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Green Mountain Hires Heavy Hitters
Green Mountain Coffee, Inc. recently announced that Don Holly and Lindsey Bolger have joined the company.

Don Holly began his coffee career working with the Diedrich family as a business partner, assisting in the initial growth of Diedrich Manufacturing, now Diedrich Coffee Roasters. During his career at Diedrich Coffee he served as chief financial officer and vice president of operations.

Robert Stiller, president and ceo of Green Mountain Coffee, Inc. said, “I am very excited that Don has joined our team. He brings the Company a wealth of experience that will add a deeper dimension to the quality of our work, our coffee, and our organization. We are very pleased to have Don working with us in this key area of our business.”

In addition, Lindsey Bolger has joined the company as coffee manager. In this new position, she will oversee the coffee sourcing, contracting, planning, new product development, and quality assurance functions at the company. In addition, she will also work to support Green Mountain Coffee’s mission to work more directly with coffee farmers and coffee growing communities.

Lindsey Bolger began her coffee career in 1987 with Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters in Olympia, Washington. She trained as a coffee roaster under Dick Batdorf, and eventually assumed the dual roles of roastmaster and green coffee buyer.

Bob Stiller said, “We have always worked hard to provide our customers with great coffee. In this era of low coffee prices, obtaining consistently high quality coffees is a greater challenge than normal. It is terrific to have Lindsey here with us because her expertise will help us meet this challenge and maintain our tradition of offering outstanding coffee.”

Swangart Joins Ottens Flavors
William Swangart has joined Ottems Flavors as senior beverage technologist responsible for all beverage flavor applications in alcoholic and non-alcoholic-based beverages.

Swanhart comes to Ottens from IFF where he served as group leader, beverage applications. Prior to that, he held senior technical posts with Perlarom Technology, Quest International, General Foods, and Firmenich.

Swangart is a member of International Society of Beverage Technologists (ISBT) and Institute of Food Technologists (IFT).

Grindmaster’s New VP
William J. Yetman was recently named executive vice president sales & marketing of Grindmaster Crathco Systems, Inc (GCS), which is based in Kentucky.

Yetman joins GCS following 16 years with Becks North America, in various executive sales and marketing positions.

Finlay’s New Director of Soluble Tea Sales
James Finlay & Co. (U.S.), Inc., New Jersey, a division of James Finlay Limited the world’s largest grower, processor and seller of tea products, appointed Gary G. Vorsheim as director of soluble tea sales. Vorsheim, who has over 25 years experience in the instant tea industry, was most recently president of Quality Instant Teas, Inc. and previously held positions within Tetley, USA and Tenco, a division of The Coca-Cola Company.

Flavor & Fragrance Continues to Grow
As part of the continuing expansion of their operations, Flavor & Fragrance Specialties added several new members to their company.

Jeffrey Wichmann has been named plant manager for the Baltimore, Maryland production facility of FFS. Wichmann brings many years of experience in both domestic and international operations to his new position.

Grover Alexander Jr. has joined FFS as quality assurance manager. Alexander has years of experience in a manufacturing environment with a specialization in sanitation and quality systems for foodstuffs.

Judy Eberwein has recently been hired as shipping supervisor for the Baltimore production facility. Eberweing brings over 15 years of shipping experience to her new position.

Anacafe’s New President
Luis Fernando Montenegro was elected president. Montenegro was previously president of Anacafé during 1998-1999.

As president, Montenegro says that during his tenor he would strengthen the unity of the coffee sector in this time of crisis. He also said that he would look for value added opportunities for the promotion of Guatemalan Coffees in the U.S., Europe and Japan.

Tea & Coffee - January/February 2002

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