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CLARIFICATION: Leo Fante Will Keynote Coffee Summit

by Staff Reporter
Posted On: 6/3/2009

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Coffee industry veteran Leo Fante will deliver the keynote address at the National Automatic Merchandising Association's upcoming Coffee Service Education Summit. An article in the May issue incorrectly said that Fante had been appointed chairman of the event. Geoff Paul, president of Excelso Coffee & Tea Co. (Norcross, GA), is in fact chairing the Coffee Summit (see VT, Feb.).

Fante is director of business development for Consumers Choice Coffee (Louisville, KY), which serves more than 1,500 coffee and foodservice accounts in Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio. He has more than 30 years' coffee industry experience and is a coffee service pioneer. Paul, who is both a supplier and an operator, won NAMA's 2008 OCS Allied Member of the Year Award and serves on the association's board of directors.

The Coffee Summit is set for the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill, NJ, from June 15 through 17. It will open on Monday evening, June 15, with a welcome reception for operator registrants. The next day will offer a diverse curriculum including a varied round of presentations and in-depth roundtable idea exchange sessions. Industry experts and program participants will cover topics ranging from operations and inventory control through route consolidation to "green" opportunities.

This year's event returns to the greater Philadelphia area, the scene of last year's triumphant program launch. Plans call for scheduling future summits in other major OCS market areas around the country.