Leading UK coffee specialist Costa is welcoming the autumn season with a new bonfire-inspired menu.
The new products will be available in stores from Thursday 6th September.
New seasonal range
The Bonfire Spiced range includes the Bonfire Spiced Latte, Bonfire Spiced Cold Brew, and Bonfire Spiced Hot Chocolate. The range is infused with toasted spices like cinnamon, cardamom and ginger, drawing on the flavours of autumn.
The seasonal drinks will be more expensive than the standard coffees, and also feature some new complimentary desserts like the 'seriously' chocolate cake.
Gennaro Pelliccia, Master of Coffee at Costa, said "After the scorching summer we’ve had, we’re ready to welcome autumn and all the flavours it brings. Costa Coffee is getting into the seasonal spirit with the delectably smoky new Bonfire Spiced Range which includes three new drinks to celebrate all things autumn".
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New veggie-friendly products
Alongside its new drinks menu, Costa has launched a number of new lunch items suitable for vegans and vegetarians.
Products such as the goats cheese and grilled pepper focaccia and new meal pots that can be filled with a choice of chilli con carne or Thai red curry will be available in-store from October.
For those with a sweet tooth, Costa has introduced a vegan sticky toffee and pecan cookie priced at £1.85.
Pelliccia said that Costa is looking to cater "to a variety of dietary requirements" with its new autumn menu, ensuring that there is "something special for everyone".
Free-from products gaining traction
Rival coffee specialist Starbucks has also gone free-from for the autumn season. The popular Pumpkin Spice Latte will be vegan friendly for the first time this year, as Starbucks reformulates its sauce to be dairy-free.
Food-to-go operator Leon recently introduced gluten-free chicken nuggets into all of its stores. To celebrate the release, Leon launched a 'Find the Golden Nugget Competition', in which fifty customers that found a Golden Nugget sticker in their gluten-free nuggets box won a week's worth of the free-from product.
As the free-from trend continues to gain popularity, we expect to see more and more food-to-go operators turning their focus to catering to these needs. This is a great way of maximising the consumer demographic, ensuring there is something for everyone.
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