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Starbucks grants Nestle rights to market its roast and ground coffee
Nestlé and Starbucks Corporation today announced the closing of the deal granting Nestlé the perpetual rights to market Starbucks Consumer Packaged Goods and Foodservice products globally, outside of the company’s coffee shops.
Through the alliance, the two companies will work closely together on the existing Starbucks range of roast and ground coffee, whole beans as well as instant and portioned coffee. The alliance will also capitalise on the experience and capabilities of both companies to work on innovation with the goal of enhancing its product offerings for coffee lovers globally.
"This partnership demonstrates our growth agenda in action, giving Nestlé an unparalleled position in the coffee business with a full suite of innovative brands. With Starbucks, Nescafé and Nespresso we bring together the world’s most iconic coffee brands," said Mark Schneider, Nestlé CEO. "The outstanding collaboration between the two teams resulted in a swift completion of this agreement, which will pave the way to capture further growth opportunities," he added.
The agreement significantly strengthens Nestlé’s coffee portfolio in the North American premium roast and ground and portioned coffee business. It also unlocks global expansion in grocery and foodservice for the Starbucks brand, utilizing the global reach of Nestlé.
"This global coffee alliance with Nestlé is a significant strategic milestone for the growth of Starbucks," said Kevin Johnson, president and CEO of Starbucks. "Bringing together the world’s leading coffee retailer, the world’s largest food and beverage company, and the world’s largest and fast-growing installed base of at-home and single-serve coffee machines helps us amplify the Starbucks brand around the world while delivering long-term value creation for our shareholders."
Approximately 500 Starbucks employees in the United States and Europe will join the Nestlé family, with the majority based in Seattle and London. The international expansion of the business will be led from Nestlé’s global headquarters in Vevey, Switzerland.
McDonald’s pledges 43k apprenticeships by 2025
McDonald’s has pledged to provide 43,000 apprenticeships across Europe by 2025, as part of a global commitment to promote and improve vocational training for young people.
The apprenticeships, announced last week, will provide a combination of workplace training and study, helping young people gain practical experience, new skills and nationally recognised qualifications – all while earning.
In the UK, McDonald’s has been providing apprenticeships to young people for over a decade and helped over 18,500 qualified apprentices to learn on the job. By the end of 2018, McDonald’s will have made 100 places available on the Management Degree Apprenticeship Programme, a bespoke 2-5-year apprenticeship (dependent on experience), developed in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University.
The programme blends in-house leadership development training and workplace experience with the latest retail business theory, resulting in a BA (Hons) in Business Management Professional in Retail and a role as a McDonald’s Business Manager.
The commitment is part of Youth Opportunity, McDonald’s new global initiative to reduce barriers to employment for two million young people by 2025 through pre-employment job readiness training, employment opportunities and workplace development programmes.
Fracino voted 'Hot to Stock'
Fracino has been voted OOH Magazine’s biggest winner in its ‘Hot to Stock’ survey of 400 readers, having been named number one for coffee equipment in its April research and rated the best for beverage equipment.
OOH also reports Twinings as another double winner for being the highest rated fruit tea and fourth place in the tea category.
Fracino’s head of global sales Peter Atmore said: “Being chosen as the premier coffee equipment brand by UK café owners comes just months after OOH’s State of the Nation survey of 500 out-of-home coffee shops also rated Francino the top coffee equipment supplier.
“The fantastic findings reinforce Fracino’s commitment to investing and innovating in our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility where we fabricate the majority of components in-house,” said Atmore.
“Our aim to aim to deliver a consistently top class customer service is also reflected in recently doubling the size of our sales team to strengthen the focus on front-line customer support. An enormous thank you to all the café owners and operators who voted for us.”
UKH addresses no-deal Brexit
UKHospitality, the trade organisation representing the UK’s hospitality sector, has responded to the publication of the Government’s first set of no-deal Brexit technical notices.
Chief executive Kate Nicholls said: “A no-deal Brexit would cause serious problems for many UK businesses, not least of all the hospitality sector. These initial announcements will provide some small measure of reassurance, but we need to see the rest of the proposals and a great deal more detail on how the Government proposes to mitigate the impacts of a no-deal exit.
“There are still major concerns about food and drink imports upon which hospitality businesses rely to a large degree and we still need substantially more clarity on the exact terms for current EU citizens as well as an idea of what the future immigration system will look like.
“We will be looking forward to the future publications for more certainty and detail and, hopefully, proactive plans for the support of the hospitality sector in any Brexit scenario.”