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Coffee Distributing Corp Acquisition

Coffee Distributing Corp. of Garden City Park, New York announced today the acquisition of assets of Englewood, New Jersey and Mannie’s Coffee and Vending Service of Union, New Jersey. Founded in 1964 by its namesake Ray Candler, Candler Coffee was a pioneer in the Office Coffee Services industry. Bob Friedman, Coffee Distributing Corp.’s president stated that he was pleased that many of the Candler staff had accepted offers to join Coffee Distributing Corp. The sale will add approximately 2,500 accounts to Coffee Distributing Corp.

Mannie’s was found in 1394 as a vending machine operator. Several years ago its current owner James Feinberg sold off the vending operation and continued to operate and grow the Office Coffee Services division. He and his entire staff will continue on with Coffee Distributing Corp.

Coffee Distributing Corp. is one the largest New York area Office Coffee Services firms with 300 employees working out of the main office in Garden City Park, New York and a branch office in Union, New Jersey. Coffee Distributing Corp. recently announced plans to expand their main office with an additional 34,000 square feet of office and warehouse space next door to their Garden City Park headquarters.

Local Coffee & Tea Acquires Latitude 23.5 Retail Coffee Business

Local Coffee & Tea, a Sarasota, Florida based coffee and tea retailer, has acquired three additional retail coffee shops in Sarasota and St. Petersburg from Latitude 23.5 Coffee & Tea. The agreement adds new locations for Local Coffee & Tea while allowing Latitude 23.5 to focus on their wholesale coffee roasting and distribution operation. The purchase brings the number of Florida Gulf Coast Local Coffee & Tea shops to four, including the first Local Coffee & Tea, which opened on Siesta Key in February 2007. The acquired shops are located at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, South Sarasota at 8784 S. Tamiami Trail and 1st Avenue South in downtown St. Petersburg.

“We are delighted to have Local Coffee & Tea as our partner and to take over the retail operation,” said Dimitry Erez, owner of Latitude 23.5 Coffee & Tea. “Owner Michael Duranko has a clear vision for his brand and one that is built upon our beliefs, primarily a strong commitment to the local community. Latitude can now focus on what we do best – source and roast superb coffee,” Erez added.

Beyond the obvious name change, the cafés will add artwork created by local artists, increase the number of events held at each location, add locally produced products to the menu and refine the operations to incorporate more environmentally sound practices. Local Coffee & Tea promotes local products and services, protects local environments and celebrates local treasures.

UTZ CERTIFIED’S Formal North American Launch

UTZ CERTIFIED, formerly known as UTZ KAPEH coffee certification organization, announces its new logo and formal launch into the North American market. Graham Mitchell is the new General Manager of the North American division, based in Pembroke, Massachusetts. Commenting on his new position, Mitchell said, “The time is right for UTZ to spread its wings in North America. We’ve waited until we had a critical mass of buyers, and now with commitments from buyers in the U.S. and Canada already exceeding seven million pounds for this year alone, we have a strong base to build on.”

Mitchell, who joined UTZ CERTIFIED in February of this year, has already received testimonials from new customers. Carlos Granito, founder/president of Terra Coffee, a coffee chain headquartered in Montreal, Canada describes his rationale for including a line of UTZ CERTIFIED coffee in his company’s product portfolio. “Our farmers like UTZ because of the lower costs of certification, their support in the many different farming aspects and the benefit they receive that include an online tracking system, assuring traceability. Also, the farmers like being able to negotiate prices themselves, and not having a predetermined price. This responsibility encourages the farmer to either be very productive or quality driven.” U.S. based companies Wal-Mart and McDonalds are already customers of UTZ CERTIFIED in Europe. With opening the North American market, there’s no reason not to anticipate those companies will offer UTZ CERTIFIED coffees to their US consumers.

Tea and Coffee World Cup AMERICAS hits Miami Beach

Palm trees sway, ocean views abound, the sun shines, cafes and teahouses beckon, and, from Jan 9-11, 2008, the world famous Tea & Coffee World Cup Exhibition & Symposium (TCWC) arrives at the Miami Beach Convention & Exhibition Center. Long known as the gateway to Latin America, the greater Miami area hosts the premier TCWC “Americas” show, extending its successful string of business events held in Europe since 1994 and extended to Asia in 2002.

Tea & Coffee World Cup/AMERICAS, co-sponsored by leading trade magazines Tea & Coffee Trade Journal and Tea & Coffee Asia, is the only full-industry exhibition for the tea and coffee business, featuring everything from bean or leaf to cup and all the stages in between. No other show has so much promotional and business opportunities, as it is backed by the world’s two leading trade magazines for the coffee and tea, and supported by a worldwide sales force, which calls on the entirety of the coffee and tea industries.

TCWC/Americas features exhibitors from all segment of the industry – coffee and tea growing source countries, exporters of raw products, industrial roasters and tea packers, bulk traders and specialty distribution and retail segments. Just as importantly, the exhibition features all the equipment, machinery, supplies and services to bring those products to the consumer in finished form, including fully functioning packaging, roasting, even printing machines, and a wide variety of other manufacturing inputs.

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Tea & Coffee - September, 2007

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