McDonalds’ recent pledge to change how they source all of their coffee by 2020 is the latest sign of growing consumer demand for more sustainable products – especially in the coffee industry.
According to Bloomberg, the world’s largest restaurant company is partnering with Conservation International and joining the environmental group’s challenge to make coffee the first entirely sustainable agricultural product.
This move reflects a larger foodservice trend: 45% of Millennials say that they think more positively of purveyors who sell a sustainably sourced product. And a quarter claim that they would go “out of their way” to get it, according to recent research from S&D Coffee & Tea.
And they’re even willing to pay more for it.
According to the 2016 NCA National Coffee Drinking Trends (NCDT) report, sourcing from “farms that treat workers well” is one of the claims that most motivates US consumers to purchase a specific coffee.
Yet NCDT data also shows that 28% of coffee drinkers don’t know if their coffee is grown in a sustainable way – which may suggest an opportunity for companies to engage and educate their customers.
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