Coffee

Union and Brew Lab consummate marriage with cold brew

The marriage between Union Hand-Roasted and Brew Lab is about to deliver its first joint initiative - a cold brew coffee.

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Trading Post Coffee Roasters to open second site in Lewes

Trading Post Coffee Roasters has opened its second site in Lewes as part of its plans to expand further into Surrey and Sussex.

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Q&A: THE 5TH WAVE

What does coffee’s ‘5th wave’ mean to you and your business. In a series of Q&A articles, Coffee Business World asks readers to reveal their thinking. Here we begin the series with Steve Lovegrove, head of format (café and foodvenience) at the Compass Group, the food, hospitality and support services provider.

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In Other News….

In other news this week: Loungers café bar chain hits 100…. UKHospitality warns Government not to increase costs through its recycling bottle scheme….Caravan moves into food to go….Mushroom latte is the new trend

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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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