Automation key to the future of café culture: Seven Miles report

As restrictions ease and the hospitality industry looks to the new way of working in the wake of COVID-19, a new report from Seven Miles Coffee Roasters predicts automation will lead the coffee industry in the coming years. As restrictions ease in many parts of the country, Dr Adam Carr, Head of the Coffee Science and Education Centre (CSEC) at Seven Miles, is releasing Café 2025 to help support the industry through the recovery process.
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coffee cups

Swinburne professors say universities should lead reduction of disposable coffee cups

Professors from Swinburne University in Victoria have proposed that universities should take a lead role in the reduction of disposable coffee cup use in an article published in The Lancet Planetary Health journal. The commentary, written by Dr Jonathan Kingsley, with Jacqueline O’Brien and Dr Aisling Bailey, says some universitieshave already taken such actions. This includes strategies to change student behaviour involving financial incentives, refillable cups, raising awareness, and marketing.
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Small business

Report finds one in three small business owners fear insolvency

American Express’s annual Economy of Shopping Small report has found that a third of small business operators fear they risk becoming insolvent in the next three to five years. The report is based on in-depth interviews with 10 small business owners, and 20-minute surveys with 864 small businesses and a nationally representative group of 1019 consumers. Only 38 per cent of small business owners say revenue has increased during the past 12 months. This was a decline from the 43 per cent that reported growth last year.
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Silver Chef

Silver Chef report reveals café boom in regional areas

The Silver Chef 2018 Hospitality Industry Success Index report has revealed that almost 10 per cent of Australian cafés, 9.9 per cent, have been in business for less than a year. Of those new cafés, a large number opened in regional centres, with a 16.5 per cent increase is the number of cafés opening in non-urban areas. The report says only 8.9 per cent of cafés have been in business for longer than four years.
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