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Durian Milk Tea protein powder turns the fruit’s pungent power into gains

  • Adventurous fitness enthusiasts and boba fans alike can now add Durian Milk Tea flavor protein powder to their post-workout routine.
  • Far East Alchemy, an Asian Australian-owned fitness supplement brand, is offering the unique flavor on their website for a limited time.
  • The protein supplement is made from real monthong durian and pre-blended with black tea powder, allowing consumers who are new to the fruit to enjoy its flavors without being overwhelmed while maintaining the distinct flavor fans know and love.
  • According to its nutrition facts, one 35 gram serving of Durian Milk Tea protein powder contains 139 calories, 23.5 grams of protein, 2.2 grams of fat and 6.8 grams of carbohydrates.
  • The powder is also made with lactase enzymes for those with a lactose intolerance.

Adventurous fitness enthusiasts and boba fans alike can now add Durian Milk Tea flavor protein powder to their post-workout routine.

Far East Alchemy, an Asian Australian-owned fitness supplement brand, is offering the unique flavor on their website for a limited time. 

San Francisco Boba Guys accused by workers of illegally recording audio of employees and customers

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  • San Francisco tea chain Boba Guys has been accused of recording audio of both employees and customers at its store in the Mission district.
  • The allegation comes weeks after the popular chain fired employee Madeline Urso, who was “documented in video” at the store making an inappropriate comment about co-founder Andrew Chau.
  • While Urso’s firing resulted in online backlash due to Boba Guys’ alleged illegal union busting, the fact that the company was listening to employee conversations went mostly under the radar.
  • Boba Guys employees interviewed by SFGate said they could not recall the company telling them that they would record in-store conversations.
  • Any indication of audio surveillance does not appear in the Boba Guys employee handbook supplied by an employee to the publication.
  • As California is a “two-party consent” state, the consent of everyone involved is required before recording a private or confidential conversation can take place, including conversations held in public spaces if no notice is posted.

Employees of San Francisco tea chain Boba Guys are accusing management of recording audio of both employees and customers without consent at its store in the Mission district. 

The allegation comes weeks after the popular chain fired employee Madeline Urso, who was “documented in video” at the store making an inappropriate comment about co-founder Andrew Chau. 

Could a $1 bubble tea brand from China be poised to take over the world?

  • Mixue Bingcheng Co. Ltd. (MXBC), a Chinese ice cream and tea franchise, tops China’s market with its $1 bubble teas.
  • MXBC, which is represented by a snowman-logo and has over 21,000 locations in China, has applied for an initial public offering on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange.
  • From the beginning, the brand marketed to lower-tier markets, targeting price-sensitive students and workers.
  • Last year, the brand earned a revenue of 10.3 billion yuan (approximately $1.4 billion).
  • MXBC has expanded abroad with stores in Vietnam and Indonesia. It has also registered its trademark in about 30 markets, including the U.S., Europe and Japan.

Mixue Bingcheng Co. Ltd. (MXBC), a Chinese ice cream and tea franchise that sells $1 bubble teas, has outgrown its rivals and become the top bubble tea brand in China. 

MXBC, which is represented by a snowman-logo and has over 21,000 locations in China, was first founded by Zhang Hongchao in Zhengzhou, Henan province, in 1997. From the beginning, the brand marketed to lower-tier markets, targeting price-sensitive students and workers.

Gong Cha, Heinz launch ketchup-flavored ‘boba’ in Singapore

  • Gong Cha Singapore has teamed up with Heinz to introduce ketchup-flavored “boba.”
  • The tomato drinks – which are served without pearls – are priced at 7.80 SGD (approximately $5) per bottle and come in two flavors: “Pomato Bomb” (tomato, pear and pomegranate) and “Berry Mary” (tomato and raspberry).
  • The Gong Cha x Heinz collaboration was released in Singapore on Sept. 29.

While it may sound like an early April Fools’ joke, Gong Cha Singapore has collaborated with Heinz to introduce ketchup-flavored “boba” – without pearls.

The new tomato drinks, a curveball that many Gong Cha and Heinz fans did not see coming, were released in Singapore on Sept. 29 as part of Gong Cha’s Tomato BBT (bubble tea) series.

Jamba Juice adds boba options to menu for ‘extra burst of flavor’

  • For a limited time starting on Sept. 6, customers will be able to customize their Jamba Juice smoothies, bowls and iced beverages with “Strawberry Bursting Boba” or “Sweet Tapioca Boba Pearls” for an “extra burst of flavor, fun and customization.”
  • “Boba offers an all-new way for our guests to customize their Jamba experience and add even more flavor and fun to their favorite Jamba beverage or bowl – no matter how they want to Jamba," Vice President of Marketing Danielle Fisher said in a recent press release.
  • The new menu items are part of "Just Gotta Jamba," the company's new marketing campaign. 

Jamba Juice will offer two boba options for an “extra burst of flavor, fun and customization” to its smoothies, bowls and iced beverages for a limited time.

Starting on Sept. 6, customers will be able to add “Strawberry Bursting Boba” or “Sweet Tapioca Boba Pearls” to any of their orders, according to a recent press release.

Woman accidentally crashes her car through boba shop in Washington

  • Two women and a toddler were sitting at a table in Melody Boba House in Washington on Monday when a car came crashing through the windows closest to them at 2:36 p.m.
  • One of the women was pinned between the store counter and the car. She was brought to a hospital and is now at home in stable condition.
  • Police said an elderly woman driving the car accidentally hit the gas pedal instead of the brake. She was reportedly not cited.
  • As the bubble tea store is currently closed for restoration, the owner, Melody Choe, started a GoFundMe page to help support her employees, whose only source of income comes from working at her boba store.

