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TIM HORTONS & AG CAFÉ. BIG EXPANSION PLANS FOR SAUDI ARABIA

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has become a hotbed for coffee over the last 18 months. Tim Hortons’ Middle East franchisee, AG Café, plans to have over 200 coffee shops by 2024 to increase the brand’s presence in the country.  At present, AG Café has 90 coffee shops in the country and more than 190 …

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NESTLÉ USA IN $675M INVESTMENT TO BUILD BEVERAGE PLANT IN ARIZONA

Nestlé USA announced a $675 million investment to build a new beverage facility in Glendale, Arizona. The company released the following statement: As the current leader in the creamer and flavored milk categories, Nestlé’s investment strengthens its market position and enhances its manufacturing capabilities to meet increased consumer demand for its products. The factory will …

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GREENESSO LAUNCHES STAINLESS-STEEL REUSABLE CAPSULE SYSTEM

Austrian brand GREENESSO, recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to make a small machine that creates refillable Nespresso-compatible coffee capsules using stainless steel. We assume the name comes from an amalgamation of the words “Green” and “Nespresso”, and while it’s not very catchy, it does describe its purpose clearly. The brand, founded by Mario Kuss, started …

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HONG KONG WATCHDOG WARNS SOME INSTANT COFFEE TOO HIGH IN CANCER CAUSING CHEMICALS

The consumer watchdog in Hong Kong found that more than 95% of coffee samples tested contained cancer-causing substances. The Consumer Council tested 49 types of coffee products and found that 47 contained carcinogenic genotoxic acrylamide. Acrylamide is a genotoxic carcinogen and neurotoxin that can cause cancer when the subject is repeatedly exposed to high levels. …

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KEURIG SETTLES LAWSUIT OVER ‘RECYCLABILITY’ CLAIM

Keurig Green Mountain has tentatively reached a settlement for a class-action lawsuit regarding the company’s recyclability claims. The case was first filed in November 2018 by California law firm Lexington Law Group, with allegations that the US company is deceiving customers with claims of its polypropylene K-Cups being recyclable. According to a consumer who sued …

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FROZEN COFFEE COMPANY COMETEER RAISES $35M SERIES B

Massachusetts-based coffee tech startup Cometeer raised another $35 million in their Series B funding round, following their first Venture Capital raise in April 2020. The company will use the funding to finish building its headquarters in Gloucester, Massachusetts, as well as expanding its team and roaster partnerships. Cometeer transforms coffee beans into flash-frozen pucks. These …

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KAFFEE BUENO RECEIVES €2.5m GRANT TO UPCYCLE COFFEE

Denmark-headquartered upcycled coffee startup Kaffe Bueno has been awarded a total of €2.5m grant from the European Commission, including a recent €1.8m cash injection as a blended investment. Typically, these grants are not ‘free’ money, but the funding is provided in exchange for some equity or loans on favourable terms. The ‘soft finance’ options are …

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VARACCO ‘DIP’ COFFEE IS A HIT AT U.N. COMPETITION

Philippines-based food and beverage company Varacco was named one of the 50 Best Small Businesses in the United Nation’s Good Food for All competition. The company has a coffee brand called Circa 1740 that offers their original patented dip coffee products, which is a twist to your average instant coffee.   We like this feisty small …

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NESTLÉ LOSES BATTLE TO EXTEND TRADEMARK ON ORIGINAL CAPSULE

Nestlé’s appeal to protect the shape of Nespresso coffee capsules under trademark law was rejected by Switzerland’s highest court. They agreed with the previous court reasoning that the shape of the Nespresso capsules is ordinary and unmemorable. Furthermore, the court ruled that a trademark cannot protect a shape of a capsule if it must be …

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SOLINATRA ‘BIOMATERIAL’ USED BY SCOTTISH ROASTER TO MAKE SUSTAINABLE CAPSULES

More roasters are adding capsules to their range, and unlike the big companies like Starbucks who use aluminium pods, many smaller and independent businesses want a more sustainable option. Now Scottish roastery, Gordon Street Coffee, has launched biodegradable and compostable Nespresso compatible coffee capsules, which some are calling a UK first. This is because the …

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SPECIALITY SINGLE-SERVE COFFEE AT THE PUSH OF A BUTTON?

As single-serve capsules become ubiquitous, debates rage about the quality of the coffee they make.  Convenience is a driving force behind the global adoption of capsules.  Pods can produce either a shot of espresso or a larger sized coffee drink similar to those brewed with a filter.  Simply popping the capsules into the brewer, pressing …

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