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Plantextrakt And ShanShan Decaf Tea Partnership

Plantextrakt and ShanShan have announced the creation of a strategic partnership for the production, marketing, and distribution of CO2 decaffeinated. This arrangement makes both organizations stronger and more efficient by partnering ShanShan’s unique technology with Plantextrakt’s strong product and market experience. ShanShan will focus on the development and production of CO2 decaffeinated teas in various forms. Plantextrakt will concentrate its efforts on sales and marketing, quality management, and regulatory and scientific/ technical services for the partnership, in addition to continuing CO2 production in Germany.

Plantextrakt Inc., Tel: (1)(201) 659 3100, E-mail: renticott@plantextrakt-inc.com.


Dunkin’ Donuts for Sale as Pernod Ricard Buys Parent in $14.2bn Deal

Massachusetts-based coffee and donut chain Dunkin’ Donuts and its sister chains were put up for sale in late April, reports said in Coffee World, following the announcement of the sale of its parent firm to a French distilling group.

Pernod Ricard, the French alcoholic drinks manufacturer and U.S. consumer products firm Fortune Brands together agreed to buy British-based Allied Domecq, in a deal worth $14.2bn, according to the reports.

Pernod Ricard, whose share of Allied is to include restaurant business Dunkin’ Brands, said that it would help finance the purchase by selling the restaurant operation, which includes Dunkin’ Donuts, ice cream retailer Baskin-Robbins and the Togo’s sandwich chain.

Dunkin’ Brands’ 2004 sales were up close to 30%, at $4.8bn, and its sales in the first half of fiscal 2005 had already increased 15%, the reports quoted Allied as saying.

The lion’s share of Dunkin Brand’s sales were attributable to Dunkin’ Donuts, the reports added, and the coffee shop chain itself achieved sales of $3.6bn in 2004. The chain, which is undergoing major expansion, currently has over 6,400 international outlets.


World Tea Expo 2006 To Be Held in Vegas

World Tea Expo will return to Las Vegas, March 27-29, 2006, at the Las Vegas Hilton. World Tea Expo will be undertaking a number of major initiatives to increase the scope and level of buyers and exhibitors. To begin, expo organizers have launched the “World Tea News,” an all-new customized information source for members of the tea community. “This exciting resource will allow us to communicate with buyers on a frequent basis throughout the course of the year to expand awareness of the World Tea Expo, and the industry in general,” says George Jage, World Tea Expo president.

In addition, World Tea Expo will be working closely with tea origins around the world to create educational pavilions on the exhibit floor for major producing countries. The expo will also continue to work closely with the Tea Association of the USA.

In keeping with years past, the 2006 expo will feature a wide array of cutting-edge exhibits and innovative seminars led by world-renowned tea experts. The festive Iced Tea Shake-Off will return to showcase the best cool concoctions around the world, and attendees can look forward to numerous other educational opportunities, including focused tea tastings and a motivational keynote address.


Counter Culture Coffee Opens Training Center

Durham, North Carolina-based specialty coffee roaster Counter Culture Coffee will open a regional training center to offer free coffee training to food professionals and baristas. The center will be open to the public every Friday for cupping, or coffee tasting, a tradition that the company began at their roasting facility.

The company’s move into Charlotte is a result of the overall growth of the specialty coffee industry in the U.S., says David Haddock, regional sales manager for Counter Culture in Charlotte. “There is growing interest in the artistry of coffee, and the people who produce coffee all over the world, and we’re really excited to have the opportunity to educate people about the complexities of this beverage.”

The company hosts the annual Southeast Regional Barista Competition, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.


Gourmet Coffee Stops Decrease Gas Mileage

A researcher has stirred up the coffee commuter mug with the suggestion that morning rush hour traffic is worsened by stops at coffeehouses. Nancy McGuckin, a travel behavior analyst, dubbed her discovery, “The Starbucks Effect” because during the period she studied, Starbucks added over 4,000 new locations (1995 - 2001). Although not limited only to trips to coffee houses, the research suggests that running additional errands in the morning has contributed to traffic congestion and increased gridlock; people divert from the shortest and fastest route to one that leads them past the coffee house or dry cleaners.

The Washington Post, in an article by Catherine Shaver, discussing the commuter study last week, quotes Alan E. Pisarski, author of “Commuting in America” as saying, “It’s more of a problem from a traffic point of view than from anything else.” Increasing the number of stops in the trip decreases gas mileage and stress levels, while brewing coffee at home can actually save you gas and time.


41 Honduras Farmers Awarded Cup of Excellence

The Honduras Cup of Excellence competition awards ceremony was held in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. 800 farmers took part in the second annual competition. Forty-one farmers received the coveted Cup of Excellence award. This is the largest number of awards from any single competition for the Cup of Excellence program since 1999, when it began.

Just a year earlier, 200 farmers participated and 21 coffees received the CoE award.

Cup of Excellence states it is the most stringent coffee selection program available due to its quality-only focus. The coffee is cupped at least five times, and must score 84 out of 100 possible points. It is cupped once in pre -screening, twice by a national jury, and twice by the international jury. The top 10 coffees are then cupped a sixth and final time to rank their order. The first place trophy went to Natividad Benitez Benitez. Rounding out the other presidential award winners, those rare coffees scoring over 90 points were, Marysabel Caballero Carcia Lote #2, Ezri Moises Herrera Urizar Lote #2, Mario Leonel Noriega Paz, Maroslav Cuculiza, and Marco Antonio Landaverde Duarte.

“Many in the coffee industry have known for years that Honduras could produce great coffee and have supported our efforts here, but what is so amazing is the support of the Honduran coffee producers,” indicated Susie Spindler, executive director of the Alliance for Coffee Excellence, Inc. the non profit organization that owns the program.

Even in times when coffee prices are rising, it is apparent that the focus on quality, and the Cup of Excellence is extremely important. The number of winners indicates that Honduras may well be on their way to worldwide recognition as a specialty producer.

For samples, information about the winning farms, or to register for the auction, log on to www.cupofexcellence.orgThe Honduras Cup of Excellence competition awards ceremony was held in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. 800 farmers took part in the second annual competition. Forty-one farmers received the coveted Cup of Excellence award. This is the largest number of awards from any single competition for the Cup of Excellence program since 1999, when it began.

Just a year earlier, 200 farmers participated and 21 coffees received the CoE award.

Cup of Excellence states it is the most stringent coffee selection program available due to its quality-only focus. The coffee is cupped at least five times, and must score 84 out of 100 possible points. It is cupped once in pre -screening, twice by a national jury, and twice by the international jury. The top 10 coffees are then cupped a sixth and final time to rank their order. The first place trophy went to Natividad Benitez Benitez. Rounding out the other presidential award winners, those rare coffees scoring over 90 points were, Marysabel Caballero Carcia Lote #2, Ezri Moises Herrera Urizar Lote #2, Mario Leonel Noriega Paz, Maroslav Cuculiza, and Marco Antonio Landaverde Duarte.

“Many in the coffee industry have known for years that Honduras could produce great coffee and have supported our efforts here, but what is so amazing is the support of the Honduran coffee producers,” indicated Susie Spindler, executive director of the Alliance for Coffee Excellence, Inc. the non profit organization that owns the program.

Even in times when coffee prices are rising, it is apparent that the focus on quality, and the Cup of Excellence is extremely important. The number of winners indicates that Honduras may well be on their way to worldwide recognition as a specialty producer.

For samples, information about the winning farms, or to register for the auction, log on to www.cupofexcellence.org.



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