Barista & Co Coffee and FBA International are the latest housewares suppliers to join BHETA (British Home Enhancement Trade Association).
Based on the south coast, Barista & Co Coffee now exports to over 30 countries. Founder James Gray was originally inspired to create the company while enjoying super sweet ca phe da coffee at a street coffee seller in Hanoi with girlfriend, Louise. He appreciated that great coffee does not need to be complicated.
With a career background in wine and consumer goods, James thought that fresh coffee, along with coffee makers, accessories and friendly advice should be made accessible for consumers so more people could enjoy a higher standard of coffee at home. Meanwhile, with a background in sourcing for the likes of Selfridges and Waitrose, Louise joined the business in 2014 bringing her passion for ethical business and ensuring transparency in the supply chain.
FBA International UK is a subsidiary of a company which originated in Australia. It is committed to product innovation and development, creating smart, useful and affordable alternatives for the home and kitchen, under its own brands or client brands. The team oversees product development from concept to design to manufacture.
Established in 1990 (with an international head office in Melbourne), the company has production, warehousing and distribution facilities in China. Product ranges include kitchenware and homewares, along with storage and pet products, which are sourced from around the world or uniquely manufactured at FBA’s own production facility in China.
Seema Grantham, BHETA’s sector manager for housewares comments: “Bringing great ideas to market in a practical way is essential in today’s world and I’m delighted to see sustainable, design-led companies looking to expand with BHETA.”
* For more information about BHETA and its networking, market data, lobbying and business support opportunities, contact Seema Grantham on 07946 078566.
Top: Image from Barista & Co Coffee