Industry News | January 7, 2010

Burgerville Signs with Roasting Company

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Vancouver, Washington–based Burgerville announced its exclusive agreement with Portland Roasting Company. All 39 of the chain’s Oregon and Southwest Washington locations will now only serve Portland Roasting’s Farm Friendly Direct coffee, further reinforcing Burgerville’s commitment to sourcing products from the region’s most sustainable food producers.

“The Pacific Northwest is known for its love of coffee and for its leadership in sustainable practices. Since coffee beans don’t grow here, it was especially important to us to find a local coffee roaster who shares our commitment to sustainability and fair purchasing practices,” says Alison Dennis, Burgerville director of supply chain. “Portland Roasting has earned a reputation for social and environmental stewardship here at home and around the world through their Farm Friendly Direct program, and their commitment to responsible business practices is very much aligned with our own.”

Portland Roasting will roast and deliver more than 500 pounds of its Farm Friendly Direct Organic Dark Roast Sumatra and Vienna Decaf to Burgerville locations each week, which guests will then drink from the restaurant’s 100 percent compostable coffee cup.

The local coffee company has earned many accolades over the last few years, thanks to its high-quality coffee and its dedication to supporting the sustainable farming practices and lives of coffee farmers around the world through its Farm Friendly Direct program. Proceeds from the sale of all of Farm Friendly Direct coffees help improve lives of coffee farmers in areas like Papua New Guinea and Sumatra through the building of water treatment facilities, community centers, schools, and much more.

“This is a major step for us in building our brand’s reach with a partner who shares our vision of providing consumers with socially responsible products,” says Marie Franklin, Portland Roasting national sales manager. “Our work with Burgerville will enable us to expand our Farm Friendly Direct projects, which are intended to improve the lives of the coffee farmers with whom we work, and their surrounding communities.”