Nestle banks hopes on coffee culture

Roland Decorvet, the chairman of Nestle China, expects double-digit sales growth to continue on the mainland. Photo: Kwong Man-ki

Nestle, the world's largest food company, has pinned its hopes on a strong expansion of its coffee business on the mainland by fostering a coffee-drinking culture, while it also expects its adult nutrition products to see the fastest growth in the food category amid the background of an ageing population.

Friday, 24 May, 2013, 4:36am

Nestle grows China coffee investment

Pu'er, better known for its tea, exported 7,927 tonnes of coffee beans in 2007, accounting for more than 40 per cent of China's coffee exports. Photo: SCMP

Coffee lovers in China will be excited to hear about a major new initiative by Nestle to grow coffee beans in southwestern Yunnan province, in the latest challenge to the nation's traditional tea-drinking culture.

8 Apr 2013 - 11:27am

Coffee threat to Shinawatra daughter by Cathay attendant

Cathay Pacific is now under pressure to sack the flight attendant who posted the coffee threat on Facebook.

Getting served a cup of coffee is a routine part of flying, but the thought now has uncomfortable associations for one frequent business class patron, especially on board Cathay Pacific.

3 Dec 2012 - 7:28am 11 comments

What the local media says

Hong Kong cyclist Lee Ming-hay, 32, who began his cycling world tour in Berlin in April, has so far ridden almost 14,000 kilometres across eight countries. He arrived in Hong Kong last Saturday with new partner "Egg Tart", a kitten he picked up on the Silk Road in Xinjiang. The kitten now faces four months in quarantine.

1 Dec 2012 - 2:59am

Take 5: Coffee

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Is your first cup of the day full of flavour or a sacrifice to convenience? Janice Leung has a brewed awakening

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25 Oct 2012 - 4:03pm

Starbucks open its first café in India, with more to come

Staff working behind the counter at India's first Starbucks outlet, in Mumbai. Photo: AFP

After years of delays, Starbucks will open two stores in India this week after launching its first cafe in the country last Friday.

Its first store, in Mumbai, features local design, Indian teakwood furniture and espresso drinks made from Indian-grown and roasted coffee.

22 Oct 2012 - 3:00am

China turf war looms for coffee makers

A Nespresso coffee maker. Nestle aims for China sales. Photo: AP

Nestle rules the high-end coffee market in Europe with Nespresso capsules. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters dominates the US, leaving China as the biggest market grab for premium portioned coffee.

18 Oct 2012 - 4:47am

Jennifer Liu: How a passion for coffee has helped the community

Jennifer Liu Wai-fun is the driving force behind all corporate social responsibility initiatives for her brand

Jennifer Liu Wai-fun has an eye for design, thanks to her architectural training. She also has a passion for coffee and building a brand that reaches out to the community.

After studying architecture at Cornell University, Liu returned to Hong Kong and was soon working with clients mostly based on the mainland.

9 Oct 2012 - 3:40pm

The cost of coffee in Hong Kong

Photo: Jonathan Wong

Paying more than HK$30 for a cup of coffee would once have been unthinkable, but many Hongkongers now dip into their pockets on a daily basis to get their caffeine fix.

So popular has a regular latte or cappuccino become that there are now more than 120 Starbucks outlets across Hong Kong, with other coffee chains expanding fast.

20 Aug 2012 - 4:21am

Trends: the latest thing in coffee

Rabbithole Coffee specialises in light roasts.Photos: Alan Wong

A fresh coffee movement is brewing in the city, meaning the drink is becoming something to appreciate like wine, not just to boost productivity.

15 Aug 2012 - 5:52pm

Birthday girl Mag ditches songs and turns hand to brewing up a spot of fun at Pacific Coffee opening

Talent show winner Mag Lam Yan-tung celebrated her 22nd birthday by going to work. Lam and other contestants from TVB's The Voice, Sheldon Lo Hau-yung, Hubert Wu Hung-kwan and Jay Fung Wan-him, officiated at the grand opening of the Pacific Coffee Emporium cafe in Causeway Bay's Fashion Walk on Saturday, alongside the company's chief operating officer, Jonathan Somerville.

25 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Cafe dregs secret to popular apparel

While Taiwanese manufacturers have for years steadily shifted their operations to the mainland, at least one is swimming against the tide, using a raw material usually associated with cafes.

7 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Two studies on drinking coffee indicate actual health benefits

Good news, coffee addicts: two recent published studies give you more excuses to have a java jolt more than once a day. Coffee consumption has been found to not only lower one's risk of developing the most common form of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma, but also reduce one's risk of heart failure.

3 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Coffee-drinking celebrities take over in beverage binge

Disgruntled coffee drinkers were turned away in droves from Wan Chai's Pacific Coffee last Wednesday. The store was off limits from the 'ordinaries' to make room for coffee-drinking celebrities and journalists.

21 May 2012 - 12:00am

Starbucks thinks outside coffee cup

Coffee giant Starbucks aims to widen its range of mainland investments, including an expansion outside of its core business.

Starbucks China and Asia-Pacific president John Culver said the company's plans included introducing a new line of premium single-cup coffee and machines, entering the 'energy drink' category, and developing its fruit juice stores.

2 Apr 2012 - 12:00am