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Dunkin’ Brands Completes Acquisition

A consortium of global private equity firms, consisting of Bain Capital Partners LLC, and The Carlyle Group and Thomas H. Lee Partners LP, completed the acquisition of Dunkin’ Brands Inc. from Pernod Ricard SA for $2.425 billion last March.

Jon L. Luther, c.e.o. of Dunkin’ Brands, has been appointed chairman of the newly formed board of directors, and Will Kussell, c.e.o. of the company, will also serve on the board. Bain Capital, The Carlyle Group and Thomas H. Lee Partners will each have three board seats.

“This is an exciting time for Dunkin’ Brands, and we are pleased to have such experienced partners to help us execute our strategy of aggressive expansion for our three proven brands,” said Luther. “With strong consumer loyalty, excellent franchisee relationships, and an outstanding management team already in place, Dunkin’ Brands is well-positioned for tremendous growth. We are driven by a passion to raise the bar on the quality and variety of food and beverages available in the quick service industry, and change expectations about what is possible in a quick meal on the go.”

“As an independent company with new owners committed to providing the resources needed to support its growth plan, we believe Dunkin’ Brands is ideally situated to execute its strategy across the Dunkin’ Donuts, Togo’s, and Baskin-Robbins brands and geographies,” the consortium members said in a statement.

Dunkin’ Brands, Inc., is headquartered in Canton, Massachusetts with more than 12,000 Dunkin’ Donuts, Baskin-Robbins, and Togo’s shops franchises worldwide.

Founded in 1950, today Dunkin’ Donuts is the number one retailer of coffee-by-the-cup in America, selling 2.7 million cups a day, nearly one billion cups a year, states the company. Dunkin’ Donuts is also the largest coffee and baked goods chain in the world and sells more donuts, coffee, and bagels than any other quick service restaurant in America. Dunkin has more than 6,500 shops in 29 countries worldwide.


Coffee Warehousing in Kansas City

Paris Brothers, a family-owned business in the foodservice industry is offering warehousing for green coffee storage in the Kansas City area. According to the company, Paris Brothers’ warehousing facilities are 100% climate controlled and offer 24-hours, seven-day security.

Warehousing conditions for storing green coffee are a significant component impacting the flavor and quality of the final product. Paris Brothers’ warehouse protects green coffee from all outside elements, ensuring its integrity. The temperature and humidity control offer optimal storage needs.

Paris Brothers’ complete turnkey operation offers supply chain management needs for green coffee importers. Warehousing, IT, and freight services are all under one roof. Paris Brothers’ central location will save importers time and money on distribution, states the company. The warehouse is located in the heart of the major north-south and east-west transportation corridors.

“We are making an effort to bring specialty coffee closer to our customers by warehousing at Paris Brothers in Kansas City, Missouri,” said Allen Sasaki of Atlantic Specialty Coffee. “Our goal is to provide better service and convenience to our customers in the middle of the country.” Additionally, Kansas City is America’s inland port solution. It is number one in rail volume and the third largest truck center in the nation. Information: Tel: (1)(816) 455-4188, Web: www.parisbrothers.com.


Rancilio Acquires Share in Egro

Rancilio S.p.A has acquired a 25% share in Egro Coffee Systems, Inc. through a respective increase of Egro Coffee Systems’ share capital. “We can now serve our world-wide customers with a superior offer, which combines Italian excellence in semiautomatic coffee machines with Swiss expertise in fully automatic machines” says Giorgio Rancilio, the company’s president.

Hans Gattlen, Egro Coffee Systems c.e.o., said of the agreement: “This unique venture goes perfectly in line with Egro Coffee Systems’ premium positioning and comprehensive solutions strategy as Rancilio represents a leading premium brand in the field of semiautomatic coffee machines.”

Rancilio S.p.A. has a long tradition in the production of professional espresso machines. Roberto Rancilio founded the company in Parabiago, Italy in 1927. In recent years, the company has completely renewed its product line, doubled its production and reinforced its investments in research and development. With locations across the globe, Rancilio today boasts 120 employees, a 70% export quota and more than 350 dealers worldwide.

Egro is one of the leading Swiss companies in the production of super-automatic coffee machines. Like Rancilio, Egro has deep roots, which date back to 1934 when the first Egro coffee machine was launched. Since then, the company has developed and patented numerous products. Today, Egro Coffee Systems, Inc. comprises 90 employees, a 70% export quota, an international distributor network, and a wide range of products to satisfy the many needs of the fully automatic market.


World Tea Expo A Success, Record Attendance

The World Tea Expo, tea trade show and conference, closed last month on its most successful year ever. The Expo’s attendance, far surpassing expectations, with 4,122 participants “The record attendance we experienced is evidence of the exponential growth the industry is experiencing,” explained George Jage, World Tea Expo founder and president.

