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Caribou Coffee’s Interim CEO
Caribou Coffee Company Inc. has a new interim c.e.o. Caribou’s owners named Michael J. Coles to the position. Coles replaces Don Dempsey who has headed the company since 1999. The Minneapolis-based company is the second largest non-franchised coffee house chain in the U.S. with 207 stores in nine states.

Crescent Capital Investments Inc. Director John Dyslin announced the move saying, “Michael brings a history of phenomenal success in the quick service restaurant industry to Caribou. His philosophy matches that of Crescent management and its shareholders. We expect Michael will seize the opportunity to move the company forward.”

Organic Royalty
Royal Coffee, a West Coast importer of specialty green coffees, named John Cossette vice president, Organic Coffees.

As VP, Cossette will be responsible for the sourcing and purchasing of the Royal Coffee’s organic coffee. He has been an importer/salesperson with Royal Coffee since 1994. Previously, he was an organic inspector for the OCIA.

Lilla’s New Industrial Director
Cia Lilla de Máquinas in Brazil recently announced that Fernando Fernandes has been appointed the new industrial director. Fernandes joined Lilla in 1986 and has 16 years of experience in the coffee market.

Robert Maleeny, Dec. 20, 2002, age 71

Robert T. Maleeny, founder and president of Flavor & Fragrance Specialties, died in December. Maleeny created the company in 1983 and led the management team that has built FFS into one of the most respected firms in the industry today.

Robert Maleeny worked in the flavor and fragrance industry since 1953. He was a former president of NAFFS, a board member of FEMA, served as president of the Chemical Sources Association for three years, and was a professional member of both the IFT and the Society of Flavor Chemists.

Since its founding 20 years ago, FFS has grown to a company with more than 100 employees and a global customer base. FFS has its headquarters in Mahwah, New Jersey, with manufacturing plants in Baltimore and Mexico.

Tea & Coffee - March/April, 2003

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