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First Colony’s New President
First Colony Coffee & Tea Company announced that senior vice president and chief operating officer Charles E. Cortellini will take over as president and CEO of the company as current president Thomas J. Brockenbrough plans to retire effective April 1, 2003.

Since 1976, Cortellini has developed vast experience in all areas of the coffee business having held numerous positions inside Hills Bros., Nestle, Chock Full o’Nuts and First Colony Coffee & Tea Company. He is dedicated to building on the success of the company.

“We will continue to grow on our traditional success by offering quality products, customer service and personal relationships,” said Cortellini.

Cortellini plans to not only continue the traditions set in place more than 100 years ago, but he is also looking into the future. He understands the potential of First Colony, and he is ready to push forward for the next 100 years with a special focus on the company’s line of teas.

“Our core business in established specialty channels will be expanded with both coffee and tea line extensions including Benchley tea,” said Cortellini.

Brockenbrough believes he is leaving the company in very capable hands, and after 32 years in the coffee business, he is confident that the First Colony team will continue the standard of excellence set in place so many years ago.

Stockton Graham’s New Sales & Marketing Staff
Stockton Graham & Co. has hired Christopher Fipps as sales and marketing support. Fipps has extensive administrative and human resources experience. He will assist in administrative activities, such as billing, invoicing, database management and report preparation. Fipps will also be working in sales by preparing sales data sheets and generating proposal. Additionally, He will be responsible for maintaining databases, assisting in mailing efforts and aiding in the generation of customized marketing materials.

Stevens Leaves UBFNA & Royal Estates
Bruce Stevens from recently left his position with UBFNA and Royal Estates. Stevens has accepted a move to another Unilever business in the UK as Buyer/Blender, reporting to Brian MacAuley in the European Tea Hub based at Brooke House, Crawley, England.

“During Bruce’s almost four-year tenure with UBFNA he has contributed much to our success,” states Peter Goggi, director supply management, Tea. “Bruce’s intense desire to learn, his international experience and ability to view issues and opportunities from all angles will be sorely missed.”

FFS’s New Hires
Dr. Tangel is the new director of Technical Application in Flavor & Fragrance Specialties (FFS) Mahwah facility. Dr. Tangel’s most recent position was with The Foote & Jenks Corporation where he was vice president of operations. With numerous years of experience regarding Flavor Applications, FFS look forward to having him as an addition to their Flavor Applications Department.

Scott VanWhy has joined FFS as senior account executive in their Fragrance Sales department. VanWhy joins them after a career including positions at Belmay and Novile.

Edward Mandel has joined Flavor & Fragrance specialties as a senior account executive in their sales department. Artemio Rivera has joined FFS flavor department as flavor technician. Rivera comes to them after working for a number of years at Takasago.

Tea & Coffee - May/June, 2003

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