Uganda Coffee Development Authority’s lab upgrades to new ISO/IEC 17025:2017 accreditation

UGANDA – The Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) has announced that it will be transitioning its Coffee Testing Laboratory in Lugogo to the new ISO/IEC 17025: 2017 standard issued by the International Standardization Organization (ISO) under the European Union funded Market Access Upgrade (MARKUP) project for the coffee and cocoa value chain development in Uganda. The International Standard ISO/IEC17025 is used for the accreditation of competence of testing and calibration laboratories worldwide. According to ISO, all accredited laboratories in the world are supposed to transition to the new standard which…

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Starbucks expands reusable cup program in US to cut down on waste

US – American multinational chain of coffeehouses and roastery reserves Starbucks is expanding its reusable cup program in the United States in an effort to reduce single-use cup waste. The coffeehouse company said that the borrow-and-return program will run in five Seattle stores for two months as it gauges the viability of the program for a possible wider roll-out in future. The trial program called Borrow A Cup program allows customers to order their beverage in a reusable cup, each replacing up to 30 disposable cups. According to Starbucks, for…

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Stonewall Kitchen buys Vermont Coffee Company as Campbell offloads baby food brand Plum Organics

US – Stonewall Kitchen, an American specialty food producer, has acquired organic coffee brand Vermont Coffee for an undisclosed sum. FoodBev reported that the deal marks Stonewall Kitchen’s sixth acquisition. Vermont Coffee will now join other brands such as Urban Accents and Vermont Village. With a 40,000-square-foot facility in Middlebury, Vermont Coffee is the best-selling brand of bagged organic coffee in grocery stores across the northeast, according to Stonewall Kitchen. The company offers more than 25 blends, with whole bean and pre-ground options available. Commenting on the acquisition, Vermont’s Founder…

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Nestlé unveils coffee-flavored S.Pellegrino Essenza line, completes sale of North America water business

US – World’s number one food manufacturing company, Nestlé is adding a coffee-inspired line to its S.Pellegrino Essenza portfolio of flavored sparkling mineral waters. The company revealed that the new gently caffeinated S.Pellegrino Essenza products are available in three flavour combinations namely vanilla & coffee, cocoa & coffee and caramel & coffee. Bottled at source in Italy and scheduled to launch in US, the new zero-calorie line is free from sweeteners and contains 30mg of caffeine, which is said to be around one third of the amount in an average…

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JM Smucker partners JDE Peets to bolster away from home liquid coffee business

US –  American-based food manufacturing company, J.M. Smucker Co. has partnered with the world’s largest pure-play coffee and tea, JDE Peet’s to bolster its away-from-home liquid coffee business. As part of the partnership, Peet’s will support Smucker’s coffee business with product development, production and foodservice equipment innovation. “We are excited to partner with The J.M. Smucker Co. to offer liquid coffee products to their North American customers,” said Satya Menard, global president, out-of-home for JDE Peet’s. “Our proprietary liquid coffee system efficiently delivers large quantities of premium coffee in a…

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Starbucks opens 40 new coffee stores in India as KFC doubles down on women employment

INDIA –  Tata Starbucks, a 50:50 joint venture between Tata Consumer Products Ltd and Starbucks Corporation, has continued its bullish expansion in India, venturing into 7 new cities and opening 40 new stores in its wake. This fiscal year has been eventful for Tata Starbucks in terms of expansion plans and reaching customers in newer cities and locations. In FY21, Starbucks opened stores in new cities such as Lucknow, Amritsar, Kochi, Ludhiana, Bhopal, Indore, and now Kanpur. Kanpur becomes the 18th city in India and second city in Uttar Pradesh…

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Starbucks to cut down water usage in processing, achieve carbon-neutral green coffee by 2030

US – American multinational chain of coffee houses and roaster reserves, Startbucks has doubled down on its sustainability goals, committing to achieving carbon neutral green coffee by 2030. The company, mostly known for its coffee houses, also aims to conserve water usage in green coffee processing by 50% during the same period. The company said its new sustainability goals are aimed at protecting the resiliency of its robust supply chain comprised of more than 400,000 farmers in 30 counties and to protect the planet we all share. “By reducing carbon…

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Leading chocolate ice-cream brand Magnum commits to planting 465,000 trees in Ivory Coast

IVORY COAST – Unilever-owned Magnum ice cream brand has announced a tree planting programme in the Cavally Forest region in Ivory Coast, targeting to plant 465,000 native trees as it marks International Day of Forests. This is part of a multi-year, strategic plan to preserve and restore the region where it sources its cocoa for its ice-creams. Magnum’s Brand Director, Ben Curtis, said, “We are proud to announce our work to protect and preserve forests in Côte d’Ivoire, where the majority of Magnum’s cocoa is sourced. “It helps us continue…

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Small appliances maker De’Longhi to acquire rival Eversys as Nestlé rolls out new safety feature for coffee machines

SWITZERLAND – Italian manufacturer of small appliances, De’Longhi is poised to achieve full ownership of Swiss coffee machine manufacturer Eversys. This is after the company signed a deal to acquire the remaining 60% stake in the company for approximately CHF 110 million (about US$118.4 million). Eversys was founded in 2009 and manufactures a range of professional espresso coffee machines, with a focus on fully-automatic coffee machines. The company inaugurated a new coffee machine production plant in Sierre, Switzerland in 2020. De’Longhi first entered into a relationship with the company back…

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Barry Callebaut inaugurates third factory in India as demand for high-quality chocolate soars

INDIA – Leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, Barry Callebaut has inaugurated a new chocolate and compound manufacturing facility, located in Baramati, India. The Baramati facility is Barry Callebaut’s third factory in India and represents the company’s largest investment in the country to date. The new chocolate factory and warehouse includes an R&D lab and assembly lines capable of manufacturing chocolate and compound in different delivery formats. This will enable the company cater to the various needs of its customers – international food manufacturers, local confectioneries and semi-industrial…

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