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Coffee Shops and Cafés

Trend-led, diverse hot food items, a wide-ranging grab-and-go offer and extended opening hours are all driving sales and spend in this area of the UK foodservice market.

Breakfasts are growing in popularity, with cafés and coffee shops offering a variety of dishes for breakfast, brunch and beyond. Healthier, globally-inspired soups, curries, snack pots and rice bowls are featuring on menus – to eat in and takeaway. Plant-based food and drink items are a must to appeal to the growing number of customers who follow a vegan diet.

To drive sales, cafés and coffee shops need to develop creative menus to be served up throughout the day. Speed is key, especially for drinks to take out and food to go, and to cope with orders at peak times.

Our solutions:

Make multi-menu, versatile ingredients a staple of your café kitchen cupboard and coffee shop counter. Whirl’s butter and cream alternatives are cost-effective, convenient and full of flavour. They taste like the real thing, but with added benefits, such as being dairy-free, and easy to use.

Being ambient, Whirl butter alternatives are easy to store and have a long shelf life. As they’re liquid, they can be easily be poured straight from the bottle with no need to melt or clarify. Our butter alternatives are also a heathier option compared to butter, as they contain 65% less saturated fat.

Being dairy-free, Whirl cream alternatives are suitable for vegans. Designed to be whipped or aerated in a cream whipper, or poured as a direct cream replacement, our cream alternatives can be used hot, cold or frozen to create delicious dishes and drinks.

Menu ideas:

Use Whirl butter alternatives instead of butter on your breakfast and brunch menu. Use it to sauté mushrooms, scramble eggs or make a creamy hollandaise sauce. Brush on the grill before toasting a breakfast panini, or pour into batter to make fluffy pancakes.

At lunch, replace butter, margarine and vegetables oils with Whirl for grilling, shallow frying, roasting, glazing and as an ingredient. Brush onto a panini grills to prevent sticking and give items a golden finish. Use Whirl butter alternatives in pastry, tray bakes and cakes, and create delicious sweet sauces with it too.

Use Whirl cream alternatives to top luxury desserts such as sundaes, waffles, crêpes and pancakes – they’re the perfect accompaniment to fruit, syrups and other dairy-free toppings.

Whip up Whirl cream alternatives for your drinks menu, too. Add as a finishing touch to freak shakes or indulgent hot chocolates, or pour over the back of a spoon to make a dairy-free coffee.

Check out our recipes and inspiration pages!

29million people visited a coffee shop in the past year in Great Britain
Source: Statista Cafes and coffee shops in the United Kingdom (UK) – April 2021

To drive sales, cafés and coffee shops need to develop creative menus to be served up throughout the day. Speed is key, especially for drinks to take out and food to go, and to cope with orders at peak times.

Make multi-menu, versatile ingredients a staple of your kitchen cupboard and coffee shop counter. Whirl’s butter and cream alternatives taste like the real thing, but with added benefits, such as being plant-based, and easy to use and store.

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