Jacobs Douwe Egberts, which supplies an incredible nine per cent of the world’s coffee through its brands including Kenco and Tassimo alongside its Douwe Egberts brand, has said that due to the unexpected incident on the Suez Canal that resulted in supply chain blockages, it is currently unable to source enough certified coffee from key coffee origins in Asia and Africa for some of its brands with the Rainforest Alliance and UTZ labels.
the company, which sells more than 4,200 cups of tea and coffee every second, serves the UK market through its Banbury facility, which produces 20,000 tonnes of coffee a year and employs around 300 people.
The company said: “From March 2021 to May 2021, some of our brands may not contain 100 per cent coffee from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms. We expect this to be resolved by end of May 2021, though, and our products will go back to 100 per cent certified. We will also purchase a volume of certified coffee equivalent to compensate what we would have used during this period, doing our part to help support farmers and protect the environment.”
In its statement, the company added: “We appreciate your patience and understanding, and we remain on track to our commitment of sourcing certified coffee as part of our journey to 100 per cent responsibly sourced coffee by 2025.”