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UNIC Opens Japan Subsidiary

UNIC opened its subsidiary UNIC JAPAN KK in Tokyo, confirming its strategy to reinforce its Japanese market presence.

UNIC JAPAN handles the distribution and the after-sales service of the complete UNIC equipment line of professional espresso machines, and the latest versions of the TANGO super-automatics. The company intends to gain a favorable position among the major players in the industry by offering a performing maintenance service

supported by an ongoing training of the technical teams. The subsidiary provides the necessary technical support for its existing machine base in Japan, with more than 2,000 references including well-known chain accounts throughout the country.

UNIC is represented across the five continents through its distribution and sales network and has a direct presence in the U.S. and Japan.

For information, visit unic.japan@unic-sa.com.

Sara Lee Debuts Good Origin in U.S.

Sara Lee Foodservice recently introduced Good Origin sustainable coffee to the U.S. market.

“The introduction of Good Origin builds on our winning European formula and helps us incorporate sustainability as part of a viable business strategy for coffee producers,” said Mike DePriest, senior brand manager of Sara Lee Foodservice. “Taking a comprehensive approach to sustainability through our partnership with Utz Certified Good Inside makes good business sense for both our customers and our company. It provides consumers with great tasting coffee that they know has been produced responsibly - by balancing people, planet and profit,” said DePriest.

`Sara Lee has previously introduced its Good Origin brand in countries such as the Netherlands, the UK and Denmark, where consumer demand for sustainable coffee is growing rapidly. The new, Utz Certified Good Inside coffee is available in three varieties under the Good Origin Premium label (Moyobamba Peru, Terrenos Gemelos and Copita Madura Decaf) and three varieties under the Good Origin Gourmet label (Pluma de Oaxaca, Tres Joyas and Copa Oscura Decaf). Each variety is packed in a NaturalBox carton, made with 100% post-consumer recycled-materials.

For information, visit www.goodorigin.com, www.saralee.com, and www.utzcertified.org

Wal-Mart Introduces Private Label Coffee

Wal-Mart Stores recently introduced its own line of organic, Rainforest Allianceand Fair Trade certified coffee.

The line includes Sam’s Choice FairTrade certified coffee, Sam’s Choice Rainforest Alliance certified coffee and Sam’s Choice USDA organic decaffeinated coffee. Wal-Mart also said the six coffees are certified as “carbon neutral” because Cafe Bom Dia, its Brazil-based coffee roaster, has cut its net carbon emissions to zero. “The socially conscious consumer is a growing area we’re marketing to, and certainly this coffee fills that void in our line,” said Matt Kistler, senior vice president of sustainability at Wal-Mart.

Increased consumer awareness about environmental issues and farmers’ standard of living creates a growing market for products deemed sustainable. As consumers show greater interest in where and how their coffee is produced, coffee chains have started purchasing “Fair Trade” beans to make their drinks.

Brazil Opens Terra Forte USA with Christian Wolthers

Terra Forte Coffee recently formed Terra Forte Coffee USA in collaboration with Christian Wolthers.

Terra Forte Exp e Imp de Café Ltda began in 2005 and is headquartered at Sao Joao da Boa Vista/SP, Brazil. Terra Forte exports over half a million bags/year. The company owns seven farms for a total of 10,873 acres with an average 247,000 60 kg bags produced/year.

Terra Forte USA will also offer different Brazilian qualities on SPOT and future delivery conditions through New York, Jacksonville, Miami, New Orleans, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle. Terra Forte USA will also offer on FOB basis when required. Coffees from Fazenda Ipanema will be represented.

Terra Forte USA’s office in the U.S. will be at Wolthers America. Christian Wolthers and his team will be the local liaison offering and selling Terra Forte coffees, caring for logistics, accounts payable/receivable and quality support.

For information, visit www.terrafortecafes.com.br

Buhler Sortex Opens New Site

Buhler Sortex, manufacturer of optical sorters for food processors, recently moved to a plant at Gallions Reach in London.

Buhler Sortex was founded as Gunson’s Sortex, in 1947 when London was preparing for the 1948 Olympic Games. Now part of Switzerland’s Buhler Group, the infrastructure requirements of the 2012 London Olympics have led to its relocation from Pudding Mill Lane.

“When the Olympic City selection process was under way I was convinced that Paris would be chosen,” said Bruno Kilshaw, managing director of Buhler Sortex. “I watched the announcement of the IOC’s decision on TV with some colleagues and when London was named I was stunned. I knew that we had barely two years to relocate and was not convinced that it was possible.”

The new site also becomes home to the UK offices of the Buhler Group. CEOCalvin Grieder is convinced that significantly greater efficiencies and cost savings will result from a single site operation.

Hipage Acquires Competitor

The Hipage Company, Inc., a customs broker and international freight forwarder founded in Norfolk in 1927, recently acquired W.M. Stone & Company, Inc., a local competitor, for an undisclosed amount.

Both firms, privately held, are based in Norfolk. All full time W.M. Stone employees have been offered positions at HIPAGE, which employs 150 people in 12 offices in five states.

The acquisition of W. M. Stone fits our culture,” said Linwood D. Beckner, part owner and executive vice president of HIPAGE. “We have known and respected each other for many years, even though we have been competitors.”

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