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10 STiR tea & coffee industry international / Issue 1, 2016 (February/March) ENCOTECC Inc. USA +1 239 443 5074 Canada +1 514 800 2473 Europe +49 211 7311 5151 NEWS Dubai Tea Trading Centre Global Dubai Tea Forum April 5-7 The 6th Global Dubai Tea Forum, hosted by the DMCC Tea Centre, addresses every aspect of the tea supply chain bringing together producers, merchant exporters, buyers, blenders, machine manufacturers, raw materials suppliers, and the relevant govern- ment organizations to discuss opportunities and challenges in the industry. Topics include the changing economics of tea, branding and packaging, and retail innovation. Experts will present on produc- tion trends, pricing and offer insights on major consuming countries. Fred Schaeffer Mother Parkers Names Fred Schaeffer President Fred Schaeffer is the new president of Canadian roaster Mother Parkers Tea & Coffee. His appointment was announced by co-c.e.o.s Michael and Paul Higgins. Schaeffer, who spent 22 years at Kraft Foods, rising to president in 2002, and later as president of McCain Foods Canada Ltd., is a senior consumer packaged goods executive in retail and private label food and beverage, according to a company release. "Fred's ability to balance strategic and operational require- ments, his exceptional relationship building and customer focus, and his track record of executing for results make him the ideal candidate to help take Mother Parkers to a new level of perfor- mance," said Paul Higgins Jr. in making the announcement. "We are confident that the Company will benefit from the fresh perspectives that Fred will bring as a dynamic and experi- enced business leader," according to the release. Neither of the Higgins brothers is stepping down. "Our intent is that Mother Parkers will continue to grow and succeed with the Higgins family at the helm as owners for many, many years," they commented. Learn more from Sunitha Murthy, email: sunitha.murthy@ To register visit: www. Legislation to Protect Reputation of Hawaii's Kona Coffee Legislation to discourage unscrupulous coffee blenders who exploit a loophole in the legal description of Hawaiian coffee was introduced in the state's senate in February. Oahu Sens. Willie Espero and Maile Shimabukuro with Russell Ruderman of Puna, are critical of existing law that permits coffee to carry the name Kona or Ka'u or Hamakua with only 10% coffee from that region. The senate bill would require that at least 51% of the coffee in blends originate in the region and that all geograph- ic regions be listed, in descending order. Some growers prefer a 100% minimum. "It's simply requiring honest labeling, like every other product you see," Ruder- man told the West Hawaii Tribune-Herald. "The ingredients are listed in order. Coffee doesn't follow that rule," he said. According to the newspaper the labeling issue centers on Kona blends and has been a source of contention for decades: attempts to create a standard began in the mid-1980s. In 1986, a proposed bill requiring the 10% was vetoed by then-Gov. George Ariyoshi. Five years later, the current standards were approved. Scottish Growers form Artisan Tea Producers Network Walled gardens in Victorian times and earlier enabled the supply of exotic fruits and novel vegetables despite the chilly Scottish weather. Now, walled garden owners in eastern Scotland are set to grow a new exotic crop - tea. A group of 11 walled garden owners have formed the Scottish Artisan Tea Producers Network, and are planning to plant out their first tea bushes later this year. Encouraged by Susie Walker-Munro's launch of her home grown Kinnettles Gold tea last November the group are propagating 30,000 tea seedlings, suffient to cover seven acres. Last year, with the help of Teacraft associate consultant Beverly-Claire Wain- wright, Walker-Munro processed and sold her first ever batch of Scottish grown tea to Pekoe Tea of Edinburgh. Specially selected cold-tolerant tea seed for propagation were imported from Nepal and volunteers have since filled the nursery pots and sown seeds. The Scottish Artisan Tea Producers Network: Feasibility Study is supported by the Community Food Fund, which is financed by the Scottish government and has been created to promote local food and drink, in line with Scotland's National Food and Drink Policy. Learn more:

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