Today’s interview is with Paul Balzer, Vice President of Supply Chain at Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. Mr. Balzer brings nearly 30 years of experience with sourcing and manufacturing from companies like Baskin Robbins and Carlson Restaurants Worldwide. The video above is a short clip and 1 of 5 that Coffee Bean put together showing their process.   Can you tell us a little about yourself and how you came to the position you hold at Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf? I graduated Fresno State in 1993. My degree is business administration with an emphasis in what is called LOM: logistic/operations management. The reason that they called it LOM is because the term ‘supply chain’ really didn’t exist. The buzz-words sort of change over the years. The bottom line is that my emphasis is in Supply Chain, exactly what I have been doing. I’ve been doing this for 29 years, in…Continue Reading
We take it for granted that most of the food we eat and beverages we drink are made in the USA, but it’s not always the case. Check the labels, as always. Lucky for us Arizona Iced tea brews their drinks in NY, USA. The best Arnold Palmer is out of a can – and you can get it full calories, 1/3 of the calories, or zero calories – talk about options!  During the 1980s and 1990s, the founders of Arizona iced tea sold home brew out of their VQ bus intil they saw a Snapple truck unloading crate after crate of iced tea. They switched their brew to tea, despite what naysayers told them. All teas are awesome tasting with no preservatives. People like their teas so much that they’ve driven the brand to #1 in their market. Arizona Iced Tea was founded in Brooklyn and is still American owned and operated running…Continue Reading