NATSO Welcomes S&D Coffee & Tea to Chairman’s Circle

NATSO is excited to announce that S&D Coffee & Tea, the nation’s largest custom coffee roaster and the largest blender of iced tea to the food service industry, has joined NATSO as a Chairman’s Circle member—the highest membership level for industry suppliers.

S&D Coffee & Tea, in continuous operation since 1927, serves over 90,000 customers through national distribution and direct store delivery. S&D has been distinguished for supplier excellence by many of the largest retailers and consumers of coffee and iced tea, including McDonald’s and the U.S. Military. In 2009, S&D added a state-of-the-art Liquid Extracts Division, which extracts the flavors of coffee, tea and botanicals for use in iced coffee, shakes, ice cream and frozen desserts, energy drinks and other packaged and dispensed products.

“S&D has long been known for its innovative products and principled, outstanding customer-focused business practices. NATSO is proud to welcome them as a Chairman’s Circle member,” said Lisa Mullings, NATSO president and CEO. 

“Taking our involvement with NATSO to the highest level as a Chairman’s Circle member is a logical step for S&D,” said Buddy Wagoner, senior vice president, route sales division. “Our industry breadth allows us to share smart options to make each client’s beverage offerings distinctive.”

S&D clients include NATSO members TravelCenters of America and Love’s Travel Stops, as well as independent truckstops and smaller chains, including Davis Travel Centers of Virginia.

John Cary, vice president of operations at Davis Travel, said, “S&D Coffee has always been a great partner to us and we look forward to them sharing their industry expertise with NATSO as a Chairman’s Circle member.”

In addition to supplying a variety of products, S&D helps clients create, advertise and build equity in the client’s own brand. As a Chairman’s Circle member, S&D will share demographic research, industry best practices and strategies for growth via multiple platforms, including NATSO’s blog, Stop Watch magazine and The NATSO Show.

S&D will present a Snap Learning workshop covering hot beverage trends and market insights at The NATSO Show 2014 where members can take advantage of S&D’s industry expertise. The NATSO Show 2014 will take place in Nashville, Tenn., Jan. 26-29, 2014 at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center.

Operators can learn more about the innovative beverage solutions that S&D Coffee & Tea offers by visiting the company website at or by contacting Jim Edmonson at

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Mindy Long

Before launching a full-time freelance career, Long edited NATSO's Stop Watch magazine. Prior to that Long worked as a staff reporter for Transport Topics, a weekly trade newspaper, covering freight transportation, fuel and environmental issues. In addition to covering the transportation sector, Long has written, reported and edited for a variety of media outlets. She was the Washington correspondent for WCAX-TV (CBS) in Burlington, Vt., a criminal court reporter in Chicago and a freelance copy editor for Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine in Washington D.C. Long hold a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in Evanston, Ill., and a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Westminster College in Salt Lake City.More
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