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Nescafé is banking on Brazil’s evolving coffee consumption

Nestlé's Nescafe just committed to an investment of $196.5 million in Brazil’s coffee market until 2026. This aims to capitalise on the emerging market’s evolving coffee consumption, growing middle class, and Gen Z consumer demand. Marked coffee consumption growth in Brazil could have implications for the global coffee market.

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Nescafé’s new product launch shows there’s a market for both soluble and concentrates

Nescafé is synonymous with instant coffee, yet the label just launched a new espresso concentrate product. It seeks to bring fancy customisable cold coffee to people’s homes. Nestlé’s latest move shows coffee concentrates are a viable industry product catering to young consumer demand.
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Starbucks is losing ground in US and China markets, and other premium options are moving in

Starbucks just reported it has drastically cut its full-year revenue growth forecast. The iconic US coffee chain's shares have plunged by 16%, with key market declines in the US and China. Fierce competition in both markets will make it hard for Starbucks to recover without a significant pivot.
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Luckin Coffee’s roastery expansion reflects the continued growth of the Chinese market

Luckin Coffee made headlines recently with the opening of China's largest coffee roasting facility. This aligns with China's rapidly growing coffee consumption, and a brand strategy looking to bank on it. While other Chinese brands look at international expansion, Luckin remains focused on dominating the domestic market.
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Gen Z have the highest spending power, and the coffee industry is banking on it

Gen Z is doing financially better than previous generations at the same age, and brands are paying attention. While the the third wave banked on millennials, the coffee industry is now betting on Gen Z and focusing on offering fun, more accessible specialty coffee.
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Did robusta and cacao drive arabica prices to an 18-month high?

The recent price surge in arabica coffee has reached all time highs – following the trend of the robusta and cacao markets. In a context of climate change and market uncertainty for global commodities, speculators are driving prices up further.
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QuattroR acquiring Zanetti shows Italian roasters are trying to stay in the fight

Zanetti was recently partially acquired by QuattroR, in a bid to strengthen its global presence. In a changing market, Italian legacy brands will need to find new ways to stay market-relevant. Brand premiumisation will help secure market staying power – a departure from putting all their eggs in the “heritage basket”.
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How Keurig is innovating with new products to maintain market share

Keurig Dr. Pepper just released a new coffee pod that promises convenience, quality, sustainability, and customisation - a response to current consumer trends. It could also be that they are innovating to lock in market share and beat increased competition.

7-Eleven’s new RTD line shows how convenience store coffee is evolving

7-Eleven launched a new line of flavoured RTD coffee drinks, marking better quality and differentiated products for C-stores – which are getting fancier. RTD coffee rivals energy drinks and sodas in C-stores as they offer the convenience, premium quality and customisation that Gen Z craves.
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Data shows convenient coffee is thriving, even as consumers’ priorities shift   

New data from the NAMA Foundation shows that consumers increasingly prioritise convenience post-pandemic. Meanwhile, consumers’ priorities have shifted – low quality “fast” coffee and high quality “fancy” coffee are out, and convenient coffee that tastes good and does good is in.
PRODUCER & ROASTER Forum returned to Guatemala on 7 & 8 March 2024.

PRF Guatemala positions itself as a hub for coffee entrepreneurship and innovation

PRF took place in Guatemala on March 7 & 8 2024. The event hosted its first-ever PRF Seed initiative with a total capital of US $26,000, three coffee competitions, and its Global Coffee Awards.
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Why L’OR Espresso and Ferrari’s partnership is about borrowing prestige to appeal to the masses

Ferrari recently announced a global partnership with l’OR Espresso, reflecting a brand borrowing trend among European heritage roasters. While it's nothing new, it's a classic marketing strategy that seems to work for them.
PRODUCER & ROASTER Forum confirmed the speaker's schedule.

PRF Guatemala’s final lineup shows that coffee events are evolving as the sector does

PRF will return to Guatemala on March 7 & 8, with thousands of industry professionals participating this year to network and share their insights. The event will focus on innovation and disruptive entrepreneurship, spotlighting the voices and trends shaping the industry today.

Oatly goes organic: Why is oat milk reinventing itself?

Oatly just launched its Organic Barista Oat Drink, marking a rising trend in oat milk differentiation across brands. Facing a dip in sales and media backlash, brands are doubling down on innovation and transparency to recapture the market.

Cotti Coffee expanding into Australia heralds a new era of China influencing consumer preferences

Cotti Coffee opens a new outlet in Australia as part of its international expansion model, following other Chinese brands. If it takes off, this could herald a new era of Chinese influence for coffee drinkers.

Luckin’s chocolate-flavoured Moutai latte shows what Chinese consumers want

Luckin Coffee's new chocolate-alcohol latte is a window into the future of coffee, where a wide range of customisable flavours and a sense of "novelty" could become more important than the coffee itself.

What increased ICE differentials mean for the coffee industry

The Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) has recently announced it will be adjusting the price differentials for coffee deliveries from Colombia, Kenya, Costa Rica, and Guatemala. The amendments are effective from today, 26 January 2024, for March 2026 contracts and onwards. What does this mean for the coffee industry?

Five words that will define the coffee industry in 2024

The global coffee industry has shifted tremendously in the last 12 months. Looking ahead, we decided to set out five words that we think will define the coffee industry in 2024.

Why Tchibo is keeping the Matthew Algie brand

After acquiring Matthew Algie in 2016 and Capitol Foods in 2018, Tchibo is finally officially merging its UK & Ireland operations with the two existing local brands – but will be keeping the Matthew Algie brand.

De’Longhi & La Marzocco: What consolidation means for the espresso machine market

Last week, De’Longhi S.p.A. acquired a 41% stake in La Marzocco from its parent company, De’Longhi Industrial S.A. This is yet another acquisition which points to growing consolidation in the espresso machine market.