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Kenco Singles Capsules - A Typical Product Development Process

The Background

Kenco, one of the UK’s leading coffee brands, needed a system to deliver single cups of freshly brewed coffee from roast and ground ingredients. This would have to surpass the quality, handling and performance of rivals in the marketplace, avoid existing IP and create a strong market position.

The Project

Warwick Design was approached and rapidly undertook basic research into the best methods to fast brew individual portions of coffee. A unique ‘Singles’ capsule was developed along with a specially designed processing system capable of delivering high quality freshly brewed coffee, tea and hot chocolate drinks.

The outcome

From our concepts for both capsule and machine, came a robust new drinks system that has since created a highly profitable income stream for Kenco, with tens of thousands machines built and millions of Singles sold.

Since that initial undertaking, Warwick Design continued to support Kenco on a wide variety of vending related projects.

“Warwick Design’s ability to combine basic research and development, sound product design and high quality engineering has produced a durable, world class product.”

Kenco Engineering Manager

“Kenco” and the “Kenco Singles” trade names are the property of Mondelez

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