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The Sustainable Coffee Challenge Partners with Massimo Zanetti Beverage, One of the Largest U.S. Private Brand Distributors

April 19, 2018

“Massimo Zanetti joins the Challenge at a significant time for the coffee industry,” said Bambi Semroc, Vice President of Sustainable Markets and Strategy at Conservation International. “Massimo Zanetti is one of the larger coffee roasters in the United States and we are excited to see them join in this global effort, demonstrating that sustainability is important throughout the coffee market.”

In addition to sourcing coffee from farmers across the globe, Massimo Zanetti Beverage Co. runs a coffee farm operation on the Hawaiian island of Kauai utilizing renewable energy in the form of hydroelectricity. The same water then runs through 2,500 miles of drip tubing in an efficient drip irrigation system to water and fertilize the coffee trees — away from pesticides and dust. Elements used in the irrigation and fertilizing process are cleaned and reused in the fields after composting them on site, including coffee-cherry pulp and mulch from any pruning.

In addition, Massimo Zanetti Beverage Co. strives for a low-carbon footprint with its single-source supplier distribution system where only a single truck is used for coffee delivery.

The coffee company has also been streamlining its use of plastics to cut out waste. It designs more sustainable cups, such as the single-serve Filter Cups™ and A Better Cup By Design™, which uses 30 percent less plastic than a traditional plastic single-serve cup.

“We may be one of the world’s leading coffee companies, but as we see it, our corporate responsibility extends well beyond our customers and shareholders to the entire planet and everyone on it,” said Brian Kubicki, Vice President of Marketing, Massimo Zanetti Beverage Co. “That’s why we’re committed to good environmental stewardship and community involvement.”

The Sustainable Coffee Challenge, formed by Conservation International and Starbucks and launched during the Paris climate meetings in 2015, is uniting players from across the coffee industry — growers, traders, roasters, retailers, governments and NGOs. It aims to stimulate greater demand for sustainable coffee while partnering to find solutions to mitigate impacts of climate change and other stressors.

Massimo Zanetti Beverage Co. joins a growing list of partners in the Sustainable Coffee Challenge. Other recent additions include Tata Coffee and illycaffè. To join as a partner in the Sustainable Coffee Challenge, contact scc@conservation.org.


About Conservation International

Conservation International uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, Conservation International works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Learn more about Conservation International and its groundbreaking “Nature Is Speaking” campaign, and follow Conservation International’s work on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

About the Sustainable Coffee Challenge

The Sustainable Coffee Challenge convenes, unites and urges the coffee sector and conservation partners across the industry to spur the actions and investments necessary to make coffee the first sustainable agriculture product in the world. The Challenge is committed to stimulating demand for sustainable coffee across the value chain, from the policymaking level to the final consumer. By encouraging demand for sustainable coffee, it leads to investments that enable the transition to a sustainable production and ensuring the coffee we drink is a sustainable product.

About Massimo Zanetti Beverage Co.

Massimo Zanetti Beverage Co. is among the nation’s largest coffee roasters, with nationally recognized retail brands including Chock full o’Nuts®, Hills Bros.®, Segafredo Zanetti®, Kauai Coffee®, MJB® and Chase & Sanborn®. With its headquarters in Portsmouth, Virginia and state-of-the art manufacturing facility in Suffolk, Virginia, the company produces proprietary and private label coffee, tea and drink mix for customers in all retail and food service channels throughout North America and around the world. In addition, Massimo Zanetti Beverage Co. franchises Chock full o’Nuts® Coffee Shops and Segafredo Zanetti Espresso® Cafés. Massimo Zanetti Beverage Co. is part of the Massimo Zanetti Beverage Group, www.mzb-group.com, one of the world’s largest coffee group groups, comprised of nearly 40 companies operating in more than 35 countries. For more information, visit: www.mzb-usa.com.