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Kenya Teas Enter U.S.

The Kenya Tea Development Agency, a major producer of CTC teas, has shipped the first container of their new line of Orthodox Black and Green Teas to the U.S. Teas will be sold through Kentea Limited, New York, Walker Tea LLC, Florida and G.S. Haly, California. Packaging is in lined cartons of 25-30 kgs. Net, 40 cartons per pallet. The container loads are shipped direct from origin; pallets of single or mixed grade cartons, single carton or 5 lb. units are offered.

Shown in photo: Top, L to R: Nick Salza, Kentea; David Walker, Walker Tea. Bottom: L to R: Vic Ferretti, Kentea; and Samuel Karima, KTDA.

Coffee Fest Offers Latte Art Training, Receives Awards

Coffee Fest will be hosting Latte Art classes at all Coffee Fest shows this year. The 2004 Washington D.C. Millrock Latte Art Champion, Chris DeFerio of Gimme Coffee in Ithaca, New York, will be teaching the classes at Coffee Fest Chicago; Daniel Wayne of Lux Coffee Bar in Phoenix, Arizona, 2004 Las Vegas Millrock Latte Art Champion, will train at Coffee Fest Las Vegas and Seattle Millrock Latte Art Champion, JC Morris of Café Artigiano in Vancouver, British Columbia, will be teaching Latte Art classes at Coffee Fest Seattle. Six hands-on classes will occur at each show. Interested parties may apply for classes by contacting Coffee Fest at (1)(425) 283-5058 or by visiting their website at www.coffeefest.com.

The exposition industry honored and celebrated the success of the 50 fastest-growing shows in the U.S. and Canada at the 2nd Annual Tradeshow Week’s 50 Fastest-Growing Shows in Dallas, Texas. Judging for this was based on percentage increase of exhibitor net square footage, total number exhibiting companies and increase in attendance.

Coffee Fest finished in first place among all established trade shows, posting an 81% growth over the judging period. Of the 7,900 established trade shows in North America, Coffee Fest is the fastest-growing, having posted larger gains than any other established trade show over the 2001 through 2003 time frame.

Coffee Fest’s 2005 show schedule is as follows: Coffee Fest Chicago, February 25-27; Coffee Fest Las Vegas, June 3-5, and Coffee Fest Seattle, October 28-30.

Fiber Paper Prices to Increase

Two major tea and coffee filter paper manufacturers will be raising prices due to an increase in manufacturing costs. Infusion products have increased dramatically and this trend is expected to continue. The cost increase relates to the price of raw materials, energy and transportation. Price increases are expected to be in the range of 8-12%, depending on the region.

Manufacturers have said they have been absorbing many of these costs this past year but have now reached a point where the scale of the increases of major cost drivers coupled with the speed at which they have risen leaves them no alternative but to pass on a price increase to customers.

Barnie’s Enters Indonesia

Florida-based Barnie’s Coffee & Tea Company, Inc. continues its global expansion with the opening of two new franchised stores in Jakarta, Indonesia. The stores, the chain’s first in the Asian market, are the work of master franchisee Tanto Kurniawan, and reflect the continued expansion of Barnie’s outside the U.S. market with stores already in operation in the Middle East and under development in Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and Guatemala.

In addition to its expansion outside the U.S., the chain has added, in the past month, three new Barnie’s Coffee & Tea stores in the U.S., with another three stores scheduled to open before the end of 2004. Michael Daigle, the company’s executive vice president in charge of development, says: “By the end of 2004, we will have tripled the size of the Barnie’s franchise system over what it was this time last year. We already have another 25 stores on the boards for the first quarter next year and expect to open approximately 100 stores in 2005.”

Currently, Barnie’s has over 100 company-owned and franchised retail.

Insomnia Coffee Acquires Rival Perk

Irish coffee chain Insomnia Coffee Co. has bought rival Perk for over $1million.

Insomnia will invest a further $1 million in four new store openings by the end of the year. The acquisition of Perk, which has six stores, plus the planned openings, will bring the number of outlets to 21.

The combined group will employ 130 people and will sell over 1.75 million cups of coffee and 750,000 sandwiches a year. At the time, the company indicated that it planned to increase its number of stores to 22 through both organic growth and acquisition.

Insomnia chief executive Harry O’Kelly said, “This deal represents inevitable consolidation within our industry. And it creates a strong indigenous Irish coffee and sandwich chain, which will be in a better position to take on both national and international competitors.”

Solberg & Hanson Celebrates

For the last 30 years, Trygve Klingenberg has been running a tight ship after he took over the family company, Norwegian specialty roaster Solberg & Hansen, which has been in business for 125 years. Today S&H is among the leading specialty roasters of the world, and also an importer of teas. Through his leadership, Klingenberg has been instrumental in the founding of the Specialty Coffee Assn. of Norway, The Speciality Coffee Association of Europe (where he has served as president) and the World Barista Championship.

Tea & Coffee - January/February, 2005

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