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Coffeesmiths Collective buys Taylor St Baristas

Coffeesmiths Collective that runs the Department of Coffee and Social Affairs (DoCaSA) and Filmore & Union, has acquired the Taylor St Baristas operations in the UK and the US. 

Propel said in the UK this includes Taylor St Baristas roastery business and customer base along with the Taylor St brand. The Taylor St Baristas site in New York will also remain under the Coffeesmiths Collective umbrella, it said. 

It said there were plans for further expansion of the brand both in the UK and internationally.

Costa launches first new concept store

Costa Coffee has launched its first ‘commuter-focused’ concept store in Lewisham, London.

The chain, which was bought by Coca-Cola in January for £3.9bn, has opened the new Costa Coffee store in Lewisham Station in London, re-formatting a space originally used as the station managers office.

Lewisham Station is one of eight new mini-format stores that will be opening in some of London’s busiest railway stations over the next six months.

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Pub group cuts 10,000 water bottles 

Gastropub group chain Whiting & Hammond is on course to remove 10,000 single use water bottles from its supply chain this year, following the installation of the Mr Fitz Aqua Spritz dispense system across its eight sites.

The bar-top font serves sparkling and still pure filtered mains water, replacing 75cl single use water bottles.

Paul Worman, operations director for Whiting & Hammond, said: “We’re on course to dispense and sell at least 10,000 bottles of water by the end of the year, which means switching to Mr Fitz Aqua Spritz equates to eliminating close to 900 cases of 75cl water bottles from transport, delivery and storage across our sites.”

Whiting & Hammond said it was also seeing the benefits of serving non-alcoholic drinks, made by mixing dispensed sparkling and still water with the Mr Fitzpatrick range of more than 25 botanically infused flavours.

The bespoke system, supplied by dispense specialist Brewfitt, is connected to the mains water supply.

Taiwanese bubble tea chain gets equity backing 

TA Associates, the equity company, has signed a “definitive agreement” to make a strategic growth investment in the Gong Cha Group, the bubble tea chain.

Financial terms of the transaction, which is expected to close in early October, were not disclosed. 

Gong Cha’s main offering, Taiwanese-style bubble tea, is sweet milk tea infused with pearl-shaped tapioca.

The franchise operator reaches consumers through a variety of retail store formats, including urban and suburban stores, as well as take-out shops, mall-based stores and kiosks, often in high traffic areas such as train and metro stations.

There are more than 1,000 Gong Cha stores in 17 countries across the globe, including Korea, Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines, Malaysia, Mexico, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Gong Cha was founded in 2006 in Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan. 

Zero alcohol drinks expected to grow

Zero alcohol drinks are expected to grow by almost 10% over the next five years.

A report Zenith Global on European Zero Alcohol Drinks forecasts sales growth of almost 10% a year over the next five years.

The UK is expected to achieve the highest growth rate at 30% a year, the report said.  

Zenith Global estimates the European market at €5.9 billion in 2018. This would take 2023 value to €9.3 billion.

The report said four key growth drivers were increasing consumer demands for zero alcohol drinks - health and wellbeing, a cultural shift away from alcohol, technical advances in improving taste and marketing for more consumption occasions.

Trade associations join forces over business rates

A group of trade associations have written to the Treasury Select Committee calling on them to finalise and finish their inquiry into the impact of business rates.

The trade associations have asked the committee to  give “serious consideration” to publishing a report into its findings as a matter of urgency.

Organisations that supported the letter include British Retail Consortium, British Chambers of Commerce, British Beer and Pubs Association, Confederation of British Industry, British Property Federation, Revo, Association of Convenience Stores, Bira Federation of Small Business and UK Hospitality.

United Baristas offsets carbon emissions

United Baristas has offset the carbon emissions from the use of its services by planting trees in the coffee producing countries of Kenya and Brazil.

It said that internet usage was now a leading contributor to global warming, accounting for more than 2% of global carbon emissions while digital services such as websites and apps were run on servers, which require significant amounts of energy.

United Baristas said its services have grown rapidly in use, and it estimates that over the past year the usage has contributed to approximately six tonnes of carbon dioxide being emitted into the atmosphere. 

It said that it has taken steps to offset the carbon emissions from the use of its services by contributing to tree planting and protection projects in the coffee producing countries of Kenya and Brazil.

UKH calls for sector support ahead of spending review

Trade association UKHospitality (UKH) has called on the Government to act decisively to support hospitality and tourism.

UKH has identified four key areas in which Government spending can support the country’s hospitality industry. Firstly, it has called on the Government to “fix the broken business rates system” by providing one-year local authority funding of £1.5 billion to fund a reduction in the business rates multiplier.

Secondly, it has called for increased investment in overseas markets to promote the UK as a tourism destination and to commit to developing rural transport infrastructure.

Thirdly, for support for the future hospitality workforce by reducing the SME contribution to apprenticeship training to zero and increasing the apprenticeship levy top-up from Government to 25%.

Finally, it has urged the Government to invest heavily in border arrangements to ensure that trade of goods into and out of the UK is as smooth as possible and ensure that tariffs on food and drink products are minimised.


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