Uganda’s full year coffee exports attain highest volume in 30 years registering 22.9% rise

UGANDA – Uganda is continuing to exhibit an upward trend in its coffee export volumes and earnings, attaining a 34.89% rise in quantity to 700,990 60-kilo bags in August, compared to the same month last year. The month’s output is higher compared to the 700,035 bags exported the previous month in July and 618,388 bags sold in June. During the period under review, the East African country fetched US$ 75.09 million from the exports of the month, 63.06 % higher compared to the corresponding period in 2020. Meanwhile, coffee exports…

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Rwanda’s agricultural board boosts coffee export capacity with new US$1.15m equipment

RWANDA – The National Agriculture Export Board (NAEB) of Rwanda has officially launched the operations of its newly acquired modern coffee sorting and grading equipment worth US$1.15 million. Through the TradeMark East Africa (TMEA), USAID funded the procurement, delivery, installation, and operationalization of the coffee sorting and grading machines worth US$1.159 million. While the Kingdom of the Netherlands provided funding for coffee sorting tables worth US$ 217,000 under the regional TMEA Safe Trade Emergency Facility. According to the NAEB Chief Financial Officer, Andre Ndikumana, “The equipment will considerably expedite operations.…

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Blue Bottle Coffee to help scale regenerative agriculture in pursuit of 2021 carbon neutrality goal

USA – Nestlé-owned global network of cafes in the US and Asia, Blue Bottle Coffee has pledged to help scale regenerative agriculture as part of its 2024 carbon neutrality target.  Additionally, the coffee chain has promised to carry out fundamental changes to its business operations and partnerships with suppliers so as to reduce its GHG emissions as much as possible.   Where it’s unable to reduce emissions, Blue Bottle has made a multi-year commitment to purchase the first available high-quality, registry-certified agricultural carbon credits.  Produced by Carbon by Indigo, these…

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Finnish scientists develop lab grown coffee to secure future of caffeine infused hot drinks

FINLAND – A group of scientists from the Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) seeking to make coffee production more sustainable has successfully produced coffee cells in a bioreactor through cellular agriculture.   The move is timely as the global coffee supply has been under threat due to climate change affecting yields in the major growing regions in the world.  In addition to climate change, a barrage of factors including unsustainable farming methods, exploitation and land rights have made cultivating one of the most beloved drinks more challenging.   To circumvent challenges facing the crop, the…

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Louis Dreyfus Company forms joint venture with Japanese specialty coffee merchant Zephyr Japan

JAPAN – Louis Dreyfus Company (LDC), a leading merchant and processor of agricultural goods has signed a joint venture agreement with Zephyr Japan, specialty coffee merchants based in Japan providing premium coffees to Japanese consumers. The partnership represents LDC’s first venture in Japan, a fast-growing market for specialty coffees, aimed to position LDC to increase premium coffee flows into Japan and East Asian markets. This another positive step forward for LDC’s specialty business, growing its market share in a segment specialty coffee market which is expected to exceed US$83 billion…

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Uganda’s coffee exports volume rise by 28% in July 2021 earning US$69.93m

UGANDA – Uganda’s coffee exports in July 2021 amounted to 700,035 60-kilo bags worth US$ 69. 93 million. This was an increase of 28.77% and 39.27 % in quantity and value respectively compared to the same month last year, indicates Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) on the monthly report. The performance also exhibited the country’s continuous monthly growth in export volumes in the current year. In June, Uganda sold 618,388 60-kilo bags worth US$ 58.56 million. The total exported volumes in July, comprised of 660,458 bags of Robusta valued at…

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Louis Dreyfus to build coffee facility in Vietnam as Cargill eyes greater share of Asia-Pacific’s chocolate market

VIETNMAN – Agricultural commodity trading giant Louis Dreyfus Company (LDC) is expanding its presence in Vietnam through a new joint venture agreement with Poland-headquartered private label coffee company Instanta. Through the venture, the two companies are planning to build and operate a freeze-dried instant coffee plant in Binh Duong province, Vietnam. The joint venture will operate under the name ILD Coffee Vietnam, with construction expected to start in thefirst half of 2022 LDC says the joint venture presents another step in its strategy to pursue greater vertical integration and revenue…

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Kenya boosts local consumption of coffee with establishment of coffee houses in universities

KENYA – Kenya produces an average of 45,000 MT of coffee annually, out of which, about 95% is exported as raw commodity to international markets. Of the balance of 5%, about 2% is exported as value added while the other 3% is consumed locally in the country. In comparison to other coffee producing countries, Kenya’s consumption rate is far much lower given that Ethiopia consumes 50% of its coffee, Brazil 40%, Columbia 35% and Guatemala 30%. In a bid to change the narrative, the Agricultural and Food Authority (AFA) through…

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Olam, IITA, E4D partner to support 5,000 Uganda coffee farmers improve their livelihoods

UGANDA – Olam Food Ingredients has partnered with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the GIZ Employment and Skills for Development in Africa (E4D) program to improve the livelihoods of 5,000 coffee farmers in the Mount Elgon region of the country. The project which is set to run for the next two and a half years aims to improve farmers’ livelihoods by enabling them to optimize their investment in coffee, earn more from other on-farm activities, and thus reduce the living income gap by 20 percent. This will…

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Cameroon attains rise in cocoa production while Uganda continues growth trend in coffee export volumes

CAMEROON/UGANDA – Cameroon has registered a 12% rise in cocoa production in the 2020/2021 season to 292,471 tons. The 35,319 tons increase in produced volumes is the highest attained in the country over the past six production seasons, further propelling the attainment of the 300,000 tons production mark set in the country. According to reports by Business in Cameroon, local grinders processed 62,341 tons of cocoa, slightly up by 3.3% compared with the volume of cocoa processed during the 2019-2020 season. The upward performance is attributed to the commissioning of…

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