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Mar 30 – Nespresso unveils omni-channel strategy with new flagship store (World Coffee Portal)
Coffee machine manufacturer Nespresso has launched a flagship concept store in Vienna, Austria. Its arrival signals part of the company’s strategy to re-engage consumers following the effects of Covid-19 on out-of-home coffee consumption. The concept store will showcase the Nespresso brand across tasting, sustainability, design, and hospitality, with further stores expected to open over the next five years.
Mar 30 – S.Pellegrino Essenza releases coffee-flavoured sparkling water (PR Newswire)
S.Pellegrino Sparkling Natural Mineral Water has announced the release of a line of coffee-flavoured products containing 30mg of caffeine. Inspired by the convenience of Italian coffee bars, the new range includes three flavours: Exotic Vanilla & Coffee, Delicious Cocoa & Coffee, and Smooth Caramel & Coffee. S.Pellegrino Essenza are marketing the zero-calorie, free-from-sweeteners drink as “the perfect accompaniment to perk up your daily breaks and snack times”.
Mar 31 – Löfbergs develops fully recyclable mono-material packaging (Global Coffee Report)
Swedish coffee group Löfbergs has reported “revolutionary results” in its bid to develop fully recyclable mono-material packaging for coffee. Targeting a 100% circular product by 2030, the company has called its soft plastic PE prototype an “important milestone” in the sorting, recycling, and regranulation of coffee packaging worldwide. According to Löfbergs’ Supply Chain Development Manager, Madelene Breiling, the prototype has passed all tests so far and is due to hit the shelves later this year.
Apr 1 – Research shows 1 in 5 don’t recycle takeaway cups (Somerset Live)
In the UK, one fifth of consumers throw recyclable takeaway cups in any bin rather than in a designated recycling bin, according to research. The study, which was carried out by reusable coffee cup manufacturer Circular&Co, also found that the average UK citizen has three reusable cups at home that are never used. Meanwhile, 75% of those who have reusable cups say they continue to use disposable takeaway cups on a regular basis.
Apr 1 – NCA study reveals at-home coffee consumption growth (NCA USA)
85% of US coffee consumers drink at least one cup of coffee at home, according to a report by the National Coffee Association (NCA). This is an increase of more than 10% compared to January, with continued working from home the most likely cause. Researchers also noted a 30% increase in drive-thru and app-based orders during the same period.
Apr 5 – Go Fund Bean launches new mentorship programme (Sprudge)
Coffee worker resource centre Go Fund Bean has launched a new mentorship programme, Bean To Bean. Designed to “guide those who want to improve their skills or explore other parts of the industry”, it offers newcomers the opportunity to learn from established coffee professionals. The first round of the programme will pair 10 mentors with 10 mentees for three months of one-on-one, goal-driven training.
Apr 5 – Steady growth for RTD coffee market forecasted (Wall Street Call)
A report by market research firm Stratview Research predicts a 7.2% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for the ready-to-drink (RTD) coffee market between 2021 and 2026. Driven by strong demand for RTD products in Asia-Pacific and North America, the forecast is based on the continued development of attractive packaging that prolongs shelf life as well as protecting the drink itself.
Apr 6 – Colombia’s lowlands facing coffee drought (Chemical & Engineering News)
Large portions of Colombia could soon become unsuitable for coffee production, according to new studies. Based on analysis of climate data from 2007 to 2013 across Colombia’s 521 coffee-producing municipalities, researchers found that low-altitude regions could become too hot and dry to grow coffee within the next 40 years. The significant loss of arable land would land a devastating blow for the livelihoods of many of the country’s 500,000 coffee farmers.
Apr 6 – Lavazza announces ambitious “Roadmap To Zero” plan (World Coffee Portal)
Italian coffee company Lavazza Group has set out its plan to become carbon neutral by 2030. “Roadmap To Zero” will target indirect carbon emissions across its entire supply chain through offsetting, with an investment of €50 million pledged between 2020 and 2021 alone. The plan is already well underway, having hit its first milestone of zero impact from the direct carbon emissions generated by all the company’s activities, including offices and production facilities.
Apr 6 – New kerbside recycling scheme to improve UK coffee pod disposal (Mail Online)
The launch of a kerbside recycling scheme for single-use coffee pods will enable UK residents to recycle coffee pods alongside their usual waste. Backed by the likes of Nespresso, Tassimo, and Nescafe Dolce Gusto, “Podback” is the result of a partnership between Nestlé and Jacobs Douwe Egberts UK. Once collected, the pods are taken to a specialist recycling plant, where the coffee is separated from the packaging by electro-magnets. The plastic or aluminium is then smelted and can be remade into a variety of products.
Apr 6 – Starbucks to cease takeaway cup use in South Korea by 2025 (New York Times)
US coffee chain Starbucks has unveiled plans to stop offering single-use takeaway cups across all its South Korean stores by 2025. The announcement is part of the company’s scheme to reduce carbon emissions, after stating its plans to become green coffee carbon neutral by 2030. In place of single-use cups, Starbucks will introduce a “cup circularity programme” this summer, in which customers will pay a deposit for reusable cups that will be refunded when the containers are returned and scanned at contactless kiosks.
Apr 8 – Halo targets European market with compostable coffee pods (Food Navigator)
UK-based startup Halo Coffee is planning to roll out its 100% compostable coffee pods to European consumers. Made from sugarcane bagasse, a byproduct of sugarcane production, the pods will decompose within four weeks when placed in the right environment. Halo Coffee hopes its pods will go some way to tackling the vast quantity of aluminium and plastic waste produced by espresso machine coffee pods.