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May 25 – SCA announces second virtual Coffee Retail Summit (Global Coffee Report)
The Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) has announced its second virtual Coffee Retail Summit will be held this June 22 and 23. The free-to-attend event will include a series of live lectures and discussions to help coffee businesses successfully navigate a post-pandemic landscape. The summit will also host talks and discussions based upon community feedback, commercial insight, and market research.
May 25 – New smartphone app lets customers review restaurant packaging (Packaging Digest)
Jybe, a smartphone app that allows diners to rate the packaging of more than 3,000 US restaurants, is now available in New York City. The LA-based startup, which was launched in 2020, lets users rate restaurants’ use of packaging materials using a “Turtle score”, a proprietary standard that prioritises sustainable materials such as paper, aluminium, and bamboo. Jybe’s expansion into New York is part of the company’s plans to help solve the “single-use plastic crisis”.
May 26 – Steel cost rise prompts Probat price hike (Daily Coffee News)
Coffee roaster manufacturer Probat has revealed that it is increasing prices in line with the rising cost of steel and other raw materials used to produce its machines. The 4.5% net price increase across all Probat products is scheduled to take effect on July 1, which the company says is “necessary to help offset this significant rise in costs”. The commodity price of steel reached an all-time high earlier this year due to the effects of Covid-19 and higher tariffs on Chinese imports.
May 26 – Fast food chain launches Fairtrade coffee in UK supermarket (World Coffee Portal)
Food-to-go chain Leon has released a range of Fairtrade coffees across 493 Sainsbury’s supermarkets as part of its push to diversify the brand. The ground and whole bean varieties have been developed in partnership with Puro Fairtrade Coffee and the World Land Trust, with each bag purchased helping to save four square metres of Tanzanian rainforest. Leon joins a number of other chains looking to capture a share of the growing at-home coffee market.
May 26 – Study finds shade-grown coffee could reduce coffee leaf rust (Global Coffee Report)
Coffee plants grown in dense shade could reduce the chance of coffee leaf rust developing, according to a study published in the Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment journal. Researchers found that dense shade levels promote the growth of Lecanicillium lecanii (the hyperparasite), which reduces the amount of coffee leaf rust on the plant. Coffee leaf rust is a disease that affects the ability of coffee plants to produce cherries.
May 27 – UK government urged to address plastic crisis at G7 summit (Packaging News)
A collection of multinationals, NGOs, global figures, and parliamentarians have shown support for an open letter urging the UK government to place a global plastics treaty on the G7 summit’s agenda this month. The letter highlights the devastating impact of plastic pollution on the planet, and warns that it will never be overcome without a unified and consistent approach. The summit is due to take place between June 11 and 13 in Cornwall. Among those calling for the treaty are Nestlé, Aldi, and the Co-operative.
May 27 – Multinationals unite to promote flexible packaging recycling (Packaging News)
Mars, Mondelēz, Nestlé, PepsiCo, and Unilever have teamed up to help make flexible plastic recycling economically viable for consumers and recycling firms through a Flexible Plastic Fund. In collaboration with manufacturers, retailers, and recyclers, the £1 million fund aims to improve flexible plastic recycling and reduce plastic pollution by giving the material a stable value. The idea is to increase the supply of recycled plastic and promote a more circular economy.
May 28 – Stuttgart Uni partners with Costa Rican co-op to recycle coffee waste (University of Stuttgart)
The University of Stuttgart is working with Coopetarrazú, the largest coffee cooperative in Costa Rica, to work out how the mixture of coffee bean pulp and husks can be turned into organic compost. Pulp is considered a waste product on coffee plantations and is usually thrown away or dumped into rivers – with negative consequences for the environment. The project aims to improve the composting process, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and deliver an organic fertiliser.
June 2 – Caffè Nero sales surge as Covid restrictions ease (World Coffee Portal)
Caffè Nero has reported an 82% rise in sales during the last quarter as lockdown restrictions in the UK ease. The Italian-style coffee chain has said current trading is ahead of forecasts, with sales at 70-80% of those for the same period in 2019. The recovery of sales has been aided by several new revenue streams, including food and beverage delivery facilitated by UberEats and a retail coffee partnership with Amazon.
June 2 – Sustainable coffee trading company enters Dutch market (Daily Coffee News)
Maverick Coffee Trading, a green coffee trading company with a focus on supply chain sustainability and transparency, has expanded operations into the Netherlands. The startup was founded in 2014 by Will Hobby and has evolved into one of the leading sustainable tea and coffee suppliers in the UK. The startup venture is being financially supported by Dutch food distribution company Subo International.
June 3 – Jimmy’s ditches single-use plastic with new iced coffee packaging (Packaging News)
UK iced coffee company Jimmy’s has replaced its Tetra Pak cartons, which came with single-use plastic lids, with recyclable aluminum BottleCans across its Original and Mocha range. The transition is part of the company’s pledge to reduce its environmental impact and to remove single-use plastic from its products. Waitrose and Tesco are among the first major supermarkets to unveil the new sustainable packaging.
June 3 – Scientists reanimate coffee-killing fungus specimen to prevent spread (Imperial College)
Researchers from the University of Oxford, Imperial College London, and agricultural nonprofit CABI have reanimated historical samples of a coffee-killing fungus to examine how the crop disease evolves and find new ways to fight it. Coffee wilt disease is caused by a fungus and kills the trees it infects. Since the 1920s, it has led to devastating outbreaks in sub-Saharan Africa, affecting both robusta and arabica coffee varieties.
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