It all started in 1927, just before the Great Depression. J. Roy Davis, Sr. and Lawrence Switzer created a company to provide fresh roasted coffee to local and regional grocery stores. As the company grew, they learned about buying the raw beans, the intricacies of different roasting processes and, especially, the simple but deep pleasure that a quality cup of coffee can bring.
Lawrence Switzer left the company by the end of 1929 and Mr. Davis, Sr. decided to keep the name because of the recognition it developed in those early years.
By the late ’60s, J. Roy Davis, Jr., now succeeding his father as President and CEO, refocused the strategy of S&D from a grocery-based business to one based on foodservice sales. With the expanding influence of a few major national brands in the consumer market, Davis identified opportunities on the commercial side of the coffee business, concentrating instead on a customer base of restaurants, hotels, offices and other institutions where coffee was brewed and served.
By the ’80s and into the ’90s, Davis’ aspirations for growth combined with a skillful management team catapulted S&D into the national scene. A gifted sales leader named Ron Hinson developed the S&D National Accounts strategy adding the infrastructure necessary to support multi-unit restaurant chain operators and national convenience retailers.
In May of 2000, S&D acquired the Boston, Massachusetts-based Victor Coffee. Victor Coffee is the oldest continuous coffee roaster in the nation, dating back to 1796 and born out of the aftermath of the Boston Tea Party. This acquisition allowed S&D to further its development of the New England area.
Late in 2000, Hinson was named President and CEO. Under his leadership, S&D completed several plant expansions, added roasting capacity, and a new green bean unloading, handling and silo storage system. And, because of his vision and passion for national accounts, S&D became the foremost supplier of coffee and tea to large restaurant chains.
S&D’s push for innovation has led it into new markets, including tea, food ingredients and emerging beverages. In 2006, a state-of-the-art tea blending facility was completed to allow flexibility to formulate custom tea blends for customers, as well as meet the manufacturing demands of S&D tea brands.
In 2009, S&D acquired the Toddy Company, famous for cold-brewed extraction techniques. Armed with this expertise, we constructed a new facility and have become a leader in natural extracts and concentrates from coffee, tea and botanicals.
In 2011, Chairman Emeritus Roy Davis passed away. Having worked very closely with Roy for 35 years, Ron Hinson was given the responsibility for S&D’s future as Chairman, President and CEO. Under Ron Hinson’s leadership, S&D Coffee & Tea has seen tremendous growth through its focus on delivering excellence in customized strategies, products and services built to help you grow your business.
In late 2012, S&D Coffee & Tea announced the renovation of its headquarters building and the addition of property nearby. These facilities have allowed S&D Coffee & Tea to build manufacturing capacity and redundancy, as well as add office space to support its expanding workforce.
With an eye to the future, S&D continues to innovate and deliver the finest quality coffee, tea and liquid extracts as a subsidiary of Cott Corporation beginning in August 2016. Joining the Cott family of brands enables S&D to further the development of its successful business model while taking advantage of Cott’s global reach, innovative technology and supply chain integration.