestigious western restaurants, private resorts/clubs, airline catering, fast food chains and cafés have become Hiang Kie valued and loyal customers. For more information, go to http://www.hiangkie.com.hk.

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Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Gourmet Protein Drink Mixes 50% off Black Friday through Cyber Monday

Black Friday Sale:

Gourmet Protein Drink Mixes 50% off
Black Friday through Cyber Monday.

Big Train® offers consumers half off Fit Frappé™ to kick off the holiday season.

Lake Forest, CA (November 23, 2011)

Big Train, a leading manufacturer and distributor of premium powdered and liquid concentrate beverage mixes serving the specialty coffee, food service and retail industries in the US and abroad, is offering its first ever Black Friday Sale offering 50% off its Fit Frappé™ gourmet drink mix products to consumers.

Black Friday Cyber Monday Protein Drink Mix SaleBig Train launched its Fit Frappé™ beverage line earlier this year creating a huge buzz with consumers looking for a great tasting, healthy protein drink. Fit Frappé™ products come in three coffee flavors: Espresso, Vanilla Latte, Mocha, and two non-coffee flavors, Vanilla and Chocolate. A versatile drink mix, each flavor can be served hot, iced, or blended. Each comes in a 2.26 lb container while offering 20g protein, less than 1g of sugar, 19 vitamins and minerals, 5g fiber and only 130 calories in a 16 oz serving. Each container includes enough mix for 19 16 oz servings (or 38 8 oz servings.) Big Train also sells a 5-Pack Sample kit to let consumers try all 5 flavors.

While many of Big Train’s food service and coffee house customers are starting to carry Fit Frappé™ in their shops, a growing base of consumers are discovering the products through Big Train’s various sampling and marketing efforts.

“We were truly humbled by the overwhelmingly positive response for Fit Frappé™ from specialty coffee drink fans, health and fitness enthusiasts, the weight loss  community, and foodies online”, says Jim Wendt, eCommerce Marketing Manager for Big Train. “They love that Fit Frappé™ is easy to make by just adding water, and because it tastes great unlike most protein mix products. As we prepare for heavy New Year demand for healthier products, we wanted to give back to our consumer customers and online fans while continuing to support Good Sports.”

The Big Train Fit Frappé™ Black Friday Sale starts early Friday Morning November 25th and ends just before midnight on Cyber Monday, November 28th.  Consumers can take advantage of this sale at two places:

Cyber Monday Protein Deals1) Big Train Facebook Store:  http://www.facebook.com/bigtrain “Shop Now” link
2) Fit Frappé™ Website: http://www.fitfrappe.com

Big Train is also encouraging consumers eager to purchase Fit Frappé drinks, to ask their favorite barista or café to carry Fit Frappé™ or have them contact Big Train’s customer service department for more information or samples. Food service operators can request information for selling Fit Frappé™ by completing this form or contact Big Train via telephone at 800 BIG TRAIN (244-8724) 7:30 am – 4:30 pm Monday – Friday, Pacific Time, or via email Big Train at fitfrappe@bigtrain.com.

Big Train announced recently that its Fit Frappé™ Protein Coffee Drink mix line had won one of three Best New Products awards at the 2011 Coffee Fest Show in Seattle, adding to a growing list of acclaimed beverage mix product awards for Big Train.

In August, Big Train announced a new partnership with Good Sports, whereby Big Train will donate a portion of profits from sales of Fit Frappé™ products to Good Sports, whose 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. Black Friday sales will also count toward this mission.

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, food service 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, iced 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, food service and cafe 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).

Big Train’s Black Friday Cyber Monday 50% Off Gourmet Protein Drink Sale:

This promotion is limited to Big Train’s Fit Frappé™ consumer products for retail. To take advantage of the Fit Frappé™ Gourmet Protein Drink deals, see the two links above. The promotion begins early Black Friday 2011 (November 25) and ends at midnight on Cyber Monday, November 28. For more information about Fit Frappé™ Gourmet Protein Drink Mix products, go to http://www.FitFrappe.com.

