Brazil retains leadership of coffee industry body

30th September 2011, Comments 0 comments

The International Coffee Organization said Friday it had appointed Brazil's Roberio Oliveira Silva to be its new boss, maintaining the South American country's grip at the top of the trade body.

Silva, who is 48 and Brazil's director of coffee at the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply, replaces the ICO's outgoing chief, Brazilian Jose Sette.

Brazil is the world's biggest coffee exporting and producing nation, accounting for more than one third of total global output, according to the ICO.

"At its 107th Session in London this week, the International Coffee Council appointed Mr Roberio Oliveira Silva of Brazil as the new executive director of the ICO for a five year term," it said in a brief statement on Friday.

The London-based body represents 77 countries that export or import coffee beans. Together they produce 97 percent and consume more than 80 percent of the world's coffee.

© 2011 AFP

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