Category Archives: The Coffee Business

Is China entering Coffee Market?

Since its introduction in the late 19th century  of  coffee in China it hasn’t amounted to huge quantities of beans. China has long been a land of tea, and  with a deep love for these leafs . Nowadays, however, with  the growing young professional Chinese population looking for a taste of Western life, a change is happening. From the arabica plantations of rural Yunnan to the proliferating coffee shops of the big city, China’s cappuccino craze has an ever-growing number of companies frothing at the mouth. Read More

Why are colombian coffee growers in a strike?

Last week, Colombian coffee growers initiated a clash with security forces. They stopped working, blocked the road and demanded support from the authorities. Ten of thirty two parts of the country were affected by protests, at least 59 protesters were injured. The coffee crisis has already ruined thousands of small farmers.

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Colombian coffee growers on a strike!

“The strike shows that Colombian producers, who often set trends for the wider industry in Latin America, are struggling even if prices remain much higher than in previous downturns. Arabica coffee prices have fallen 55 per cent from a 30-year peak in 2011 of more than $3 a pound, but remain well above the low of $0.50 set in 2002. Higher production costs are a further problem.”



Takeover Roasts a Hot Market for Coffee Stocks Roasts a Hot Market

Two small companies joining forces might not normally attract much notice. But the Nov. 3 acquisition of Diedrich Coffee (DDRX) by Peet’s Coffee & Tea (PEET) combines two especially hot stocks at a time when the coffee industry is an investor favorite.

The $213-million buyout of Diedrich caps an extraordinary stock market run. The Irvine, Calif., company’s shares traded at 36¢ at the start of 2009 and have rocketed more than 70 times higher, ending with Peet’s cash-and-stock offer of $26 per share.

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