Global tea production and consumption rises, according to FAO

WORLD - Global tea production and consumption will continue to increase over the next decade driven by rising demand in developing and emerging countries especially India and China which have seen accelerated growth, according to a May report by FAO. The report suggests the upward trend is attributable to a combination of higher incomes and…

Uganda constructs US$2.37m tea factories under Uganda Development Corporation

UGANDA - Ugandan government under its investment arm, Uganda Development Corporation (UDC) has established two tea factories valued at a cost of US$2.37 million. The Monitor reported the move is part of government's plan to promote value addition in an attempt to align the agro sector to the National Export Development Strategy and National Development…

Starbucks raises price of brewed coffee in most US stores

USA - Starbucks Corp has raised prices for brewed coffee by an average of 1 to 2% in the past year and according to the company, it was in line with industry practices, reported ET Retail. Some of the products affected included a regular drip coffee whose price rose by 10 cents to 20 cents…

Arla Foods signs strategic partnership with Starbucks

UK – Arla Foods, a global dairy company and co-operative, has signed a strategic partnership with Starbucks, a successful business partnership that allows Arla Foods to manufacture, distribute and market Starbucks premium milk-based ready-to-drink (RTD) coffee beverages for the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East and Africa.) According to the company, the two companies have signed…

Tanzania’s coffee production to increase 15% on ‘favorable weather’

TANZANIA - Tanzania’s coffee production will increase 15% from 1.15 million bags to 1.30 million bags in the year 2018/19 as a result of biennial bearing cycle and favorable weather conditions as reported by Tanzania Meteorological Authority (TMA). The USDA’s GAIN report indicates that ending stocks for financial year (FY) 2018/19 are forecast up by…

Unilever’s Lipton releases new fruit-infused iced herbal teas

USA – Unilever’s Lipton, one of the world's great refreshment brands, has released a new range of fruit-infused iced herbal teas with no added sweeteners, artificial flavors or caffeine. According to the company, the two new flavours; Strawberry Watermelon and Mango varieties feature a combination of fruity aromas and hibiscus flowers. Lipton Strawberry Watermelon Iced…

Keurig Green Mountain invests in South Carolina with new Spartanburg County operations

USA - Keurig Green Mountain, Inc., a leader in specialty coffee and innovative single-serve brewing systems, has announced plans to construct a new, state-of-the-art roasting and packaging facility in Spartanburg County, South Carolina. According to the company, the investment is projected to bring US$350 million of capital investment and create 500 new jobs. Located in…

Brazil coffee volumes fall as Africa’s production rise 3.2% to fill gap

UK - The world’s leading coffee producer Brazil’s total exports declined 10.5% to 2.52 million tonnes in March and this is offset by increasing coffee production in Africa and other countries, according to the International Coffee Organisation. Brazil is also said to be declining in coffee output in crop year 2017/18 estimated at 51 million…

Ghana develops new global standard for sustainable cocoa

GHANA - Ghana has developed a new global standard that will be used to measure cocoa quality level internationally, raising its cocoa pricing image on the international market, as reported by  GNA. The new standard which ensures sustainable cocoa production has been adopted by International Standards Organisation (ISO), an international standard-setting body to be used…

Java House considers entry into Nigeria to double investment in domestic market

KENYA - Java House, Kenya’s chain of coffee houses will double outlet numbers in the domestic market in the next two years before rolling out expansion into and out of East Africa, with plans to enter Nigeria. In an interview with Reuters, the Chief Executive Paul Smith said the plans include a debut of 25…