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John Conti Acquires Refreshment Service

Roaster, The john conti Coffee Company has purchased Louisville based Refreshment Services of America (RSA). RSA operated 700 coffee and bottled spring water accounts throughout the metro Louisville marketing area. Mike Jones, vice president and general manager of john conti Coffee Company said, “Customers can now order specialty coffee and premium teas along with their spring water.”

For more information, visit www.johnconti.com.

Capresso Inc. Has Changed Its Name To Jura-Capresso Inc.

The new name reflects the growing importance of Jura-Capresso automatic coffee centers in the company’s line, while containing both of the brand names associated with its high-end coffee equipment for the home. There will be no change in the branding of the company’s products: Jura-Capresso automatic coffee centers and Capresso coffee makers, espresso machines, grinders and other kitchen electrics.

For more information, visit www.capresso.com.

International Coffee Agreement 2007

Néstor Osorio, the executive director of the International Coffee Organization reported the following 32 Governments signed the International Coffee Agreement (ICA 2007) by the deadline of August 31, 2008: Exporting Governments: Angola, Brazil, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Colombia, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Nigeria, Panama, Rwanda, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Togo, Vietnam and Yemen. Importing Governments: European Community, Switzerland, Turkey and the U.S.

ICA 2007, the seventh Agreement since 1962, was agreed by the 77 members of the International Coffee Council on September 28, in London. The Council formally adopted the Agreement through Resolution 431 and designated the ICO as the Depositary for the Agreement through Resolution 436. The Agreement will strengthen the ICO’s role as a forum for intergovernmental consultations, facilitate international trade through increased transparency and access to relevant information and promote a sustainable coffee economy for the benefit of all stakeholders and particularly of small-scale farmers in coffee producing countries.

For more information, visit www.ico.org.

Copper Moon Coffee Expands

Indianapolis specialty coffee roaster Copper Moon Coffee has acquired Coffee, Etc., an office coffee service supplier. Coffee, Etc. will now be known as Copper Moon Refreshment Services and will enable Copper Moon to provide office coffee service to the Indianapolis market.

“Copper Moon Refreshment Services allows us to establish direct relationships with businesses throughout central Indiana, and offer a complete and consistent coffee program for any office,” said CEO Braden Gutwein.

For more information, visit www.coppermooncoffee.com.

Tekanne Fruit And Herbal Tea Brand Breaks Into U.S. Market

German-based Teekanne Group, parent company of Redco Foods and a leader for over 125 years in producing all-natural teas, has expanded its reach into the U.S. with Teekanne Herbal Wellness Teas.

“The shifting of the U.S. market to a healthier, more active lifestyle serves as a prime opportunity for the introduction of Teekanne Herbal Wellness Teas. This growing health trend will undeniably have a positive impact upon the demand for herbal wellness tea beverages,” said Evan Tetreault, Teekanne North America.

For more information, visit www.teekanne.us.com.

The Coffee Quality Institute Expands Licensing Partnerships in Japan

The Coffee Quality Institute (CQI) has entered into licensing agreements with three Japanese specialty coffee importers. The companies are ECOM Japan Limited, S. Ishimitsu & Co. and Wataru & Co. They join Kanematsu Corp. who signed the agreement with CQI last November. The licensing agreement covers the use of the “Q” mark, which is the logo signifying that a discrete lot of coffee has been graded through CQI’s Q Coffee System and has met the minimum quality requirements to be classified as specialty coffee as defined by the SCAA.

By entering into the licensing agreement, these companies are committing to this SCAA standard and will actively promote “Q Certified Coffees.” The licensing agreement allows them to extend the use of the Q mark to their roaster customers who may wish to promote this certification of quality directly with the Japanese consumers.

For more information, visit www.coffeeinstitute.org.

Port of New Orleans and NCA Partner for Fall Event

The Port of New Orleans is partnering with the NCA to present the 12th Annual NCA Fall Educational Conference on October 15-17. The conference will take place at the Astor Crowne Plaza at 739 Canal Street. The program will be packed with information and opportunities for the mid-sized to small coffee roaster and the by-the-cup retailers to learn how to increase revenue and grow profits and operate more efficiently in today’s competitive economy.

The 2008 Fall Conference will offer two distinct tracks, one devoted to small and mid-sized roasters and one for café operations and will provide relevant, operational information against a backdrop of one of the world’s most vibrant coffee cities.

Attendees will be presented with case studies, cautionary tales and information they can use to improve their business fundamentals the day they get home. “Research tells us that people choose the coffee industry because they know and love coffee, but our members also tell us that they need general business information to thrive,” said Robert F. Nelson, NCA president and CEO. “At this conference, we will provide the tools and hands-on information that will help local and regional roasters and cafes run their businesses more profitably and efficiently,” he added.

For more information and registration, visit www.ncausa.org or www.portno.com.

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