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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Capsul’in Pro launches world’s first biobased coffee capsule with high oxygen barrier properties

LUXEMBOURG –  Capsul’in Pro has launched world’s first home compostable biobased coffee capsule in efforts to make coffee packaging more sustainable and environmentally friendly. The Luxembourg-based company says its Nespresso®-compatible coffee capsule is a first of its kind given that its 100% biobased and certified as a home compostable. The zero-impact capsule also has high oxygen barrier properties that protect the flavour and aroma of the coffee.  Being completely plant-based, the capsules do not contain materials derived from fossil fuels and can be put in a home compost bin or…

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Israeli startup Demetria to use AI-tech to remove the guesswork out of quality coffee production

ISRAEL – Demetria, an Israeli–Colombia-based start-up, is set to drive efficiency, transparency, and sustainability throughout the coffee value chain using its first-of-its-kind AI-powered software. The firm notes that it’s AI technology will significantly help in improving the quality of coffee at the firm level by bringing to farmers “first-of-its-kind insights” on which farming methods produce better crops. According to the startup, Cupping (which determines the quality of coffee)  is inaccessible to the vast majority of the 12.5 million smallholder farmers who produce 60% of the world’s coffee beans. This means…

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Ugandan coffee fetch lower earning in January stifled by prevailing low global prices

UGANDA – Uganda exceeded its projected coffee exports for the month of January 2021, which was set at 400, 000 bags each weighing 60 kgs, to selling 446,560 bags worth US$ 39.73 million. This was an increase from previous month’s output which was 422,922 bags, but a 4.92% and 17.19% decline in quantity and value respectively compared to the same month last year. By comparing quantity of coffee exported by type in the same month of last Coffee Year (January 2020), Robusta comprising of 398,160 bags valued at US$ 32.71…

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Rwanda avails coffee products on Singapore’s leading online platform, largest supermarket chain

RWANDA – Rwanda has expanded its coffee market beyond the traditional exports by availing the products in Singapore’s leading online retail store, RedMart and the country’s largest supermarket chain National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) FairPrice. According to reports by New Times Rwanda, NTUC FairPrice has 100 supermarkets across Singapore and the sale of the products on RedMart platform will avail to not only Singaporeans but customers across the globe. The development was announced by Jean de Dieu Uwihanganye, Rwanda’s High Commissioner to Singapore stating, “Rwanda’s products are now on the…

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Keurig introduces touch-free coffee brewing features even as Europe implements new regulations for vending machines

US – Keurig Commercial, the out-of-home coffee division of Keurig Dr Pepper, has introduced touch-free brewing features to its range of bean-to-cup coffee machines for workplaces. Developed in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Keurig Remote Brew app reportedly allows users to select and customise beverages from Keurig coffee machines using a smartphone, without touching the machines physically. To enable use of the Remote Brew App, Keurig Commercial customers can install a Bluetooth kit on their Eccellenza Touch and Eccellenza Momentum bean-to-cup brewers. Once the Bluetooth kit is installed, a…

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