Swiss coffee trading corporation, Volcafe, appointed new leaders for its businesses in Vietnam and Uganda. Since 1851, Volcafe has been present in the world’s most important coffee-producing and coffee-importing nations.
In Vietnam, Juan Jose Suelves, who was head of the company’s Tanzania business, will now head the Swiss trader’s office. He will replace Jeremy Mpalampa, who will instead lead the company’s Uganda business. The assistant general manager for Uganda, Jonny Rowland, will be leaving his position at the end of the year.
According to Volcafe Managing Director Trisha Mandana, Suelves will take on his new role in the first quarter, and Mpalampa will transfer to Uganda in the first half of the year after, “delivering sound profitability”, in Vietnam.
These changes and appointments are apparently, in response to a difficult year in the coffee industry, where supply chains were disrupted, and producing nations were impacted by severe weather conditions. Traders have been hard hit by defaulting producers, with some facing ruin after some farmers broke their contracts to secure a better deal as prices rocketed.