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Probat and Jabez Burns Combine Forces
The activities of Probat’s North American subsidiaries, Probat, Inc. and Jabez Burns, Inc. have been consolidated to form Probat Burns, Inc. Karl Schmidt, president of Probat, Inc. will be responsible for the operations of the newly combined entity.

Jabez Burns, Inc., formerly Burns Division of Buffalo Technology Corp., has been operating as an independent subsidiary of Probat since the spring of 1998. Both companies have over a century of experience in providing quality coffee roasting and processing equipment and systems. The union of the two companies will offer a combination of experience, technology, craftsmanship and resources that will be unequalled in the industry.

Probat Burns, Inc. will be based out of Probat’s current facilities in Memphis, Tennessee.


Kenya to Host World Tea Convention
In October of this year, Kenya will host their first World Tea Convention. Organized by the East African Tea Trade Association (EATTA) and The Tea Board of Kenya (TBK), the World Tea Convention - Kenya will be a global tea marketing forum, bringing together members of the tea trade from all over the world. Although the convention will not be the first of its kind, it is the first one being organized after the major tea countries of the world reached a consensus to hold tea conventions in producing and consuming countries on a rotational basis.

The convention will run from October 17 - 22, 2001, and will be held in Nairobi and Mombasa, Kenya. In order to bring the health benefits of tea to bright light, the theme for the convention - “The Future with Quality Tea for Quality Health” - was chosen. The event is expected to attract authorities in tea and health research as well as delegates from all the sub-sectors of the tea industry - growers, manufacturers, packers, brokers and buyers - and related industries such as shipping, insurance and banking.

There will be five Business Sessions at the Convention, with three main speakers at each and an Open Forum concluding each session. Topics covered will included “The Antioxidant Content of a Cup of Tea,” “The Effects of Weather on Tea,” and “The World Tea Trends from a Traders Viewpoint.”

The convention will offer the super powers of tea an opportunity to share the challenges facing the industry, to thrash out possible solutions for these problems, to understand each other’s needs better, and to come to agreements on important issues. To find out more about the convention, visit www.teaconvention-kenya.com, e-mail info@teaconvention-kenya.com.


Folger Plant Expansion
Procter & Gamble’s Folger Coffee Co. division has broken ground on a $100 million expansion of its plant in New Orleans’ eastern sector.

The planned expansion includes upgrades of roasting and packaging operations and will create at least 80 new jobs at the plant, which currently employs about 450 workers. According to an economic impact analysis by the MetroVision Economic Development Partnership, the project will spawn 300 additional indirect jobs and create about $1 million in additional tax revenue. The linchpin of the project is construction of a power plant to add to the plant’s capacity.

Officials of Folger Coffee, MetroVision, the city and state joined together at the groundbreaking ceremonies to celebrate New Orleans’ latest leap in business development. Pat Swilling, the former New Orleans Saints and Oakland Raiders All-Pro linebacker who now plays for the eastern New Orleans team in the Legislature as a state representative, praised the Folger plant expansion as a prime example of the development potential available in the area.

Folger, too, is excited about the expansion and optimistic about the future of the coffee business in New Orleans. “I’m proud to be a leader of this plant,” said plant manager Pat Bourque.




Tea & Coffee - September/October 2001
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