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).

 

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Thursday, 24 January 2013

Caramel Base Mix from Big Train (And Contest)

Caramel Base Mix from Big Train

Big Train Caramel Base Mix – A Sweeter Way to Build Your Menu!

Caramel was on the list in 2012 for the top flavor trends and traditionally Caramel based drinks are the #2 selling flavor – right behind Mocha. To help you create yummy caramel drinks and capitalize on these trends, Big Train is introducing Caramel Crème Blended Crème – the ultimate caramel base mix!

This sweet, buttery flavor of rich caramel can be made blended, iced, hot as-is, or used as a delicious base to help you build your menus! Baristas – add your own espresso to Caramel Crème to create amazing Caramel Lattes or serve coffee-free and delicious caramel frappes!

Caramel Crème Blended Crème

  • Can be made blended, iced or hot
  • Great as a base for many different beverages
  • Rich, sweet caramel flavor
  • Gluten-Free
  • No Hydro Oils
  • 5/3.5lb bags per case
  • Kosher Certified

Some Recipe Ideas Using Caramel Crème Base Mix

Caramel Cinnamon Latte

Ingredients

  • 7 fl oz hot water
  • A 43 cc scoop (3 tbsp) of Caramel Crème Blended Crème mix from Big Train
  • Dash of cinnamon

Instructions

  • Heat 7 fl oz of water and add a 43 cc scoop (3 tbsp) of Caramel Crème Blended Crème Mix.
  • Top with whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon.
  • For variations, serve over ice or blended with ice too.

Graham Cracker Caramel Frappe

Ingredients

  • 4 fl oz (118 mL) of milk
  • 2 scoops (7 tbsp. or 80 g) of Caramel Crème Blended Crème mix
  • 4-5 cubes of ice
  • Crushed graham crackers (to taste)
  • whipped cream (Optional)
  • Butterscotch syrup (Optional)

Instructions

  • Pour 4 fl oz (118 mL) of milk into blender
  • Add 2 scoops (7 tbsp. of 80 g) of Big Train Caramel Crème Blended Crème mix
  • Add 4-5 cubes of ice
  • Add crushed graham crackers pieces (to taste)
  • Blend until smooth
  • Top with whipped cream
  • Garnish with crushed graham cracker pieces & butterscotch syrup

How Sweet It Is Recipe Contest

(For foodservice operators only)

Big Train Caramel Crème Blended Crème is the perfect caramel base mix that allows you to serve a sweet and delicious drink. There are so many unique beverage possibilities when a barista begins with the creamy taste of caramel and we want to hear about them! Click Here and submit your best caramel drink recipe it in the “How Sweet It Is” Big Train recipe contest by February 28, 2013 and you could win! Five lucky winners will be chosen to receive 3 FREE cases of the product of their choice and their store will be featured in a Big Train blog post. One Grand Prize winner will receive a trip to 2013 Coffee Fest Chicago. See the Terms and Conditions.

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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!

 

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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.

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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.

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Wednesday, 3 October 2012

4 Ways to Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month

By Guest Blogger: MaryAnne Wendt

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.

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Monday, 2 July 2012

HSN Big Train Frozen Frappe Drink Mixes on Home Shopping Network!

HSN Frappe drink mixes! For the first time ever, Big Train products were made available via national television on the Home Shopping Network on Monday, July 2nd.

It all started when HSN came looking for some delicious drink mixes to sell as part of HSN’s 35th Anniversary celebration. What better way to celebrate than to offer up amazing coffeehouse style drinks that can be enjoyed at home, right? Mixing up several Big Train frappe mix flavors on live television created a lot of excitement here at Big Train’s headquarters in Lake Forest California. We could practically taste the drinks from here.

Big Train Frappe Blended Drink Mixes on HSN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A lot of preparation and planning went into getting ready for the HSN airing. After presenting a variety of options, and lots of taste testing, and tremendous effort behind the scenes to prepare for the live show, Big Train and HSN worked together to offer 8 Big Train yummy drink flavors in two exclusive fun packages:

The first package they presented was the “Fun Flavors” Pack. Each pack contains:

HSN Fun Frappe Flavors

Fun Flavors Pack

 

  • 11.3 oz. Frozen Frappe Drink Mix – Bubble Gum
  • 11.3 oz. Frozen Frappe Drink Mix – Strawberry Banana
  • 11.3 oz. Frozen Frappe Drink Mix – Orange Creme
  • 11.3 oz. Frozen Frappe Drink Mix – Cotton Candy

 

The second package they decided to offer was the “Sophisticated Flavors” pack which includes:

Sophisticated Frappe flavors on HSN

Sophisticated Flavors Pack

  • 11.3 oz. Frozen Frappe Drink Mix - Cookies n’ Creme
  • 11.3 oz. Frozen Frappe Drink Mix - Southern Velvet
  • 11.3 oz. Frozen Frappe Drink Mix - Root Beer Float
  • 11.3 oz. Frozen Frappe Drink Mix – New York Cheesecake

