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Well Grounded trains over 160 people
Well Grounded, the London-based social enterprise, that helps develop talent within the speciality coffee industry, has revealed that 161 people have been trained by the organisation since its inception.
During its latest graduation of baristas last week (pictured) it also revealed that 82 people have moved into work and further training, 69 moved jobs and 103 gained accreditation. Employers have hired over 50 graduates from the scheme while 2,620 work placement hours have been completed.
Founder Eve Wagg said: “We often talk about how our trainees and our graduates are the beating heart of everything we do at Well Grounded.
“That is the most important thing for us. We are really proud of what this group and all our other groups have achieved.”
- Find out more about Well Grounded by following @wellgroundedhq, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or online at wellgroundedjobs.co.uk.
- Well Grounded is one of European Coffee, Tea and Soft Drinks Expo's Charity Partners (CBW, October 17).
- Read the Big Interview with Well Grounded (CBW, October 17)
Azzurri Group to roll out Coco di Mama
Azzurri Group, which operates Zizzi and ASK Italian, has reported it has national roll-out plans for it 21-strong coffee and quick-service Italian brand Coco di Mama, Propel Info reports.
In its annual report, the company said that the six openings in the previous year “have experienced a strong maturity curve and delivered strong year-on-year growth”. In its early years, Coco Di Mama’s sales were primarily driven by coffee and fast pasta in the City.
Costa Coffee extends loyalty programme
Costa Coffee has extended its Coffee Club loyalty programme to Costa Express machines across the UK following a successful trial in March 2018.
The integration of Costa’s Coffee Club scheme enables customers to collect points on each Costa Express order.
To claim points, customers simply scan a QR code on the machine screen using the app. Points will be issued in real time and customers will be able to spend their earnings in Costa Coffee stores.
- Tim Cox, drinks innovation manager, at Costa Express is a member of the European Coffee, Tea & Soft Drinks Expo Steering Panel.
Fracino machines expand to Dubai
Fracino, the UK’s only manufacturer of espresso and cappuccino machines, has forged a long-standing partnership with Eurocoffee Coffee in Dubai – the UAE's leading distributor for Lavazza coffee.
The company exports to over 70 countries.
Peter Atmore, Fracino’s global head of sales, said: “In terms of appetites for coffee consumption, the UAE’s rapidly growing coffee culture is influenced by the more developed scene in America and Europe - with consumers seeking an enhanced experience through newer coffee beans and roasting.
“Our Romano machines, which benefit from our world class engineering skills and state of the art production methods, are in very much in demand. Fusing style, elegance and award winning technology, they create the ultimate bar furniture.”
- Fracino is will be exhibiting on stand F30 at European Coffee, Tea & Soft Drinks Expo on 21-22 May 2019.