Coffee

Pret gives away 300k free drinks in biggest ever give-away

Pret A Manager gave customers 300,000 free drink tokens last week – its biggest ever give-away – as part of its ‘Make Someone Smile’ initiative. Each token, which can be redeemed against a hot or cold barista-prepared drink until April 30, went further than previous campaigns by encouraging customers to give their token to someone else as a ‘random act of kindness’.

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NitroPress dispense made easy by Hatfields of London

Coffee start-up Hatfields London has launched the NitroPress coffee dispenser, which offers a “cost effective and efficient” method of serving what has become a “megatrend” in coffee, it says.

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UKHospitality warns of unemployment increase

The trade body UKHospitality, which includes Caffe Nero and Patisserie Valerie among its membership, has warned the Government that it must act to lower costs for businesses or risk further joblessness and loss of hospitality businesses.

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In Other News...

In Other News this week: Gentlemen Baristas opens in London’s new workplace campus Republic… Fashion chain Next to revive high street chain with instore coffee shops and bars… Pomme de Pain on Tottenham Court Road rebranding as Creperie…

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High street ‘crisis’ set to open doors for independent operators

Do the mass closures on the high street – New Look, Jamie’s Italian, Prezzo, Byron - indicate a tipping point for retailers on landlords rents? Operators certainly hope so. Coffee Business World’s editor Kate Oppenheim reports.

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Small Batch Coffee looks to expand

Small Batch Coffee, roasters and owners of nine cafes sites on the south coast, is looking to expand out of Brighton with both its café concept and wholesale business.

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Reusable cup scheme set to launch pilot with 'big name' retailers

Cupclub, a reusable packaging service for food and beverage retailers, is set to reveal big name retailers taking part in its pilot scheme, when it’s launched on April 12.

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Farm Girl gets ready for expansion

The Farm Girl café group - which opened its first all day restaurant in Chelsea and is about to open its fourth site in London - is taking on a head of marketing, events and sales, to help with its “exciting plans for development and expansion over the coming months”.

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Compass creates Barista Academy of coffee experts

Compass Group UK & Ireland, the UK’s largest food and support services firm, is to launch its first Barista Academy, signalling its continued investment in a range of quality coffee offers.

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In Other News...

In Other News... this week: RCoffee seeks £23k via crowd-funding... Wetherspoon chief hits back at food price scare stories... Compass Group launches two new coffee concepts...Nuova Simonelli creates Youth Academy.

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End of ‘latte levy’ sparks calls for action

A huge sigh of relief was heard among operators last week as the Government said “no” to the Environmental Audit Committee’s request for a 25p ‘latte levy’ on disposable coffee cups. However, what is coming through loud and clear is a growing and strong movement to reduce waste and fuel reusables.

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UKHospitality opens awards to café sector

For the first time, UKHospitality is welcoming entries to its prestigious 2018 Operations Managers Awards from multi-site area and operations managers working in the coffee shop/café sector.

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