The owner of a boba shop in Puyallup, Washington, is asking for donations to help fund her employees after a car crashed through her storefront on Monday.

Two women and a toddler were sitting at a table in Melody Boba House at Puyallup on Monday when a car came crashing through the windows closest to them at 2:36 p.m. 

Gong Cha names former Five Guys chief as new global CEO 

  • International bubble tea chain Gong Cha has named former Five Guys CEO Paul Reynish as its new global CEO, replacing Gong Cha Group founder and chairperson Martin Berry. 
  • The appointment is part of the chain’s plan to accelerate expansion in the U.S. and other international territories.
  • Reynish has over 25 years of international experience with high-profile brands such as Dunkin’, Subway and Burger King.
  • Berry, who has retained his role as chairperson of Gong Cha, is credited with growing Gong Cha from a Taiwan-based chain to a global franchise with over 1,400 locations around the world. 
  • In a statement, Berry said Reynish’s past work experience “make[s] him the ideal leader to build upon the momentum we’ve created over the past several years.”

International bubble tea chain Gong Cha has named former Five Guys CEO Paul Reynish as its new global CEO in a bid to speed up the chain’s expansion in the U.S. and other international territories. 

While the appointment was announced on Aug. 1, Reynish had already assumed the role on July 15, succeeding Gong Cha Group founder and chairperson Martin Berry.

Milk tea brand in China recalled for looking too similar to laundry detergent

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  • A milk tea brand in China was recalled after customers complained that its packaging looks alarmingly similar to laundry detergent bottles.
  • The Thai milk tea packaging, designed by Nanyeli Thai Food Restaurant in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, used a handle, lid and label design similar to those of laundry detergent and cleaning products.
  • Customers were concerned that the packaging could harm children by leading them to believe that laundry detergent bottles contain milk tea.
  • Nanyeli Thai Food Restaurant will be launching an investigation into the design of the milk tea product.

A milk tea brand with packaging that has a striking resemblance to laundry detergent bottles has been recalled after customers feared that children may mistakenly drink cleaning products believing it to be milk tea.

Nanyeli Thai Food Restaurant, based in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, produce the Thai-style milk tea with packaging that uses a label, handle and lid design similar to those of laundry detergent bottles. Three of the restaurant’s chain outlets were selling the milk tea products in 500ml bottles across Nanjing.

Milk tea eggs: New York City boba shops are helping fuel new viral drink trend

Boba chains in New York City are selling boba drinks in limited-edition egg-shaped containers.

I’Milky, founded originally as Mu Bai in Taiwan in 2017, had previously sold their Magic Eggs collectibles in April and May in 2021. This year, the international chain brought back their three Magic Egg drinks exclusively at their Midtown and Williamsburg locations in New York City. 

San Francisco boba shop served as front for global car burglary ring, DA Boudin reveals

  • A Quickly Boba Tea Cafe in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood served as a storage site for an international fencing ring, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
  • Around 1,000 stolen electronics — including laptops, phones and tablets — were discovered in the shop on Larkin Street.
  • The discovery was part of a larger investigation called Operation Auto Pilot, which has been going on for over a year and has so far uncovered sales in Asia and Europe.
  • Authorities found shipping records to territories and countries such as Hong Kong and Vietnam at the Quickly shop.
  • Le has been charged with eight felony counts and four misdemeanor counts of possession of stolen property.
  • His wife, who owns the Quickly franchise, was not charged.

A Quickly boba shop in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood served as a storage site for an international fencing ring, District Attorney Chesa Boudin announced on Tuesday.

Some 1,000 stolen electronic devices were recovered from the shop on Larkin Street. Quoc Le, 41, was arrested and faces at least a dozen felony and misdemeanor charges of possession of stolen property.

‘Really delicious’: Bubble tea chain offers up boba tteokbokki drink for April Fool’s

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  • “Pearl-Bokki” was featured as a limited edition item on Taiwanese boba chain The Alley’s April Fools’ menu sold at three South Korean locations.
  • The Alley mixed their special “Deerioca” pearls in traditional tteokbokki to make “Pearl-Bokki.”

Taiwanese boba chain The Alley created a boba tteokbokki drink in celebration of this past April Fools’ weekend.

From April 1st to April 3rd, customers were able to purchase “Pearl-Bokki” for 2,800 won (approximately $2.31) from the popular boba chain’s April Fool’s limited menu available at three South Korean locations: Garosu-gil, Goyang Starfield and Starfield Hanam.

Viral TikTok reveals Starbucks U.S. is testing out ‘coffee popping pearls’

Starbucks Coffee Pearls
  • Starbucks confirmed they are testing a new product called “coffee popping pearls” at two franchises in California and Washington state.
  • Unlike typical tapioca balls from bubble tea, these coffee pearls burst when bitten and contain liquid coffee inside.
  • Similar Starbucks products have previously debuted in other markets, but this appears to be the first test in the U.S.

Starbucks is testing a new coffee topping, “coffee popping pearls,” which burst into liquid coffee when bitten, at two West Coast locations. 

The topping, which resembles boba, was reviewed in a viral TikTok in which the taste was described as “okay, but weirdly salty-sweet.” Unlike the solid tapioca balls usually found in bubble tea, these pearls seem to be mostly liquid and contain Brazilian coffee.