Hamburg, 23 July 2018 – COTECA in Hamburg from 10 to 12 October 2018 features 200 exhibitors from 40 nations presenting everything related to coffee, tea and cocoa. The industry expo is not only an international meeting point, but also the ideal platform to get an overview of current global market developments. Alongside countless product innovations, the exhibitors reflect the growing interest in fair-trade products.

Arabica going down, robusta up

The market for coffee and cocoa has changed enormously since the last COTECA two years ago. Some 159 million bags of coffee were grown in 2017/2018, that is 1.2% more than the previous year. While arabica production was down 4.9% to 97.43 million bags, robusta production rose strongly by 12.1% to 62.24 million bags. All in all, eight of the ten major coffee growing countries increased their coffee production, and only South America was down, delivering 6.1% less coffee than the previous year[1]. Germany imported some 105,580 tonnes of coffee in April 2018 alone, and worldwide coffee exports totalled some 128.9 million bags. The world market price of coffee in this period was lower than expected, despite good supply and demand, hitting its lowest level since 2007. Experts forecast stabilisation of the coffee price[2].

Quality over quantity

Fair trade with coffee is changing the global market. 18,367 tonnes of fair-trade coffee were sold in Germany in 2017, according to TransFair e.V. That is up 8% year-on-year, with fair-trade accounting for 4.1% of the overall coffee market. Coffee is the most important consumer good segment in fair trading. And FairTrade is often followed by further certification – some three quarters (77%) of the FairTrade coffee sold in Germany comes from ecological growing. As noted by Carola Muschke, responsible for trade and investment of the Peru Business and Trade Bureau, and an exhibitor at COTECA, “Peru is the second largest grower and exporter of organic coffee worldwide. The trend is towards quality rather than quantity. Certified products and selected speciality coffees are a strength of Peru.” Certification such as “UTZ Certified Good Inside”, Rainforest Alliance Certified, Fairtrade, Cup of Excellence, or the EU Label are useful identifiers for consumers.


Sustainability on track for success with cocoa

The percentage of sustainably grown cocoa in the German market for chocolates and confectionery has risen dramatically from 3% in 2011 to 55% in 2017. Last year alone, the growth rate was 22%[3]. The description “sustainably produced” applies to products certified on the basis of the existing systems UTZ, Rainforest Alliance and Fair Trade, or where sustainable growing is verified within the framework of company programmes meeting similar requirements. Total sales of FairTrade raw cocoa were up to 37,000 tonnes for the first time in 2017, that is an 8% share of the total cocoa market[4].

Organic for tea drinkers

There is a clear positive trend in organic tea – the demand for tea (Camellia sinensis) from controlled organic farming was up significantly, accounting for 9.4% of total consumption[5]. The organic share of herbal and fruit infusions was up by 0.3% year-on-year, to 2,556 tonnes[6]. Kyra Schaper, PR officer of the German Tea Association and the German Association of Herbal and Fruit Infusions (WKF) notes that “in fact the share is even higher, because conventional blends often contain some organic tea, even though they cannot be labelled as ‘organic’”.

Direct trade and active assistance for producers in countries of origin

In Germany, smaller traders and roasters in particular go for fair-trade and direct-trade raw materials for speciality coffees. Exhibitor PachaMama from Peru goes with this trend – their coffee comes in the shortest and most transparent trade route “straight from the farm”, so that coffee farmers receive considerably more than the current market price. Small direct traders and exporters such as Meambar with green coffee from Honduras are present at COTECA. Green coffee supplier Gollücke & Rothfos sees itself as an interface between coffee farmers in the countries of origin and roasters in Germany. The company uses its farmers’ programme “VOLCAFE WAY” to show coffee farmers how to analyse their production costs and improve efficiency, highlight the quality of the coffee, and thus get good prices for their product.


