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Following an Open Letter to U.S. coffee professionals in June 2020, the Coffee Coalition for Racial Equity (CCRE) is formed to lead the industry into addressing systemic racism. Read more

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Francesca “Frankie” Volkema, who a year ago became the world’s youngest Q-grader at just 13 years old, launched Joven Coffee to support the future of the coffee industry. Read more

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Singapore Coffee Association, in partnership with Food&HotelAsia, will hold the first virtual edition of Singapore (Microlot) Specialty Coffee Auction on October 1 in conjunction with International Coffee Day. Read more

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The annual auction for Ethiopia’s best coffees broke the Cup of Excellence record in total sales with $1,348,690, topping the previous record of $830,245 from El Salvador in 2011. Read more

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The COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on international travel restrictions forced World Coffee Events and the Specialty Coffee Association to cancel the 2020 World Coffee Championship events scheduled to take place in Melbourne and Warsaw. Read more

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Restaurant owners globally are assessing retail carnage in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic that will likely claim 2.2 million restaurants in 2020. Read more

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The economic realities of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic are expected to continue threatening coffee producers’ livelihoods around the world. Read more

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The Guatemalan government is withdrawing from the International Coffee Agreement, the first country to make the leave since the United States made the same move in 2018. Read more

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Unilever will retain its tea businesses in India and Indonesia, and its ready-to-drink joint ventures but is proceeding with the sale of Lipton, PG Tips, TAZO, and several other iconic tea brands. The combined properties are valued at $2.3 billion. Read more

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Morning meals and snacks suffered the steepest transaction declines during the coronavirus crisis, according to The NPD Group. Read more

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A majority of Millennials reduced their spending during the early months of the pandemic, readily abandoning fashion but not food, according to a survey. Read more

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The most popular product category purchased online during the early stages of the pandemic was food (via grocery) and food delivery or takeaway. Read more

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