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US – Ferris Coffee & Nut Company Acquires Holland, Mich.-based JP’s Coffee

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Building on its reputation as one of Michigan’s leading coffee roasters and nut distributors, Ferris Coffee & Nut Company today announced it has acquired Holland, Mich.-based JP’s Coffee.

The move bolsters Ferris Coffee’s increasing commitment to high-end beverages while providing JP’s new potential markets and additional resources for future growth.

Best known for its classic coffeehouse feel, JP’s has been serving customers for more than 20 years. The store offers a large selection of whole bean coffees, fresh-baked treats, and loose leaf tea served by its staff of trained baristas.

JP’s Coffee will remain an independent location and continue to operate under the JP’s brand and the direction of the Company founder, Jack Groot, while benefiting from the added resources, team and national reach of Ferris Coffee. The Midwest Barista School at JP’s will also continue its commitment to developing exceptional industry professionals from around the world.

Ferris Coffee will use the acquisition to help spark new approaches to its efforts in high-end beverages as it looks to build on more than 90 years of success.  According to Ferris Coffee, the addition of JP’s brings new, world-class coffee and service expertise, as well as important insights into the intersection of coffee and community.

“Adding JP’s Coffee is a great move for our organization and our customers given our highly complementary locations, values and strong community commitment,” said John VanTongeren, president and owner of Ferris Coffee.


“Ultimately, we both view coffee as a relational beverage that brings people together. This move will improve both companies while setting a strong foundation for growth.”

In addition to his continuing leadership role at JP’s Coffee, Jack Groot will be named Director of Retail Operations for Ferris Coffee. In that role, Groot will oversee Ferris’ growing retail operations and continue to train and develop new talent through JP’s Midwest Barista School.

His experience will also provide invaluable insight as Ferris Coffee opens its flagship coffee bar on Grand Rapids’ west side this summer.  No staff changes are planned at either company.

“West Michigan has always been home to both of our businesses.  We share the same values and  the same service-first culture, so we see no better place to invest and grow together than in Michigan,” said Groot.

“We are excited to partner with Ferris Coffee, as our similar cultures and complementary service strengths make this transaction a natural fit.  We see great opportunity in combining to create an organization focused on quality coffee with enormous potential for future success.”

About JP’s Coffee

Established in 1993, JP’s Coffee is a classic coffeehouse located in downtown Holland, Mich. JP’s offers a warm family friendly atmosphere with great conversation, and its staff of trained baristas serve delicious on-site and fresh-baked treats along with a large selection of whole bean coffees and loose leaf tea.

The company also owns and operates The Midwest Barista School (MBS), which offers complete training experience for starting a coffee business.

About Ferris Coffee & Nut Company

Ferris Coffee & Nut Company has been roasting coffee and gourmet nuts since 1924. Centrally located in Grand Rapids, Mich., Celebrating 90 years of business on the city’s west side, Ferris has recently renovated its facility and upgraded its roasting operations to better serve customers.

However, the company remains true to its original value to passionately seek out and provide the finest coffees and nuts from around the world, while giving back to the communities they serve.

Source: press release


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