Behind the scenes with the President & CEO of the National Coffee Association USA
William (Bill) Murray has served as President and CEO of the National Coffee Association (NCA) since 2014, following leadership positions at the Public Relations Society of America and the Motion Picture Association.
And clearly he’s kept caffeinated. In a few short years, the NCA has evolved as an organization to provide enhanced member benefits and educational opportunities, while also serving as a critical advocate on key industry issues like the Prop. 65 labeling case in California.
Here, he talks to Zach Olsen, Regional Sales Manager at Bunn USA and incoming Chair of the NCA Next Generation Council, about his career, the coffee industry, and Caddyshack.
Compelled speech, like censored speech, can violate the Constitution, according to legal experts.
By William “Bill” Murray, CAE, NCA President & CEO via LinkedIn
“Forcing [coffee companies] to include a cancer warning on a product that does not cause cancer plainly violates the 1st Amendment.”
So states legendary First Amendment lawyer Floyd Abrams (Pentagon Papers, Citizen United), in today’s Los Angeles Times Op-Ed.
Generation Z and young millennial consumers are driving RTD market trends
Top industry trends to watch, according to the latest market research.
US cold brew has emerged as a vibrant growth segment for the global coffee market.
Related Resources: RTD & Cold Brew
The NCA Cold Brew Toolkit & FAQ
Science-based guidance for the coffee industry
NCA Coffee Market Snapshot Reports
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The following post is adapted from the Tea & Coffee Trade Journal Editor’s Blog
The weather is turning cooler — but RTD coffee does not seem to need hot weather to entice consumers. The appeal is already there and growing.
According to research from the Mintel Global New Products Database (GNPD), in 2017 approximately one in five (19%) global new coffee launches was iced, ready-to-drink (RTD), up from 16% in 2015.
Mardi Gras World at the NCA 2018 Convention
The following Q&A is from the NCA Next Generation Group, a National Coffee Association initiative to engage and support young professionals and emerging leaders across the coffee industry.
Shelby Westfeldt Mills
President, Coffee/Tea Trader
Westfeldt Brothers, Inc.
NCA Next Gen Council
Interviewed by Janet Colley Morse
How and when did you get involved with the coffee industry?
It was right after Katrina in 2005 and I was living in New York City interviewing for jobs in advertising. My dad had to relocate Westfeldt Brothers to North Carolina, and asked if I would work on the New York Board of Trade (now the ICE) as a clerk and assist WBI.
I put everything on hold and started immediately. I fell in love with it!
If you ask how I ended up at Westfeldt Brothers, that was probably because my mom made my dad give me a job.
What interested you in joining the NCA Next Gen group and then becoming part of the council?
New! NCA Workshop for Coffee Professionals:
The Business & Safety of Cold Brew | Nov. 6 | Sponsored by: Toddy, LLC
What is cold brew coffee?
“At its core, cold brew is a brewing method, not a serving method,” explains Mark Corey, Ph.D., NCA Director of Scientific & Government Affairs.
Dr. Corey led a team of specialized experts to develop the NCA Cold Brew Toolkit, now available to the entire coffee industry. (Read more background about the report and related food safety considerations.)
The Toolkit offers science-based technical guidance and recommended best practices – visit the NCA website for more details.
While working on the report, we received a lot of questions – from consumers and companies alike – about the beverage market’s hottest trend.
Here are some expert-approved answers to common questions about what “cold brew coffee” really means:
“Call it a victory for science — or maybe just for common sense.” – The Seattle Times
It was a good news week for coffee science in California.
Earlier this month, OEHHA (the state’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment agency) proposed a plan that would exempt coffee from Prop 65 required “cancer warning labels” in California after the most recent ruling in the ongoing legislation.
The statement was met with resounding support from scientists and coffee lovers alike.
“OEHHA’s Rulemaking is supported by both the full weight of scientific evidence and law,” wrote William “Bill” Murray, NCA President and CEO, in comments filed Aug. 30. The letter commended the decision and laid out the strong case for coffee in a scientific summary signed by Dr. Mark Corey, NCA’s Director of Scientific & Government Affairs, and Dr. Alan Leviton, Consultant to the NCA Scientific Advisory Group.
Simply put, the research speaks for itself: coffee does not cause cancer.
Then this week, in a groundbreaking announcement, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration sent a letter to Sacramento which emphatically set forth their support for this rule.
What’s right, what’s wrong, and what’s interesting.
The following article is based on this LinkedIn post by William (Bill) Murray, NCA President & CEO
When it comes to coffee coverage in the media, a healthy dose of context (and common sense) is critical.
Take this week’s Daily Mail article, “How Six Cups of Coffee a Day Can Help You to Live Longer,” on new research from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), published in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Let’s take a look of the story, in light of the science:
Help track our industry’s life-saving impact.
By Spencer Turer, Coffee Enterprises
The coffee industry has recognized programs which support social responsibility, environmental stewardship, health issues, gender initiatives, women coffee producers, and sustainable communities at origin — often through the support of companies both large and small.
Here’s an opportunity to help the coffee industry make a big impact, as just one individual.
The American Red Cross is most familiar for their disaster relief services and regular blood drives. Through a coordinated effort (and the wonders of technology), the coffee industry can support a national campaign which provides benefits in our local communities.
The new series of NCA market research breakout reports offers targeted, in-depth insight into key issues shaping today’s coffee market, in partnership with Dig Insights.
These data snapshots offer deeper insight into some of the most dynamic categories covered in our flagship National Coffee Drinking Trends report – at a price point that’s accessible for everyone.
Watch the video below to learn more:
Key highlights from the report include:
- 45% of past-day coffee drinkers drank coffee prepared with a drip machine
- The gourmet coffee beverages category remains strong in 2018 with a past-day penetration sitting at 41%
- In-home coffee preparation sees a rebound to 2016 levels: 79% consumed a coffee prepared at-home
- In 2018, 36% consumed a coffee that was prepared out-of-home
Visit the NCA website for more information.
And why coffee myths matter.
The following post is based on an edited LinkedIn post by William (Bill) Murray, NCA President & CEO. See the original post.
Recently, there has been interesting coverage in Runner’s World about drinking coffee and exercise, examining the “common wisdom” that coffee makes you pee, and can be a harmful dietetic before a workout.