Costa encourages customers to return their takeaway cups in a nationwide recycling scheme across over 2,000 stores

London, 2016-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Costa is launching a nationwide recycling scheme across over 2,000 stores in order to recover and guarantee the recycling of its takeaway cups. Competitor takeaway cups will also be accepted by Costa in order to increase the number of cups recycled across the country.

Customers will be encouraged to leave or return their takeaway cups to a Costa store where they will be collected by Costa team members and stored back of house on a cup rack. Costa will then work with their waste partner, Veolia, to transport them to specialist waste processing plants which have the capability to recycle takeaway coffee cups.

Following a successful trial in over 45 stores across London and Manchester, Costa is rolling out the recycling racks at the end of January 2017 with a clear message of ‘we recycle any paper takeaway cup, no matter what brand’.

Jason Cotta, Managing Director of Costa UK&I, said:

“As the UK’s largest coffee shop brand, with stores up and down the country, we want to make it as easy as possible for the public to recycle their used coffee cups. Our research in Manchester and London shows around 40 cups per day are left in stores, which means we have the potential to recycle 30 million Costa cups a year. What’s more, the fact that we will accept competitors’ cups means we could significantly increase that figure. This will not be a trial. This is going to be business as usual.”

In addition to this Costa is funding research at Sheffield University into cup recyclability and currently donates 25p to litter charities every time a customer uses a reusable cup in a Costa store.

Jason Cotta continues:

“We are committed to taking a lead and, like many others, we are working hard to find a cup that can be recycled anywhere. Whilst there is more work to do in partnership with the wider industry, we are excited to see the impact our new in-store recycling offer will have and hope it is embraced by everyone – by our customers and by those who buy their coffee elsewhere.”

Costa is the UK’s favourite coffee shop, having been awarded “Best Branded Coffee Shop Chain in the UK and Ireland” by Allegra Strategies for six years running (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & December 2015).

With 2000 coffee shops in the UK and more than 1,180 in 30 overseas markets, Costa is the fastest- growing coffee shop business in the UK. Founded in London by Italian brothers Sergio and Bruno Costa in 1971, Costa has become the UK’s favourite coffee shop chain and diversified into both the at-home and gourmet self-serve markets.

Costa is committed to looking after coffee-growers. That’s why we’ve established The Costa Foundation, a registered charity. The Costa Foundation’s aims are to relieve poverty, advance education and the health and environment of coffee-growing communities around the world. So far, The Costa Foundation has funded the building of 53 schools and improved the social and economic welfare of coffee-growing communities.

Costa is also committed to tackling the UK’s literacy challenge and is proud to have signed the Vision for Literacy Business Pledge 2016. In continuation of this commitment, and inspired by the Costa Book Awards and the ongoing work of the Costa Foundation, Costa launched its inaugural Reading Week in September 2016 in conjunction with over 500 schools across the UK.

Source: Costa

Costa Coffee launches first-of-its-kind trial store delivering new coffee experiences in a stylish environment

London, 2016-Oct-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Costa Coffee, the nation’s favourite coffee shop, announces the launch of a first-of-its-kind trial store. Promising to deliver new coffee experiences in a stylish environment, Costa is ramping up its efforts to share its perpetual passion for coffee with customers. In a first for its UK high street stores, the new Costa will offer a selection of alcoholic drinks to complement its food and drink range in the evenings.

As the nation’s love affair with coffee continues to flourish, the concept store responds to the evolving appetite for fresh ways to enjoy coffee. A flavourful new range on offer in store includes three slow drip, single origin blends from Sumatra, Kenya and Columbia, all 100% Arabica beans. The Sumatran single origin is also available as a refreshing cold brew coffee, steeped for 20 hours and served over ice.

An enhanced food menu will be available throughout the day, featuring delicious additions such as avocado on toast, macarons and antipasti sharing plates. In response to customer demand, later opening hours will be trialed, extending the Costa coffee shop experience into the evening. During these later opening hours (from 4pm until 9pm Monday-Saturday and 7pm on Sundays), a range of alcoholic drinks will be offered.

The store boasts an evolved interior design, building on Costa’s colourful heritage and offering customers a warm, welcoming and relaxed coffee shop setting.

Jason Cotta, Managing Director of Costa Coffee UK & Ireland commented: “This is an exciting time for Costa Coffee. Since Costa was founded in 1971, it has been at the forefront of Britain’s growing love of great coffee.

“As core coffee options become well established favourites, we believe coffee lovers are ready for the next generation of beverages. Alongside our Mocha Italia espresso-based drinks, we are proud to launch new beans, brews and coffee experiences to our customers. The trial of the new store in Wandsworth affirms our commitment to making coffee interesting, exciting and accessible to all.”

