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11/19/2014

The Board Approves NCA Strategies and Plans

The NCA Board members met in Los Angeles on November 6, graciously hosted by F. Gaviña & Sons, for their third and final meeting of the year. Board members approved the NCA’s new Strategic Plan, 2015 Annual Operating Plan and 2015 budget, all of which reflect the NCA’s ongoing transition, which we expect to carry into 2015 and beyond....read more

 

11/13/2014

The NCA Introduces the Coffee Reporter Weekly

We’ve taken a number of steps this year to keep you better informed; in July we introduced periodic Member Alerts, which we augmented in September with “Market Sizing” data from StudyLogic to provide a quick snapshot of the market. We're now introducing a weekly NCA digest, the Coffee Reporter Weekly....read more

 

11/4/2014

October Coffee Consumption Rose By +2.23%

Single-Serve continues to out-pace all other industry categories with growth of....read more

 

10/29/2014

Substantial Growth Ahead for Single Cup, Consumer Attitudes Shifting

Today at the NCA Coffee Summit, Don Holly spelled out how single-cup brewing is revolutionizing the coffee marketplace. Expanding upon data from the NCA’s just-released report, Single-Cup Format 2014 – The Changing Coffee Market: Single Cup & Preparation Methods, his presentation....read more

 

10/14/2014

FDA Responds to Industry Submissions

In a highly unusual move, the FDA has re-floated proposed food safety rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) following a deluge of public comments, including ....read more

 

10/8/2014

September Coffee Consumption Rose By 1.58%

In September, growth was led by Restaurant Cup Consumption with a substantial rise of ....read more

 

9/24/2014

The NCA at the ICO

The International Coffee Organization (ICO) is holding meetings in London this week covering a wide variety of issues facing the coffee industry. The NCA, as a designated “private sector advisor” to the US Government, participates in these meetings on behalf of NCA members....read more

 

9/10/2014

New Member-Only Monthly Consumption Reports

Starting this month the NCA - in partnership with Studylogic - will begin issuing monthly summary "market sizing" reports based upon "cups consumed" consumer panel data. ....read more

 

9/2/2014

Putting Caffeine on MyPlate?

Last month an NCA Member Alert advised you that “there is a growing focus by regulators on caffeine” which led the NCA to file comments about caffeine with the Food and Drug Administration....read more

 

8/25/2014

Canada - Potential Restrictions on Imports

Canada is retooling its food safety system. Like FSMA in the US, the Safe Food for Canadians Act (SFCA) sets a new course for protecting the food supply, and one provision of the SFCA in particular could have game-changing repercussions for US importers ....read more

 

8/14/2014

Clarification Issued by ACS Regarding Adulteration of Coffee

Yesterday I reported to you that the American Chemical Society (ACS) had issued a misleading media release regarding alleged impurities in coffee. Starting with a lead that read “Coffee Drinkers Beware,” the release was ....read more

 

8/13/2014

Recent Misleading Media on Adulteration of Coffee

Over the past 24 hours we’ve become aware of a number of press reports cautioning consumers to “beware” of fillers they may find in their ground coffee. These reports seem to be traceable to a press release issued by the ....read more

 

8/11/2014

NCA Submits Caffeine White Paper to the FDA

In recent years caffeine has become available in non-traditional forms, from powdered versions to energy drink formulations, resulting in different consumption patterns and effects. As a result, there is a growing focus by regulators on caffeine such as....read more

 

8/4/2014

Proposed New Labeling Requirements

Many factors affect consumer perceptions, and ultimately consumption, of coffee – the final, and most critical end point of a long, challenging supply chain. One important factor impacting consumer perceptions and consumption is....read more

 

7/25/2014

How Clean is Your Coffee? The Government Wants to Know

Transportation and logistics are essential to all of our members, who depend upon an efficient and unbroken supply chain. This is another area in which changes are in store under new federal regulations, as the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and the Sanitary Food Transportation Act. This week the NCA is filing comments....read more

 

7/17/2014

Held Up at the Ports

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) had initiated “agricultural inspections” of green coffee shipments that were severely impacting coffee importers, causing delays in filling customer orders and resulting in inspection fees that....read more

 

7/8/2014

Terrorism and the Food Supply

Each year, Federal lawmakers and regulators implement laws that cost US businesses billions of dollars in compliance obligations. The NCA’s role – among other services - is to represent you in Washington to ensure that your interests are taken into consideration during the Federal rule-making process and to make certain that new rules are appropriately balanced against business realities, interests and the burdens of implementation. Last week , the NCA again made your voice heard....read more

 

6/30/2014

Thinking and Drinking: Strategic Planning at NCA

On June 24th & 25th we held an “NCA Think Tank.” The NCA board and guests spent a day and a half together planning the NCA’s future. Our first morning – after we got our coffee - we heard from a number of speakers including....read more