Coffee chain’s sales drained away, after single‑use cup ban.
Boston Tea Party, which has 21 branches across the country, including Bath, said sales fell by a quarter after the ban on single-use plastic cups. The owner of a coffee chain has called on rivals to follow his lead by banning single-use cups — even though sales fell by a quarter as a result.Boston Tea Party, which has many branches across the country, says sales of takeaway coffee fell by a quarter since it introduced the ban last summer but the move was worth the cost to limit the number of cups going to landfill. It estimates the ban has stopped 125,000 cups from being thrown away.
From June last year, it insisted customers bring a reusable cup, drink in or pay a deposit on a cup they can return to any branch. Some chains offered a 25p reusable cup scheme. Sam Roberts, the owner of the chain, said he had factored the loss into the company.
Information and Image have been shared from an Article by Andrew Ellson, Consumer Affairs Correspondent, published at The Times, London, UK, on April 2nd, 2019. Image Credit: Alamy 2019.