Specialty Coffee Retail Price Index Jumps 8.1 Percent in Q2

The Transparent Trade Coffee project has released its Specialty Coffee Retail Price Index(SCRPI) for the second quarter of 2016, finding an 8.1 percent increase over the Q1 index price, and a 9.1 percent year-over-year increase against the Q2 2015 price. – read more – http://dailycoffeenews.com/2016/07/06/specialty-coffee-retail-price-index-jumps-8-1-percent-in-q2/

The Importance of Third Party Certifications

Food manufacturers are constantly searching for ways to tout their products and services.

Most participate in trade shows and maintain compelling websites. They make sure their logos and contact information are on all the packaging, correspondence, business cards, and emails.  Some are active on social media platforms such as Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, and possibly YouTube. A few may even advertise on Google and in trade publications, and a couple may have public relations companies to handle media relations and …

Robusta Price Spikes – Market Turnaround

A drought across robusta plantations this year has raised prices for the bitter-tasting type of coffee that’s usually the cheapest. In some cases, the beans are now more expensive than arabica, the variety preferred for high-end drinks because of its smooth flavor, and roasters are changing their blends.

“This change could result in an improvement in coffee quality,” said Nathan Herszkowicz, executive director of the Brazilian Association of Coffee Industries, a processors’ group. “Arabica beans have a more complex taste, …

First Ever – Coffee Catalog

World Coffee Research today released “Coffee Varieties of Mesoamerica and the Carribean,” a first-of-its-kind catalog of arabica coffee varieties designed for use by coffee farmers.

The catalog is available for free in English and Spanish (“Las Variedades de Café de Mesoamérica y el Caribe”) either in a 47-page printed version (available for download here) or through an interactive website. The nonprofit WCR also plans to distribute the catalog to thousands of coffee farmers through national …

Nitro Coffee

According to Mintel, sales of cold-brew coffee (coffee that is steeped, not heated) grew 339 percent from 2010 to 2015, with estimated sales reaching $7.9 million in 2015. From March 2015 to March 2016, iced coffee orders totaled 832 million at gourmet coffee, donut and bakery outlets, which was a 20 percent increase, said Bonnie Riggs, restaurant industry analyst at The NPD Group.

“This growth would mean customers are loving iced coffee and particularly innovative iced coffee, like last summer’s …

Environmental Words Matter – Compostable, Biodegradable, Recyclable

As consumers become more aware of their environmental role in sustainability, education is important so that consumers, restaurants, and distributors promote the right products and the best behavior.

When it comes to the environment, world opinion always teeters between half-empty and half-full. Businesses see the opportunity with the half-full crowd and are churning out mountains of what they claim are “eco-friendly” products.…

Starbucks Leads Sustainability Bond

Starbucks has issued the first US corporate bond for sustainability.

The implications of the fact that the world’s largest coffee retailer needs to leverage additional funds in order to bolster their sustainability efforts.

Let’s look at the publicly available information that shows what the bond will fund:

  1. Green coffee purchases that are CAFÉ Practices certified
  2. Technical assistance for farmers and applied research
  3. Loans to farmers

read more – http://bit.ly/1tk5SYf

Highlights – National Coffee Drinking Report

The National Coffee Association shares some hard numbers reflecting how younger buyers have shifted consumption patterns over the past eight years:

  • Daily consumption of espresso-based beverages has nearly tripled since 2008, according to the latest data from the 2016 NCDT.
  • Between 2008 and 2016, past-day consumption of gourmet coffee beverages soared from 13% to 36% among 18-24-year-olds, and from 19% to 41% for those age 25-39.
  • For espresso-based beverages alone, the jumps become 9% to 22% for the 18-24 age
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