Press release -
Kathrine Löfberg Appointed as New Chair of the initiative for coffee&climate
The Steering Committee of the initiative for coffee&climate (c&c) has appointed Kathrine Löfberg, Löfbergs, Sweden, as the new Chair. She follows Nanda Bergstein, Tchibo, Germany, while Mario Cerutti, Lavazza, Italy, continues as Vice Chair.
c&c is a pre-competitive partnership of coffee companies and public partners to support smallholder coffee farming families to respond effectively to the effects of climate change, increase their resilience and improve their livelihoods. It operates in Indonesia, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda, Brazil, Honduras, and Guatemala.
“I am grateful for being able to contribute to the meaningful work of c&c as Chair. This partnership offers great opportunities as we can pool our strengths and experience in the sector. Of course, it also comes with challenges, but I look forward to taking them on,” says Kathrine Löfberg, also Chair of the family-owned coffee group Löfbergs.
“We are happy that Kathrine Löfberg has accepted the mandate. This gives the initiative continuity and keeps it on track. We are very much looking forward to working together and wish her a good start in this important position,” says Stefan Ruge, c&c Program Manager.
c&c was founded and is run by the shareholders of International Coffee Partners (ICP) which are Delta Cafés (Portugal), Franck (Croatia), Joh. Johannson (Norway), Lavazza (Italy), Löfbergs (Sweden), Neumann Gruppe (Germany), Paulig (Finland), and Tchibo (Germany). Associate members are Tim Hortons (Canada), Walter Matter (Switzerland), and J.M. Smucker (USA). The initiative works in cooperation with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and with Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung (HRNS) as coordinating and implementing partner.
About the initiative for coffee&climate
The initiative for coffee&climate (c&c) is a pre-competitive partnership of private and public actors. Together they strive to support smallholder coffee farming families and their communities to effectively respond to climate change, increase their resilience and improve their livelihoods. Since its founding in 2010, c&c has been working in seven regions worldwide: Following a five-step participatory and inclusive approach, smallholder families get access to practical tools and knowledge, allowing them to adapt their farms to climate change, minimize carbon emissions and enhance the carbon storage potential in coffee landscapes. With more than 92,000 coffee farming households supported to date, c&c is currently in its third phase of implementation and will reach an additional 80,000 families by 2024.
The Swedish based coffee group Löfbergs is a Family Business founded in 1906. We are 300 coffee lovers operating in ten core markets in Europe, sharing the passion for taste, trends and sustainability. We have a turnover of SEK 1.5 billion and is one of the world's largest purchasers of organic and Fairtrade-labeled coffee. The group includes the brands Löfbergs, Peter Larsen Kaffe, Percol and Kobbs.