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Brits to splash out £4 billion at coffee shops in 2020
According to research from Mintel, spending at coffee shops is at an all-time high, as this year sales are set to top £4 billion. But while coffee shop sales continue to thrive, annual growth has slowed from an impressive 9% in 2015 when the market was worth £3 billion to a respectable 3% in 2019 when it was valued at £3.9 billion. Facing competition at every turn, a quarter (26%) of Brits buy hot drinks from fast food chains such as McDonald’s, while one in five (22%) buy from a supermarket/store cafe such as Tesco or Ikea. Fighting its corner, one in six (16%) buy their hot drinks from traditional cafes. Overall, 19% of Brits have not bought a hot drink outside of the home in the last three months.
Trish Caddy, Mintel Senior Foodservice Analyst, said: “Coffee shops have enjoyed robust growth in the past five years, benefitting from brands’ ability to meet consumer demand for the convenience of takeaway coffee and emergence of specialty coffee. Continued growth is being boosted by more high street coffee shop brands expanding in the retail, travel, and leisure sectors.
“However, the market continues to face tough competition from non-specialists such as fast food outlets and supermarkets; a situation which is not likely to ease as non-specialists continue focusing on price and convenience. With more food outlets selling low-cost coffee, coffee shops without strong food offerings will fall behind.”
The report also identified an increase of popularity in out-of-home tea drinking with 43% of consumers who drink hot drinks out of home drinking tea, compared to 39% a year ago, with some 50% of Millennials (aged 20-39) drinking tea out of home, compared to 40% of Baby Boomers (aged 55-73).
Costa Coffee launches new Spring limited edition menu
Costa Coffee has announced its new Spring menu, which sees some returning favourites along with new products. To celebrate ten years of its Flat White signature coffee, the Costa Coffee Flat Family now features the velvety smooth Flat White, Oat Flat White, Coconut Flat White and the returning Flat Black, a more intense black coffee. Using the purest coffee extraction method to capture three short espresso shots – just the first 10ml (Cortissimo). The fan favourite Flat Black brings out the sweet kernel of the coffee bean to make that morning brew extra special.
There is also a new alternative milk offering, Alpro Oat2. The latest dairy alternative adds a hint of creaminess and rich, honeyed taste of oats to any hand-crafted coffee or hot chocolate on the menu. Customers now have a choice of whole, semi-skimmed, skimmed milk or Alpro Soya free of charge.
Babington's Tea Rooms Collection launched at Jelmoli Foodmarket
Babington's Tea Rooms, founded in 1893 by Anna Maria Babington and Isabel Cargill and serving tea in the Victorian tradition for over 125 years at The Tea Room in Piazza di Spagna, has launched the Babington Tea Rooms tea collection at the Jelmoli in Zurich, the famous glass palace and Switzerland‘s largest premium department store.
Some of Babingtons‘ bestsellers are now available at Jelmoli: "Karha Chai“, a black tea with Indian spices, and "Miss Babington“, a black tea with rose petals, vanilla and myrtle, created by Roman teamaster Melania Lopez for Babingtons‘ 125th anniversary. The teas come in an elegant 150 gram tea tin designed by the renowned London designer Marcello Minale.
Danone to acquire majority stake in Harrogate Water Brands Ltd
Danone and Harrogate Water have announced that they have entered into a share purchase agreement under which Danone will (through a UK subsidiary) acquire a majority stake in Harrogate Water. Harrogate Water is a family-owned business with a unique British heritage and core strengths in foodservice and on-the-go consumption. The current shareholders of Harrogate Water, the Cain family, will remain as minority shareholders and continue to contribute to the growth of the company.
Harrogate Water is the owner of the award-winning, British water brand “Harrogate Spring Water”, one of the UK’s leading bottled water brands, and the charitable brand “Thirsty Planet”.
Danone is one of the world’s leading natural source water companies globally and home to iconic brands, including evian and Volvic. The acquisition will further develop Danone Waters’ position in the UK and support future growth for Harrogate Water’s portfolio. It will provide new opportunities for both businesses to deliver growth across complementary channels, combining the respective know-how of Harrogate Water in foodservice and Out of Home channels and Danone Water in retail channels with its evian and Volvic brands.
James Pearson, Managing Director, Danone Waters UK & Ireland, said: “I am thrilled to welcome Harrogate Water to the Danone family. This move will expand our offering in the UK and help to meet growing demand in sparkling water and on-the-go consumption.
“Danone’s heritage and strength lies in doing business in a responsible way: one that recognises the importance of sustainable growth alongside a commitment to protect our planet, promote health and value the people within our company and those we partner with.”