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MOVERS & SHAKERS
Kathy Sedan has joined Honey Acres, Inc., Ashippun, Wisconsin, a manufacturer of gourmet honey, honey mustards, honey condiments, and honey confection products. As national sales director, she will be responsible for all sales activities, marketing and advertising, and product and packaging development. Sedan has served as a director of the NASFT and has also been active in the Specialty Coffee Association of America...

Daniel J. Bloch, a long-time coffee consultant, has joined Washington, New Jersey-based manufacturer of process equipment The Witte Co. so that the company can provide a complete line of agglomeration equipment. The company has a full pilot scale 150 kg/hr agglomeration system at its laboratory in Washington, New Jersey, and has invited interested processors for a free demonstration...

Supplier of high-barrier, graphics-intensive flexible packaging Pacific Bag Inc. of Bellevue, Washington has named two new regional sales and marketing representatives to service customers in the Southwest. Ed Livingston will be based out of San Diego and Paul Dvorak will be based out of Dallas. The company’s president, Matt Young, stated, “These two individuals are clearly committed to setting the standards for excellence in customer service and support.”

McDowell Appointed V.P. of Universal Commodities
Jem McDowall has been appointed to vice president of tea trading at Universal Commodities (Tea) Trading, Inc. (UCTT).

McDowall brings to the company 15 years of experience in the tea industry worldwide. After joining Lipton Tea Services, U.K. in 1984, he spent two years in Sri Lanka with Lipton Ceylon. He then moved to the U.K. in a buying capacity for one year before relocating to Malawi, where he managed the Lipton Tea (Malawi) buying and trading business for four years. In 1993, he returned to the U.K. to manage Unilever Market Development International’s tea product development function, encompassing markets as diverse as Poland, Uzbekistan, Syira, Ukraine, and Morocco. Most recently he held the position of managing director, Haines & Co. (London) Ltd., the marketing agent for Brooke Bond East Africa teas in the U.K. and Europe.

As vice president, trading, McDowall will be responsible for overseeing the development and expansion of UCTT’s supplier base primarily in the areas of Ceylon, India, and Africa. He will also be responsible for international sales as well as assisting the trading team in servicing all existing clients and suppliers.

As McDowall settles into his new position, stated the company’s president, Domenica Ciaccia, UCTT will restructure the responsibilities of the trading team so as to maximize everyone’s individual strengths for the benefit of our clients and suppliers.

Universal Commodities (Tea) Trading, Inc., 141 Parkway Rd., Ste. 20, Bronxville, New York 10708. Tel: (914) 779-5700, Fax: (914) 779-5742, E-mail: tea@uctt.com

Bringing Well-rounded Knowledge to Imperial Tea
Christina Lianos has assumed responsibility of international research, sourcing, sales, and product development for the expanding specialty beverage ingredient division of Imperial Tea LLC. Additionally, she will assist in the further development and management of existing black and green tea bulk business.

Company president, Hans Brand, says, “Christina brings to Imperial Tea a well-rounded knowledge of the value added tea business coupled with an understanding of both tea and health and general beverage market trends. Christina’s experience in the decaffeinated and instant tea arena incomparably recommend her for our expansionary objectives.”

Imperial Tea LLC, P.O. Box 370, 10 North Gate Rd., Carmel, New York 10512. Tel: (1)(914) 225-2386, Fax: (1)(914) 225-2407, E-mail: imperialt@aol.com

Melchers Gets Coffee Man
Christopher Burke has joined Melchers Flavors of America, Inc. as the Midwest sales representative for gourmet coffee and tea flavors. Most recently Burke had worked as the Eastern U.S. sales and marketing manager for Kauai Coffee Co. His previous experience also includes coffee roaster/manager for Ann Marie’s Coffee & Tea in Wisconsin and the Rocky Mountain Roasting Co. in Montana.



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