Winn Dixie offers locally sourced Kahwa Coffee in new coffee shop concept
Kahwa Coffee Roasting Company announced its first coffee shop partnership with Winn Dixie at the grocery chain’s newly remodeled South Tampa location.
The coffee shop, which opened 24 October, is situated near the store’s main entrance, and features St. Petersburg, Florida-based Kahwa Coffee, exclusively. With Kahwa Coffee’s signature blend already available in Winn Dixie locations across Florida, both parties hope to see the coffee shop partnership expand as the brand rolls out the refreshed look at many more locations to come.
“We’re thrilled to expand an already successful partnership with Winn Dixie by being the exclusive coffee shop of this new concept,” said Kahwa owner, Raphael Perrier. “We can’t wait to see more pop ups in other locations.”
Winn Dixie, the fifth largest supermarket chain in the US, now competes with Whole Foods, as the Jacksonville, Florida-based chain continues making locally sourced products a priority.
“When we buy local, everyone wins — we want to offer locally made and locally sourced products, so everything is funneled back into the community,” said Winn-Dixie senior manager of local business, Nicole Hatfield. “We started this program because we are committed to connecting our customers to the highly innovative suppliers that live right in their communities.”
The husband and wife team, Raphael and Sarah Perrier, voted “Tampa Bay’s Best Coffee Roasters” by Creative Loafing readers seven years running, began roasting in 2006 at their St. Petersburg production site. Raphael and Sarah, Kahwa’s first baristas, maintain an unwavering commitment to freshness through small batch roasting, after hand-selecting and blending the world’s finest 100 percent Arabica beans.
The Perriers expanded the locally roasted and packaged coffee nationally with Kahwa Coffee’s wholesale distribution now reaching nearly 500 local and national restaurants and five-star hotels across the country.