Marley Coffee Announces New National Sales Leadership Industry Veteran, Chris Hopkins, Joins as Senior Vice President of National Accounts
LOS ANGELES, Oct. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Marley Coffee (OTCBB: JAMN), a sustainably grown, ethically farmed and artisan roasted gourmet coffee, today announced the addition of Chris Hopkins as Senior Vice President of National Accounts.
In his new role, Hopkins, who has more than 20 years of food and beverage sales experience, will be responsible for continuing to expand distribution of Marley Coffee through supermarkets, specialty retailers and convenience stores throughout the United States. Prior to joining Marley Coffee, Hopkins paved the way for Marley Beverages as SVP of National Accounts, securing distributions and partnerships with 80 of the top 100 retail outlets, including 7 Eleven, Kroger and Wegmans, which helped drive Marley's Mellow Mood first year sales of one million cases, which has grown to almost three million cases after two years in the market.
"I saw Chris' dedication and passion to see a brand grow, and grow quickly, through his tireless work to introduce Marley's Mellow Mood," said Rohan Marley, founder of Marley Coffee. "I'm happy we were able to convince Chris to join our team at Marley Coffee as we continue to build our retail distribution in the US and beyond."
"With Chris' proven track record in the food and beverage industry, and more recently with Marley Beverages, we're thrilled to have him join the Marley Coffee team," said Brent Toevs, CEO, Marley Coffee. "A huge opportunity to expand nationally lies with Chris, and after seeing him engage with buyers at National Products Expo East in Baltimore, we are confident in his ability to secure partnerships that make sense for the brand's growth."
In addition to his work with Marley Beverages, Hopkins spent 13 years at Dr Pepper Snapple Group (previously Cadbury Beverages), where he helped start and develop their category management team within their distribution network, and eventually into top national accounts. He also secured several, first ever, strategic partnerships with Kroger, Safeway, Target, Food Lion, and Meijer, where he placed teams on-site with retailers to help drive significant sales through translating consumer insights into action on shelving, pricing, innovation, and promotional strategies for most beverage categories. Hopkins has also worked with Fleming Foods and Kellogg Sales Company.
"I'm thrilled to be a part of the Marley Coffee movement, and expect to be able to take this brand to the next level nationally," said Hopkins. "I really believe in Marley Coffee's products and values, and I believe retailers will understand and appreciate the opportunity to carry Marley Coffee in their stores."
All Marley Coffee products live up to the Rastafari standards of ITAL, standing for all things Pure, True and Vital. A portion of all sales of Marley Coffee supports Kicks for Cause and 1Love.org. Started by Marley Coffee, Kicks for Cause aims to build playable soccer fields and soccer camps for children of coffee-producing communities in Jamaica.
To contact Chris or to make an appointment with him at the upcoming NACs show, you can email him at email@example.com or call him at (214) 202-1776.
About Marley Coffee
Marley Coffee (corporate name Jammin Java Corp) is a US-based company that provides premium, artisan roasted coffee to the grocery, retail, online, service, hospitality, office coffee service and big box store industry. Under its exclusive licensing agreement with 56 Hope Road, the company continues to develop its coffee lines under the Marley Coffee brand. Marley Coffee is a fully reporting company quoted on the OTCBB under the symbol JAMN. Learn more at www.MarleyCoffee.com, visit the corporate website at www.JamminJavaCorp.com, join us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/MarleyCoffee, and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/marleycoffee.
Chris Hopkins is hired on as Senior Vice President of National Accounts in a non-executive officer position.
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