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Re: [FairtradeTown] Coffee buyers/blenders vs wholesalers

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  • Bruce Crowther
    Hi Jeanette, I passed your message below onto our Commercial Team with the following response: The companies lists on the Out of Home Directory tend to be
    Message 1 of 2 , Dec 1, 2004
      Hi Jeanette,
      I passed your message below onto our Commercial Team with the following response:
      The companies lists on the Out of Home Directory tend to be third party
      wholesalers who buy products from licensees and sell them directly to cafes
      and restaurants.

      They are useful as many cafes and restaurants have specific catering
      requirements(pack sizes, deliveries) or like to buy from one company that
      can give them everything (tea, sugar etc..). there are however many
      companies listed in our directory that are also roasters themselves and do
      not use 3rd party wholesalers.
      I personally think, as you have suggested that it sounds a bit of an excuse to me but our Commercial Team have said that they may be able to provide names of some roasters specifically for the area concerned if you so wish.
      I presume your cafe is in the London Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames?
      Let me know if you want me to go back to our commercial team.
      Best wishes,
      Bruce Crowther
      Fairtrade Town Coordinator
      Fairtrade Foundation

      UK Charity Awards 2004 - winner Charity of the Year

      Tel: 01995 601258
      Mobile: 07866541940
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "Jeannette James" <
      To: <
      Sent: Saturday, November 27, 2004 5:58 PM
      Subject: [FairtradeTown] Coffee buyers/blenders vs wholesalers

      Has anyone else had the problem I'm having with a
      > SMALL cafe - the owner
      says he doesn't buy from
      > wholesalers (and claims everyone in the
      > directory is a wholesaler) as they're too pricy and
      take a big rake-off.  He says he buys direct from
      > local (SE) coffee
      buyers/blenders.  One of these does
      > have Fairtrade coffees but
      they're quite a bit more
      > expensive.
      > I can't tell if this
      is an excuse or genuine, but this
      > is some one who genuinely does try to
      use local
      > suppliers and products where possible, and who
      supports local charities.
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