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China Mist Acquires LEAVES
China Mist Tea Company has acquired LEAVES Pure Teas, company officials announced.

LEAVES, based in San Francisco, sells estate and garden teas, as well as herbal blends. Most of their teas are produced without the use of flavoring additives, which has brought them a following in Hong Kong and Singapore, as well as the United States and is served in hundereds of cafés around the world.

China Mist distributes its products internationally to more than 20,000 hotels, restaurants and other foodservice outlets.

“The exciting merger...will allow LEAVES to immediately expand into new technology packaging, as well as increase its already-large private label enterprise and offer a significantly extended line of iced teas and iced tea products,” said Richard Guzauskas, LEAVES founder.

PJ’s Hits Supermarkets
PJ’s USA, Inc. announced the introduction of specialty coffees into the retail market. This move is expected to expand PJ’s brand identity outside of its franchise café setting and continue to grow PJ’s preceding reputation as “New Orleans’ Best Brew.”

PJ’s bagged coffees are now available in grocery store locations in the New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Lafayette areas of Louisiana. The retail Best Brew will be widespread throughout Louisiana, parts of Mississippi and Texas. Grocery locations carrying PJ’s bagged coffees will consist of Save-A-Center, Winn Dixie, Rouse’s, A&P, Superfresh, Hi-Nabor, Breaux Mart, IGA, Payless, Robery’s, among others.

The following PJ’s Coffees are currently available, whole bean, in 8 oz packages: Colombia Suprema, Vienese Blend, French Roast, Hazelnut.

Founded in 1978 by Phyllis Jordan, PJ’s Coffee & Tea has quickly grown from a retail store to a multimillion-dollar company involved in virtually every aspect of the specialty coffee industry. The company buys, roasts and distributes all of its own coffees in addition to serving them at its company - and franchised-owned cafés.

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