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National Automatic Merchandising Association Celebrates Best Coffee Tea & Water 2012 Show

Source: NAMA | Released Dec. 11, 2012

Nation's Largest Event for Coffee Tea & Water Shatters Records

NEW ORLEANS -- Dec. 11, 2012 -- Refreshment industry leaders from around the world gathered November 13-15 in New Orleans for the biggest and best ever education and networking event for coffee, tea and water service operators, Coffee Tea & Water 2012, NAMA VP sales and service Dean Gilland NCE5, CCS, announced today.

CT&W featured the latest and greatest products from over 150 suppliers, 16 free interactive and dynamic education sessions, and two memorable keynote speakers, Ric Rhinehart, executive director of the Specialty Coffee Association and Mike Dabadie, president of Heart+Mind Strategies.

Gilland said, "There is no question that this was a blockbuster, record shattering event. We had a 15 percent increase in overall attendance, a 15 percent increase in exhibitors, and an astonishing 36 percent increase in operator companies. And as a result of the excitement, there's no question that next year is sure to be even better."

NAMA's Coffee Tea & Water is the place for leaders in coffee, tea and water to gather to see everything that's new in the industry. The event features new coffee equipment, new brewing supplies and products and education sessions designed to help attendees learn how to brew the best coffee and tea possible. This year's event also included the findings from a 2012 research project funded by NAMA and conducted by Heart+Mind Strategies indicating what consumers want from their coffee, tea and water service in the workplace.

During this year's show more than 100 attendees also participated in the New Orleans Port and the Dupuy green coffee facility tour, including several NAMA board members. Said Pete Tullio, NCE, CCS, chairman-elect, "Like a lot of my colleagues, I recognized how important this event is to my business and to the industry generally. I wouldn't have missed it and I urge my friends in the refreshment industry to make sure that they attend next year."

For more information on the CT&W or coffee research, contact Roger Stewart at rstewart@namacoffeeservice.org.

NAMA, founded in 1936, is the National Automatic Merchandising Association representing the $42 billion vending, coffee service and foodservice management industries. With more than 1,800 member companies -- including many of the world's most recognized brands -- NAMA provides advocacy, education and research for its membership.

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