10 things you need to know about... hot beverages

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10 Things You Need To Know About... Hot Beverages

28 Sep 2016

For the next serving in our 10 Things… series, we’ve brewed up a steaming hot mug of news, views and research on hot beverages. Put kettle on! 

coffee pod machine

Nearly a third of Brits own a coffee pod machine

28 Sep 2016 | By Amy North

More Brits jump on the pod trend as sales as the capsules soar by a whopping 30%, exclusive research for The Grocer reveals

US: Black Tea Blending Kit

DIY coffee? Global innovations put hot drinks in your hands

28 Sep 2016 | By Maddie Maynard

We’ve searched the globe for some of the most exciting new launches in tea, coffee and beyond. Someone pop the kettle on…

Tetley's master tea blender

Video: Tetley's top tea taster on how to brew up growth

28 Sep 2016 | By Amy North

With sales of tea going cold, we sent our very own Amy North to Tetley HQ for a cuppa. How can growth be resurrected? 

Tea infographic

Infographic: How do Brits take their tea?

28 Sep 2016 | By Amy North

How does the national drink differ across Britain? We’ve teamed up with Harris Interactive to find out…

verena alter lidl

Lidl buyer: Customers will pay for quality and convenience

28 Sep 2016 | By Amy North

We quiz Verena Alter from Lidl on what can be done to add value back into the hot beverages market. And whether tea pods are the future

tea leaves

Reading the tea leaves: What does the future hold?

28 Sep 2016 | By Amy North

We’ve asked some of the market’s biggest players to gaze into their crystal balls to see what future has in store for the tea market

posh tea

Class divide: What your tea says about your social standing

28 Sep 2016 | By Amy North

Do the lower classes only drink builders’ tea or are they partial to a drop of herbal as well? Are those better off more likely to sup green tea? We find out…

coffee pods

Coffee pods: Are manufacturers doing enough to recycle them?

28 Sep 2016 | By Amy North

With coffee pod sales on the rise, what are manufacturers doing to alleviate concerns over the recyclability of pods?

Nick Ward Cubo

Stuck on the shelf or the mind? How brands can get 'stickier'

28 Sep 2016

Many tea brands are getting left on the shelf in the price war. Cubo’s head of creative strategy Nick Ward explains how they can avoid this

latest news

Joe's Tea Co

City snapshot: English Tea Shop buys Joe’s Tea Company Subscription

23 Jun 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

Two UK speciality organic tea brands are joining forces to build an £11m operation to take advantage of booming sales of speciality teas. Plus, a look at the finance stories in this week’s edition of The Grocer, supermarket shares fall again and all the latest news from the City

Halo coffee capusles

Halo Coffee raising £1.6m to spur global growth Subscription

14 Jun 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Eco-friendly coffee start-up Halo is seeking £1.6m funding to “aggressively” grow the business in the UK and overseas.


Cafédirect targets fruit and herbal tea market with London Tea Co acquisition Subscription

22 May 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Ethical hot beverages producer Cafédirect has expanded its tea portfolio with the acquisition of The London Tea Company from Finlay Beverages for an undisclosed sum

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Lavazza goes experiential with Ascot Racecourse coffee bar Subscription

17 May 2017 | By Michelle Perrett

Tierra bar will serve blends specially selected for racegoers such as a sweet Brazilian espresso

Nigella Lawson Typhoo tea ad 2017 - cabbie

Nigella Lawson back on TV in latest Typhoo advert

11 May 2017 | By Daniel Selwood

The brand is aiming to recoup a 21.6% sales slump as Brits favour other hot beverages


asda coffee

We need to wake up to the coffee cup recycling conundrum Subscription

10 Apr 2017 | By Amy North

New research shows that only one in every 400 coffee cups are recycled, so why is the government allowing this ’latte litter let-off’?

Matthew Tuffee

Coffee: a new age of quality across retail and hospitality

05 Apr 2017 | By Matthew Tuffee

In the recent McDonald’s ad campaign, customers who want a simple coffee are flummoxed by ridiculous offerings

Claridge's ultra premium ambient tea

Claridge’s ultra-premium take on 'cold' tea offers food for thought Subscription

30 Mar 2017 | By Amy North

Claridge’s is serving a new range of ultra-premium ambient teas in its Fera restaurant

Yorkshire Tea TV ad still 2017, Michael Parkinson

Yorkshire Tea's local heroes do some impressive work Subscription

02 Mar 2017 | By Mark Dishman

Yorkshire Tea has an impressive advertising track record – and its new celebrity-led trio don’t disappoint

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