Only a couple of weeks removed from a report that named and shamed coffee shops in the United Kingdom for piling their drinks with sugar, a new story is doing the rounds in Britain that has uncovered some rather unsavoury facts about the likes of Costa, Starbucks and Caffe Nero.
It is alleged that food sold by some of the most popular high street coffee chains is (metaphorically) swimming in salt.
When ordering a refresher from a coffee shop, do you think about how much sugar is in it?
New research from the British campaign and charity group Action on Sugar has uncovered that there is a ‘shocking’ amount of the stuff in the hot drinks sold by high-street chains such as Starbucks and Costa Coffee.
Not many people would turn their noses up at a free cup of coffee or two, but that is exactly what one person wants to do.
After receiving a gift voucher for the popular coffee chain Costa Coffee from their bosses, the individual decided to air their grievances in public.
The disgruntled employee who works and lives in the south of the United Kingdom, penned a letter, sent it off to a newspaper and called upon the management of the East Sussex Healthcare Trust to explain their actions.
Take a look at the news and all you’ll find is a widespread PR campaign aimed at promoting which chain has what cups and who is (and who isn’t) offering a pumpkin flavoured coffee. Starbucks have gone red and big on the #PSL; Costa Costa has adopted Salted Caramel Cappuccinos and properly festive takeaway cups.
Christmas it seems is everywhere.
But that’s not all that is happening in the world of coffee.
With profits reported to be in the region of £488 million, you would imagine that the UK-based chain Costa Coffee is rather well off and capable of absorbing a little bit of market fluctuation.
Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be the case as the firm has today announced that they are likely to raise the price of coffee in their stores at some point in the future. They’ve also said that they could well slow down recruitment their drive.
A Costa Coffee outlet in Telford has become the United Kingdom’s first ‘zero energy’ coffee shop and arguably one of the company’s best designed stores.
As technology advances along at an alarming rate, a number of businesses and domestic addresses have begun to adopt and utilise renewable energy sources for their own use. But after a few years in the design process, Costa, one of the UK’s largest coffee chains, has just opened up its first solar powered store.
Earlier on this year we wrote about Costa Coffee’s ambition of further Southeast Asian expansion.
With strong footholds in the nearby countries of Thailand and Singapore, the Whitbread owned company announced back in July that they were “currently in the stage of doing market research” in relation to a hopeful move to the Philippines.
In the unfortunate event that you are visiting a friend or relative in hospital, many people like to take the opportunity to grab a cup a coffee at some point during their stay. But a Bristolian consultant who specialises in weight loss has called for a complete ban of coffee shops which offers ‘sugar-laden’ drinks, cakes and confections from hospitals.
Dr Sally Norton, who splits her time between the Bristol Royal Infirmary and Southend Hospital, said: “We read every week, in the BMJ (British Medical Journal) and other leading medical journals, of research detailing the perils of sugar and fizzy drinks.”
For the first time since their inception in the 1970s, Costa Coffee appears to be offering their customers a different type of coffee, the British press report.
When the two brothers Sergio and Bruno Costa opened up a roasting plant in Lambeth, South London, the duo set up an Italian style Mocha blend, which has become their signature taste over the past forty years.
A series of new roasts will be available in some stores from next Friday.
You may find it hard to believe, but coffee chains such as Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks and Costa are still finding plenty of room in North America and Europe – there may be a coffee shop on every street corner but there’s enough space for another one!
Yet whilst the major players in the industry are still focusing upon the Western world, the real battleground for expansion is Asia specifically in the east.