December 22, 2023

Coffee News Recap, 22 Dec: Chobani acquires La Colombe for US $900 million, climate change could halve global robusta production by 2040 & other stories


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 acquisition.

Mon, 18 Dec

  • Tchibo appoints Erik Hofstädter as new CEO. The German coffee roaster and retailer says Hofstädter has previously held roles Coca-Cola, Red Bull, and Lindt & Sprüngli and will “vigorously drive forward the initiated expansion of the business”.

Tue, 19 Dec

  • SCA announces new Spain Chapter and Portugal Chapter coordinators. The SCA has announced the newly-elected members of both committees:
    • Spain:
      • National Coordinator: Ricardo Oteros
      • Community Coordinator: Claudia Sans Witty
      • Education Coordinator: Maria Jose Garcia Martinez
      • Judges Coordinator: Marcos Zoya
      • Marketing & Communications Coordinator: Pablo Caballero Agudo
      • Events Coordinator: Sandra Lahuerta
    • Portugal:
      • National Coordinator: Sofia Ferraz
      • Community Coordinator: Paulo Assuncao
      • Education Coordinator: Felipe Orioli
      • Judges Coordinator: Manuel Tiago Pereira
      • Marketing & Communications Coordinator: Shannon Lawn
      • Events Coordinator: Elizaveta Maximova

Wed, 20 Dec

  • Ugandan coffee exports fell by 4.8% in November. The Uganda Coffee Development Authority says heavy rains delayed harvesting and disrupted drying, causing exports to fall by 4.8% year-on-year. Uganda remains Africa’s second-largest coffee exporter.

Thu, 21 Dec

  • Weber Workshops unveils BIRD no-bypass coffee brewer. The company says the brewer is not espresso, french press, or pour-over, instead functioning as a “no-bypass brewer”. It generates piston-actuated vacuum pressure to brew coffee in a glass carafe, creating a novel new brewing method that the company says “helps any barista achieve a delicious, repeatable, and enjoyable brew”.
  • KFC China plans to scale up KCOFFEE expansion in 2024. KFC China currently offers the premium coffee option at nearly all of its 10,000 stores. It now aims to open around 100 standalone KCOFFEE outlets in 2024 and expects to achieve 30% sales growth by the end of 2023.
  • Cup of Excellence to host Origin immersion Program: El Salvador in 2024. The course, taught by CoE Head Judge Luis Rodríguez, will take place at the Instituto Salvadoreño Del Café in San Salvador from 26 February to 1 March 2024. Attendees will learn about a range of topics, including cupping and scoring coffee and the history of the Salvadoran coffee industry.

Fri, 22 Dec

Cans of La Colombe draft nitro cans in a grocery store.

Here are a few coffee news stories from previous weeks that you might find interesting. Take a look.

  • Fri, 15 Dec – Chobani acquires La Colombe for US $900 million. The yoghurt and dairy manufacturer says the acquisition will help it chart its “next chapter of growth”. La Colombe will continue to operate as an independent brand.
  • Fri, 15 Dec – TIPA and ATI unveil fully-compostable coffee capsule lids. The companies say the patented lidding material solves previous issues like poor sealing, delamination, leaching, and inconsistent flow. It’s received OK Biobased’s highest accreditation of four stars and is compatible with all compostable coffee filling lines.

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