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Coffee Fest and the Great American Dessert Expo Debut Together With Success in Las Vegas

Gourmet coffee and desserts really are a natural combination, as evidenced this past June in Las Vegas. Combined, the shows floored 250 exhibit booths at the Sands Expo Center, sampling the latest in specialty coffee, tea, desserts and related products. Educationally, more than 55 classes covered the gamut of retailing desserts, coffee and everything in between.

Attendance was up 22% percent over 2003’s Las Vegas show and exhibitor participation was up 55% percent over last year.

"Joining with the Dessert Expo was a tremendous risk for us, however preliminarily, but we are glad we did," said David Heilbrunn, Coffee Fest show manager. "It seems as though our attendees and exhibitors were pleased with the combined experience in Las Vegas."

Awards were given for the best new products on display and Porter Products took home the first place prize with their innovative "Double Shot." Second place went to Caffe D’Amore, for their "Dulce De Leche", and PetPuccino received the third place prize for their new "PupPuccino Dog Treats."

The second annual Las Vegas Millrock Latte Art Competition was a success and featured many of the top baristi from throughout the southwest. Twenty-two barista competed in preliminaries on Saturday and Sunday. On Monday the stage was set for the Millrock Free Pour Latte Art Championships with 10 finalists.

Daniel Wayne from Lux Coffee Bar in Phoenix, Arizona was crowned champion and awarded the $1,000 top prize. While others came close, Daniel displayed a clear advantage over all other competitors in both the preliminary rounds and then again in the finals. Second place went to second time competitor Jared Mockli, representing the Seattle Barista Academy in Seattle, Washington. James Kellum of Coffee Klatch Roasting in San Dimas, California, took third place. James showed the most creativity by successfully pouring an elephant’s head in the final round but chose a rosette as his judging submission. While we will never know if the elephant would have taken top honors, it was great to see the creativity begin to emerge in the competition.

Coffee Fest Las Vegas 2005 is scheduled for June 3-5, 2005 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Tel: (1)(425) 283-5058, ext.13, Web site: www.coffeefest.com.


Bosch Packaging Acquires SIG Pack

Robert Bosch Verpakkingsmachines B.V. (NL) will take over SIG Pack from SIG Holding AG, headquartered in Neuhausen, Switzerland. The acquisition is subject to approval by the antitrust authorities.

SIG Pack is a manufacturer of packaging machines and systems. The product range comprises horizontal bag forming, filling and sealing as well as flat bag machines, wrapping machines and robot technology for the food and confectionery industries. The Swiss company has a work force of approximately 1,540 and generates sales of about 230 million Euro annually.

Bosch enhances the position of its Division Packaging Technology amongst the packaging machine manufacturers in a strongly fragmented market, taking a step to becoming a supplier of comprehensive solutions. There is only a slight overlapping in the product ranges.

Bosch Packaging Technology designs, produces and sells packaging machines and lines for coffee and tea. In the decision process of divesting the division, considerations other than price alone were taken into account. It was important for the board of directors and the group executive committee that the traditional business of packaging machines for dry goods should be transferred to the right new owner. Roman Boutellier, c.e.o. and president, said: "Selecting the new owner, SIG was conscious of needing to be fair to all parties involved. In addition to our shareholders as well as customers and suppliers, this was particularly applicable to SIG Pack employees. The SIG management is convinced of having found an ideal partner in Bosch, who will continue to develop and expand the business activities of SIG Pack."

Beat Kalin, c.e.o. of SIG Pack, confirms this. "The time of uncertainty for our employees and customers is over. We are pleased that we are able to face the future with a large and strong industrial partner. Particularly for the Systems unit in Beringen, this new environment will present new opportunities," he said.



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