Millions of Americans can’t be wrong. And what is it that we are not wrong about? Our choice in beverages, that’s what. According to “Coffee and Tea Foodservice Trends in the US” (a report from Packaged Facts), fully 183 million Americans enjoy their regular infusions of java and 173.4 million take tea.
What makes tea and coffee so exciting for the dairy crowd is not just their popularity as drinks, but their potential as ingredients in everything from fanciful bubble teas to matcha frozen yogurt and espresso ice cream. We convened a virtual roundtable of suppliers (see box) who talked about trends, flavor science, nutrition news and innovations.