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Starbucks and sustainability at Nestlé’s coffee factory in Tutbury

Starbucks House Blend by Nescafé Dolce Gusto comes off the line at Tutbury
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A box of Starbucks House Blend by Nescafé Dolce Gusto comes off the line at Tutbury – credit: Rod Kirkpatrick

Nestlé’s Tutbury coffee factory, located in the village of Hatton, South Derbyshire, has long been known to locals and those in the know as the home of Nescafé and the birthplace of Nescafé Dolce Gusto. Now the vast complex, a Nestlé global ‘Centre of Excellence’ for coffee has a new reason to celebrate, its welcomed Starbucks to its prestigious line up of expertly crafted coffee. Since the start of this year, the Nescafé Dolce Gusto lines have been producing classic Starbucks favourites like the House Blend Americano, the iconic Starbucks Cappuccino and the much-loved Starbucks Caramel Macchiato. It’s all part of the deal giving Nestlé the perpetual rights to produce and market Starbucks coffee and tea products around the world (outside of Starbucks coffee houses and excluding Ready-to-Drink products) – and the expert team at Tutbury have been vital in bringing Starbucks into the home.

As well as serving the UK and Ireland markets, the factory also produces over 35,000 tonnes of coffee a year in the form of Nescafé Original, Nescafé Gold and Nescafé Azera, and numerous varieties, including Starbucks, of Nescafé Dolce Gusto pods for coffee lovers across the EU and the rest of the world.

As part of its global drive to be a net-zero greenhouse emissions business by 2050, Nestlé UK & Ireland is ramping up its sustainability efforts. All Nestlé UK and Ireland sites already run on 100% renewable electricity and the business opened a wind farm in Scotland last year, but in an effort to achieve zero waste, the Tutbury factory has gone a step further. A new boiler has been installed which will use waste coffee grounds to heat the entire site. Once commissioned it will save thousands of lorry journeys which would otherwise be removing waste coffee for use in agriculture fertiliser or compost. This new facility alongside the existing solar panels and an under construction water treatment plant will help to make Tutbury one of the most efficient factories in the world.

Stefano Agostini and Aris Protonotarios during Tutbury factory visit

Photo: Nestlé UK & Ireland CEO, Stefano Agostini, and Nestlé UK & Ireland Group Technical Director, Aris Protonotarios – credit Rod Kirkpatrick

During a recent visit to the Tutbury factory, Stefano Agostini, CEO of Nestlé UK & Ireland said: “It was a pleasure to tour our Tutbury coffee factory and meet some of the team working tirelessly to bring consumers in the UK and further afield their daily cup of coffee. Nestlé leads the global coffee category and Tutbury plays a key role in satisfying the growing demand for quality coffee by producing our iconic Nescafé and trendy Starbucks brands.

“I’m also proud so see that the team is working so hard to overcome some of the challenges the business has set on sustainability. It was great to see up close how the new waste boiler will work, producing heat out of spent coffee grounds and it was really interesting to hear how our scientists and engineers are simplifying our packaging to make it easier to recycle than ever before.”

The Tutbury factory is also producing the stylish Nescafé Azera by Design coffee tins. The limited edition packaging all come from design students at Surrey's University of Creative Arts who each year enter a competition to design Nescafé Azera tins. The winning students get their designs commissioned and before long, the tins appear on shop shelves and in kitchen cupboards across the country. The hugely popular campaign is now in its firth year with 2019 winning designs now in shops.

Tutbury Line Operator Ema Brassington

Tutbury Line Operator Ema Brassington checks the Limited Edition Azera By Design tins - credit: Rod Kirkpatrick

Last year on land adjacent to its Tutbury factory Nestlé opened the Salt Brook Heritage Trail, a unique sculpture attraction celebrating the history and village community of Hatton. Each of the sculptures represent one of the global industries that started in the small rural South Derbyshire village. The project was organised by Friends of the Salt Brook Trail with support from the arts group People Express and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Nestlé and South Derbyshire District Council. Later this month on Saturday 19th October, the Salt Brook Heritage Trail Activity Weekend will take place. An event packed day for young and old, which will also kick off work to create a dry-stone wall along the perimeter of the sculpture trail. With the support of Nestlé and the Dry Stone Walling Association - Derbyshire Branch, volunteers will be able to try their hand at learning this ancient skill that has been so integral in creating the famous Derbyshire landscape.



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  • Nescafé is the world's favourite coffee brand, enjoyed in over 180 countries worldwide. With over 80 years of experience in selecting, roasting and blending the very best coffee, it's no surprise that over 5,500 cups of Nescafé coffee are drunk every second!
  • Nescafé Plan and Farmer Connect – by making sure coffee farmers grow viable, healthy crops, and that coffee farming remains sustainable, the Nescafé Plan helps to ensure that the day never comes when coffee lovers have to wake up without their favourite drink
  • Through the global coffee alliance, Nestlé has the perpetual rights to market Starbucks Consumer Packaged Goods and Foodservice coffee and tea products around the world, outside of Starbucks coffee houses and excluding Ready-to-Drink products.
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