In Other News
In other news this week: Worker Bee project gets celebrity backing….Pret a Manger trials flexible working… Costa launches lunchtime meal deal.
Worker Bee project gets celebrity backing
Apprentice’s Jade English has joined the Worker Bee MCR tea and coffee project.
English joined RCoffee’s founder and managing director Roger McBride for a coffee to celebrate her joining the Worker Bee MCE project.
She said: “As a Manchester girl, it’s great to see local businesses doing their bit to help address some of the issues that we face in our community, and the Worker Bee vision for an everyday product that gives back to charity is a fantastic concept.”
McBride, thanking Jade English for her support, said: “We’re hoping that everyone across Manchester joins the Worker Bee MCR campaign and we can start giving back to the very worthy causes supported by We Love Manchester and Forever Manchester.”
Within the Worker Bee MCR portfolio are two teas (one traditional black tea and the other an infusion) and three types of coffee (a Columbian single origin, a pure Arabican coffee and a Swiss water decaffeinated).
The vision behind the Worker Bee MCR brand is to raise the standards in tea and coffee both in terms of quality and experience, and to give something back to the city of Manchester.
Waitrose to remove takeaway coffee cups
Supermarket chain Waitrose has revealed that it will remove all takeaway cups from its stores by the Autumn and is asking its customers to bring their own reuseable cups. Customers who are myWaitrose members are entitled to a free cup of coffee or tea when shopping instore.
It is starting the initiative at its stores in Banbury, Billericay, Ipswich, Newmarket, Norwich, Sudbury, Wymondham, Upminster and Little Waitrose Fitzroy Street on the 30th April.
Costa launches first lunchtime meal deal
Costa Coffee has launched its first ever lunchtime meal deal, which will run between Thursday 5 April and Wednesday 2 May.
Customers can choose a primo or medio hot drink, a ham and cheese or cheese and onion toastie and crisps, popcorn or a piece of fruit for just £4.95 at participating stores. The deal is available between 11am and 2pm.
Eric Tavoukdjian, commercial marketing director at Costa Coffee said: “We’re delighted to be able to offer a meal deal like no other at Costa Coffee, taking the classic meal deal to the next level with the inclusion of a hot drink.”
- Tim Cox, Drinks Innovation Manager at Costa Express, is a member of the European Coffee Expo Steering Panel. European Coffee Expo takes place at London Olympia, 22-23 May. Register here.
Pret a Manger up for sale?
Pret a Manger owner Bridgepoint has said it may consider selling or floating the food to go chain. In an interview with the FT, managing partner William Jackson said the company was keeping its options open.
The news broke as the operator revealed it was trialling a new set of flexible working options to “provide clear, barrier-free pathways to progression for all our employees”.
The news was revealed in its Gender Pay Report 2017, which showed that in its shop-based team member population the mean pay gap was negligible, ranging from 0.20% to -2.31%. Its mean pay gap for shop Managers is -0.39%.