Deb Caldow, Head of Proposition Development at Costa Coffee added: “We’re thrilled to announce the launch of our new trial store and exclusive range of coffees. As the UK’s favourite coffee shop, we want to inspire the nation to try something different and hope the new range will encourage them to do so. Our Wandsworth store will serve high-quality coffee, handcrafted with care and passion by our baristas, in a stylish new environment.”

The trial store is located at 328-334, Old York Rd, Wandsworth, SW18 1SS.

Costa is the UK’s favourite coffee shop, having been awarded “Best Branded Coffee Shop Chain in the UK and Ireland” by Allegra Strategies for six years running (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & December 2015).

With 2,000 coffee shops in the UK and more than 1,180 in 30 overseas markets, Costa is the fastest growing coffee shop business in the UK. Founded in London by Italian brothers Sergio and Bruno Costa in 1971, Costa has become the UK’s favourite coffee shop chain and diversified into both the at-home and gourmet self-serve markets.

Costa is committed to looking after coffee-growers. That’s why we’ve established The Costa Foundation, a registered charity. The Costa Foundation’s aims are to relieve poverty, advance education and the health and environment of coffee-growing communities around the world. So far, The Costa Foundation has funded the building of 53 schools and improved the social and economic welfare of coffee-growing communities.

Costa is also committed to tackling the UK’s literacy challenge and is proud to have signed the Vision for Literacy Business Pledge 2016. In continuation of this commitment, and inspired by the Costa Book Awards and the ongoing work of the Costa Foundation, Costa launched its inaugural Reading Week in September 2016 in conjunction with over 500 schools across the UK.

If you’d like further information on partnership opportunities with the Costa Express brand please contact the sales team on 0845 450 5757 or visit costaexpressbusiness.co.uk

Source: Costa

 

Costa announces the appointment of Jason Cotta as Managing Director, Costa UK & Ireland

Dunstable, United Kingdom, 2016-May-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Costa, the nation’s favourite coffee shop, today announces the appointment of Jason Cotta as Managing Director, Costa UK & Ireland.

Jason has extensive retail experience having worked as Operations Director, International and Development for Travelodge and Operations Project Director for Care UK. He was also Operations Manager for TGI Fridays.

Since joining Costa in 2010, Jason spent two years as Operations Director for Costa UK Equity stores and two years as Managing Director for Costa Retail from 2013. In 2015 he took responsibility for the Costa EMEA business, with accountability for Costa businesses in Poland and Latvia, France and Singapore as well as Costa’s International Franchise operations.

Commenting on the appointment Christopher Rogers, CEO of Costa says: “In his new role Jason will be looking to capitalise on UK opportunities for growth, building the brand and delivering for our customers. Jason has delivered outstanding results in his previous roles at Costa and brings with him a wealth of relevant experience to support the UK business at this important stage in its development”.

In his new role Jason will have overall responsibility for The UK and Ireland. The role has an extended remit that also covers Corporate Franchise, Proud to Serve and Ireland, in addition to the existing UK retail estate of equity and Individual Franchise operations.

The appointment takes place with immediate effect.

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Founded in London by Italian brothers Sergio and Bruno Costa in 1971, our quality coffee was the premium choice for boutique hotels and restaurants across the city. Today we continue to roast the original Mocha Italia recipe in Old Paradise Street, London with our 100% Rainforest Alliance certified coffee remaining at the core of our quality coffee credentials.

With over 2,000 coffee shops in the UK and more than 1,240 in 31 overseas markets, we are the fastest growing coffee shop business in the UK. We’re proud to be the UK’s favourite coffee shop, having been awarded “Best Branded Coffee Shop Chain in the UK and Ireland” by Allegra Strategies for six years running (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & December 2015).

Our people are the heart of our business and we employ over 30,000 people worldwide, with a target of 5,000 new jobs in the UK by 2020. Last year, we increased Barista pay by c.10%. Our Pay for progression model was introduced in October 2015, and our training rate of £7.20 was launched well ahead of National Living Wage.

As a popular, mainstream food and beverage brand, we can make a positive contribution towards customer health and wellbeing by investing in safe sourcing, new product development and consumer education. Health and wellbeing remains a strategic business focus area and we will continue to evolve our product offer over the coming years. We are working to reduce added sugar in our drinks by 25% by 2020 and will reduce salt in our sandwich range by a further 5% by 2017.

We care about the communities we operate in with our store teams volunteering over 10,000 hours of their time to lend support to over 900 local community projects.

Looking after coffee growers is extremely important to us, which is why we established The Costa Foundation, a registered charity with the aim to relieve poverty, advance education and the health and environment of coffee-growing communities around the world. So far, The Costa Foundation has funded the building of 53 schools and improved the social and economic welfare of coffee-growing communities.

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Costa announces the appointment of Jason Cotta as Managing Director, Costa UK & Ireland

Costa announces the appointment of Jason Cotta as Managing Director, Costa UK & Ireland