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UK's coffee market full of beans as sales to soar 29%

By Josie Clarke

Two-thirds of all Britons visited a coffee shop in recent months, with sales forecast to jump 29% over the next five years, figures suggest.

The UK coffee shop market has enjoyed its biggest period of growth since 2008, with the market rising by 37% over the past five years, up from £2.4bn in 2011 to £3.4bn last year, according to analysts Mintel.

Sales soared by 10.4% between 2015 and 2016 - the biggest year-on-year boost in the past five years - and are forecast to rise a further 29% to £4.3bn over the next five years.

The survey also found almost nine in 10 coffee drinkers (87%) tried to recycle their cups, with 58% saying they would like coffee shops to offer a discount to customers who used their own travel mugs.

Some 40% said they did not mind being charged more for hot drinks served in 100% recyclable coffee cups, and 30% would prefer to pay for filtered water instead of buying bottled water.

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