March 1, 2021: Lincoln and York unveils multi-million-pound investment & other news

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March 1, 2021
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Feb 5 – Leading UK coffee roaster invests in high-speed retail packing line (Lincoln and York press release)

Lincoln and York, one of the UK’s largest coffee roasters, has unveiled a multi-million-pound investment aimed at improving the efficiency of its packing process. According to Lincoln and York’s managing director, the packing machine – constructed by Goglio SpA – provides top-tie and reseal capability with an ultrasonic valve sealer, giving a cleaner, faster application.

Feb 7Starbucks withdraws from reusable “keep cup” campaign in Ireland  (The Times)

American coffee chain Starbucks has announced its decision to withdraw from a government-backed campaign in Ireland promoting the use of reusable “keep cups”. After temporarily banning their use due to Covid-19, Starbucks has been encouraging customers in other European countries to “once again use their reusable cups with confidence”. However, the company will not endorse the Department of the Environment’s call for businesses to accept reusable cups even when recyclable or compostable single-use options are available.

Feb 19 – Rave Coffee expands range of green, unroasted beans for home roasting (SoGlos

Gloucestershire-based Rave Coffee have added new varieties to their selection of green, unroasted coffee, taking the total number of offerings up to ten. Their green bean varieties include Ethiopian Sidamo, Guatemala Bosques de San Francisco, and India’s fabled Monsoon Malabar AA. Decaffeinated options are also available.

Feb 18 – Israeli startup developing single-dose roaster for offices (Daily Coffee News)

An innovative startup from Israel has developed an on-demand coffee roasting system that it hopes to launch later this year. After securing $2 million in seed round investment in 2020, Griin Coffee is preparing to launch its countertop roasting solution that will put coffee roasting in the hands of the consumer. The technology, which is targeted at workspaces, uses volumetric heating to roast green coffee beans on-demand in just 90 seconds.

Feb 23 Global flexible packaging market forecasts between 2021 and 2026 revealed (Yahoo)

The “Flexible Packaging Market: Global Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast 2021-2026” report has been added to’s offering, revealing strong growth in the sector. According to the report, the global flexible packaging market reached a value of US$ 119.3 billion in 2020 thanks to its growing popularity among consumers as a convenient, aesthetic, and durable means of packaging products.

Feb 9Nescafé Azera partner with Grindsmith to launch instant specialty coffee (Feast Magazine)

Nescafé Azera has partnered with Manchester-based coffee roasters Grindsmith to develop its own brand of instant specialty coffee. Arriving on supermarket shelves across the country early last month, the new blend is expected to challenge long-held perceptions of instant coffee as a lower quality product. It is made using arabica coffee beans from Brazil and Colombia, and scored 82 out of 100 on the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) scale.

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Feb 9 – ICO’s report shows arabica rise and robusta fall in January 2021 (Beans Scene Mag)

The International Coffee Organization (ICO) market report for January concluded that arabica coffee averaged 115.73 US cents/lb, an increase of 0.9% compared to December. During the same period, robusta decreased by 1.8% to 70.71 US cents/lb. The ICO also found that total coffee exports in the first three months of the coffee year 2020/21 were 31.59 million bags, 6.1% higher than October to December 2019.

Feb 9 – UK consumer demand for Fairtrade products increases during pandemic (Global Coffee Report)

The Ethical Markets Report found Fairtrade purchases increased by 15% in 2020, while approximately 30% of UK consumers pledged to buy more Fairtrade products in the future. The data is supported by Waitrose’s “How Britain Shops Report”, which reveals more than one in four shoppers were actively seeking the Fairtrade logo when shopping online in 2020. On the supermarket’s website,, searches for Fairtrade sugar were up 94%, while Fairtrade coffee were up 31%.

Feb 10Multiple studies find coffee may reduce risk of heart attack (Independent)

Drinking between one and three cups of caffeinated coffee a day could reduce the risk of heart failure, according to research. Studies examining the health outcomes of tens of thousands of people over several decades concluded that moderate daily consumption of coffee is linked to lower long-term risk of coronary artery disease, heart failure, and stroke. Although the study did not look at specific reasons behind the link, researchers suggest that the antioxidants in coffee may reduce inflammation and protect against diseases.

Feb 14Covid-19 boosts sales of home roasting equipment in US (Stir)

In the United States, the effects of the global pandemic have prompted a rise in the popularity of roasting green coffee beans at home. According to roasting equipment retailers Sweet Maria’s, sales of their Fresh Roast home roasters were up by 83% last year compared to 2019. Home roasting equipment sellers Hot Top and Gene Café, based in Taiwan and South Korea respectively, also reported a rise in sales.

Feb 15Ministry of Agriculture predicts fall in production of Brazilian arabica for 2021/22 (P&A Newsletter)

The Ministry of Agriculture in Brazil has projected a 32-39% drop in the domestic production of arabica coffee beans for the 2021/22 harvest. Last season, Brazil produced approximately 49 million bags of arabica coffee, however, a combination of high temperatures and low rainfall in coffee-growing regions is expected to cause production levels to fall for the coming harvest. The off-year in the arabica biennial crop cycle is also blamed.

Feb 22Ikawa Sample Roaster release larger capacity Pro100 (Daily Coffee News)

Sample roast makers Ikawa have released a new model with twice the roasting capacity as their ProV3. Called the Pro100, it has nearly the same dimensions as its predecessor, but offers a maximum batch capacity of 100g. The Pro100 connects to the same app and network of downloadable roast profiles as the ProV3, while the Ikawa Pro App shows data such as exhaust temperatures and rate of rise.

Feb 22Report finds kerbside collection of recyclable plastic packaging possible in UK by 2023 (Plastics in Packaging)

In the UK, the kerbside collection of recyclable plastic packaging could be phased in as soon as 2023, a report has found. The report “Mapping the value chain for flexible plastic packaging in the UK” revealed that fewer than 20% of local authorities collect any form of plastics film or other flexible plastics packaging for recycling, despite 215 billion items of flexible plastic packaging entering the economy each year.

Feb 23 OPRL sets out closer collaboration with FSC, FPA, BBIA and the Packaging Federation (Packaging News)

Non-profit On-Pack Recycling Label (OPRL) has opened a new membership category for organisations that share its goals as part of a scheme to provide greater benefits to members. OPRL’s associate membership scheme aims to provide a framework for closer collaboration with other organisations to provide mutual support, expertise, and to promote each other’s activities. Inaugural members include Forest Stewardship Council UK (FSC UK) and the Packaging Federation.

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