Every Friday, Perfect Daily Grind rounds up the top coffee industry news from the previous week.
Here are this week’s coffee news stories.
The word of the week is: expansion.
Mon, 29 Jan
- AeroPress launches limited-edition Clear Pink brewer. The coffee brewer is made from the same Tritan material used in the standard Clear model. It’s another in a list of new releases by the company over the past year, suggesting that more limited-edition brewers may be on the horizon.
Tue, 30 Jan
- Competitor applications open for Australia’s Richest Barista 2024. The second edition of the competition will take place at MICE2024 in Melbourne, Australia from 12 to 14 May. It’s set to feature three rounds of intense challenges that will test barista, latte art, and cup tasting skills. Prospective competitors are encouraged to apply now.
- NCA Convention 2024 announces final events schedule. The National Coffee Association’s Annual Convention is set to take place in Nashville, Tennessee from 7 to 9 March 2024. The schedule includes various by invitation meetings, as well as educational sessions on a variety of coffee industry topics. Tickets are available now.
- Heylo unveils new London, England office. The induction espresso machine manufacturer is inviting coffee professionals to visit its new Shoreditch office to sample its induction coffee technology, which promises huge energy savings and efficient workflow.
- Ally Coffee adds Colombia Galeras Decaf to its offerings. The coffee is sourced from farms located around the Galeras Volcano high in the department of Nariño and has undergone the ethyl acetate decaffeination process. It’s available in 25lb boxes of green coffee or as green or roasted samples.
- Danish RTD brand BOLD now available in Sweden. The Copenhagen coffee brand has signed a retail distribution agreement with Pressbyrån and 7-Eleven in Sweden, bringing its BOLD True, BOLD Choco, BOLD Oat, and BOLD Protein products to nearly 400 stores across the country.
- Juan Valdez opens first UAE store in Dubai. The Colombian coffee chain says the UAE is an ideal foundation for its wider Middle East expansion strategy. The store is located in Dubai’s upmarket Jumeirah Beach district.
Wed, 31 Jan
- Expocacer commences operations in the US. The Cerrado Coffee Growers Cooperative has launched a logistics hub in Dellaware, USA, aiming to achieve an increase in sales of between 10% to 15% in the first year.
- ofi announces new 2030 sustainability targets. The company’s Coffee LENS 2.0 goals will focus on four areas: improving farmer livelihoods, empowering communities, accelerating decarbonization, and restoring coffee landscapes. The full plan is available online.
Thu, 1 Feb
- Melbourne International Coffee Expo announces new leadership. The expo’s organiser, Prime Creative Media, has appointer Siobhan Rocks as General Manager of MICE. It calls her an experienced events executive, having managed events like Fine Food Australia, Foodpro, and Naturally Good. She will now support the redevelopment of MICE.
- Covoya Coffee appoints Mark Inman as Director and Senior Trader. Inman boasts over 30 years of experience in the coffee sector. The company calls him “one of the most respected professionals in our industry” and adds that the former SCA president will focus on business development, sustainable sourcing, and providing comprehensive services to roasters.
Fri, 2 Feb
- Visitor registration now open for THAIFEX – HOREC Asia 2024. The HoReCa expo will take place in Bangkok, Thailand from 6 to 8 March, offering visitors a platform “to forge partnerships, elevate expertise, and champion hospitality excellence”. The expo will co-locate with several events, including the ASEAN Barista Championship.
Here are a few coffee news stories from previous weeks that you might find interesting. Take a look.
- Fri, 19 Jan – Rancilio Group appoints Massimiliano Bizzari as new CEO. Bizzarri, who previously served as an executive at Ali Group, took over from outgoing CEO Ruggero Ferrari on 1 January. He says he aims to “achieve new goals and accompany Rancilio Group towards a new phase of transformation and expansion”.
- Wed, 24 Jan – New report sheds light on causes of Mercon bankruptcy filing. According to La Prensa, Mercon Coffee Group and its subsidiaries “were seriously harmed by the socioeconomic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic”. The crisis was aggravated by increased interest rates, low international coffee prices, and “unusually larger” harvests from large producers like Brazil and Indonesia.
Coffee news photo credits: La Marzocco, Melbourne International Coffee Festival
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