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Jollibee’s new acquisitions show how Southeast Asia’s coffee market is growing

Jollibee Food Group recently acquired stakes in Botrista in the US and the Compose Coffee chain in South Korea mark a significant step in the company's efforts to bolster its presence in the coffee and tea business. Sales of specialist coffee and tea shops in Southeast Asia soared to $4.4b in 2023, making it an attractive region to investors. Southeast Asia is using service diversification and strong investor funding to accelerate growth.

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Whole bean coffee surging ahead in Germany signals changing consumer habits

Sales of whole bean coffee are poised to surpass ground coffee in Germany this year. Whole bean market share in 2023 was 46.6 %, while single-serve and ground coffee sales have declined by over 20% respectively. This could mean a shift towards higher quality consumption, or simply more at-home preparation.
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Luckin and Brazil signing an MoU reveals the next major partnership for the coffee sector

The global coffee trade witnessed a remarkable shift in 2023 as Chinese imports of Brazilian coffee tripled within a year. This has set the stage for Chinese coffee chain Luckin Coffee recently entering a MoU with the Brazilian government. This is a strategic partnership that will help consolidate market power for both countries.
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Nespresso’s India launch reveals a broader strategy for emerging coffee markets

Nespresso's announcement to launch in India by the end of 2024 marks a strategic turning point aimed at tapping into the burgeoning coffee market in the region. Market growth is driven by a growing middle class and Gen Z. India and other emerging coffee markets are seeing an influx of international premium coffee brands and products as a result.
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Why Australians – and the rest of the world – prefer to drink their coffee at home

Recent observations in Australia point to a significant adjustment in consumer behaviour as people prioritise their spending amidst the rise of hybrid work arrangements and escalating living costs. Consumers worldwide seem to be going out less, but it’s more complicated than that. There’s a long term shift towards artisanal and DIY, especially for younger generations.
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Why EU coffee importers are rushing to beat the upcoming deforestation regulation

Importers are accelerating their shipments to secure coffee supplies ahead of the EUDR's implementation to avoid potential disruptions in the supply chain and mitigate the risk of non-compliance penalties. Producers and importers face uncertainty that makes risk management difficult and is already affecting pricing.
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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.