Ethan Miller

Podbiotic probiotic coffee capsules to launch at Host Milano

Podbiotic, the world’s first Nespresso-compatible coffee-plus-probiotic capsule, will be launched on the Coffee Roasters Australia (CRA) Technology stand at Host Milano from 18 to 22 October.

Podbiotic contains 25 billion good bacteria in every capsule, is compostable, and has no implications on taste. Read more

Starbucks opens first store in Turks and Caicos

Starbucks has opened its first store in Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos, on 14 October.

Caribbean Coffee Traders is behind the move, a consortium led by Margaritaville Caribbean Group that holds exclusive rights to operate Starbucks in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. Read more

Ditting to launch 807 grinder line

Grinder manufacturer Ditting will present its new 807 product line at Host Milano from 18 to 22 October.

Ditting says its 807 shop grinder, laboratory version 807 Lab Sweet, and 807 Filter models increase its lead within professional precision grinding. Read more

Eurostat reveals EU imported US$8.5 billion of coffee in 2018

The European Union (EU) imported three million tonnes of coffee in 2018, valued around US$8.5 billion according to a study by Eurostat.

Germany was the largest importer, bringing in 1.1 million tonnes, which made up 36 per cent of overall imports. Italy followed with 587,000 tonnes, or 19 per cent of overall coffee imports. Read more

American chain to acquire Omaha’s Crane Coffee

American coffee chain Scooter’s Coffee has announced its plans to acquire the Omaha-based Crane Coffee.

Scooter’s Coffee intends to add Crane Coffee’ eight locations in Omaha, six free-standing and two located in hospitals, to its portfolio of more than 230 locations in 15 states and 200 franchise commitments. Read more

Starbucks announces Community Store expansion in South Korea

Starbucks Korea has announced the expansion of its profit-sharing Community Store program, with a second location to open in the first half of 2020 and more to follow.

Through the Community Store profit-sharing model, Starbucks works with local non-profits and community organisations in South Korea to fund programs that empower the local community. Read more

Host Milano celebrates the global HoReCa boom

From 18 to 22 October, Italian trade fair Host Milano is set to host the entire Hotel, Restaurant, and Catering (HoReCa) industry in one exhibition.

Host Milano says this is backed up not only by the figures, which confirm the continual growth of the sector, but the number of companies exhibiting at the show. A total of 2249 exhibitors, 1360 Italian and 889 international from 55 countries, will be on display. Read more

ICO releases inaugural Coffee Development Report

The International Coffee Organization (ICO) has released the 2019 Coffee Development Report, the first issue of its new economic flagship publication.

Growing for Prosperity: Economic viability as the catalyst for a sustainable coffee sector presents an in-depth analysis of the root causes and impact of low coffee price levels and volatility. It contains an independent assessment of 50 possible actions to address the economic challenges and foster the long-term sustainability of the coffee sector. Read more

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