This year’s Expo also featured a full program of entertaining events and educational seminars for attendees. Among the highlights were performances of Japanese and Chinese tea ceremonies, Chado Chef cooking with tea demonstrations featuring chefs such as Rick Moonen and Kerry Simon, and a keynote address from founder, c.e.o., and president of Jones Soda Co., Peter van Stolk.

This year, the World Tea Expo also played host to the country’s first Tea Auction, in which teashop owners and tea connoisseurs were able to purchase 5- and 10-kilogram lots of one-of-a-kind premium teas from the Nilgiri region in India - 42 different teas from 14 different Nilgiri estates were auctioned. The evening before the auction, a special tasting event was held, giving buyers a chance to see, smell, and taste the teas they would be bidding on as well as a chance to meet the growers from Nilgiri. The Tea Auction had already set a world record by the time the first lot was sold. After a spirited bidding war on Glendale SFTGFOP leaves, Jennifer Cauble, who hosts tea tastings in Fort Worth, Texas, purchased the first ever tea sold at auction on U.S. soil. The tea sold for $600 per kilogram, which june be the highest price ever paid for black tea in an auction.

In 2007, the World Tea Expo will be held June 9-11 in Atlanta, Georgia. Information: Web: www.worldteaexpo.com.


Barrington Coffee Relocates To New Facility

Barrington Coffee Roasting Company (BCRC), has unveiled a new, state of the art, roasting and distribution facility in Massachusetts. Barrington Coffee has been growing steadily since it was founded in 1993.

BCRC’s new facility allows for increased capacity and simpler means of delivery and distribution with two new loading docks and added space for storage and production. Simple and industrial, this space speaks to the good taste of the team with stained concrete floors, glass doors, corrugated steel ceilings and black granite counters.

Co-owners Gregg Charbonneau and Barth Anderson, addressed employees’ needs. “This is a space designed by and for the entire company, each member of the BCRC team was consulted during design. Not a generic, cookie cutter industrial plant but a home for each and every one of its employees.”

Each activity now has its own appropriate space. The addition of a new Samiac GM60, which roasts about 110pounds of coffee at a time, to its existing two Samiac GM30 models allows BCRC to increase production without compromising quality, as well as still maintain flexibility with their smaller roasters. The reception area is welcoming yet appropriately separate from production. The moment customers walk in the door, they feel part of the process and are offered a glimpse into the BCRC world. Large windows between the reception area and the roasters allow customers to view the activity of production without feeling they are in the way.

Barth and Gregg are not just coffee experts but fanatics and it shows in the space. The facility features a fully equipped “cupping room” where they can not only perform their precise analysis but also offer training and workshops. This is a space where they will teach customers to recognize the “hint of lemon peel” in an Ethiopian Yirgacheffe or the “elegant balance” of a fine Guatemalan. Barth and Gregg stress the importance of training, from employees to customers. They know it isn’t enough to just search out and roast the best coffee, proper training ensures that the beans are ground and brewed properly after they leave the roastery. Their new facility allows the perfect platform for this training.

Barrington Coffee Roasting Co., 165 Quarry Hill Road in Lee, Massachusetts 01238-9623. Tel: (1)(800) 528-0998, E-mail: coffee@barringtoncoffee.com.


Whittard of Chelsea Sold

Tea and coffee retailer Whittard of Chelsea agreed to a £21.5m takeover bid from Icelandic retail group Baugur. Baugur is making the offer through its Julian Graves business, which owns 260 shops in the U.K. specializing in selling nuts, seeds, dried fruits, and baking ingredients. Baugur is the majority owner of Julian Graves along with its founder Nicholas Shutts and private investors.

Richard Rose, chairman of Whittard, said: ‘This is an opportunity for shareholders to realize their investment in cash at a time when market sentiment towards smaller retail companies is increasingly negative and when the current retail trading environment shows no indication of a short-term recovery.’

Whittards has over 120 stores across Great Britain.


Name Change for Granito

Granito Coffee Works has changed the company’s name to Aspen Beverage Group. According to the president, Chad McNair, this new name better reflects the company’s key brands: Aspen Select - roasted whole bean coffee; Aspen Ice - frozen and iced beverages.

The company has just introduced a new iced cappuccino liquid concentrate that can be utilized in a variety of equipments, including low-maintenance juice machines. The concentrate is produced from 100% Arabica coffee. It is shipped and stored at ambient temperatures. It is also 98% fat free, lactose-free, and contains zero transfats.

Aspen Beverage Group is a coffee roaster and producer of coffee concentrates, frozen carbonated and uncarbonated beverages and powdered smoothie mixes.



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