News Release: S&D’s Ging and Griffith Tapped for Prestigious Coffee Boards

CONCORD, NC – Tracy Ging and Helen Griffith of S&D Coffee & Tea have been selected to join two prestigious coffee organizations’ Board of Directors. Ging, who is the Director of Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility, was asked to be on the Board for the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA). Griffith, Marketing Manager, has joined the Board for the International Women’s Coffee Alliance (IWCA).

As the coffee industry addresses growing challenges related to supply chain sustainability and category growth, S&D has committed to being an active and collaborative partner.  These appointments reflect S&D’s commitment.  And, the selections are prescient.  Both Ging and Griffith have been active in foodservice and coffee industry organizations and their appointments testify to their knowledge and leadership.

Ging’s appointment to the SCAA Board comes at a time when issues of sustainability are taking on increased importance.  “SCAA is focused on sustainable development and as such, this is a particularly important time for S&D to enhance its commitment to the organization,” Ging adds. “We share a sense of urgency around issues such as economic viability for smallholder farmers, climate change risks, and the need for more strategic and coordinated approaches.  Serving SCAA in this capacity is a way to collaborate and work with the industry to progress solutions.”

For Griffith, working with the IWCA is also an avenue for supporting sustainable development in the coffee industry.  “Development experts worldwide recognize the link between an empowered woman and a more resilient community,” Griffith said, “I am excited to help foster IWCA’s mission to empower women, particularly in areas where coffee is grown and the effects of supporting women can be felt much more broadly.”

These two appointments add to the board position at the National Coffee Association held by Ron, Hinson, Chairman and CEO of S&D Coffee & Tea, enabling S&D to positively impact the entire industry with service and leadership.

S&D Coffee & Tea is the nation’s largest custom roaster and the largest blender of Iced Tea for the Foodservice industry. In continuous operation since 1927, the company serves over 90,000 customers through national distribution and direct store delivery. S&D has been distinguished for supplier excellence by many of the largest retailers and consumers of coffee and iced tea including McDonald’s and the U.S. Military. In 2009, S&D added a state-of-the-art Liquid Extracts Division which extracts the flavors of coffee, tea and botanicals for use in iced coffee, shakes, iced cream and frozen desserts, energy drinks and other packaged and dispensed products.

For more information about S&D Coffee & Tea go to www.sdcoffeetea.com.

The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) is a non-profit trade organization and the recognized leader in coffee knowledge development. With over 9,000 members located in more than 40 countries, including member companies and their employees, SCAA members represent every Segment of the specialty coffee industry, including producers, roasters, importers/exporters, retailers, manufacturers, baristas and other industry professionals. For over 30 years, the SCAA has been dedicated to creating a vibrant specialty coffee community, recognizing, developing and promoting specialty coffee by setting and maintaining quality standards for the industry; conducting research oncoffee consumption, brewing and perfection of craft; and providing education, training, resources and business services for its members. Visit www.scaa.org.

The International Women’s Coffee Alliance (IWCA) is a peer-to-peer volunteer network of women and men dedicated to empowering and enriching the lives of women in the coffee industry along the entire supply chain through collaboration, education, training, workshops, fundraising and sponsorship opportunities.  IWCA’s mission is to empower women in the international coffee community to achieve meaningful and sustainable lives; and to encourage and recognize the participation of women in all aspects of the coffee industry.  Visit www.womenincoffee.org.

Helen Griffith

Helen Griffith

Tracy Ging

Tracy Ging