Nespresso partners Tinto to use 100% sustainably-sourced aluminium by 2020

SWITZERLAND - Nestlé's Nespresso brand has signed a new partnership with the European metal corporation, Rio Tinto use 100% responsibly sourced and certified aluminium in its coffee capsules by 2020. Nestle will become the first to use responsibly-sourced aluminium with the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) certification. This is a great milestone by the coffee brand…

Uganda receives US$1.5m equipment from aBi Trust to boost coffee production

UGANDA - Agribusiness Initiative Trust (aBi), a multi-donor entity devoted to private sector agribusiness development in collaboration with the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation has donated US$1.51 million worth of equipment to enhance coffee production in Uganda. According to the Monitor, the equipment included two trucks, motorcycles, scale metres, laptop computers, furniture and…

Government embarks on grand scheme to increase coffee production

RWANDA – The National Agricultural Export Board (NAEB), a commercial institution of the government of Rwanda has pledged to support coffee growers with the necessary essentials in a bid to increase coffee production. The reinforcement strategy will include provision of fertilizers and pesticides as well as reviving the collapsed cooperatives, according to New Times. "We…

Café Coffee Day targets a network of 2,500 stores in 7-8 years

INDIA - Café Coffee Day, a leading coffee chain in India plans to have a network of 2,500 stores in a period of seven to eight years as part of its expansion plans, reports ET Retail. The café chain owned by Coffee Day Global Limited, a subsidiary of Coffee Day Enterprises Limited, would add around…

Nespresso and Starbucks commit to support Puerto Rico’s coffee sector

PUERTO RICO – The Hispanic Federation, Nespresso, The Rockefeller Foundation, Starbucks, TechnoServe and World Coffee Research, have all made a commitment to support smallholder coffee farmers in Puerto Rico. The Hispanic Federation, together with actor Lin-Manuel Miranda and his family, have announced the launch of a five-year initiative to revitalize Puerto Rico’s coffee sector. According…

Nestle reports 2% organic growth to US$66.7b in nine-month sales report

USA - Nestle, a Swiss transnational food and drink company, has reported a 2% increase in sales to US$66.69 billion in its nine-month sales report, with an organic growth of 2.8%. According to the company, the total reported sales increased by 2.0% to US$66.69 billion (from US$65.39 billion in 2017), and the net acquisitions had…

Luigi Lavazza to acquire the coffee business of Mars Inc. to expand its sales in the U.S.

USA - Luigi Lavazza, an Italian manufacturer of coffee products, has agreed to acquire the coffee business of Mars Inc., including the Flavia and Klix systems to expand its sales in the U.S. The company, according to FoodBev, is also broadening its operations in office coffee makers and vending machines with the acquisition, which was…

Tanzania secures coffee, tea and legumes market in China

TANZANIA - Tanzania Trade Development Authority (TTDA) has said that the country has secure d a market for coffee, cashew nuts, ginger, tea, peas, and legumes in China where there is high demand for the commodities. Daily News reports that the development was announced by TTDA Director General, Mr Edwin Rutageruka after the Asian country…

Kraft Heinz completes acquisition of Ethical Bean Coffee assets

CANADA - Kraft Heinz, an American food company, has announced that it has completed the acquisition of the assets of Ethical Bean Coffee, a Canadian Cafe & coffee roaster. Founded in 2003, Ethical Bean Coffee is a leading roaster of 100% Fairtrade, certified organic coffee. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Ethical Bean is committed to…

COCOBOD and Solidaridad West Africa signs MoU to boost cocoa industry

GHANA - The Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the not-for-profit organization, Solidaridad West Africa to implement initiatives geared at boosting the cocoa industry. According to GNA, the two will offer technical support for the sector to enhance diversification, alongside cocoa intensification towards boosting the incomes of producers. A statement…