Friday, September 02, 2005
Attention Coffee Lovers:
Prepare for the price of coffee (and tea) to go through the roof just like the gas prices. Hurricane Katrina and the resulting levy break in New Orleans have destroyed everything (corporate offices, processing plants, storage, shipments from Columbia, everything) that JFG Coffee (Reily Foods) had in that area. I can't even link to their websites because even they are down. Click here to get the Katrina messages for www.luzianne.com. Reily Foods products include JFG Coffee, Luzianne Tea, mayonnaise, and various other seasonings and dry foods. For a good summary of the company click here. Much of their coffee processing and production (roasting, grinding, and packaging) is done here in Knoxville, and the company headquarters have been moved here for now. On a side note, sometimes when you drive through downtown you can smell the coffee roasting.
Our company does the heat and air and refrigeration work for JFG Coffee's plants and offices here. David talked to them the other day and found out that all their everything was lost because of Katrina and the levy breaking. JFG (Riley Foods) makes the coffee and tea for lots of other brands (like private store brands), not just the JFG brand. This means that coffee is going to go through the roof too, just like gas. And since New Orleans is the major port where coffee comes in from Columbia and where-ever else it's grown it's not just JFG that is affected. I'm not sure if Starbucks coffee beans have been shipped through the New Orleans port, but if it they have been their already outrageous prices will probably go even higher too. Add those factors to the increased cost of shipping stuff with the gas prices so high and we're in for higher prices for everything.