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NCA Fall Educational Conference

The 2006 NCA Fall Educational Conference was a major success, with more participation than any previous conference, including attendees, exhibitors and speakers. The two-day event featured 20 educational seminars divided between general session and tracks on marketing or quality.

The conference also introduced several exciting new features, which included NCA’s first barista demonstration and a virtual coffee mill tour using audiovisual aids. Another first, the pre-conference Espresso Training Course at Lavazza Premium Coffee’s state-of-the-art training facility, was filled to capacity.

The conference included sessions on the art and science of roasting, quality through proper grinding, and using brewing technology to control the elements of coffee perfection. Attendees also reacted very positively to sessions reflecting the meeting’s focus on coffee’s expanding menu of possibilities, including sessions on iced coffees, coffee as a nutraceutical, quality assurance in the quick-serve segment, and coffee variety in foodservice offerings.


Maximus Buys Texas Kraft Facilities

Kraft Foods Inc., is selling its Maxwell House coffee plant in Houston, Texas to Maximus Coffee Group LP. Included in the sale are the buildings, machinery, equipment and inventory. Once the sale is final, approximately 350 Kraft plant employees will have the opportunity to join Maximus Coffee Group. As part of the agreement, Maximus Coffee Group will produce coffee and powdered beverages for Kraft, as well as its own coffee products.

Maximus is affiliated with Houston-based Cadeco Industries Inc., which has coffee processing, packaging and warehousing operations in Houston.


Utz Kapeh Opens Vietnam Office

Utz Kapeh recently opened their official representative office in Buon Ma Thuot, Daklak, Vietnam. The organization says this location is a solid base for the Utz Kapeh team to intensify their support to the certified responsible coffee sector in Vietnam.

Utz Kapeh has been present in Vietnam since 2004. There are currently six Utz Kapeh-certificate holders registered in Vietnam, with a total certified area of 6000 hectares, a certified production of more than 14,000 tons presently and thousands of coffee farmers and workers benefiting from the opportunities and value that the Utz Kapeh program offers. Utz Kapeh certified production and area in Vietnam is projected to double by the end of 2006.

The Utz Kapeh organization supports an increasing amount of producers with technical assistance and training regarding the implementation of professional coffee growing practices in close cooperation with local partners like Cafecontrol, the Vietnam Association for Coffee and Cacao (Vicofa), the Provincial People Committee of Daklak, and numerous other departments and trading companies in Vietnam.


ASIC to Meet in Brazil

The 22nd International Conference on Coffee Science will take place on September 14 -19, 2008, in Campinas (São Paulo state/Brazil).

ASIC 2008 will gather the best of scientific knowledge related to coffee and will focus on two themes of great relevance: “Coffee and Health” and “Trends of Consumption and the Science of Coffee.”

As Brazil is a main coffee exporter and second largest consumer country, the event is expected to attract interested delegates from all nations, promoting a network of scientific researchers, industry representatives, authorities, growers, media and other important segments connected to coffee production and consumption. Prior and after the conference, sightseeing tours will be arranged.

Aldir Alves Teixeira is the president of the organizing committee.


Zanetti Buys Brodie Melrose & Drysdale

Brodies, the Edinburgh, Scotland coffee roaster Brodie Melrose and Drysdale, has been acquired by the Massimo Zanetti group of Italy and Geneva.

According to Coffee House, Brodies is a £3 million company with 1,500 customers across the U.K., and has interests in coffee, tea, and also fine biscuits and confectionery. Ralph Lutton, managing director and major shareholder of Brodies, said that he was not looking to sell his company, until he received an approach from Massimo Zanetti himself, who turned out to have tasted Brodies’ products while touring Scotland.

Zanetti is Italy’s largest roaster for foodservice, although second to Lavazza in retail, but has interests across the full spectrum of the coffee trade – it has estates in Brazil and Costa Rica, a green coffee trading company, a shipping company, several roasting interests, the San Marco espresso-machine company, distributed here by another of their interests, Metropolitan of London, and then extends through to coffee-bar retail with the British chain Puccino. Their European brands include Segafredo Zanetti, Meira, Café Mag, and Tiktak who hold the Royal warrant to supply coffee to the Court of the Netherlands. They own and manage over 600 coffee shops throughout the world including the Segafredo Zanetti chain, and the Chock Full o’ Nuts chain in the U.S. Massimo Zanetti also has a group of food-related manufacturing companies in Finland, Holland, Poland, Austria, France and Corsica.


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Tea & Coffee - January, 2007
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