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…

Nestlé pays Starbucks US$7.1b for rights to sell coffee and products globally

SWITZERLAND - Nestlé has announced an agreement granting the company perpetual rights to market Starbucks consumer and foodservice products globally, outside of the company’s coffee shops. Starbucks will receive an up-front cash payment of US$7.15 billion for a business which generated annual sales of US$2 billion, as part of the transaction agreement. According to the…

Nestle Cameroon opens a new ‘Nido’ powdered milk unit

CAMEROON - Nestle Cameroon has opened a new 5,500 tons per year capacity milk production unit for its ‘Nido’ powdered milk products at its processing facility in Douala, Cameroon. The US$5.04 million investment means to create 12 additional jobs at its Douala-Bonabéri plant and has the potential to create 48 new jobs in the coming…

Uganda’s Café Javas enters the Kenyan market to compete Java House

KENYA - Café Javas, the Ugandan restaurant has entered the local market, having opened a new branch in Nairobi to compete the Kenyan chain of coffee houses, Java House as reported by Business Daily. Café Javas is operating in Kenya’s capital Nairobi under the name CJ’s, prompting competition between the two trademarks, which in 2016…