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New Roastmaster to Head Frontier Organic Coffee
Frontier Organic Coffee, certified organic coffee roaster for the natural foods market, has a new roastmaster, Michael J. McLaughlin.

“Michael is a great asset “ says, Bob Fan, category manager of Frontier Organic Coffee. “His experience in the artisan craft of roasting, as well as his dedication to organic coffee and the people who grow it, make him a perfect fit.” McLaughlin brings with him roastmaster experience from his previous positions at Morning Star Coffee Co. and Bucks County Coffee Co. He will manage Frontier’s production facility in Urbana, Iowa.

Paul Katzeff New SCAA President
Paul Katzeff, c.e.o. of Thanksgiving Coffee Co. in Fort Bragg, California, and one the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s (SCAA) founding fathers, has been named president of the SCAA for 2000/2001.

“I want to spread the word that we care,” says Katzeff, “that equality and economic justice are necessary for the production of great flavor. We are the first generation of coffee merchants who must recognize the relationship between the quality of life and quality of coffee. We have reached that moment in the history of the coffee trade where both are necessary for the survival of our craft. It is our good fortune to have coffee as our personal ally. The specialty coffee industry is brave enough to care as much about sustainability and social responsibility as it does about the bottom line. In this millennium year we have declared that what separates our coffee from the pack is that we care.”

Katzeff first started roasting coffee at his Thanksgiving Café in Aspen in 1969. He moved to California in 1972 to become a wholesale coffee roaster and then, in 1982, served as the first editor of the SCAA’s newsletter. He served as the SCAA’s president in 1984 and also helped establish its Environment Committee.

James E. Hanna New President/C.E.O. of Melitta Canada
James E. Hanna has been appointed to the position of president and c.e.o. of Melitta Canada Inc., replacing H. Helmut Radtke who has left the company after 27 years.

Hanna, who joined Melitta in 1998, has held several positions with the company. Most recently, he held the position of c.o.o. in Canada. Before joining the company, he worked several years leading companies including Proctor & Gamble in brand management, IMAX Systems Corp. as a global market development manager, and Sobeys Inc. as division vice president, private label, where he developed and launched Sobeys’ successful private labels program, Our Best and Signal.

Boyd Coffee Co. Promotes Meyer and Rowe
At Boyd Coffee Co., Marty Meyer and Brad Rowe have been promoted to division managers for the convenience store segment.

As division managers, both Meyer and Rowe will be responsible for securing new convenience store business as well as overseeing existing convenience store customers, including chains. They are also charged with developing new merchandising programs in order to help customers drive traffic and increase coffee sales.

Meyer has been with the company for 16 years. In his new position, he will maintain his base in Seattle, Washington. Rowe has been with the company for four years and is based in Ft. Worth, Texas.

Change in Management at Pacific Bag
Pacific Bag founder and c.e.o., Ed Urquhart, has left the company. While he will remain a shareholder and director of the company, he has decided to spend more time with his family and to pursue other business opportunities.

Urquhart’s departure culminates a two year transition to the current management team of Matt Young (president), Mark Howley (v.p. sales and marketing), and Barry Korthuis (v.p. finance and administration), who will continue to serve small-to -medium-sized customers in the coffee, specialty food, and other consumer product industries.

Tea & Coffee - July/August 2000


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