Drinks On the House
It’s not a surprise to anyone in the foodservice industry that restaurants’ nonalcoholic beverage purchases are declining. They’ve been doing that for years. Still, there have been some growth segments—most notably premium, house-made drinks, including artisan sodas, cold-pressed juices, specialty iced teas, and smoothies.
Beverages carrying the title “homemade” increased 15 percent on limited-service restaurant menus during the 12 months that ended in November, according to market research firm Datassential. The growth in these drinks since 2012 is 46 percent.