Stockton Graham & Co.® Has Acquired Eurocafé Imports® Southeast Operations

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Raleigh, NC: Jeff Vojta, co-founder and President of Stockton Graham & Co.®, a specialty coffee roaster and wholesale beverage, equipment and accessory distributor located in Raleigh, NC, announced that effective June 6, 2014, the company acquired the Southeast wholesale distribution assets of Eurocafé Imports® based in Charlotte, NC and is now serving the Eurocafé Imports® Southeast customers.

Eurocafé Imports® Southeast customers will still be able to order all the same high-quality specialty beverage products through Stockton Graham & Co.®, as well as an even broader selection of specialty coffee and beverage supplies. The two companies are working together to ensure a smooth transition, as well as consistent ordering systems, pricing and freight options during the transition period. The Northeastern operations of Eurocafé Imports® based in Rochester, NY will remain unaffected by this change.

“We look forward to working with so many quality customers.” said Vojta. “And we are pleased to bring an expanded offering of coffee & specialty beverage supplies with over 100 years of direct industry expertise to the Eurocafé Imports® Southeast customer base.”

For more information, contact Stockton Graham & Co. at 800-835-5943 or visit www.stocktongraham.com.

Congratulations to Brad Kirby for 10 years with Stockton Graham & Co.!

Brad-kirby-picking-coffeeApril marks the 10 year anniversary of our Head Roaster, Brad Kirby, joining the Stockton Graham & Co. team! We are proud to have such a dedicated, loyal and hardworking employee within our company. Brad is a necessity to what we do every day here at Stockton Graham & Co. – roasting great coffee. He is an integral part of our team, and we could not have grown so much without him.

Brad began working in shipping and receiving in 2003, and the warehouse immediately became more organized and efficient. Brad’s interest soon began to develop more in the coffee industry, and he moved into the roasting area permanently.  Brad’s eye for detail and passion for coffee has made him an excellent roaster and bestowed onto him the title of “Head Roaster”.

Brad-kirkby-smilingHaving a natural knack with machinery, Brad has become a Factory Trained Equipment Tech for La Marzocco, Franke, Astoria, Rancilio and Fetco brand coffee equipment while working at Stockton Graham & Co. He keeps all of our production equipment operating efficiently, and teaches Stockton Graham & Co.’s Coffee College class on Equipment Cleaning & Maintenance. Brad also has developed, implemented and maintains our associate safety program to ensure a safe, secure workplace.

Brad has worked with Brandon to share roasting knowledge with their roasting peers in the southeast and mid-Atlantic. They also discuss the best practices to further the development and use of the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) standards through the Southeast Roasters Cult, Gulf Coast Roasters and Mid-Atlantic Roaster groups.

While working at Stockton Graham & Co., Brad has served as a SCAA Workshop Volunteer (for Gold Cup Certification labs and Brewing & Grinding labs), completed both Beginner and Intermediate SCAA Barista Classes and passed the SCAA Sensory Skills Test. Brad has traveled to coffee farms to learn more about the growing process, and he recently enjoyed a visit to the Selva Negra farm, where he got an in-depth look into the facilities there.

Brandon Riggs, Stockton Graham & Co.’s Roastmaster and Green Coffee Buyer works with Brad the closest. They spend every day artisan roasting Stockton Graham Coffees and hand packaging them for our customers. Brandon has only appreciation and praise for the work Brad does here at Stockton Graham:

“Customers should know that the consistency of their coffee is due to Brad’s attention to detail and passion for great coffee. Brad has helped the company grow so much, and was instrumental with the profile software for all the roasters. He has grown in his cupping knowledge, and his espresso and machine knowledge is invaluable. He also provides tremendous insight into the coffees we purchase and the best profile for roasting them.  Brad is great at what he does and is truly appreciated!”

President and Co-Founder of Stockon Graham & Co. Jeff Vojta, sings Brad’s praises as well:

“It has been an honor and pleasure to be able to work alongside Brad for these past 10 years. I have learned a great deal from him, and we have learned a lot together.  He has been an integral part of the company and he has worked hard to ensure that we roast and package the best coffees for our customers.  He and Brandon have worked very hard to ensure that our coffees are exceptional in taste and quality. Brad is also an instrumental member of our overall good manufacturing processes and compliance programs. He is a true asset to our team.”

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For 10 years Brad has done so much for Stockton Graham & Co., our staff and our customers. No one can fully express the appreciation we have for our Head Roaster. Brad’s knowledge and gained experience is essential to good roasting, and his hard work is always appreciated. The whole team would like to congratulate and thank you for 10 years of valuable service, Brad!

Stockton Graham & Co. is now offering Sweetbird Smoothies

We have always made an effort at Stockton Graham & Co. to offer a wide variety of products in a convenient way. From coffee to smoothies, and training to equipment sales, we enable our retailers to serve fresh, custom-roasted coffees and create distinctive drinks for discriminating guests, enhancing their ability to bring people together in a comfortable atmosphere. With this philosophy in mind, we have decided to expand our smoothie selection to include the Sweetbird smoothie brand. With this addition, Stockton Graham & Co. will now offer seven distinct brand choices for smoothie customers, which will come in handy in the face of those discriminating guests. Furthermore, these smoothies will be on sale at 10% off for the month of July!

