Unilever PG Tips switches to 100% renewable and biodegradable tea bags

UK – Unilever PG Tips, one of one of the U.K.'s most iconic tea brands, has switched to producing 100% fully renewable biodegradable tea bags made with new plant-based material. According to the company, this is the latest step in its journey to improve the impact of products on the environment by moving to fully…

Export council prepares farmers for increased export cocoa production

NIGERIA- Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), in collaboration with the Abia State Government, organised a one-day capacity building workshop in Umuahia, the state capital to sensitise farmers on how to increase cocoa production for export. This was done to enhance the contribution of the non-oil sector to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product GDP, which was…

Keurig expands its coffee machine portfolio, with new bold design

USA - Keurig Green Mountain, Inc., a leader in specialty coffee and innovative single serve brewing systems has further expanded its line of Keurig brewers with the new Keurig K-Elite™ coffee maker. The K-Elite™ coffee maker blends premium finishes with programmable features to deliver the most beverage customization in any Keurig single cup coffee maker…

Ivory Coast cocoa shippers are said to seek shortfall refund

IVORY COAST - Cocoa exporters in Ivory Coast are demanding that the industry regulator returns the costs and credit guarantees offered for contracts that cannot be met due to a shortage of beans, according to four people familiar with the matter. Shippers in the world’s biggest cocoa producer are struggling to find beans after arrivals…

Coffee earnings drop 13% on low international prices

KENYA - Coffee earnings dropped 13% in the four months to January as low international prices affected local sales. A market report by Nairobi Coffee Exchange (NCE) indicates the earnings dropped from US$55million in October last year to US$47 million in the period under review. Kenya’s coffee is mainly traded at the New York Coffee…

Buhler builds advanced low-emission coffee processing facility in Switzerland

SWITZERLAND - Buhler is building the world’s first advanced coffee processing facility, which uses innovative roasting technology that ensures low carbon emission to reduce on the global greenhouse effect. According to the company, the plant was built for the Norwegian coffee producer Joh. Johannson, and will utilize biogas with ability to achieve net zero carbon…

Jacobs Douwe Egberts receives approval for Malaysian coffee producer buy

MALAYSIA – The world’s number one pure-play coffee maker Jacobs Douwe Egberts has received regulator approval for the acquisition of Malysian coffee producer Old Town In a deal worth US$361 million the Competition Commission of Singapore (CSS) has approved the buy out by JAB Holdings owned company of the Malaysian company in its bid to…

Nepresso expands its coffee-sourcing programme in Colombia

COLOMBIA – Nepresso has announced it will expand its coffee-sourcing programme into Colombia regions formerly impacted by conflict as part of its US$50million investment for sustainable coffee production. According to the company, President Juan Manuel Santos addressed the Nespresso Sustainability Advisory Board where he welcomed the company’s commitment, citing the investment as an important contribution…

Uganda coffee meets Sudan’s new export standards

UGANDA - Uganda has met all required standards and is now ready to export her coffee to Sudan. The latter is Uganda’s second largest market destination. Sudan gave Uganda a two-year grace period to comply with its new standards of coffee exports or else lose the market. While meeting a delegation of the Sudan Standards…

Nestle acquires Chameleon Cold-Brew to diversify its coffee portfolio

USA - Nestlé USA has acquired Chameleon Cold-Brew, a leading provider of premium-crafted coffee sourced consciously and grown sustainably, diversifying its coffee portfolio. Founded in 2010, Austin-based Chameleon has become the number one organic cold brew brand in the US and one of the top three refrigerated cold brew brands in the country. Its current…