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Boston Tea Party saves over 81,500 disposable coffee cups
Boston Tea Party (BTP) has stopped over 81,500 disposable coffee cups from going into landfill in its first six months after banning single use coffee cups.
The 22-strong independently-owned café chain banned the use of the cups on 1 June 2019, allowing customers to bring their own reusable cups, to borrow a loan cup and bring it back for a full refund or buy an Ecoffee cup.
It has sold over 22,500 Ecoffee Cups since the ban at cost price. It has also saved 10p per disposable cup and is donating the saving of £8.1k to each branch’s chosen charities.
Anita Atkins, BTP’s brand director, said: “Far from being a routine on the way to work, customers are now happy about their morning coffee, doing something good for the planet and giving to a local charity, all before the day begins.”
The business, which risked £1M in takeaway hot drink sales across its cafes, has seen a fall of 24% in takeaway hot drink sales during past six months compared to the same period last year.
Sam Roberts, owner and managing director of BTP, said: “A drop in takeaway coffee sales with the ban was inevitable. But happily, we’ve seen a marked uplift in customers drinking in.”
Winners unveiled in European Coffee Awards
The awards, sponsored by Lavazza, took more than three months and thousands of votes, to get to the finalists list. The winners were announced during a black-tie gala dinner on 29 November at Melià Milano.
London-based Union Hand-Roasted Coffee was named best specialty coffee roaster in Europe while best coffee roaster in Europe was won by Illy. Best coffee equipment supplier in Europe was La Marzocco while best coffee chain in Europe was won by Joe & the Juice. Best food supplier was won by Cakesmiths.
BaxterStorey appoints new regional role
BaxterStorey, has appointed Mack Allan as regional managing director for the South West and Wales.
Since taking on his new role, Mack has already overseen the opening of the company’s new regional office, based in Bristol.
He joined BaxterStorey in 2000 and has progressed through various leadership roles in Reading, London and Scotland.
Mack said: “The South West and Wales is a strong growth area and we have some fantastic clients here. My role is to nurture these relationships and set us up for the next stage in our growth across this thriving region.
McDonald’s push for sustainable coffee
McDonald’s has revealed that 84% of its McCafé coffee in US restaurants is from sustainable sources - with 54% of all its McCafé coffee worldwide also being sustainable
The fast-food chain said that help from partner organisations such as Rainforest Alliance, Conservation International, Solidaridad, COSA and Fair Trade International, has meant it has been able to equip farmers with the tools they need to protect their coffee crops from climate change.
“We know many people enjoy coffee as part of their daily routine, and, at McDonald’s, we are taking meaningful steps to support farmers protecting it from climate change,” said Townsend Bailey, McDonald’s director of U.S. supply chain sustainability.
“As we continue on our journey to build a better McDonald’s, we are using our size and scale to implement significant changes that are important to our customers, our people and the environment.”
UKHospitality highlights sector action on reducing plastic waste
UKHospitality has responded to the Government’s consultation on banning plastic straws and stirrers, citing positive ongoing work by the sector in this area.
The trade body has welcomed efforts to reduce the use of single-use plastic and has highlighted voluntary measures already being undertaken by hospitality businesses.
UKHospitality’s aim is to minimise single-use plastics as far as possible, in a timely manner that also ensures the introduction of affordable alternatives to avoid extra burdens and costs for businesses.
UKHospitality chief executive Kate Nicholls said: “We are fully supportive of measures to cut plastic waste, but a mandatory ban on the use of plastic straws in such a short timeframe would cause problems for the sector. Imposing a ban in such a short space of time may undermine measures that are already in place and increase burdens and costs.”