CONCORD, N.C. – S&D Coffee & Tea has appointed Colombian consultant David Piza to support the company’s presence throughout the Americas. Piza, who will be based in Medellin, Colombia, brings expertise in value chain analysis and sustainable supply chains and will cultivate relationships with trading partners, coffee producers and communities from which S&D coffees are sourced. Piza will monitor and evaluate S&D’s sustainable sourcing programs and capacity-building investments, ensuring maximum benefit to farmers, and will implement several key elements of S&D’s sustainable sourcing strategy, with a primary focus of improving economic sustainability at the farm level.
“We’ve intentionally approached sustainability in a flexible way, knowing there is no one-size-fits-all solution and there is a tremendous amount of knowledge and resources at origin that can be leveraged,” said Tracy Ging, S&D’s vice-president of sustainability & strategic initiatives. “We’re not interested in checking boxes; we want meaningful, sustainable solutions that work for the farmer and for all of the actors along the value chain. That simply can’t be done from a desk in the U.S. We have to be much closer to the source, and David will fulfill a critical role ensuring a strong local understanding.”
A trained cupper who worked previously at Sustainable Harvest Coffee Importers as a relationship coffee manager, as an economic advisor for the public sector, as a project coordinator for the Coffee Quality Institute (CQI) and as a volunteer at the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), Piza will help origin partners understand S&D’s quality standards and needs.
“David’s role reflects an evolution of S&D’s sourcing strategy toward a relationship-based model of trade and emphasis on sustainability,” says Carlos Palacios, S&D’s director of purchasing for sustainable and specialty coffees. “The closer we are to local conditions and the more we understand what is happening on the ground, the better we will uncover opportunities for innovation and prepare S&D’s business for the future.”
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S&D Coffee & Tea is the nation’s largest custom coffee roaster and supplier of iced tea to the foodservice industry. S&D is also a leading producer of liquid extracts. In continuous operation since 1927, the company serves over 90,000 customers through national distribution and direct store delivery. In 2013, S&D Beverage Innovations introduced MilkSplash™, a character-based flavoring platform that makes drinking milk awesome. Kids young and old now enjoy enhancing their milk and cereal with flavor friends like Jammin’ Banana, Orange Cream Dream, Strawberry Swirl and Cocoa Loco. For more information about S&D Coffee & Tea, visit www.sdcoffeetea.com. For more information about MilkSplash™, visit www.milksplash.com.