Sweetbird smoothies are available in twelve delicious flavors, some of which are currently unavailable in other smoothie brands. More popular flavors like Strawberry, Banana and Mango are well accounted for, but new flavors such as Raspberry-Blackcurrant, Mango-Passion Fruit & Lemon can help add life to a less exotic smoothie menu. Additionally, Sweetbird smoothies are more highly concentrated, which means that small quantities of smoothie puree will produce large amounts of final product. Combine high concentration with their smaller packaging, and Sweetbird can achieve the same results as the competition without crowding your refrigerator.

Sweetbird smoothies are totally fruity and fantastically refreshing. Made with real fruit, they’re bursting with natural goodness and tasty to boot. Four of the Sweetbird flavors are denoted as 100% pure fruit products, and all of the Sweetbird smoothie products are free of high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, artificial flavors, artificial preservatives and genetically modified ingredients. Moreover, some of the flavors are 99% fat free, gluten free & GMO free, and all twelve flavors are approved by the British Vegetarian Society and for vegan diets by Viva!

To learn more about Sweetbird smoothies, click here

For information about how to prepare Sweetbird smoothies, click here

For pricing click here, or call 800.835.5943 to speak with our customer care team

Earn Free Cases of Big Train Through New Rewards Program

Our partner Big Train®, a leading manufacturer and distributor of premium drink mixes, announced its new customer rewards program. The new loyalty program, OnTrack™ Rewards, provides Big Train business customers a new way of earning points which can be redeemed for free products.

OnTrack™ Rewards is available to U.S. businesses that purchase Big Train products. By joining the program, our Big Train customers can:

-Redeem points for free product
-Participate in private Members-only events
-Influence product development
-Gain access to special offers
-Receive the latest point of purchase marketing materials
-Obtain advanced notice of new Big Train products

Just for signing up, Big Train is offering 1,000 free points, worth one free case of product. To join the OnTrack™ Rewards program, a representative of the company that buys Big Train products needs to register at https://www.OnTrackRewards.com.

How Does it Work?

1) Register your business with Big Train.
2) Accumulate points.
3) Redeem your points.

After each Big Train purchase, log in at OnTrackRewards.com using your Membership ID# and password that you provided during registration. Once you are logged in, you can review your points and register any Big Train purchases that have not yet already been recorded. Note: It may take 1-3 business days for Big Train to validate your purchases. Once you reach the Points threshold, you will be automatically issued an electronic OnTrack™ Rewards Certificate that you can redeem with your next order for free product. Just present the Certificate number to participating distributors or call us and we’ll point you in the right direction. For more information, please refer to our FAQ page. Your points do not expire and continue to accumulate. Once you earn an OnTrack™ Rewards Certificate, your balance will automatically be reduced. Your Certificate will expire in 180 days (six months) after the Certificate is generated. It´s easy! Register today!

Stockton Graham & Co. is here to guide you through this process and make it as easy as possible for you! If you have any questions, please contact us at (800) 835-5943.

Nutritious, Delicious and Fast: Oatmeal Made Easy with Umpqua Oats

Stockton Graham & Co. is proud to announce a new addition to our great line up of allied product offerings – Umpqua Oats! Umpqua Oats is based on one simple philosophy: NUTRITIOUS, DELICIOUS and FAST! All you do is add water and hand off to your customer! How do you offer a healthy breakfast to families on the go? Why sacrifice proper nutrition and great taste for speed if you don’t have to? Where do you find a healthy AND fast breakfast in the midst of pre-soccer game chaos? These and other questions were on the minds of Mandy and Sheri, two active moms, on the pivotal morning of an important soccer match. The kids needed nutrition and lots of energy to win the game, but they wanted good taste too. Forcing down bland packets of plain ol’ instant oats wasn’t tasty, but it was great inspiration…

So after the game, Mandy and Sheri trekked into the kitchen with the kids to find the secret to a healthy, quick, and mobile breakfast for active people everywhere.

Only the best ingredients, from whole rolled oats to the care only moms can provide, go into Umpqua Oats. It’s so good you might even want to slow down, sit down, and savor it!

From the best natural ingredients to the unsurpassed taste, Umpqua Oats is truly the Nutritious, Delicious and Fast breakfast choice.

The products we use make Umpqua Oats different.

Whole Rolled Oats
We use only whole thick rolled oats for an “old fashioned” taste. Rolled oats contain thiamin, iron and fiber. Fiber is helpful in reducing cholesterol levels in the bloodstream. Whole oats are also the only source of antioxidant compounds known as avenanthramides.

Sucanat Sugar
Another quality ingredient we add to our oatmeal is sucanat sugar. Sucanat is whole cane sugar that is simply made by crushing freshly cut sugar cane, extracting the juice and heating it in a large vat. Once the sugar is reduced to a rich, dark syrup it is hand paddled to cool creating the porous granules called sucanat. Sucanat adds that caramel flavor to our oatmeal.

Available varieties: Kick Start (nut & fruit medley), Mostly Sunny (fruit-only), RU Nuts (nuts-only), Time Out (chocolate, peanut butter & coconut), Take a Hike (hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds & apricots), Old School (Granny Smith apples, almonds, pumpkin seeds & walnuts), Lei’d Back (cashews, macadamia nuts, coconut and papaya), Not Guilty (no sugar added with apples, blueberries, flax and chia seeds).

Case specs: 24 cartons per case; customer can split cases 12 and 12. Umpqua Oats also has a variety case available for purchase so you can try all the varieties with minimal investment. Call Stockton Graham & Co. at (800) 835-5943 to order now!