Month: October 2017

Brits consume 1,460 cups of coffee every year

Caffeine loving Britons consume 1,460 cups of coffee a year on average (that’s 93,440 cups in an adult lifetime), according to new research.

Researchers took an in-depth look into the hot beverage habits of the nation and discovered £676 is the average amount Brits now spend each year on coffee from shops and cafes – that amounts to £43,264 over a lifetime.

According to the poll, we now drink an average of four cups a day – with the latte the most popular coffee of choice (41 percent said it was their favourite).

And according to the data, people from Cardiff are the biggest fans of the black stuff – with folk from the Welsh capital downing a staggering 1,825 cups a year, more than any other City in the U.K.

The poll shows a staggering 61 percent of us prefer drinking coffee to tea, with a separate report by retail research consultancy Allegra, revealing there are now 22,845 coffee shops in the UK, a six percent increase year on year – with 2.3 billion coffees a year being bought and consumed out of home.

The first coffee shop, The Angel, was opened in Oxford in 1652, with the second opening in London in the same year.

The survey by syrup makers MONIN shows the nation’s favourite coffee is by far and away the Latte, with 41 percent saying it is now their coffee of choice.

Cappuccino came second to latte in terms of the nation’s favourite, with 38 percent, followed by Americano (26 percent) and Mocha (16 percent).

Asked why people switched from tea to coffee, 46 percent said they needed the caffeine boost they get from coffee to wake up in the morning and 39 percent said they needed it as a pick me up during the day.

However, the majority – 65 percent – said they simply preferred the taste to tea.

Surprisingly a further 62 percent of Brits would even go as far to say that we now know more about coffee than we do wine.

And 65 percent of health-conscious Brits say going out for coffee to catch up with friends has now replaced heading out for a boozy night.

Lee Hyde – Beverage Innovation Manager at MONIN commented “We are seeing a rise in coffee shops and coffee culture across the country, and this trend is being replicated in the home too.

“Over a third of Brits confirmed they know more about coffee than they did five years ago and coffee drinkers are finding new ways to personalise their drinks, reaching for flavours from popular vanilla to more adventurous flavours like salted caramel.

“With coffee, the menu options are endless and with seasonal flavours on the rise and iced coffees during summer, coffees aren’t only functional they’re also the perfect fit for socialising too.”

The survey revealed the average Brit has their first cup of coffee at 8am, with 51 percent of us now owning our own coffee machine at home.

And it would seem Brits are more adventurous than ever, with 76 percent claiming they regularly experiment with different styles and flavours of coffee.

Over half of those who own a machine have a capsule machine, while 25 percent have a filter system and 15 percent own an espresso machine.

Almost four in ten (39 percent) say coffee drinkers are cooler than those who prefer a nice cup of tea.

25 percent of us admit to still having a jar of instant in the kitchen cupboard to give to friends when we can’t be bothered to make a proper cup.

A further three in ten (30 percent) claim they have their own signature coffee – “make mine a skinny, caramel macchiato with an extra shot”.

And when it comes to added extras, 18 percent of us like caramel syrup in our coffee, while 14 percent ask for vanilla and 10 percent want a touch of hazelnut.

Lee Hyde – Beverage Innovation Manager at MONIN added: “There are so many ways to enjoy coffee now with different machines and gadgets its even easier to recreate that coffee shop experience in the comfort of your own home.

“What this study shows is there is a real thirst for coffee and people are keen to experiment and develop their signature brew.”

Britain’s Favourite Coffee
1. Latte
2. Cappuccino
3. Americano
4. Mocha
5. Espresso
6. Flat White
7. Iced Coffee
8. Frappe
9. Ground
10. Double Espresso

Britain’s Top 5 Favourite Coffee Flavours
1. Caramel
2. Vanilla
3. Hazelnut
4. Cinnamon
5. Salted Caramel

Extreme weather pushes EU wine harvest to historical low in 2017

Adverse climatic conditions in 2017, including heavy hailstorms and hard frosts in the spring as well as drought in the summer, caused considerable damage to vineyards all over Europe. As a result, most of the wine-growing regions in Europe are expecting a very low harvest for 2017.

