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Halssen & Lyon Celebrates 125 Years

Hälssen & Lyon recently celebrated 125 years as a family-owned tea business. Following its founding in 1879, Hälssen & Lyon moved into their location on the Pickhuben, serving as the main headquarters, making H&L the oldest tenants in the historical Speicherstadt in Hamburg. H&L then acquired a 32,000 sq. meter piece of property in HH-Allermöhe in 1995 where now stands a modern storehouse. Storage space is made up of 36,000 palettes covering three locations, making it possible for storage of more than 10,000 tons of tea.

The main business at H&L lies today in specialized blends of tea, aromas and flavors, and packaging. Up and coming and of equal importance is also the decaffination of tea, as well as selling extracts, herbal and fruit teas. Over 70% of production is exported, predominantly in the 25 neighboring European countries, as well as in North America and Asia.

H&L began decaffinating tea as early as 1935. Erecting the first plant, unprecedented in the world, for producing instant tea followed in Sri Lanka in 1959.

Hälssen & Lyon was the first pioneer in the development of aromatic teas in 1968. These newly developed teas have, indeed, changed tea-purchasing habits worldwide. Even today, H&L still strives for innovation in tea production.

In addition, quality management and safety measures in working areas are of high importance and hold priority focus by the general management at H&L.

A modern, highly equipped development and analysis laboratory guarantees strict observance of norms and standards (such as ISO 9001 and IFS) set by the Food and Drug Administration.

Following a successful 30-year management at H&L, Olav C. Ellerbrock and Hans-Jürgen Ellerbrock resigned from their positions in 1999. Dietmar Scheffler followed in their footsteps as general manager, which he had already been since 1998, with Peter Wieland as his assistant since August, 2003.

With the help of over 250 H&L-schooled and competent staff of specialists, H&L is moving on into the future in all confidence, gaining new quality-conscious customers on any continent globally.


Green Mountain Enters China

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. will now be importing and distributing their coffee throughout Hong Kong and Mainland China. Green Mountain will supply coffee to Granco International, d.b.a. Green Mountain Company, Ltd, which will open five branded retail outlets in greater Shanghai under the name “Green Mountain Café GMC Ltd.” is also authorized to distribute Green Mountain coffee to institutional accounts and other existing coffee shops in Hong Kong and China.

Mighty Leaf Tea Enters Retail Scene

Mighty Leaf Tea, the California-based tea company that launched the silky mesh whole leaf tea bag craze in the U.S. in 1996 is entering the retail market. For the very first time, consumers have the convenience of purchasing handcrafted Mighty Leaf Tea blends in the company’s innovative silken whole leaf tea pouch at specialty stores throughout the country.

“We’ve redesigned the packaging with enticing images and colors that more effectively communicate the unparalleled quality, creativity, flavor and aroma of our tea blends,” states Gary Shinner, c.e.o. “Now that our tea has gone retail, we’re able to invite a whole new generation of tea drinkers to experience Mighty Leaf’s signature ‘sensory mélange’ and inspire a greater passion for the sumptuous flavors and health benefits of our whole leaf teas, including some new organic choices we have added to our line.”

The average retail price of one box of Mighty Leaf Tea containing 15 individually wrapped Tea Pouches is $7.95. There are 11 blends available in Tea Pouches, along with three different variety packs. Over 60 varieties of traditional and blended loose leaf teas are also available.


Flavorist David Michael Changes European Name

Marking the completion of its reorganization, David Michael & Co. has renamed its European subsidiary - David Michael Europe S.A.S. The name reflects David Michael’s presence in the European Union and its commitment as a supplier to the food and beverage industry. The company remains located in Valence, France.

Over the last few years the company, which was formerly known as Daroma/David Michael, has significantly increased its technical and logistical resources. This, coupled with an aggressive focus on David Michael’s tradition of innovation, quality and excellent customer service, has transformed David Michael Europe into a leading supplier of flavors, colors and stabilizers to the food and beverage industry.

Family-owned and operated since 1896, David Michael & Co offers a comprehensive line of stabilizers and flavors.

David Michael Europe, Z.I. de Marcerolles, Rue E. Rutherford, Bourg Les Valence 26500 France; Tel: (33)(4) 75 83 40 25; Fax (33)(4)75 83 85 47; email: dmeurope@dmflavors.com.


Van Houtte And Filterfresh Announce Six New Acquisitions

Filterfresh Coffee Service Inc., a subsidiary of Van Houtte Inc. has acquired six new beverage service companies.

Executive Coffee, a Rosemont, Illinois, coffee service company has been acquired by Filterfresh Coffee Service. Owner David Rubin and his eight employees will transition to Filterfresh Chicago. Executive Coffee has been in business for more than 35 years. Also in the Chicago market, Filterfresh has acquired North America Coffee Company and Wisconsin Glacier Springs. Owners Jay and Jon Peterson, along with their six staff, will remain with Filterfresh and continue to operate the company as a separate Filterfresh location

Filterfresh has also doubled its presence in Richmond, VA with the acquisition of Canar Coffee, a prominent coffee services operation that has been in business more than 40 years. Canar Coffee will be merged with the existing Filterfresh Virginia location. Owner George Canar and his employees will remain with the company.

In New York, Filterfresh has acquired the coffee services division of Werner Bros. 66% of the business will be consolidated with Corporate Coffee Systems, a joint venture of Filterfresh, and the remaining 34% will be folded into Filterfresh Suffolk, a company franchisee.

Filterfresh has also acquired the remaining 20% ownership of the Delaware Valley Franchise in Philadelphia from owner Howard Peck, who will stay on as general manager of the now fully company owned operation.

In Athens, Ohio, Filterfresh has acquired a coffee service route from Wallingford Coffee Roasters. This route will be merged into the existing Filterfresh Columbus location.

“As we have done for the past few years as part of our overall growth strategy, we continue to acquire competitors in key markets throughout the U.S.,” said Roger Cohen, president of Filterfresh.

Founded in 1919, Van Houtte markets its gourmet coffees across Canada and the U.S. through distribution channels that include coffee services, retail stores, café-bistros, online shopping and food services networks. Filterfresh Coffee Service, Inc., based in Westwood, Massachusetts, is a subsidiary of Van Houtte Inc. The company, a pioneer in single-cup coffee makers, provides equipment, beverages, programs and services to offices, supermarkets, hotels, retailers and other places of employment.


Swiss Water Open House

Swiss Water will hold an open house, April 14, to showcase their decaffeination facility in Burnaby, near Vancouver, B.C., Canada.
Email: ncharles@swisswater.com or (1)(604) 444-9494.


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