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Independent coffee shops buck high street trend
Independent coffee shops are bucking the downward trend on the high street by continuing to open new sites, the latest retail data has revealed.
In the first six months of this year leisure units (classified as hotels, cafes, fast food, restaurants, bars, pubs, clubs and entertainment) decreased by -2.4% or -1,088 stores in the period. However, independent coffee shops increased in number (+52 stores).
The Local Data Company (LDC) also revealed to Coffee Business World that of the top towns and cities central London has the most coffee shops with 1,299 sites followed by Edinburgh with 251, Brighton and Hove with 175 and Bristol with 124.
In the regions, coffee shop chains with more than five sites had the most sites in greater London with 1044, the south east with 801 and the north west in 453.
Independents also had the most sites in greater London with 4223 sites, south east at 2127 and north west at 1873.
Takeaway coffee cups face cigarette-style warning labels
Takeaway coffee cups and water bottles could be faced with cigarette-style warning labels according to a report by The Metro. The news follows research that revealed that seven in 10 people think common single-use plastics should carry tobacco-inspired warnings. Sky Ocean Rescue, who conducted the research, and Project 0 have teamed up with stars including Kate Moss, Harry Kane, Cara Delevingne, Bob Geldof and Princess Eugenie to urge people to Pass On Plastic.
Seven in 10 also said they have reduced their plastic usage in the past year because of its impact on the environment and oceans. Nearly 56% predicted single-use plastic items, such as water bottles, coffee cups, food wrappers and cutlery, would become socially unacceptable within the next three years.
Falling migrant-worker numbers will undermine hospitality sector
Trade association UKHospitality has warned that restricting the number of migrant workers into the UK will severely impact the hospitality sector.
The warning follows the publication of figures by HR body CIPD that show the number of non-UK-born workers in the UK decreased by 58,000 between April to June last year and the same period this year.
UKHospitality Chief Executive Kate Nicholls said: "We have already voiced our concerns about the ability of employers to recruit post-Brexit, but the worrying reality is that numbers of non-UK workers are dwindling, and we haven’t even left the EU yet."
Starbucks expands partnership with Action Against Hunger
Starbucks has announced its partnership with Action Against Hunger will expand after its successful launch in the UK.
The partnership, which is part of the company’s efforts to tackle food waste, saw Starbucks raise over £125,000 in more than 350 stores in the UK since August 2017.
The initiative will be rolled out to Austria, France, the Netherlands and Switzerland.
Jason Dunlop, chief operating officer Starbucks EMEA, said: “Action Against Hunger does some incredible work to fight hunger in communities around the world, and we’re looking forward to making an even greater impact as we expand our programme to four more European countries.”
BRITA launches podcast series for staff stress
BRITA Professional, the water filtration company, has launched a new podcast series called ‘Life is Better Filtered’ to help staff with stress.
Its own research has revealed that the majority (70%) of hospitality workers feel stressed. The series discussed key issues of stress in the hospitality industry – such as staff shortages and unreliable equipment.
It has joined forces with leading people in the industry including Kate Nicholls, CEO of UKHospitality; Mark Lewis, chief executive of Hospitality Action; and Hayden Groves, consultant at Borough Market.