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Scott Ford’s Westrock Coffee Helping Africa, Hoping To Change The Global Supply Chain


During a decompression year following the final sale of Alltel to Verizon in 2009, former CEO Scott Ford got the notion to enter the coffee business on a trip to Rwanda.

Ford realized the financial return an international coffee business might present, but more importantly, he was moved by the opportunity to lift a generation of Rwandans out of abject poverty.

“I thought we could put a plant up in Rwanda that would be able to basically ask the question, ‘How much can I pay the farmer and still make a return that attracts capital every year?’

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