CLR Roasters to expand in Nicaragua

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CLR Roasters, together with its Nicaraguan partners, H and H Export and Marisol Silas, plans to expand in Nicaragua through the construction of one of the largest processing mills in Central America.

In addition to the construction of new processing facilities, the agreement increases CLR Roasters’ profit participation in the green coffee distribution business with its partners from 50% to 75% of profits. As part of the agreement CLR is also acquiring the coffee brand Café Cachita.

The new processing facility is conveniently located in Matagalpa, Nicaragua, close to the local coffee growing region. When complete, the planned facility is expected to have 28,000 square feet of office space, a 160,000 square foot warehouse capable of holding 48 million pounds of green coffee, and the ability to process over 53 million pounds of green coffee on an annual basis. The facility is expected to be equipped with the most modern technology available and to house a highly efficient lab that will allow for consistency in quality.

The construction for the new processing facility is expected to be complete by September 2019 in time for the 2020 harvest which will be the second year of the CLR Roasters’ recently signed, 5-year, $250 million green coffee contract.

“We are very pleased to expand our partnership with Alain Hernandez of H and H Export company and Marisol Silas of Silas Family Plantation Group. We cannot think of better people to be in business with in Nicaragua,” said Dave Briskie, president and CFO of Youngevity, CLR Roaster’s parent company. “In addition to the new facility we will be retaining our current processing facility, known as La Pita, to produce our certified coffees. Having the ability to keep our organic, rainforest alliance and other certified coffees separate from conventional coffees should provide us with a strong strategic advantage in the market and increased capacity to support growth in the coming years.”

“I am extremely excited about the expanded partnership with Youngevity, CLR, and Siles Family Plantation,” said Alain Hernandez, president of H&H Export company. “We have been developing this expanded opportunity for several years and it is very special to see it come to fruition. We expect that these capabilities, along with the strong relationship with our producers, will provide us a competitive edge in this market.”

Ernesto Aguila, Founder of CLR Roasters said: “We are very excited to add a second espresso brand to our product portfolio. Café Cachita provides us with additional shelf space at retail and allows us to be more competitive with our marketing and sales efforts and should drive incremental revenue for our Cafe La Rica brand in the marketplace as well.”

Marisol Siles, president of Siles Family Plantation Group, stated, “With all our teams working together for one common goal this business relationship will be significant for all of us. Due to the scale of this project we anticipate being better able to support the local community and increase our social responsibility which is a very important part of our culture.”

About CLR Roaster

Youngevity’s coffee manufacturing division, CLR Roasters, was established in 2001 and is a wholly-owned subsidiary. CLR Roasters is a full-sized coffee roaster that produces gourmet coffees under its own boutique brands — Café La Rica, Josie’s Java House, and Javalution; manufactures a variety of private labels for major national chains; and for the direct selling channel under Youngevity International. In May 2014, CLR acquired a coffee plantation and processing facility in Nicaragua, allowing the entity to control coffee production and quality — from field to cup.

About Youngevity International, Inc.

YGYI, Inc., is a leading omni-direct lifestyle company offering a hybrid of the direct selling business model, that also offers e-commerce and the power of social selling. The Company was formed in the course of the summer 2011 merger of Youngevity Essential Life Sciences with Javalution Coffee Company (now part of the company’s food and beverage division). The resulting company became Youngevity International, Inc. in July 2013.

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