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Elior UK and bio-bean save 36 tonnes of coffee waste

Elior UK, has saved 36 tonnes of coffee waste from going to landfill, after working in partnership with sustainable biofuel producer bio-bean.

The coffee partnership, which began in 2016, has seen waste coffee grounds collected from various Elior sites across the country. After being collected, the waste coffee is transformed into Coffee Logs for use in wood burners, stoves and open fires.

Charlotte Wright, CSR manager, Elior UK said: “This is just the beginning, we plan on getting more sites involved. CSR is at the heart of everything we do. We want to work with partners and like-minded businesses to effect real change – and bio-bean are definitely doing that.”

Julia Porter, national supply chain manager, bio-bean said: “Through encouraging clients to recycle their waste coffee responsibly, Elior is helping them to reduce their carbon footprint and cut down on waste disposal costs. We’ve already seen great success and look forward to an increasing cluster of Elior clients coming on board!”


Costa Coffee, Caffè Nero, Union Hand-Roasted Coffee and Climpsons & Sons up for top awards

Costa Coffee, Caffè Nero, Union Hand-Roasted Coffee and Climpsons & Sons are among the finalist for the The European Coffee Awards 2018.

The awards, sponsored by Lavazza, has taken more than three months and thousands of votes, to get to the finalists list. The winners will be announced and celebrated during a black-tie gala dinner on 29 November at Melià Milano.

  • Tim Cox, drinks innovation manager, at Costa Express is a member of the European Coffee, Tea & Soft Drinks Expo's Steering Panel.

Soft drinks manufacturers pay an extra £153.8m in tax

Soft drinks manufacturers and traders have paid an extra £153.8 million in tax since April, statistics published by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have revealed.

The extra tax on the industry has been paid because of the introduction of the Soft Drinks Industry Levy, which was was implemented in April 2018.  The levy charges the standard rate of 18p per litre on drinks with sugar content between 5 grams and up to (but not including) 8 grams per 100ml. The higher rate of 24p per litre applies to drinks with sugar content equal to or greater than 8 grams per 100ml. 

HMRC said that while many manufacturers reduced the sugar content in their drinks products, over 450 traders have registered to pay the levy. 


Winner crowned at BaxterStorey Barista Championships 2018 

Cathy Naert has been crowned winner of the BaxterStorey Barista Championships 2018.

Following two months of hard-fought regional heats across England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Brussels, 16 semi-finalists took to the stage in Shoreditch on Thursday 22 November. 

By lunchtime, the judges had chosen the six finalists who spent the afternoon demonstrating their creative flair and in-depth coffee knowledge through their signature drink. After an intense afternoon, Cathy, based at AXA, Belgium, was announced as the winner with a signature drink infusion of strawberry coulis and mint, with a dollop of almond cream on top

Scott Taylor, head of coffee at BaxterStorey, said: “It was a fierce competition. This year saw finalists being told to change their coffee brand ahead of the final heat. Watching them choose their new flavours, with just one hour’s preparation, is credit to the talent and passion of each barista. Cathy’s presentation and signature drink was outstanding and the flavours really came together”.

Colicci opens first Royal Park kiosk

Colicci, the artisan family brand of cafés and kiosks, has opened its first kiosk with The Royal Parks designed by Mizzi Studio in Green Park.

The site, the first of nine, is situated just outside the station by the fountain.

Colicci, is working with small batch London roaster Notes who will supply its coffee while its non-homogenised milk will be supplied by the Estate Dairy. Teas will be supplied from Birchalls while soft drinks are provided by Cawston, San Pelle and Coke with ethically sourced mineral water Belu.


UKHospitality welcomes step towards Brexit withdrawal agreement

UKHospitality has welcomed the agreement in principal between the Government and the EU on a Brexit declaration, while stressing the importance of avoiding a no deal scenario.

UKHospitality chief executive Kate Nicholls said: “This is a positive step forward for businesses looking for stability and clarity in order to plan their investment.

“Hospitality operators need to know they will have the reassurances provided by a deal. It cannot be stressed enough that a no deal Brexit would present the sector with severe problems and would have a serious impact on confidence. This agreement demonstrates a clear alignment on a direction of travel" 


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