In Other News: Costa, 200 Degrees, UCC, Esquires, Twin, Marks & Spencer, Matthew Algie and Taylors of Harrogate

In Other News: Costa, 200 Degrees, UCC, Esquires, Twin, Marks & Spencer, Matthew Algie and Taylors of Harrogate

Costa Coffee unveils Neil Lake as managing director of Costa Coffee UK & Ireland

Costa Coffee has revealed that Neil Lake been appointed to the role of managing director of Costa Coffee UK & Ireland (UK&I) from 1 July.

Lake, who joined Costa Coffee in September 2018 as retail and operations director, relocated from Australia where he most recently worked as a senior executive for Coles, the supermarket chain.

His will replace Jason Cotta, who resigned for another position, after working at Costa Coffee for over eight years. 

Dominic Paul, ceo of Costa Coffee, said: “I am delighted to have appointed Neil to the role of managing director, UK&I. Neil brings with him extensive strategic and operational experience at a global level, with a strong track record of driving sustainable results. Following our recent sale to The Coca Cola Company, this is an incredibly exciting time for Costa Coffee, especially within the UK&I where we are focused on unlocking a new phase of growth and further enhancing our customer experience.” 

Lake said: “Costa Coffee is a growing global business and I am excited for the opportunity to work to simplify, invest and grow the UK&I market, focusing on our customer experience, teams, partners and channel innovation.” 

Costa Coffee now has over 2,600 coffee shops in the UK and more than 1,300 plus shops in 32 overseas markets. There are also now more than 8,000 Costa Express self-serve machines in the UK.


200 Degrees on track for more as it opens 9th site in Liverpool

200 Degrees, the midlands-based coffee shop chain, is on track to open more sites this year after unveiling its ninth site in Liverpool. Tom Vincent, co-founder of 200 Degrees, told Beverage Business World: “We are still planning to get to 25. The plan is to open four this year of which this is the second.”  

It opened a site in Lincoln earlier this year. 200 Degrees has a number of openings in the pipeline but these are still subject to planning and landlord agreement.

Its new 72-seater coffee shop in Liverpool shopping centre – Metquarter -  is 1,950 sq. ft and boasts a split bar, a cosy sunken seating area, bespoke artwork and outdoor cafe seating.

Earlier this year, Vincent (BBW 30/1/29) said there were “big plans” for more sites and revealed its next target city was Manchester,  where it was in negotiations for three sites.

It already has sites in Nottingham, Birmingham, Sheffield, Leeds, Lincoln, Leicester and Cardiff.

200 Degrees targets the city centre of big cities with 60 to 100 seat venues and where possible will use any secondary space to introduce a barista school. Part of its strategy is to target second and third sites within the same cities.



UCC raises money for Project Waterfall

UCC Coffee UK & Ireland has raised £4,000 for Project Waterfall during UK Coffee Week - the equivalent to providing 155 people with clean water in coffee growing communities.

Employees got behind the cause and organised a variety of fundraising activities, including a silent auction to win a trip to Switzerland, which raised over £500, and a company-wide raffle raising over £1,085.

Elaine Swift, regional director (North), UCC Coffee said: “As a continuation of support for our chosen charity, we’re proud to have raised a fantastic amount for Project Waterfall. You can’t make great coffee without clean water, and yet countries that grow our coffee often do not have access to clean drinking water, which is why it’s so important we get behind this initiative.”


Esquires Coffee partners with Gavin and Stacey’s Ruth Jones

Esquires Coffee has partnered with Transworld, publishers of a new book from Gavin and Stacey’s Ruth Jones,  called Never Greener.

All 37 Esquires Coffee sites in England will exclusively offer customers a free sampler copy of the novel.  

Aiden Keegan, ceo at Esquires Coffee (UK), said: “A well-made coffee and a compelling book are one of life’s simple pleasures, so as purveyors of great coffee, we’re proud to partner with Transworld Publishers to celebrate such an esteemed writer as Ruth Jones.”


New barista course launches in schools

A 28-week Introduction to Barista Skills course is being piloted in East Renfrewshire by Glasgow-based social enterprise company Greenhouse Community, which aims to run it in schools across the country.

Dr Ciaran McMorran, the company’s training manager, said: “Commercial coffee chains have their own, in-house training schemes but nobody has done barista training in schools until now and so most people who apply for jobs in cafes have no knowledge or experience of the industry.

“The course is by no means a soft option and trainees face many difficult challenges. It’s one thing being able to know how to make a coffee but working in a high-pressure environment is not for everybody.”  

Twin wins award for project run with Marks & Spencer, Matthew Algie and Taylors of Harrogate

Twin and its trading arm Twin Trading has taken the top prize in the International Aid & Development category at this year’s Charity Awards.

They won the award for their work on two coffee cooperatives in Peru to address a variety of issues that threatened the viability of the industry. 

The project built the resilience of coffee farming in Peru and was run in collaboration with Marks & Spencer, Matthew Algie and Taylors of Harrogate and two coffee cooperatives in Peru – Pangoa and San Juan Del Oro.

A detailed survey of farmers in the two cooperatives revealed that the biggest challenges for the producers were: a changing climate, gender inequality and youth disengagement with coffee. Twin designed a three-year project to address the issues and the holistic approach meant that coffee yields increased by 56%, more women took on leadership positions within the cooperatives and youth accessed loans to start businesses to run in conjunction with coffee farming.



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