We Brits do like to visit coffee shops – and regularly. According to research, the UK coffee shop market has enjoyed its biggest period of growth since 2008, when the market was valued at £2.2 billion. Over the last five years, the market has reached an impressive £3.4 billion in 2016. Over the next five years coffee shop sales are forecast to jump a further 29%, making that figure £4.3 billion.
Some interesting figures from the research show that coffee shop usage apparently peaks among consumers aged 16-24 (73%) and a relatively tiny percentage (19%) of the nation do not drink tea, coffee or other hot drinks out of the home. It’s good to note that the majority (87%) of coffee drinkers try to dispose of their packaging waste in recycling bins, but more than a half would like coffee shops to offer a discount to customers using their own travel mugs.