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Annual Houston Port Coffee Symposium.

HOUSTON -- The 4th Annual Houston Port Region Coffee Symposium was held November 17-18. The two-day conference was themed "Houston Port Region: Coffee Gateway to Latin America/" and was sponsored by the Port of Houston Authority, the Greater Houston Coffee Association and the Economic Alliance Port Region.

Sessions focused on the Brazilian perspective of the coffee industry and Houston's increasing influence as the 4th designated green coffee port in the U.S. as well as a panel on getting coffee through customs and an advice session for small business entrepreneurs.

"In 2007, Brazil ranked as our largest coffee importer, followed by Columbia and Mexico, demonstrating Latin America's continued significance to the Houston Port Region's economy," said Jim Edmonds, Port of Houston Authority chairman.

In addition, Edmonds served as keynote luncheon speaker. Other speakers included Alan Kaiser (National Coffee Association of the U.S.), Jose Maria Ribeiro Neto (coffee planter and member, Cooxupe), Don Pisano (American Coffee and chair of the Green Coffee Association Traffic & Warehouse Committee), L.B. Booty (U.S. Food and Drug Administration), Vera Braun (Coffee America USA, Inc.), Matt Braunner (Braunner Int.), Tammy Deininger (Volcafe USA LLC), Mike Sinclair (U.S. Customs and Border Protection) and Scott Singleton (Kadena Strategies, Inc.).
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Title Annotation:World News
Publication:Tea & Coffee Trade Journal
Date:Dec 1, 2008
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