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Big Interview: Boston Tea Party

Boston Tea Party’s (BTP) announcement that it's to ban disposable cups became the 4th most read story on BBC News. This week, in the aftermath of the “mind-blowing” TV, radio, press and social media coverage, the Bristol-based chain of 21 coffee shops is getting down to the business of securing its £1m hot drinks’ take-away trade.

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Starbucks’ 5p cup charge trial reports a 150% rise in reusable

Starbucks has seen a 150%+ rise in reusable cup use, since introducing its first-ever 5p cup charge trials in 35 UK Starbucks sites, and this month is beginning straw trials in 54 UK sites, testing two plastic straw alternatives, one paper and one biodegradable.

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Big dog Grayson gives Esquires new concept the paws up

The adage of ‘never work with children or animals’ fell by the wayside last Thursday, when Esquires Coffee officially opened its first Coffee & Kitchen concept in Putney. British actor Ralph Ineson (known for his roles in Game of Thrones, Harry Potter and Star Wars) arrived with his spectacular Great Dane, Grayson, while the offer of free face painting and refreshments on a wonderful sunny afternoon brought out the buggy brigade in their masses.

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Innovation Path & Awards: finalists revealed

In every conversation we have with industry influencers who are coming to visit European Coffee Expo – the senior buyers, decision-makers and influencers responsible for purchasing and specifying coffee and tea-related products and equipment, soft drinks and relevant accessories - the topic of innovation is always top of the agenda. They have asked us to highlight the most ingenious products, services and solutions amongst the 100+ exhibitors including global leaders as well as smaller specialist suppliers.

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BEAR up for Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Coffee, kitchen and bar operator BEAR has plenty to celebrate with co-founder Craig Bunting up for Entrepreneur of the Year Award in this year’s Derby Telegraph Business Awards 2018.

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UCC Coffee celebrates milestones

UCC Coffee UK & Ireland announced today that it has reached two milestones, its sales turnover has exceeded £100m and it now employs over 500 people, and celebrates by unveiling a new brand identity, website and a £1.3m-refurbishment of its Milton Keynes headquarters.

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Q&A: Eversys on the 5th wave

In a series of Q&A articles, Coffee Business World asks readers to reveal their thinking. Here, Kamal Bengougam, chief commercial officer at Eversys answers questions on the 5th Wave.

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Alpro For Professionals' spotlights plant-based opportunities at European Coffee Expo

New research into the UK’s Retail Coffee Shop Market by the Allegra World Coffee Portal (2017) has shown that consumer interest in sustainability and ethical sourcing is at an all-time high.

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Fracino founder is finalist in lifetime achievement award

Fracino founder Frank Maxwell - who has been "instrumental in powering the espresso coffee machine manufacturer to a global brand" - is up for a lifetime achievement award.

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New exhibitor announcements

The brand new business show targeted exclusively at this sector, European Coffee Expo, makes its debut later this month (May 22-23) at London's Olympia. Here we feature two of our 100-exhibitors with news of what they’ll be bringing to the show.

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Big Interview: Abokado

Out to prove that a shop selling sushi and noodles could also sell quality coffee, Abokado has created an artisan, handcrafted coffee offer within its chain of 24 London sites. CEO Mark Lilley speaks to Coffee Business World editor Kate Oppenheim.

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Batch brew offers potential for chains varying their day-time coffee offer

Coffee shop operators could benefit by promoting different coffee propositions throughout the course of the day to encourage more return visits, says Phil Smith head of category and insight at UCC Coffee.

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