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Sustainability for Success

"Switching focus to cater increasingly to a UK lockdown has been on the agenda for most hot beverages and cold brew suppliers during 2020 - and many are facing 2021 confidently, with strong plans to back their brands." - The Grocer Guide to Hot Drinks & Cold Brew

We spoke to The Grocer about the trends that we've seen in the coffee industry over the last year admidst a global pandemic, as well as our plans for the future of Dualit and how we are working to become an increasingly sustainable and forward thinking company.

As more and more consumers are now working from home, coffee machines and coffee consumables have seen a rapid increase in sales. For example, our Cafe Plus and Bean to Go Machines have seen sales increase by 149% and 67% respectively, while sales of our coffee capsules have risen by 39%. This continuous increase has been evident across both our private label customers and direct sales from Dualit.com. The key to remaining at the top of the market lies in offering consumers the best in taste, quality, fair trading and sustainability, in line with the growing awareness for reducing single use plastic across the board.

Dualit is a genuinely innovative, award-winning company that prides itself on its ability to adapt and evolve to consumer demand. From producing the first industrially compostable⁺ capsule in the UK to our patented EcoPress Aluminium Capsule Recyler, we have made serious strides in sustainability.


The facts speak for themselves; our Aluminium Capsules have seen an exponential growth with a 25% increase in sales year-on-year (July-December), while our EcoPress has performed extremely well since its launch in January 2020 as consumers discover how easy it is to use for quick and efficient home recycling. We've sold over 10,000 across Dualit.com and Amazon in the last six months alone.

Our coffee capsules are now plastic-free on all our Dualit-branded packaging, while the capsules themselves are 100% recyclable. In fact, we have successfully reduced packaging overall by more than 50% since we started manufacturing Dualit and Nespresso®*-compatible capsules in the UK in 2013.


We have also expanded our popular Compostable⁺ Nespresso®*-Compatible Capsule Range, adding an Organic Colombian single origin, a new Peruvian Colombian blend, and Intense and Lungo blends that were previously only available in plastic capsules. Offering organic-certified coffee consumables is a first for Dualit. The new flavours are also Fairtrade-certified.

For those who require a personal touch, we will soon be offering four different pack sizes for the new Private Label capsules, to better accomodate customers' demands. These will include 10 pack tube and single-layer 10 pack boxes, as well as 20- and 30- pck options - private label configurations offered by few suppliers. Three different varieties of Private Label capsule will be available - aluminium, compostable⁺ or plastic - all of which are Nespresso®* compatible.

*Nespresso® trademark is owned by Société des Produits Nestlé S.A.

⁺Suitable for industrial composting through authorised food waste collection schemes.

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