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Neumann Gruppe USA: collaboration saved 11 tons of plastic from landfill

The company can’t wait to see 11 tons grow into 100 tons. Help NKG get there and join them in creating a truly sustainable green coffee industry

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HOBOKEN, New Jersey — This Earth Day,  the collaboration between GrainPro, the Neumann Gruppe USA companies (Atlas Coffee Importers, InterAmerican Coffee and Rothfos Corporation), Continental Terminals and dozens of contributing coffee roasters has collected 40 bales of used GrainPro bags and diverted them from landfills and into a special recycling effort. This translates in 11 tons of plastic out of landfills.

 At approximately 550 pounds each, that’s 22,000 pounds of plastic that recently made the journey to Revolution, a special plastics recycler in Arkansas that was willing to take on the task.

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The bags — which feature a propriety technology that both makes them both highly effective but also not recyclable through traditional means — will be broken down into pellets and transformed into new plastic products.

One incredibly exciting aspect of this announcement is that Revolution accepted and can use all the bales that GrainPro shipped to its facility.


By contrast, data shows that currently, only about 5 percent of plastics put into recycling bins in the United States are actually turned into new things.

Additionally, to maximize the environmental outcome, GrainPro generously allowed competing hermetic bags to be included in the collection effort, even while covering the costs of shipping all the bales.

Neumann Gruppe USA: 11 tons and counting

Perhaps the best news of all is that this effort is only just getting started.

• If you aren’t yet involved but pick up coffee from Continental Terminals in New Jersey or Alameda, CA, you can simply fill out this form and bring your empty bags with you.

• If you receive deliveries from CTI, you can have the bags collected from your site during delivery — just fill out the same form.

• If you don’t work with those warehouses, you still have the option to mail in the bags. Again, the form

Neumann Gruppe USA is currently working to expand this program into Europe this year, with help from InterAmerican Coffee Europe and other NKG companies. Additionally, the company also hopes to establish “hubs” across the United States, to create more options for dropping off bags or bales.

So, who saved 11 tons of plastic from landfills? Together.

The company can’t wait to see 11 tons grow into 100 tons. Help NKG get there and join them in creating a truly sustainable green coffee industry.

About Neumann Kaffee Gruppe

Neumann Kaffee Gruppe (NKG) is a globally operating green coffee service group, focusing on coffee only. In more than 60 companies in 27 countries, more than 3,200 highly skilled employees are active in the sectors Export & Milling, Import, Farming, Agents & Representative Offices, and Services.

About Neumann Gruppe USA

Neumann Gruppe USA (NGUS) is a holding company with teams that provide shared support services to the three NKG import companies in the United States: Rothfos Corporation, InterAmerican Coffee and Atlas Coffee Importers.

While each has its own areas of focus and expertise, these sister companies have much in common, including experienced teams, the NKG values of integrity and professionalism, and a passion for pairing roasters with exactly the right coffees.



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