S&D Coffee & Tea’s Ron Hinson, president & CEO, recently celebrated his 40th anniversary with the company. From his start as a sales representative in Asheville, N.C., Hinson’s unwavering commitment to customer service and satisfaction helped transform S&D’s internal culture to one dedicated to quality and consistency. This customer-centric mindset led the company to tremendous growth and success throughout Hinson’s tenure.
Since being named CEO in 2000, Hinson’s visionary leadership propelled S&D’s revenue growth by 250%. From building a state-of-the-art iced tea blending plant to investing in and building one of the first commercial-sized cold brew manufacturing plants, S&D recognized consumer and customer needs and forged a way to meet those needs. Under Hinson’s leadership, S&D became the largest US custom coffee roaster, supplying the world’s best-known coffee retailers and restaurant chains.
Recently, S&D radically redefined its business model, taking advantage of extended global reach, innovative technology and supply chain integration since becoming a subsidiary of Cott Corporation in August 2016. Today, Hinson sees this as the platform to take the company to another level, as a broader beverage solutions provider.
The coffee and tea extracts business segment experiences consistent year-over-year growth and, as coffee beverages continue to expand, the company is poised to advance its position as the only vertically integrated coffee, tea and botanical commercial extractor.
S&D is expanding its supply chain capability in both Europe and Asia to support its ever-broadening customer base.
The company started to diversify its product portfolio beyond coffee and tea with the launch of its Infused Beverages Platform—a first of many new categories to come.