Uganda coffee exports attains highest volumes, earnings in 3 decades fetching US$58.5m

UGANDA – Uganda’s Coffee exports in June 2021 amounted to 618,388 60-kilo bags worth US$ 58.56 million, the highest exported volumes and amount earned in a single month since 1991. According to the Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA), this is an increase of 47.04% and 46.63 % in quantity and value respectively compared to the same month last year. Also, it is a huge rise from the previous month’s exports which amounted to 543,251 bags, fetching US$49.78 million. The authority has further revealed that from the total bags sold, Robusta…

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Lavazza to open 100 coffee shops in India under Suprabha brand

INDIA – Italian coffee brand Lavazza will in the next two years open 100 coffee shops in India to expand its presence in one of the fastest growing coffee markets in the world.   According to a report by ET Retail, the coffee shops will be set up by Lavazza’s fully owned subsidiary Fresh and Honest and will operate under the ‘Suprabha’ brand.  The shops to be set up in various formats would be inspired by the South Indian traditional art form – Kolam (rangoli) allowing family members to bond over a cup of coffee in…

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Kenya’s coffee exports benefit from lucrative markets, premium prices fetching US$203m in 2019/2020

KENYA – Kenya’s coffee variety has continued to attract buyers across the globe fetching Ksh22 billion (US$203m) in the 2019/2020 Market Year from the export of 46,333 metric tons of green bean equivalent. This was revealed by the Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya during the launch of the Coffee report 2021, indicating it was a 285 percent increase in coffee export earnings from Ksh.5.7billion realized in 2003/2004. Despite, Kenya’s coffee gaining market in the lucrative markets and fetching premium prices, the country’s productivity of the cash-crop has been dwindling over…

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Löfbergs opens new coffee roastery in Sweden as Mondelēz invests US$59m in modernization of French bakery plant

EUROPE – Swedish family-owned coffee company, Löfbergs, has opened a whole bean roastery in Karlstad, Sweden to meet the rising demand for whole beans.   The new site built at a cost of US$23.3 million comes 115 years after the company was founded and follows a two-year building project.  According to a statement from the company, the new roastery has a capacity of 10,000 tons per year, with the potential to double production in the future.  The new facility will use a slow-roast method, with all the roastery’s energy supply coming from green sources, the company said. …

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Tanzania record’s eight-year high coffee export earnings fetching US$137m in 2020/21 season

TANZANIA – The norm of coffee drinking which was fuelled by lock-downs prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic, has highly favoured the Tanzanian export market recording an eight-year high of both the value and quantity of coffee exported in the 2020/21 season. According to the Tanzania Coffee Board (TCB), the country exported 70,388 tonnes of coffee, a rise from the previous season’s 59, 332 tonnes earning US$137m, an increase of 20% from US$112.85m fetched in 2019/2020. The last time the country recorded high coffee sales was in 2012/13 earning US$181.79 million…

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Rwanda, JICA ink 5-year agreement to strengthen coffee value chain

RWANDA – The government of Rwanda, in partnership with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), have launched the second phase of the coffee cooperation project. The five-year agreement was signed by the Japanese government’s developmental organization, JICA, and the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI), National Agriculture Export Development Board (NAEB) and Rwanda Agriculture and Animal Resources Development Board (RAB). It aims to strengthen the coffee value chain and promote technical cooperation projects, sustaining the achievements of the first phase which was launched in May 2017. Focus of the…

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Starbucks makes 3 executive appointments to support purpose-driven growth

US – American multinational chain Starbucks has announced three new changes to its top leadership in an effort to fill vacant positions and to help the company achieve what it describes as “Purpose-driven growth”. In the new appointments, John Culver who previously served as Starbucks’ group president of international, channel development and global coffee, tea, and cocoa, has been promoted to the chief operating officer at Starbucks Corp. Culver succeeds Roz Brewer, who exited Starbucks in February to become chief executive of Walgreens Boots Alliance. In addition to being named…

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JDE Peets to expand in Australia following acquisition of specialty coffee leader Campos Coffee

AUSTRALIA – JDE Peet’s, the world’s largest pure-play coffee and tea group by revenue, is set to acquire Campos Coffee in an effort to bolster its presence in Australia’s coffee market. Founded in 2002 in Newtown, Sydney, Campos Coffee is a specialty coffee leader in Australia, with its award-winning Signature Blends now being brewed in over 600 cafes nationwide under the Campos and Sacred Grounds brands. In 2020, Campos generated revenues of approximately $50 million AUD (US$38.52 million) and expanded its availability to coffee lovers at home, offering premium whole…

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TechnoServe entices Ethiopian coffee farmers to use cost effective, production stimulating technique

ETHIOPIA – Ethiopia is one of the world’s leading coffee producers, but farm yields are relatively low as coffee growers harvest 40% less per hectare than their counterparts in Uganda and just one-third of what farmers in Colombia produce. According to a report by TechnoServe, the low productivity is attributed to the aging stock of coffee trees in the country, as the plants tend to produce less coffee over time. The non-profit organization has identified that stumping, in which an old single-stem coffee tree is rejuvenated by cutting its stem…

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Nespresso invests US$178m in expansion of Swiss facility to meet rising demand for premium coffee

SWITZERLAND – Nespresso, a coffee brand owned by the Nestlé Group, has invested US$178m in expanding its Romont coffee manufacturing facility in Switzerland to meet the increasing demand for premium coffee. According to a statement from Nestlé, work has already started at the site with the first new production lines expected to be fully operational by June 2022. The Romont factory, inaugurated in 2015, is the center of production for Nespresso’s Vertuo coffees, now available in 24 countries across North America, Europe and Asia. The new capital injection will see…

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