Data-based decisions becoming more and more important

Professionalisation of individual businesses is the service provided by software house Cropster. Roasters, chocolatiers, traders and producers are increasingly making their decisions on the basis of structured data points and information, so they need smarter solutions. Sales Manager Andreas Benedikter from Cropster says: “Data-based decisions are a trend that we can see right across the coffee, tea and cocoa industries. Roasters that keep a central database of all the production-relevant data such as roasting profiles, green coffee information, and tasting results, establish themselves over the years as industry leaders”. All in all, it is evident that the processing industries and also the consumers are demanding more and more information on sustainable growing, fair trade, and quality. Trade visitors at COTECA are looking for information on this and other current developments. Alongside the great product diversity, there are various side events such as coffee cuppings, tea tastings and workshops, making COTECA a unique international industry meeting point in Hamburg, the coffee capital.


COTECA Coffee, Tea and Cocoa Global Industry Expo takes place once every two years at the Hamburg Messe und Congress site. In 2018 it will be held from 10 to 12 October, with opening hours 10:00 to 18:00. It is Europe’s only trade show for coffee, tea and cocoa which brings together all three sectors. In cooperation with the Kaffee Campus of the German Roasters Guild, the expo also gives insights into all aspects of artisan coffee roasting. The concept supporters of COTECA are the German Coffee Association, the German Tea Association, the German Association of Herbal and Fruit Infusions (WKF), and the German Cocoa Trade Association. For more information and photos, please visit

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TORONTO, July 16, 2018 /CNW/ - With more than 10-million Chicken McNuggets® delivered through Uber Eats, McDonald's Canada is marking the one-year anniversary of McDelivery by joining markets around the world in a one-day worldwide celebration event on July 19.

As part of McDelivery Day, McDonald's has released an exclusive swag collection – the Throwback Collection – inspired by the revival of everything '90s. In Canada, eligible adult entrants who place a McDelivery order on July 19* and then share a photo with their McDelivery bag on Instagram or Twitter with the appropriate tag @McDonaldsCanada and hashtag #McDelivery and #Contest, will have a chance to win an item from this exclusive collection, as well as a chance to win one of hundreds of promo codes for food items to use on their next McDelivery order. Visit here for more information about the contest, including the Official Rules which set out all the details of the contest, including no purchase entry.*

McDelivery with Uber Eats is just one way that McDonald's Canada continues to enhance the guest experience through added convenience. In addition to self-order kiosks and table service, McDonald's Canada continues to modernize the restaurant experience for their guests through the recent launch of mobile ordering.


"In just one year, we have more than doubled our delivery footprint and are regularly launching in new restaurants and markets," said Dan Logan, McDelivery Director, McDonald's Canada. "McDelivery is a unique way for our guests to enjoy McDonald's outside of the restaurant and an opportunity for us to deliver an unmatched guest experience right at their fingertips."

"We're thrilled to celebrate the first anniversary of McDonald's on the Uber Eats app. With Uber Eats, you can order your favourite meals and have them delivered at Uber speed, whenever you want them; we're proud to offer that experience from one of the world's most beloved restaurants to Eaters across Canada," said Dan Park, General Manager of Uber Eats Canada. 

Canadians love their McDelivery! Below are some fun facts from the past year of McDelivery in Canada:

  • In the past year, more than 10 million Chicken McNuggets® were ordered through McDelivery
  • The most popular items that have been ordered on McDelivery include the Big Mac® Meal, 10 piece Chicken McNuggets® Meal and the classic cheeseburger
  • The largest order to-date was comprised of 150 McDonald's menu items, and included 50 orders of World Famous Fries™, 50 orders of the Junior Chicken, and 50 orders of cheeseburgers
  • Dinner time was the most popular time of day for McDelivery orders (36%), followed by late-night (32%) and lunch (22%)


(Elora, ON) Fifteen years ago in 2003, our borders were closed to Canadian beef.  It may have been an economic disaster, but it was not a culinary one.  In response, The World’s Longest Barbecue was born: Canadians rallied, went to their grills, and barbecued Canadian beef to show their support. According to one spokesperson for Canada Beef, this event “saved the industry.” Over the years, many renowned Canadian chefs have joined the annual party, renamed Food Day Canada / Journée des terroirs, which is a national celebration of local food (always celebrated on the August long weekend).

