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Bewley's US operations win major airline contract

Java City Inc, the US subsidiary of Irish tea and coffee market leader Bewley’s will supply sustainably produced speciality coffee to passengers on all American Airlines domestic and international flights. American Airlines serves some 50 million cups of coffee...
 Bewley’s US operations win major airline contract
 
 

Java City Inc, the US subsidiary of Irish tea and coffee market leader Bewley’s will supply sustainably produced speciality coffee to passengers on all American Airlines domestic and international flights.

American Airlines serves some 50 million cups of coffee annually.

The hand-roasted coffee blend is 100% Rainforest Alliance Certified, grown on farms that protect the environment and the rights and welfare of workers, their families and communities.

“The provision of socially and environmentally responsible coffee forms an integral component of our business. We’re very pleased to supply American Airlines and its valued customers,” said John Cahill, Chief Executive of Bewley’s.

“Our US operation Java City uses a sustainably grown, Central American blend of 100 percent Arabica Beans. This speciality coffee blend carries the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal which is awarded to farms that meet comprehensive and rigorous standards covering social, labour and environmental conservation issues.”

The move forms part of American’s overall sustainability programmes. American currently participates in a number of onboard initiatives in an effort to lessen its impact on the environment. For example, this year the company trimmed the weight on 55 percent of its galley carts, which will reduce annual fuel consumption by over 7 million litres and lower American's annual carbon emissions by some 2,676 tonnes. Also, American switched to a lighter weight water bottle – a change that will reduce carbon emissions by 450kg and plastic usage by over 9,000kg annually.

"American Airlines' commitment to sourcing Rainforest Alliance Certified coffee shows that consumers around the globe are embracing sustainability," said Tensie Whelan, president of the Rainforest Alliance. "Passengers can enjoy their cup of coffee knowing that it comes from well-managed farms, where ecosystems and wildlife are protected and where workers enjoy access to health care, education, decent wages and dignified housing."

About the Rainforest Alliance

The Rainforest Alliance works with people whose livelihoods depend on the land, helping them transform the way they grow food, harvest wood and host travelers. From large multinational corporations to small, community-based cooperatives, businesses and consumers worldwide are involved in the Rainforest Alliance's efforts to bring responsibly produced goods and services to a global marketplace where the demand for sustainability is growing steadily. For more information, visit www.rainforest-alliance.org.

About Bewley’s and Java City

Under its Java City brand, Bewley’s provides speciality hot beverage solutions to over 2,500 US and international locations and owns 8 cafes in California. Strategic partners operate an additional 500 Java City branded cafes and 30 franchise locations in Korea. The group also operates the Rebecca’s Cafés operation in Boston, Massachusetts.

Bewley’s continues to develop its business in line with clearly defined corporate responsibility and environmental sustainability programmes. These includes direct linkages with growers and the buying of coffee and tea within internationally recognised ethical programmes most notably in Nicaragua, Guatemala and Costa Rica where Bewley’s pays forward prices above market rates and encourages on-farm health & education programmes. The group also continues to be the first fully certified carbon neutral coffee company in Ireland using renewable energy sources, energy efficiency programmes, certified carbon offsets and packaging and waste recycling and reduction.

Edited by Laura Canter



 



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