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Lavazza to Acquire Mars Drinks Business

Consolidation in the coffee industry continues as the Lavazza Group is acquiring Mars’ Drinks business, including the Flavia and Klix systems, leading brands in the office coffee service (OCS) and vending segments.

Cup of Excellence Returns to Rwanda

After a two-year break, the 2018 Cup of Excellence was held in Kigali, 7-10 August, marking the 10th Anniversary of the first Cup of Excellence. Rwanda was the first African country to conduct the programme administered by the Alliance for Coffee Excellence.

Starbucks to Eliminate Plastic Straws Globally by 2020

Today, Starbucks Coffee Company announced it will eliminate single-use plastic straws from its more than 28,000 company-operated and licensed stores by making a straw-less lid or alternative-material straw options available, around the world by 2020.

Southeast Asia Coffee Markets Continue Unprecedented Surge

The rise of emerging markets across Southeast Asia for more than two decades has brought about a stunning rise in coffee consumption to the region’s already fast-expanding economies. From the biggest players in the traditional markets like the Philippines and Japan, to new giants such as China, South Korea, Indonesia and Vietnam, this is a welcome development for the coffee market and analysts expect the Asia coffee boom to set new records for world growth in coming years.

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