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Friday, 28 October 2011

Shaken Mango Passion Green Iced Tea from Big Train Wins 2011 Gourmet Products Award

On the heels of Coffee Fest Award in Seattle, Big Train wins two Product Awards in two months.

Lake Forest, CA (October 28, 2011)

Mango Passion Green Tea Mix Award Shaken by Big Train

Big Train Wins Gourmet Product Award

Big Train®, a leading manufacturer and distributor of premium powdered and liquid concentrate beverage mixes serving the specialty coffee, food service and retail industries in the US and abroad, won an award for the 2011 Gourmet Product Awards, in the Beverages (Mix) category, for their Shaken Mango Passion Green Iced Tea.

The product was introduced to Gourmet Products at the Summer 2011 Fancy Food Show in Washington, DC.

“We were delighted to have been approached at the Fancy Food Show in DC this year”, says Tim Pisarski, Big Train’s Strategic Marketing Director. “It is a great

Shaken Mango Passion Fruit Tea Gourmet Mix from Big Train Shaken

Shaken Mango Passion Green Tea Mix Rocks!

honor to get the Gourmet Products Award. This award echoes the overwhelmingly positive response we see in the marketplace for our Shaken Tea product line.”

The Gourmet Product Awards Program is solely dedicated to recognizing and honoring the most delicious and innovative new gourmet foods and gourmet products.  The Gourmet Product Awards recognize companies, products and services that stand out in tier quality, innovation and special merit. In total, they have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of gourmet and gourmet product standards and market environment, and may have achieved ‘great’ quality at the highest and broadest level. The products may also exhibit processes and/or innovations that have added to the profession of health and enhance personal well being, wellness and the enjoyment of their consumers.

Last month at the Coffee Fest Show in Seattle, Big Train announced that its Fit Frappe™ Protein Coffee Drink mix (http://www.FitFrappe.com) line had won one of three Best New Products awards. For this award, Big Train was selected by a team of specialty beverage industry experts, adding to a growing list of beverage mix product awards.

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, food service 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, iced 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.

About Gourmet Products Awards:

The Gourmet Product Awards recognize companies, products and services that stand out in tier quality, innovation and special merit. In total, they have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of gourmet and gourmet product standards and market environment, and may have achieved ‘great’ quality at the highest and broadest level. The products may also exhibit processes and/or innovations that have added to the profession of health and enhance personal well being, wellness and the enjoyment of their consumers. For more information, go to http://www.gourmetproductsawards.com.

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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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Monday, 15 August 2011

Protein Coffee Mix Fit Frappe Launched at IDEA World Fitness Convention.

Protein Coffee just sounds amazing right? Finally we got to tell the world about Big Train’s latest creation, Fit Frappe, a delicious easy to make “just add water” protein drink mix line of beverage products at the IDEA World Expo. Hot iced, or blended, drink it your way.

Fit Frappe launched at IDEA

We’ve been biting our lips, jumping up and down over this new protein mix product line for quite a while. We knew it tasted great and offered a unique healthy product line with 3 coffee flavors and two non-coffee flavors. This product has been in our R&D office for months tweaking the products to get them just right. Getting a protein mix to taste great and easy to make is one thing, but adding 3 coffee flavors and making them taste delicious takes beverage mix panache to the genius level. Will it be a hit? Well if what we heard at the IDEA World Fitness Convention in LA carries over to the rest of the marketplace, then absolutely. Could this be our best selling product ever?

Coffee Protein Mix Fit Frappe Made 3 Ways

Fit Frappe Protein Drink Mix Taster

Another satisfied Fit Frappe taster at IDEA World

The IDEA show attracted thousands of protein-loving people in the fitness business ranging from gym owners, trainers, fitness consultants, fitness managers for both private and government institutions, and hard core fitness and health gurus.

