Bute coffee firm wins share of major contract

Coffee Conscience products are available at a number of island locations.
Coffee Conscience products are available at a number of island locations.

Bute firm Coffee Conscience has been named a nominated supplier for TUCO to supply coffee, tea, and hot beverages as part of a national contract worth more than £7.5 million a year.

TUCO is The Universities Caterers Organisation Limited, a not-for profit-collective purchasing group for universities, colleges, higher education institutions and public sector bodies.

With the supply of additional items such as coffee equipment, the estimated spend over the four-year contract is £50 million.

Managing director Billy Miller said: “It is a milestone for our company and also demonstrated that our market offer, products, services, equipment, and brand is regarded as one of the best offers in the industry for this market sector.”

The company is one of only eight coffee suppliers awarded and will primarily focus on Scotland and the north and east of England, where the business has an established customer base.

Coffee Conscience finished in the top three coffee suppliers for the tender within only 1.5 points separating this group.

“For a small company we performed to a very high standard when compared with fully resourced multi-national coffee suppliers,” Mr Miller continued.

“Our island-based status ensures we retain our original values to support Fairtrade and community projects from every cup of coffee sold.

“This award elevates us into a new chapter and to be awarded on our first attempt with this tender shows how far the company has come in the recent years.”

Coffee Conscience celebrates its fourth year in business this week and has to date funded more than 1,700 fruit trees for community orchards, supports foodbanks, provides support and funding to community garden projects, and provides workshops to learn more about local food and our environment.

The company’s ‘2020 Vision’ will be revealed first in The Buteman early next year.