Webinar: Container to Port

Join the Greater Houston Coffee Association for Part 3 of a seven-part webinar series detailing the coffee supply chain from farm to cup. In Part 3, “Container to Port,” John Heimsath will share the process of importing coffee into the United States. Mr. Heimsath is the president of ACM Logistics and Consulting, Inc., and he has more than 20 years of experience in supply chain and international logistics.

This event is FREE to attend thanks to our sponsor Port Houston.

Registration is required. Please visit the URL below to register now.

Breakfast Seminar: Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP): Overview and Recommendations for Importers

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FSVP inspections started in 2017 and will continue to increase. Mr. Valenzuela will provide an overview of the recently-implemented FSVP and its program requirements. Based on completed inspections, he will share some of the inspection results and recommendations for the importing community so that they can be better prepared.

Cost: Free. Includes breakfast and coffee.
Date: November 13, 2018.
Registration & Breakfast: 8:45-9:00 am.
Program: 9:00-10:00 am.
Location: 4400 Hwy 225 E, Suite 200, Deer Park, TX 77536.
RSVP Required to cgomez@txgulf.org by Friday, November 9, 2018.

Speaker:
Michael Valenzuela, Supervisory Investigator
Division of Southwest Imports, Houston RP
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

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Blockchain technology offers coffee farmers brighter prospects

A large percentage of the world’s coffee is grown by small farmers earning less than $2 a day – and that amount may only be a promise on a sheet of carbon paper.  Bext360, a Denver-based company a little over a year-old, is seeking to perk up the outlook for these small coffee farmers. By applying technology, particularly the utilization of blockchains, the company seeks to improve the global supply chain for agricultural products. Bext360 is beginning with coffee, and if successful, these farmers could realize higher values for quality coffee in almost instantaneous transactions.

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Ethiopia shows uptick in coffee exports

Ethiopian coffee exports showed an upswing of 21.78% over the past fiscal year, according to the country’s Coffee and Tea Development and Marketing Authority. The Ethiopian Herald reported that 137,417.28 tons of cereal coffee was exported from July 2017 to February 2018, and the nation has been able to generate $481.86 million USD. Deputy Director of the Authority and Marketing Head, Sahi Umer, said The Authority has steadily created different opportunities following reforms in 2016 for farmers, suppliers, exporters, and industries that led to improved export performance. Ethiopian coffee represents about 1% of coffee imports through the port of Houston.

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