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Farmer Brothers' Thornton elected new SCAA President.

Paul Thornton, director of coffee, Farmer Bros., Torrance, Calif., was elected president of the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), Long Beach, Calif., effective April 15. Thornton will contribute his expertise and knowledge as a spokesperson for the SCAA, and work with coffee-producing countries and other coffee industry leaders throughout the world, such as the Specialty Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE) and the Specialty Coffee Association of Japan (SCAJ). He was named vp, SCAA in 2012.

Thornton began his career in 1982 as a coffee roaster for Coffee Bean International, a subsidiary of Farmer Brothers. He also has 23 years of volunteer time within the industry. Thornton and his team have developed standards within the industry that have been adapted worldwide.

He co-founded the Roaster's Guild, an SCAA trade guild, and the Northwest Roaster's Group. Thornton has spent much of his career developing relationships between specialty coffee growers and Coffee Bean International, in an effort to maintain a sustainable supply chain.

"It is truly an honor to be elected president of such a prestigious organization in the coffee industry," said Thornton.

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Date:May 1, 2013
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