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February 21, 2013

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Boyd Coffee Co. to sponsor 2013 ProStart Culinary Cup

(SACRAMENTO, Feb 21, 2013) – Boyd Coffee Co.,  one of the oldest family-owned coffee companies in the world, based in Portland, Ore., will return as the title sponsor of the 2013 California ProStart Culinary Cup, the California Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (CRAEF) announced today. The 11th annual competition will be held at the Pasadena Convention Center March 17-18.

“We’re proud to support ProStart students’ determination and are continuously inspired by their passion for the industry,” said Katy Boyd Dutt, Boyd’s director of tactical marketing. “This competition ensures these youth get a glimpse at how working in foodservice can be remarkably life changing.”

The gift from Boyd’s will be used to host the annual culinary competition, which includes high school teams from across the state in a contest of kitchen skills, with the main event involving just 60 minutes to prepare an entire three-course meal using two butane burners.

“The steadfast support we receive from Boyd’s Coffee plays a tremendous role in our mission,” CRAEF Executive Director Alycia Harshfield. “The Boyd name is synonymous with California’s Culinary Cup, and the company’s commitment to education is highly inspiring.”

The winning team will be sponsored to compete in the 2013 National ProStart Invitational April 19-21 in Baltimore, Maryland. First-, second- and third-place teams also will qualify for scholarships to various culinary and hospitality post-secondary programs.

About the California Restaurant Association Educational Foundation: CRAEF has awarded more than $1 million in scholarships and grants since its inception in 1981. CRAEF works to enhance education and training programs within the hospitality industry. ProStart is a two-year program designed to prepare high school juniors and seniors for exciting careers in foodservice.

About Boyd’s Coffee: Boyd’s Coffee is one of the oldest family-owned coffee companies in the world. Founded in 1900 in Portland, Oregon, Boyd’s has a long, storied history of helping restaurants, hotels and convenience stores attract and keep customers by providing them with consistently excellent coffee, tea and other beverages.

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