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We are proud that for 100 years, people have been inviting Kenco into their businesses to fuel uplifting moments. As we reflect on a century of great tasting coffee, we focus on the future, and we continue with our quest to pioneer and innovate, to bring together entire communities, and uplift each other.
Our cooperative was founded by Kenyan farmers, selling from Mayfair and through mail order to British country houses.
Take over premises in Earlsfield and Bermondsey, as well as opening up our own chain of branded coffee houses.
We expanded into retail, opening what we believe was the first branded coffee shop chain in the UK.
Our new instant coffee launches, sold in a special jar from Japan, supported by two decades of iconic advertising campaigns.
Our focus on sustainability grows. In 2003 we begin working with the Rainforest Alliance, and all our coffee is certified by 2010, followed by many further initiatives.
In 2014, we started the Coffee vs Gangs initiative, a long-term commitment to creating opportunities for young people.
We continue to launch world-first instant coffees. From Millicano in 2011, to the first instant flat white in 2017; 2019’s Ice Latte, and more.
Striving Together on Common Grounds
At JDE Peet’s we are acting intentionally to ensure every cup contributes to a better future. From farmers to consumers, we are championing an inclusive and regenerative ecosystem fuelled by our love for coffee and tea.
Common Grounds is comprised of three pillars:
– 590,000 smallholder farmers reached since 2015
– 100% responsibly sourced palm oil
– 77% of the way towards 100% responsibly sources green coffee by 2025
– 78% of the way towards fully reusable, recyclable, or compostable packaging by 2030
– 41% women in leadership positions
– 75% of manufacturing sites are food safety quality certified