 

Keri Maletto HSN Host for BigTrainBig Train and HSN selected Keri Maletto to be the lead on-air host. In addition to her experience as a fun and vivacious host for the Home Shopping Network, Keri has appeared in feature films like Dolphin Tale and television shows like Burn Notice and The Glades. Keri did a fantastic job presenting HSN’s exclusive Big Train drink mix products on HSN highlighting Big Train’s value to consumers that are looking for great tasting cafe style products that are easy to make. She even suggested some great ideas like adding strawberry liqueur to flavors like our New York Cheesecake frappe mix to create a yummy Strawberry Cheesecake Frappe cocktail for example. She also mixed up Cookies ‘n Cream, Bubble Gum and Orange Crème blended ice drink flavors. Great job Keri!

 

HSN created a Big Train brand page on their website where these exclusive products are available for sale in case you missed the program today. Hurry though, there is a limited supply and these products will likely sell out soon.

Did you miss the live show? No worries the show will run again at around 12:00 noon and again at 5:45 pm EDT.To view HSN’s Program Guide go here. Watch HSN live on your computer by clicking here:

For more information on these exclusive HSN Drink Products go here. For more information about Big Train go to Big Train.com.

HSN Big Train Beverage Mixes

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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.
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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.

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Monday, 30 April 2012

Big Train Product Review by Peachy’s Panel of Whom You Know!

Whom You Know Peachy from ManhattanKEEPING AMERICA ON TOP: WHOM YOU KNOW CELEBRATES AMERICAN STYLE INTELLIGENCE and EXCELLENCE WITH BIG TRAIN:

Big Train Products Recommended by the Peachy’s Pantry Panel of Whom You Know!

Review Published: 4/19/12

(Excerpt from Whom You Know)

“If you’re someone who, like me, gets bored with the same old beverages over and over again (how many bottles of Poland Spring can a gal drink?!), then you’ve got to check out Big Train! An all-American company that started small and now produces over 200 products and exports to over 55 countries, Big Train is a classic example of the great American dream becoming a reality through creativity, hard work, and perseverance…”

(To read the entire review please go visit our friends at WhoYouKnow, click here.)

Thanks Peachy!

 

 

 

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Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Easy Real Fruit Smoothies, the “just Pour Over Ice” Summer Solution

Easy real fruit smoothies will soon be in high demand as baristas tune up their blenders get them ready for hot days ahead. Summer is just around the corner and nothing says summer like the taste of a delicious real fruit smoothie. The refreshing combination of fresh fruit blended with cold ice makes a perfect drink on a hot day. Big Train is celebrating summer by introducing six mouthwatering simple to make pour over ice real fruit smoothie mixes. Using the freshest fruit from around the world and hand-selected at peak ripeness, each Big Train Fruit Smoothie includes delicious real fruit and has less calories and sugar than many other leading brands. Enjoy the refreshing summer tastes of Strawberry, Mango, Wildberry, Strawberry Banana, SuperFruit and Peach smoothie mixes. Getting a bit of summer in every sip has never been this simple – just pour over ice and blend! So get those blenders ready! To view all of Big Train’s easy Real Fruit Smoothie mix products go here.

Real fruit smoothie pour over mix

The benefits to café owners and baristas? Not only will these delicious real fruit smoothies keep loyal customers coming back for more, they are incredibly simple to make. Just pour over ice, blend and you’re done! It’s easy. No more measuring water and product. Now you can make consistently great real fruit smoothies and serve more customers faster without waste. And with a 12 month shelf life, our products help foodservice professionals save money. To meet the summer rush, contact Big Train today at 800 BIG TRAIN (244-8724) to sample Big Train’s Real Fruit Smoothie mixes with your customers today.

If you are a consumer and would like to try one of Big Train’s real fruit smoothies in your neighborhood, try searching our store locator. Can’t find a store in your area? Well, then fill out this form and take it to your favorite barista.

Smoothies are refreshing, healthy, and convenient. Big Train smoothies have 25-40% less sugar and 30-50% less calories than many other leading brands.

 

 

Easy real fruit smoothie pour over mix

Easy Fruit Smoothie Blender Ready Mixes from Big Train

 

Easy Real Fruit Smoothies: Blender Ready:

The best part is that you don’t have to wait. Want a real fruit smoothie now? Just grab some Big Train mix and some ice and a few seconds later you have a refreshing fruit smoothie. You will feel good about saving time and money with every simple to make, blender ready real fruit smoothie! Yum! So go ahead ask your Distributor or contact us for healthy easy to make simple to serve Real Fruit Smoothie mixes.

Big Train offers a wide array of products including blended ice coffees, coffee-free blended crème frappes, chai teas, protein drink mixes, fruit smoothies (blender-ready pour overs and concentrates), 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, ask your Big Train distributor or visit http://www.bigtrain.com or call 800 BIG TRAIN (that’s 800-244-8724). Or follow @BigTrain on twitter or like Big Train on Facebook.

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