Marks and Spencer: How Percy Pig sweets almost weren't created

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Marks and Spencer is known for selling various coffee beans from all over the world. All of the retailer’s coffee beans are Fairtrade-certified, but shoppers yesterday noticed something about M&S’s coffee that they did not like.

Yesterday, M&S posted on social media that it is Fairtrade fortnight this week and next.

The retailer celebrated the occasion by re-launching their entire coffee range.

M&S wrote in an Instagram post: “All of our coffee at M&S is Fairtrade-certified!”

“From our instant right through to our single origin beans and grounds,” the retailer added.

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M&S has added new additions to its coffee range, including coffee bags.

The Instagram caption said: “You might spot a few new additions, including these nifty coffee bags!

“Perfect for the taste of a pour-over, made as simply as an instant!”

The coffee bags are available in medium and dark roasts, as well as decaf.

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Costing £2.25 for a box of 10 bags, M&S describes the coffee bags as “real coffee made simple, without any mess”.

All coffee lovers need to do is pop a bag into a mug of hot water and brew for a recommended time of four minutes.

However, these new bags have divided shoppers.

Some customers yesterday expressed their concerns in regard to the materials used to create the bags.

One Instagram user asked: “Are the bags compostable? Are the individual sachets paper?”

“Surely this is just creating more waste and rubbish to dispose of? We don’t have bags for coffee now so why would we need them? Not helping the environment,” another unimpressed customer added.

Another coffee fan asked: “Are the bags compostable or at least recyclable?”

“Come on M&S I am one of your constant food and clothing purchasers, please up the game with this,” said a frustrated loyal shopper.

The coffee bags come in a cardboard packaging that is widely recyclable, but the film around the individual bags cannot yet be recycled, according to the Ocado website.

But M&S has said: “The coffee bags are compostable through food waste and council garden waste services.”

Other new products in M&S’s coffee range include Blonde Fairtrade Ground Coffee, costing £2.25 for 227 grams, and Collection Single Origin ‘Guest’ Blends, costing £5 for 227 grams.

The Blonde roast is a mellow and fruity flavour, while the ‘Guest’ blends is the first of the retailer’s new limited-edition hyper-local coffees, sourced from single growers.

This one is grown in Muhanga, in the Southern Province of Rwanda.

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