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BEAR to open fifth site in Derby
BEAR is set to open its second site in Derby at the Intu centre this Autumn – bringing its total number of sites to five.
The new Derby venue will be located in a prime spot between Carluccios and Zizzi and will provide customers with speciality coffee, brunch, cocktails and craft beer from morning until evening.
BEAR has four other shops in Derby's Iron Gate, Stone, Uttoxeter and with Jack Wills in London.
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TEA+ set to triple revenue
A Harrogate manufacturer of vitamin-infused teas TEA+, that made a successful appearance on the BBC’s Dragon’s Den, is set to triple its revenue to £700,000 this year following expansion into new overseas markets.
Husband and wife team James and Jade Dawson, appeared on the TV show last year, securing investment from Tej Lalvani, competition judge and chief executive of vitamin manufacturer Vitabiotics.
The company already secured deals with major retailers in the US, Mexico, New Zealand and the UAE.
TEA+ has been supported in its expansion into international markets by International Trade Advisers (ITAs) working as part of the Food is GREAT campaign.
James Dawson said: “Our vitamin-infused teas are unique in the global marketplace, making us a hit with retailers and consumers. And with tea being the second most consumed drink in the world, the potential for us is enormous.
“For any businesses new to exporting, getting yourself to trade shows is a great place to start. If we can make a success of exporting, so can you.”
McDonald's straws are not recyclable
McDonald’s has come under fire after revealing that its paper straws are not recyclable.
The fast food chain said that while the straws are made from recyclable materials waste solution providers and local authorities cannot process them.
McDonald’s said this was a wider industry issue. The news came as reports claimed that staff were being told to place their straws in general waste.
A McDonald’s spokesperson said: “Last year our customers asked us to change our plastic straws to paper ones, we listened and made that switch. We use 1.8M straws a day, so this is a significant step in reducing single-use plastic.
“Moving at speed means that while the materials the straws are made from are recyclable they cannot currently be processed by waste solution providers and local authorities. This is a wider industry issue, as the infrastructure needed to recycle has not kept pace with the emergence of paper straws.
“We are working with our waste solution providers to find a solution, and so the advice to put paper straws in general waste is therefore temporary. This waste from our restaurants does not go to landfill but is used to generate energy.”
Starbucks Swansea staff help with clean up for community
Bartek Kusmierz, the Starbucks Barista Champion 2018 for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, along with staff from its Swansea store, have helped the local community with a beach clean up.
The staff from the store, as part of the Starbucks community service scheme, collected four large bags of mostly plastic after spending three hours on the clean up.
Kusmierz, who is now based at the Swansea store and is a regional coffee ambassador, said it was about helping the community.
“We cleaned up a lot of plastics cups and straws. It is about giving back and looking after the local community.”
Brits are not drinking enough water
Over a third (34%) of Brits are not drinking any water in a single day, a new study has revealed.
The research, commissioned by Britvic’s family brand Robinsons has revealed that 62% of people admit to not drinking the recommended daily allowance of 2L to 2.5L and a fifth (20%) last drank a glass of water over a week ago.
Almost half (46%) disliked drinking water, with 52% saying it is boring, 51% preferred to drink flavoured liquids such as squash, and a quarter (23%) saif they think it tastes funny.
The survey found that men (71%) drink water more frequently than women (64%) and almost two thirds (63%) of parents find it a struggle to get their children to drink any water day to day.
Monin relaunches BarBarista Challenge
Monin, has relaunched its BarBarista Challenge, which calls on baristas and bartenders to join forces to create the ultimate coffee cocktail.
It said it would be building on the success of the competition, which was launched last year. The aim of the event is to showcase industry talent from across the country, with three regional heats – Bristol, London and Manchester.
The three cities will play host to the first stage of the coffee cocktail competition, before the London finale. To be in with a chance of taking the title and winning a trip to Milan, during the Milan Coffee Festival, solo entrants must submit a bespoke coffee cocktail recipe along with a brief description and details of the Monin flavours used, before the competition closing date on 12th August 2019.
Paddy Fool-Proof Guide To Serving Hot Drinks
Paddy & Scott’s ceo and founder Scott Russell has issued advice to operators to ensure they have a successful and profitable coffee offer. The advice comes as it was revealed that it would be taking over the food and beverage operation at the University of Suffolk. He advises them to follow the four points below:
Know your beans
It doesn’t matter if you opt for single origin, pure arabica, a blend or coffee which has been passed through the digestive system of a cat (Kopi Luwak – civet cat coffee), as long as you’re using a reputable supplier, with good support and the beans have a balanced flavour profile which suits your customers’ preference.
Maintain your machines
Whether you’ve gone for a top-of-the-range coffee machine or one to suit a more modest budget; your espresso machine is the source of a huge percentage of your income. Proper care of this equipment is essential to keeping your business profitable.
Train, train, train
Properly trained staff make better quality drinks. The best coffee in the world, in the hands of a rogue barista, could be ruined in seconds so bite the bullet, invest in training and see your sales grow.
Think outside the box
Catering for everyone is so important, now more than ever before. Be sure to offer decaffeinated coffee as many people will request their favourite drink minus the fire power. A selection of dairy-free milks are also a must for appealing to a larger customer base.
- Paddy & Scott’s chief executive and founder Scott Russell is a member of the European Coffee Expo Steering Panel.
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