The major wine producing countries in the European Union are predicting significant drops in the size of their harvests: Spain expects the harvest to be 16% lower compared to the previous year, France 17% and Italy 21%. Some regions within these countries are expecting reductions even greater than these national averages. For instance Castilla-la-Mancha, a Spanish region, expects the harvest to be 19% lower than last year, whilst Sicilia in Italy expects a decline of 35%.

The situation is not the same across the whole of the EU, with some countries expecting an improvement compared to the previous year. Portugal, for example, is predicting a 10% increase from 2016, while Austria, which suffered also from frost last year, is expecting a 23% improvement. Romania expects 60% growth, a return to the level of 2013 and an increase of 35% compared to the fiveyear average production.

Across the whole of the EU, the 2017-2018 wine harvest is currently estimated to reach around 145 million hectolitres, some 22 million hectolitres (-14%) lower than the previous year and 5.5 million hectolitres lower than the 2012-2013 campaign, the previous record low harvest of recent years. These initial estimates of harvest size could change as the situation becomes clearer following the actual harvest; EU member states have to provide final figures to the European Commission by 15 March 2018.

Lingonberry drinks and marshmallows from natural ingredients in the Arctic Circle

Marshmallows Made By Wild From Arctic

Demand for natural products is growing – in Finland and internationally. This is due to the strong trend related to well-being.  Well-being is being studied and researched from various angles.  Companies are increasingly interested in the link between well-being and productivity. Individuals too are interested in their own well-being, but in an even wider sense. For example, what role does nutrition and closeness to nature play in our long-term well-being?  In terms of tourism, Finland and Lapland have the potential to keep becoming more important as well-being tourist destinations, due to our natural attractions and cooperation and development between sectors.  The development of the bioeconomy in the north is a key means of meeting our current and future ecological and economic challenges.  The potential of the natural product sector ranges from using natural berries as a food in the manner familiar to all Finns, to the pharmaceuticals of the future.

The aforementioned changes will strongly support business development in this sector. People are increasingly interested in nutrition and their own well-being in general. Interest is also growing in the origin and content of products. Much remains to be done in terms of marketing and selling products and services in the natural product sector.  Responding to demand for – and the use of – such products within the tourism sector is a challenge throughout Lapland.  Tourism has a wide range of needs: in well-being services, as ingredients and garnishing on food, in interior decoration and in various kinds of programme services. Berry-picking excursions in natural settings and the use of natural products as ingredients and garnishing in food are becoming more popular.

Sparkling lingonberry drink Made by OSK AapaLappi

Companies in the natural product sector still tend to be small, with just a few larger ones. The lack of suitable facilities is a barrier to business development. Facilities require relatively large financial investments and risk-taking capacity from small entrepreneurs. The City of Kemijärvi wanted to be the first to meet this challenge in Lapland. The training of producers of natural ingredients began a few years ago and incubator-type facilities have been in continuous demand.  Functioning production facilities were provided for the natural product sector in the spring of 2017, through close cooperation between small entrepreneurs and the City of  Kemijärvi’s Business Development Unit. The city’s own development company, Kemijärvi kehitys Oy, is acting as the agent. Support for the related survey has been provided by the Luonnosta liiketoiminta  (Luoli-hanke) ‘Business from nature (Luoli project) funded by the regional ELY Centre.

Sanna Jämsä , who moved from Rovaniemi to Kemijärvi, is one of the tenants. Her firm, Wild from Arctic, makes products such as marshmallows from various natural ingredients.  She operates as a tenant of Kemijärvi kehitys Oy’s  facilities.  “I think that the basic ingredient is the key factor. Here, Lapland’s natural environment provides winning elements that can’t be found elsewhere: the world’s cleanest air, the long bright nights. Wild, northern ingredients that have grown in the Arctic region are clean and their fragrance and levels of prized contents are special features that make them highly appreciated on the international market,” says Jämsä.  The lingonberry drink produced by the cooperative Aapa Lappi is a particular favourite among international tourists.

“Enterprises from outside the region are just as interested in the natural product sector as those in the Kemijärvi area.  The change in consumer behaviour and clear and growing demand in the markets are the reason why they are approaching us,” says Jari Polvi , CEO of Kemijärven kehitys Oy.