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Efico and CTA Join Forces

Efico and Coffee Trading Agency (CTA) have joined forces to source and supply green coffee and cocoa. Efico and Coffee Trading Agency (CTA) have enjoyed a mutually beneficial business relation for 50 years and look forward to tightening up this relationship even further.

CTA will maintain its brand names and render its services exclusively to the Efico group of companies. Christian Meeus will be heading the corporate international relations of the Efico group of companies and the Efico Foundation.

CTA is a green coffee broker specialized in the sourcing and trading of Central American coffees. Christian Meeus was president of the Belgian Coffee Importers Association and has held advisory functions on coffee matters to the Belgian and Central American governments at the ICO and the EU.

Meeus is a co-founder and president of the Belgian-Central American Chamber of Commerce and represents The Republic of Honduras as honorary consul general for Belgium.

Efico is a Belgian green coffee and cocoa merchant with offices in Switzerland, Germany, Guatemala, France and Ethiopia. Since May, Efico developed “the C02- green coffee supply-chain” and invested in a dedicated European coffee-processing, warehousing and distribution facility in the Belgian port of Zeebrugge.

The Efico Foundation was created in 2003, followed in 2005 by the Efico Fund within the King Baudouin Foundation to promote and develop sustainability within the coffee and cocoa related communities in producing countries.

For more info., visit www.efico.com.

Rancilio Acquires Majority Shares of Egro

Rancilio has acquired the majority of shares in Egro Coffee Systems AG, a Swiss manufacturer of fully automatic coffee machines. Rancilio S.p.A. now holds 78.2% of the shares in Egro Coffee Systems. Shares of the Egro management team remain unchanged at 21.8%.

Giorgio Rancilio will take over the management of Egro Coffee Systems and Luca Rancilio will act as CFO. Giorgio Rancilio stated, “this event represents a fundamental step in the growth and development of our entire company; we still have a lot of work to do, but we can confidently say that the hard work and commitment of all the people who have worked for the Rancilio and Egro brands are the core upon which we wish to build our future.”

For more info., visit www.rancilio.com.

illycaffé Coffee Education Comes to the U.S.

Coffee roaster illycaffè is bringing its first U.S. Università del Caffè program to culinary professionals in the fall of 2008. illy’s coffee courses will be added to the curriculum at New York City’s International Culinary Center, a training ground for chefs and food professionals.

First established in 1999, illy’s Università del Caffè was created to promote, develop and disseminate quality coffee throughout the world. Approximately 7,000 students from around the world have attended courses at illy’s 11 international Università del Caffè campuses, a figure that will exceed 25,000 over the next three years.

“We are able to further coffee culture in the U.S. by educating students on cultivating, preparing and understanding the process involved in producing the best coffee possible, from bean to cup,” said Andrea Illy, chairman & CEO.

Furthering its partnership with the Culinary Center, illy will allocate one annual $10,000 scholarship for a student to attend and complete the Italian Culinary Experience program offered in New York and Parma, Italy

For more info., visit www.illy.com.

Rainforest Alliance Workshops and Annual Gala

Representatives from international companies - in sectors ranging from coffee to forest products to finance - gathered for a day-long marketing workshop on sustainability and certification organized by the Rainforest Alliance, an international conservation organization, before its annual gala. The workshops were held in May in New York City.

The Gala, which was held after the workshop, took place at the American Museum of Natural History and “recognized exceptional achievements made by individuals and companies in the areas of sustainable agriculture, forestry and tourism. Proceeds from the Gala went to benefit our comprehensive conservation initiatives,” according to Rainforest Alliance’s website. Highlights from the event ranged from a charitable auction including Gibson guitars and vacation packages, a personal message from

Prince Charles via satellite and an elegant menu featuring Rainforest Alliance certified products.

Representatives from companies such as Gloria Jean’s Coffees, Nestlé Nespresso SA, Café Bom Dia, Caribou Coffee, Coffee Labs Roasters, Unilever and Willamette Valley Vineyards were some of those in attendance.

Australian-owed Gloria Jean’s Coffees International and Luigi Lavazza S.p.A were two coffee companies who were corporate green globe awardees at the gala for their efforts. Gloria Jean’s Coffees has committed to buying nearly 3.9 million lbs (1,750 metric tons) of coffee from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms this year. In addition, the company has pledged to source up to 85% of its total coffee supply from certified farms in the next three years. Luigi Lavazza S.p.A. works with the Rainforest Alliance on Tierra, a project that helps small coffee-growing communities in Honduras, Peru and Colombia improve working conditions and environmental practices and become more competitive in their production. Nestlé Nespresso S.A., a co-chair at the gala, has been working with the Rainforest Alliance and their partners in the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) to develop its AAA Sustainable Quality Program since 2003. The program incorporates environmental, social and quality standards for more than 15,000 farms from which the company sources its coffee.

For more info., visit www.rainforestalliance.com.

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Tea & Coffee - September, 2008

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