Nearly 9-in-10 British people (87%) believe plastic lids on coffee cups are a significant source of environmental pollution and litter, according to a new poll. Read more

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Out-of-home consumption fell steeply in Germany as a result of lockdowns and Covid-19, according to analysis of the market by Germany’s coffee association, Kaffeeverband, but at-home consumption grew. Read more

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The Organic Trade Association reports that US sales of organic food and beverages set a record in 2020, growing 12.4% to $62 billion. The total includes organic food, which grew by 12.8% to $56.4 billion. Read more

Tea Report

Growers in Sri Lanka are furious at government officials who essentially cut off the supply of fertilizer, herbicides, and pesticides in a broad and controversial edict to make the tea grown there pristine and profitable. Read more

Tea Report

When FREY&LAU started developing its flavor trend in encapsulated flavors, their flavorist had just come back from a backpacking vacation across south-east Asia and was full of great new flavor impressions. Read more

Features

Responding to continued demand growth, manufacturers plan to boost production of all types of capsules and continue to develop new, more environmentally friendly products. Read more

Features

David Veal has for almost 40 years embraced the trending edge in specialty beverages. During the 1980s he worked for Automatic Catering Supplies (ACS) the coffee service that introduced UK office workers to specialty brands like Douwe Egberts. Read more

Features

Tea companies in the European Union seek climate targets to protect Kenya’s tea fields from a potentially devastating combination of heat and erratic rain. Read more

News

The latest estimate of the size of the next coffee crop from Brazil, the world’s leading producer, confirms earlier suggestions the 2021/2022 harvest will be a small one, but not quite as low as the 31% decline recently forecast by some. Read more

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The next coffee crop in Honduras could be around 12% lower than 2020/2021 because weather conditions have been favorable to the development of coffee leaf rust. Read more

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“The [International Women’s Coffee Alliance (IWCA)] board of directors is pleased to welcome Dr. Sarada Krishnan as the new executive director to lead the organization,” said Sharon Riechers, IWCA board president in a statement in late May. Read more

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Point of View:

As the World Re-Opens

Though the distribution of Covid-19 vaccines worldwide is uneven, to say the least, and various supply chain challenges slows progress in some locations, soon after we go to print with this issue the world will reach the milestone of having one billion people vaccinated. As more and more cities and countries test the waters of re-opening, the coffee and tea industries are showing signs of a comeback; not across the board, but in particular sectors. In this issue, we focus on some of the stories that give us hope for the future.

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