This year, on August 4th with our chefs’ community and producers across Canada, we will celebrate Food Day Canada’s 15th year anniversary by lighting the most recognizable - and tallest - beacon in the Western Hemisphere, Toronto's glorious CN Tower. 

Today we face similar, perhaps even graver challenges. As Dr. Owen Roberts, the President of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists, states: “Our food system is under fire. No matter how the politics plays out nationally or globally, this is a time for fierce loyalty and coordinated action.”

So rather than lament, we challenge all Canadians to have a party and honour our own ingredients, with one simple goal, culinary sovereignty.  

What: Canada’s food community is coming together to declare Food Day Canada/ Journée des terroirs, as Canada’s Local Food Day.  Cook like a Canadian. Eat like a Canadian. Shop like a Canadian.

Who: Anyone and everyone; chefs, home cooks, farmers, fishers, writers, ranchers…anyone who loves Canadian ingredients.  

Where: Anywhere and everywhere in Canada!  Backyard BBQs, picnics, dine in, dine out.  Enjoy Canadian-grown, Canadian-made food.

When: All Day Long on Saturday August 4th, 2018

For more information, a list of photo ops and on other special events contact:  



TORONTO, July 11, 2018 /CNW/ - In a major nod to the quality of Canadian beef, McDonald's Canada announced today that it will be the first company in Canada to serve Canadian beef from certified sustainable farms and ranches, beginning with its Angus line-up.   

McDonald's® Canada will be the first company to serve Canadian beef from farms and ranches certified sustainable by leading industry experts (CNW Group/McDonald's Canada)

This means that for the first time ever, McDonald's 3 million daily guests will soon be able to enjoy Angus beef sourced from farms and ranches certified sustainable according to world-class standards set by the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB). More specifically, over the next 12-months, more than 20-million Angus burgers will be sourced according to the CRSB standards.

People will also soon see a new Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB) certification logo alongside McDonald's Mighty Angus® line-up on the menu. 

This is all possible because McDonald's Canada has positioned itself to meet the requirements of the CRSB's Certified Sustainable Framework. The CRSB Sustainable Beef Production and Processing Standards include more than 60 indicators across five principles for beef sustainability and are upheld by-on-site certification audits.

For example, a few of the indicators a farmer or rancher must achieve include:

  • Grasslands and grazing are managed in a way that maintains or improves soil health and protects watershed areas.
  • Outcomes related to feed/water, animal care, shelter, herd health and handling procedures are met as per requirements outlined in Canada's Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Beef Cattle.

As a founding member of the CRSB, established in 2014, McDonald's Canada was a driving force and strong supporter in developing Canadian standards for beef sustainability. The CRSB consists of a diverse group of stakeholders representing academia, government, food and agricultural businesses, producer associations, processors like McDonald's supplier, Cargill, retail and foodservice as well as NGOs like the World Wildlife Fund U.S., Nature Conservancy of Canada and Ducks Unlimited Canada.

Sourcing sustainably doesn't just benefit McDonald's; the entire ecosystem stands to gain. As more producers have their operations certified sustainable, McDonald's looks forward to growing the volume of available beef sourced from CRSB-certified sustainable operations, with other companies also joining the journey.


"This is a big step in our beef journey – not just for McDonald's Canada and the Canadian beef industry, but around the world," said John E. Betts, President and CEO, McDonald's Canada. "Without the support from the industry and the incredible work Canadian ranchers do every day, beef sustainability in Canada would not be possible. This partnership, combined with McDonald's scale, is creating change and encouraging responsible beef production for years to come that will benefit all Canadians."

"Sustainability is good business. Consumers are increasingly inquisitive about the food they're eating and want to know it was produced in a socially responsible, economically viable and environmentally sound manner," said Cherie Copithorne-Barnes, Rancher and Chair of the CRSB. "As we all strive to make continuous improvements, it's important to recognize achievements made along the way. We celebrate with McDonald's Canada on their significant progress and acknowledge their role in supporting the establishment of a clear vision for beef sustainably."

