Pacific Bag made two extensive trips into Central America in the first half of 2011. The trips were coordinated with the Alliance for Coffee Excellence (ACE), IWCA and Aremi Rodriguez-Pope, PBI’s customer service rep for the region. Both trips were filled with visits to coffee farms and customers (i.e. roasters) in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition to Aremi, Bill Walters, VP QC & Product Development, and I made the visits to origin.
PBi and Cup of Excellence:
One of the main objectives in our visits was to help the Alliance for Cup of Excellence (ACE). ACE asked PBi to help standardize the packaging operations and help improve upon the vacuum packaging program (15 kg. vacuum packed bags of green beans).
Bill Walters and I visited numerous mills in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua to observe A.C.E. vacuum packaging operations; green beans are vacuum packed in Pacific Bag 15kg bags (PBI stock bag tem 300-928N). After the trip, we prepared a bi-lingual operation manual for Cup of Excellence for the packaging operations.
We plan to continue our efforts with Cup of Excellence and any other producers who want to explore the benefits of barrier packaging and green beans.
Coffee bags and one-way valves:
It was great to meet our customers in the different countries and we learned a lot about the local “roasted coffee markets, coffee bag requirements and the many opportunities for PBi. In the years ahead, we look forward to expanding our coverage. Hopefully we can identify the best system for distribution into Central America in the years to come.