IDEA World Fitness Show

Fit Frappe Launched at IDEA World 11 in LA

Some actual quotes we heard at the show about Fit Frappe include: “Oh my God“; “This is the best protein drink I’ve ever tried period“; “I want to recommend this for my clients“; “This will replace my morning coffee“; “It doesn’t have that typical protein aftertaste“; “What, you can make hot or cold? I’m sold” “Can I add my own coffee to the vanilla or choclate flavors?” (yup) Well, we happen to agree. A lot of people thought Fit Frappe would be a great meal replacement as part of their diet program.

Of course the last question we heard constantly at IDEA was “Where do we buy it?” In order to let consumers try it right away, we are offering a Fit Frappe 5 Pack for sale on our Facebook page (yup we have a store on our Facebook page – click on the Shop Now link on the left hand navigation pane.) This 5 Pack has one single serving (one 16 oz or 2 8 oz servings in each packet) each of all all 5 flavors: Espresso, Vanilla Latte, Mocha (this writer’s FAV and is to die for), and Vanilla (awesome) and Chocolate too. Big Train is in the process of releasing this product to the foodservice industry including coffeehouses as well as distributors, retailers, and other partners. So ask your barista or store manager to get on the ball and get Fit Frappe at your favorite shop. If you can’t find at your local store, try our facebook page next week as we will have a larger container available for your favorite flavor very soon.

So what? Well let’s start with the nutritionals. In a 16oz serving you get: 20g protein; at least 1g fiber; <1g sugar (2nd to last ingredient is a tad of sucrolose); and 19 vitamins and minerals. And it’s only around 130 calories. Only 3.5g fat, 24g carbs. And it’s gluten free. The protein is calcium caseinate, a milk derivative. While we do not add dairy in terms of ingredients, there is a tiny bit of lactose as a result of the caseinate.

Calcium caseinate has a high biological value and contains all the essential amino acids required by our bodies.  It is a complete protein meaning it contains all the essential amino acids (Isoleucine, Leucine, Lysine, Methionine, Phenylalanine, Threonine, Tryptophan, Valine) in addition to the non-essential amino acids (Alanine, Arginine, Aspartic Acid, Cystine, Glutamatic Acid, Glycine, Histidine, Proline, Serine, Tyrosine). It is absorbed slower than whey protein. As a result, the body will feel fuller longer in addition to absorbing more of the amino acids and peptides.

In addition to these biological benefits, calcium caseinate’s bland taste provides better overall flavor than whey protein.  It was also preferred in our beverage application for its solubility. It dissolves faster in water than whey. Consult your nutritionist if you have additional questions.

“How much caffeine is in Fit Frappe?” For those looking for the optimal kick, the Espresso flavor has 200mg caffeine in a 16oz serving. The Mocha flavor as 110 mg caffeine. Vanilla Latte has 100mg. The chocolate non coffee has a tad of naturally occurring caffeine from chocolate (10mg). If you want a great tasting protein drink with no caffeine, then you’ll love the Vanilla flavor of Fit Frappe (0mg).

We also announced at the show, Big Train’s support for Good Sports, a non profit organization whose mission is to support inner city kids by providing free athletic gear to encourage healthy active lifestyles. A portion of all profits from Big Train’s Fit Frappe product sales will go to support this great cause. Check out the videos about the Good Sports relationship and how to make Fit Frappe 3 ways (hot, iced, or blended) on our You Tube channel here.

Introducing Fit Frappe

Power your day with Fit Frappe.

So go ahead, have your taste and protein too. In case you MUST have it now, go to our Facebook page and click on the “Shop Now” link on the left side to buy Fit Frappe now – 5 Pack sample kits and larger containers of each flavor are available now. For more information about Fit Frappe or to see our video on “How to Make Fit Frappe 3 Ways“, go to http://www.FitFrappe.com. Have specific questions about Fit Frappe? Send an email to fitfrappe@bigtrain.com . Or ask us on Facebook or twitter. Got a Fit Frappe protein drink mix recipe? Please share. For more information about Big Train, go to http://www.bigtrain.com or call 800 BIG TRAIN (244-8724). Power your day with Fit Frappe, protein coffee mix.