"Effective conservation needs partnerships. We have been fortunate to work with the Canadian Roundtable on Sustainable Beef to help reduce habitat loss for wildlife on Canada's grasslands and positively impact the environment," said John Lounds, Nature Conservancy Canada (NCC) President and Chief Executive Officer. "Partnering with ranchers, industry and livestock groups has helped NCC play a significant role in local conservation strategies."

"Cargill recognizes that consumers want to know that their beef is raised and processed responsibly," said Pete Richter, Cargill global foodservice group leader. "And we believe the framework developed by the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef can provide the information they are seeking. By applying this framework to our Canadian beef supply chain, we look forward to becoming the first major Canadian processor to provide farm-to-fork traceability of beef from certified sustainable sources."

"Stewardship of agricultural land is key to meeting changing demands by food consumers while ensuring future generations of Canadians enjoy the same environmental benefits we do today," said Karla Guyn, Ducks Unlimited Canada CEO. "For 80 years, we've partnered with conservation-minded farmers and we are proud to work with partners like McDonald's Canada and the CRSB to support Canadian ranchers and the conservation of grasslands and wetlands."


  • Sustainability claims will be awarded based on a minimum of 30 per cent of the supply chain's beef originating from CRSB-certified farms and ranches.
  • McDonald's Canada sources 100 per cent of the beef for its hamburger patties from Canadian ranches and farms, primarily in Alberta and Saskatchewan.
  • McDonald's beef patties contain no artificial additives, flavours and preservatives and are sourced 100% in Canada.
  • The CRSB has developed the Certified Sustainable Beef Framework to drive the advancement and recognition of beef sustainability in Canada through a world class farm and ranch level certification program, and to recognize and promote sustainable beef production practices, support continuous improvement and facilitate communication with the public.
  • The five CRSB indicator categories encompass:
    • Natural resources, such as ensuring soil health, water supply, and wildlife and plant biodiversity.
    • People and community, include ensuring a safe work environment and commitment to supporting local communities.
    • Animal health and welfare, such as adequate feed and access to drinking water and minimizing animal stress and pain.
    • Food, such as ensuring food safety and beef quality, including training and registration in the program.
    • Efficiency and innovation, such as recycling and energy efficiency programs.

VANCOUVER, BC (July 11, 2018)Tacofino will introduce its iconic brand of surf-centric cuisine to a new neighbourhood when it opens its latest location on the corner of Ontario Street and East 5th Avenue in Mount Pleasant early this fall.

Occupying 2,800 square feet of space in the re-imagined Lightworks Building — a refurbished art-deco heritage property originally built in 1942 — Tacofino’s new Mount Pleasant location is the latest addition to a growing family of restaurants that was first launched in Tofino, BC by co-founders Jason Sussman and Kaeli Robinsong in 2009.

The new restaurant will offer dine-in guests a 100-seat dining room, expansive horseshoe-shaped bar and a new menu of fire-grilled meat and vegetable dishes developed by Sussman and Tacofino’s Michelin-starred Regional Executive Chef Stefan Hartmann. Following the lead of the brand’s Taco and Burrito Bar location in Gastown, the new outpost will also feature a take-out counter for those looking for quick-service, grab-and-go options.

Vancouver designer Shiloh Sukkau — who previously collaborated with the Tacofino team on the décor for the brand’s Gastown (2015), Yaletown (‘16) and downtown ‘Oasis’ (’17) restaurants — is paying homage to Tacofino’s West Coast roots and the site’s industrial origins by incorporating unfinished materials and a muted colour palette that contrasts with folk art-inspired decorative flower motifs in the new location.

“Whether it’s Tofino, Victoria or Vancouver, we always hold tight to our founding principles of serving up fresh and affordable fare with an environmental and nutritional conscience,” says Robinsong. “We also take pride in creating beautiful spaces and being part of vibrant, growing communities like Mount Pleasant.”

Further details regarding Tacofino’s latest location will be revealed in the coming months. For more information on Tacofino, go to, become a fan of /TacofinoVAN on Facebook or follow @TacofinoVAN on Twitter and Instagram.


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