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March 2012 C&CI • Coffee World • 7 US Insurer introduces iPhone App

Rekerdres & Sons Insurance Agency says it is taking marine cargo insurance to the next level by introducing what it claims is the industry’s first smart phone application. "Named RECIS 1st Mate, the app fills a need in this highly specialized commodity insurance business and enables cargo claimants, surveyors, owners, or consignees to work fast and in real time," said Rekerdres in a statement.

RECIS 1st Mate allows users to initiate a notice of damage using a QR Code printed on a CIF certificate. The consignee or warehouse simply scans this code or enters the certificate number into the App’s Initial Notice of Damage. Initial details of the loss, along with a photo and data, are instantaneously transferred to the secure claims database serving the Rekerdres & Sons Electronic Cargo Insurance System (RECIS).

A claim file is opened and all parties are notified, references are sent out and the surveyor is assigned. The surveyor can then use his or her unique name and password to accept the assignment, schedule a survey, and make a preliminary report directly by smartphone within the RECIS 1stMate application.


Starbucks to partner with Ai Ni Group

As part of its on-going effort to help develop the coffee industry in China’s Yunnan Province, Starbucks Coffee Company has signed an agreement to form a joint-venture company with Ai Ni Group, one of the province’s best-established companies. The joint-venture company, which will be controlled by Starbucks, will purchase and export Arabica coffee and operate dry mills in the province. John Culver, President, Starbucks China and Asia Pacific, and Liu Minghui, Founder and Chairman, Ai Ni Group, attended a signing ceremony in Kunming, Yunnan’s provincial capital. "The formation of our joint venture company with Ai Ni Group marks another significant milestone in Starbucks continued efforts to help develop Yunnan’s coffee industry," said Mr Culver. "Through the Starbucks Yunnan Coffee Project and together with our partner Ai Ni Group, we are committed to help local farm- ers enhance the quality of the coffee in the region while bringing the best of Yunnan coffee to the rest of China and the world."

Farmers in East and West Africa will be able to benefit from AFCA’s activities Africa EAFCA becomes AFCA

The Eastern Africa Fine Coffees Association (EAFCA) has become the African Fine Coffees Association (AFCA), and has become a pan-African organisation with mem- bers across the continent.

Cameroon, Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire have reportedly put forward requests for membership of AFCA, among others. "But we are also going to have a number of other African nations, including Angola and Mozambique. The EAFCA name has been restricting them from joining the organization," said a spokesperson for AFCA.


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