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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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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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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Europe maintains spot as Uganda’s leading coffee market accounting for 68% share in February 2021

UGANDA – The top 10 buyers of Uganda’s coffee craved less of the commodity in February 2021, holding a market share of 58.56% of total exports, lower than 61.84% the previous month. Sucafina, a leading player in the world of green, roasted, instant coffee merchanting with its main trading arm based in Geneva, led with a market share of 12.68% compared to 11.70% in January 2021. The company displaced Olam International at the top position, making the Singapore headquater company come in second place with a market share of 9.41%.…

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EU to unlock potential of Rwanda’s coffee value chain with US$2.3m funding

RWANDA – The European Union is seeking to support Rwanda’s coffee sector by providing €2 million (US$2.3 million) to Technoserve Inc, an American organisation under the framework of the Rwanda Ikawa Nziza Cyane project (RW INC). The EU support is aimed to unlock the country’s coffee value chain by improving performance of farmers, cooperatives, farmer organisations, private companies, financial institutions and public and private institutions to deliver high-quality, inclusive and sustainable coffee. “We are proudly supporting coffee sector in Rwanda; a leading export crop that contributes around 24 per cent…

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Kenya eyes new Coffee Bill to streamline coffee value chain operations

KENYA – Kenya is in the processes of passing the proposed Coffee Bill 2020 into law as it is currently on the table of discussion by the legislative arm of government. The proposed bill seeks to govern activities around one of the country’s top export earner as part of on-going agricultural reforms that seek to streamline operations and increase the farmers’ incomes. According to the new drafted laws, millers and market agents are prohibits from lending to farmers as a Kshs. 3 Billion (US$29.5m) Cherry Advance Fund was created earlier…

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Nestlé sues French dairy company Danone for copying its Natural Bliss Coffee Creamer brand

US – World’s largest food company Nestlé has taken Danone to court alleging that the French dairy maker’s Silk brand coffee creamers copies the unique branding and packaging designs from its Coffee-mate Natural Bliss line Danone is accused of copying parts of the Natural Bliss line package, including the color and cap of the bottle and the light purple color band around the bottle’s neck listing the flavor. In a federal court filing in Virginia, Nestlé said its French competitor is modifying its product to “gain an instant marketplace boost”…

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