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Colombian Federation Awarded ISO Certifications

Almacafé, the coffee-warehousing subsidiary of the National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia, has received two ISO awards from Bureau Veritas Quality International. ISO Certification 9001:2000 recognizes Almacafé’s thorough controls to select and classify parchment coffee at the Federation’s several hundred interior purchase stations and 25 coffee warehouses. In addition, Bureau Veritas certified Almacafe’s export classification system, through which all Colombian coffee must pass in order to earn export quality certification.

“The ISO award certifications represent an important step forward in our ability to demonstrate to our Colombian coffee customers that the Colombian coffee growers and their Federation support total quality from tree to cup, and that we apply verifiable standards to document this commitment,” said Gonzalo Rivera, general manager of Almacafé. He also noted that Almacafé has received ISO Certification 17025, attesting to the technical proficiency and reliability of its of 25 coffee quality control laboratories, located in both the interior and at the ports.

“The Federation’s track record in documenting and enforcing quality standards for Colombian coffee constitutes a great advantage to the many importers, roasters, and consumers who want to rely upon a verifiable quality audit trail,” he added. “It protects the quality of our product, and also helps prevent possible tampering incidents that might occur within the food chain” he added, noting that the US Food and Drug Administration recently issued guidelines to food processors and manufacturers against possible tampering incidents as a result of the September 11 tragedy.

The National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia is a non-profit democratic organization founded in 1927, and which today represents Colombia’s 560,000 coffee growers.


P&O Nedlloyd Places Record Order for New Reefer Containers

P&O Nedlloyd has placed a record order for reefer containers worth in excess of $200 million. The new containers will replace all old blown air containers currently in use in the Europe/USA - Australasia service, older integral equipment and expiring leased containers.

The total order is for 14,500 containers consisting of 6000 x 20’ reefer and 8500 x 40’ high cube reefer containers. The containers have been ordered from China International Marine Containers Group (CIMC) Hong Kong. All containers will be delivered before November.

Doug Bannister, general manager for the Europe/ANZ Trade, commented: “P&O Nedlloyd has been the leading carrier of refrigerated goods from Australia and New Zealand to Europe since trading began over 100 years ago. This investment is another landmark in our continuous development of the trade and it clearly signals the dedication that we have to our customers who trade from Australia and New Zealand to Europe and the USA.”




Tea & Coffee - June/July, 2002
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