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A Bold Alliance

Nestlé’s decision to purchase the perpetual rights to market Starbucks consumer and foodservice brands globally, outside the company’s coffee shops, was a bold move on the chessboard of global coffee.

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Erna Knutsen, a longtime leader in coffee trading and the person credited with coining the term “specialty coffee,” passed away June 16, 2018. She was 97. more

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The European Food Safety Authority has awarded Unilever a positive opinion on its health claim that black tea improves people’s attention span. The EFSA endorsement is a first involving tea. more

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The state Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, the state agency responsible for enforcing Proposition 65 warnings, made an unprecedented finding in June that will go a long way toward clearing coffee of an unjustified cancer-risk stigma. more

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Propisition 65

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The reason coffee sold in California must carry a warning label is to inform consumers of the potential hazard from drinking potential carcinogens. But what if the proven overall benefit in reducing cancers outweighs the potential harm? more

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Shabnam Weber, a Toronto-based tea retailer and founder of The Academy of Tea, is the new president of the Tea and Herbal Association of Canada. more

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Arabica production alone is expected to exceed Brazil’s entire 2017/18 crop in what the Brazilian state forecasting agency is predicting will be a record harvest. more

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Nicaragua’s 44,000 coffee farmers are unable to reliably export coffee due to massive civil unrest that has closed transportation hubs. more

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Scientists have for the first time mapped the DNA of coffee-specific nematodes, a parasitic worm that feeds on plant roots. more

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Keurig Green Mountain will build a new roasting and packaging facility in South Carolina. Once completed, the plant will create 500 new jobs locally. more

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Two recent deaths from an overdose of caffeine prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in April to issue a new guidance. FDA is now soliciting comments. more

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Volcanic Ash Covers Prime Guatemala Coffee Lands

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A massive ash cloud from the Fuego volcano descended on coffee farms to the north and east of San Luca in Antigua forcing thousands of coffee growers to flee. more

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Richard Marsham

During three decades as a product developer and troubleshooter, Nigel Melican has earned a reputation for applying an artful mastery of technology and insight that has improved tea manufacturing in 26 countries. more

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