Costa Coffee launches Christmas drinks range
Costa Coffee is to launch its new Christmas drinks menu in store from Thursday, 1 November.
Costa Coffee is to introduce two new flavours to its festive menu this year - Caramelised Orange & Cream and Hazelnut Praline & Cream - both of which will be available as either a latte or a hot chocolate.
The coffee chain is also launching Costa’s Little Luxuries, a range of drinks under 200 kcal. The Luxury Chocolate is a small rich, dark Hot Chocolate drink while the Luxury Caramel is a Hot Caramel topped with milk foam.
This year will also see the return of the Black Forest Hot Chocolate, Gingerbread & Cream Latte, Gingerbread & Cream Hot Chocolate and the warm Hot Spiced Apple served with an optional dried orange slice.
Costa is also offering the limited-edition Winter Character Roast which will also be available as a shimmer coffee.
Thorntons to launch hot chocolate powder
Thorntons is set to move further into the hot beverages sector with the launch of its Luxury Hot Chocolate Powder in January.
Aimed at the vending sector, coffee shops, restaurants and the hotel sector, the new Luxury Hot Chocolate Powder is available in a 1.6kg bag and also in single-serve 21g satchets, for the room-service or office sector, and requires only hot water to create the hot chocolate drink.
Full details are to follow in January, but it is expected to wholesale at approximately £11 per 1.6kg bag - a 12oz serving will cost 23p, leaving plenty of room for profit.
The chocolate powder will complement its Luxury Chocolate Flakes, which can be melted to use as a hot chocolate drink, for desserts or as a topping and are currently available in a 7kg tub.
In promotional literature, Thorntons, which is owned by the Ferrero Foodservice group, said it had 10 reasons to launch its Luxury Hot Chocolate Power, including:
- 198m hot chocolates were served last year, becoming the second most popular hot beverage served out of home
- 64% of people had enjoyed hot chocolate in a restaurant, 62% from a café and 21% from hotel in-room service
- 75% would prefer a branded hot chocolate.
Figures are based upon data from NPD Crest Dec 2017, Ferrero/Toluna Aug 2017 and Ferrero/Sapia August 2018.
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Coco moves into cafés with chocolate collection
The chocolatier Coco is hoping to move into the coffee shop sector with its collection of 12 single origin chocolate bars, with flavours including Cold Brew Coffee and Earl Grey Tea.
The chocolate is made with the “world’s finest South American cocoa” and wrapped in original designs, which are promoted as being ‘inspired by art’.
Coco, an Edinburgh-based business, collaborates with independent artists to create the designs, including Mari Campistron, Rachael Hood and Stephen Smith at the Neasden Control Centre, an award-winning illustrator and graphic artist.
Coco said it challenged the industry norms by beginning to make its chocolate at origin before transforming it in Edinburgh. “As a result, more wealth remains within developing countries,” it said.
The 12 flavours are: Colombian Dark, Rhubarb & Ginger, Earl Grey Tea, Orange, Gin & Tonic, Salted Caramel, Isle of Skye Sea Salt (milk and dark), Lavender, Passion Fruit & Honeycomb, Colombian Milk and Cold Brew Coffee.
Each bar is 80g and wholesales for £2 per bar, with a RRP of £4.20.
A further edition to the range, Coco also has an Isle of Skye Salted Caramel drinking chocolate.