Hoffmann Enters Into Agreement With J.M. Smucker Co.

The Hoffmann Family of Companies, a multi-vertical family-owned company with more than 90 brands, through a new subsidiary of Stan’s Coffee and Food Service, has signed a definitive agreement with The J.M. Smucker Co. to exclusively service and expand Rowland Coffee Roasters’ more than 1,400 current direct store delivery (DSD) clients in the state of Florida for an initial term of 10 years. The agreement includes the physical assets of the Rowland Coffee Roasters’ DSD business, the management of sales of the Café Bustelo® and Pilon® brands for DSD customers in the Florida market and the transition of employees to Hoffmann.

Purchased in 2011 by The J.M. Smucker Co., the Rowland Coffee Roasters business dates back to 1865 and is the producer of leading Latin coffee brands Café Bustelo and Pilon coffee, which are currently available in retail stores nationwide and in DSD channels in Florida. This agreement seeks to expand the DSD whole bean offering to additional locations throughout Florida.

“Stan’s Coffee and Food Service offers locally roasted coffee, paper goods, and dry food products throughout the state of Florida, including restaurants, large country clubs, resorts, health care and offices. The addition of offering Café Bustelo and Pilon coffee will further expand access for consumers to these outstanding brands,” said Bob Payne, President Stan’s Coffee and Food Services.

The exclusive agreement with the Hoffmann Family of Companies will be an exciting expansion, exposing the brands to more direct store customers and clients. Café Bustelo, ranked a top-10 coffee brand and a leading espresso brand in the U.S., and Pilon coffee, are part of the ever-growing Latin market, which currently makes up nearly a fifth of the U.S. consumer market.

“This exclusive agreement with Smucker is a unique, once in-a-lifetime opportunity, to leverage our independent strengths for a mutual opportunity and future together. We are honored and very excited to be doing this with The J.M. Smucker Co.,” said Geoff Hoffmann, Co-CEO Hoffmann Family of Companies.

Upon close of the transaction, Stan’s Coffee will begin the immediate expansion of the Rowland Coffee Roasters’ brands through its existing DSD clients and channels, while looking to expand further to new customers and clients throughout all of Florida.

Stan’s Coffee Awarded Best Coffee Service Company 3 Years In a Row

Stan’s Coffee and Food Service has been awarded “Best Coffee Service Company” for the 3rd year in a row by Gulfshore Business

Mert Leeman Announces Retirement After 47 Years

August 27th, 2021
Lehigh Acres, FL

Mert Leeman started his career working in the warehouse of Stan’s Coffee in 1978, after moving to Florida from Wisconsin. He quickly moved his way up to delivery driver and finally to sales where he became the most productive and profitable salesman in the company.

Mert Leeman is retiring from Stan’s Coffee Service as of August 27, 2021, after 43 years of excellent service in the communities of Fort Myers, Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel, Cape Coral and Pine island.

“Mert is passionate about his customers like no one I have seen,” said Bob Payne, President of Stan’s coffee, “That is truly the reason he has been so successful, he is a real legend in the restaurant community.” Mert is also known for his commitment to the District 9 Little league where he was involved for over 25 years and president for over 12, his love for the Chicago Bears and the Florida Gators, as he is a season ticket holder. Mert will be retiring in the Orlando area to be closer to family and grandchildren.

We’d like to graciously thank Mert for all the years of his dedication to us and our surrounding communities. Stan’s Coffee would not be the same without his passion and drive and he will be dearly missed. As with everything in life Mert has been a part of, we know retirement will be yet another exciting adventure. Thank you again Mert, and enjoy the world’s longest coffee break – retirement.

Stan’s Coffee Wins 2020 Gulfshore Business Best Coffee Company

Stan’s Coffee and Food Service is the proud recipient of the Gulfshore Business’ 2020 Best Vendor/Coffee Company award!

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Bonita Blues Festival 2020

Stan’s Coffee is once again honored to participate in the Bonita Blues Festival of 2020 on March 13th and 14th at Riverside Park in Bonita Springs, FL.

Since 2006, The Bonita Blues Charitable Foundation has been dedicated to producing one of Florida’s finest blues festivals and has donated over $308,000.00 of our net proceeds to local charities in the Southwest Florida area.

The 14th annual festival will be held in Bonita Springs most admired live musical and event venue; Riverside Park on March 13th & 14th, 2020.  The 2 day event will feature 12 regional, and international blues bands.

Year after year the awareness continues to grow along with the number of attendees that come not only from the Bonita Springs area, but from the entire country and some from outside the U.S.A.

The 100% volunteer driven foundation and Festival committee are solely dedicated to producing the finest annual blues festival in all of Southwest Florida, while donating 100% of the net proceeds to charities.

The 2020 charity benefactors will be; Music for Minors Foundation, The Music Therapy Program at the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, and The Bonita Springs Assistance Office. All of these charities ore entirely funded through philanthropic contributions such as The Bonito Blues Charitable Foundation. The Music For Minors Foundation works closely with string orchestra and band teachers to identify qualified students who sincerely desire to make music a port of their lives but lack the financial backing to purchase an instrument.

The Music Therapy Program helps thousands of children and adolescents each year manage pain, express emotions, improve coping skills, and experience less stress and decrease pain and anxiety during medical procedures. For over 25 years, the Bonito Springs Assistance Office has served as the primary social service agency in Bonita Springs, helping residents at a time of crisis. They offer services such as a food pantry, clothing, school supplies, medications, dental needs, and life skills counseling.
To date,  over $308,000.00 has been donated.

Stan’s Coffee Joins Hoffmann Family of Companies

The Hoffmann Family Of Companies has acquired Stan’s Coffee and Food Service which was established in 1955 as a family business. In addition to selling coffee and related products, the company warehouses and sells a variety of dry grocery items to the food service industry. 

Stan’s Coffee and Food Service is a member of the UniPro Foodservice group of independent distributors in the US and operates out of its newly rebuilt 35,000 square foot facility in Lehigh Acres, FL. The company with its 31 full time employees service customers located primarily in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Manatee, and Sarasota counties. 

“As President of Stan’s Coffee and Food service, I am very excited for Stan’s to join the Hoffmann Family of Companies in the hospitality and entertainment arena. After meeting David Hoffmann and his team, I found we have the same values for our employees as well as our customers. We share many synergies and visions for Southwest Florida. I am most impressed with the progressive ideas and plans that the Hoffmanns are pursuing. I look forward to a long successful business relationship with David and his team,” states Bob Payne.

The Hoffmanns are the largest commercial real estate owners in Naples with 30+ properties valued at almost $500 million and have purchased over 20 operating businesses that employ more than 1,100 people in Southwest Florida.

“With over half a century of success, Stan’s Coffee and Food Service is a fantastic addition to the Hoffmann Family of Companies and a great fit for many of our hospitality companies. We’ll make Stan’s Coffee available at Hertz Arena and many other businesses locally and nationwide,” states David Hoffmann, chairman of Hoffmann Family of Companies.