Bell Publishing acquires Tea & Coffee Trade Journal and Tea & Coffee World Cup Exhibition and Symposium

Posted on 19 May 2016

Bell Publishing Ltd (Gravesend, Kent, UK) has acquired Tea & Coffee Trade Journal from Lockwood Publications (New York, USA) for an undisclosed sum. The deal was signed just before this year’s Tea & Coffee World Cup, which took place in Kraków, Poland, 10-12 May.

The acquisition includes the trade magazine, website (, and UKERS’ Tea & Coffee Global Directory & Buyers’ Guide along with the annual trade exhibition Tea & Coffee World Cup.

“We are delighted to acquire such a renowned and respected title. We always knew that tea and coffee was a great fit with our other titles—confectionery, dairy, food and packaging. We are looking forward to getting to know the industry, taking the title and exhibition forward and continuing their growth as part of our dynamic team,” said publishing director Neil McRitchie.

Bell Publishing publishes the titles Food & Drink Technology, Confectionery Production (founded in 1934), Dairy Industries International (founded in 1936) and CanTech International along with the website It also runs two events for the metal packaging industry, Asia CanTech and Euro CanTech.

“We’re excited to find a company like Bell Publishing that holds Tea & Coffee Trade Journal and Tea & Coffee World Cup in the high regard that we do. We expect it to be a smooth transition and believe the 115-year old brand has a strong future ahead,” said Robert Lockwood, president Lockwood Publications.

Lockwood Publications will retain ownership of Smokeshop, Tobacco International, Tobacco Products International and Smoke publications along with the respective websites, Tobacco International Buyers’ Guide/Directory and its annual exhibition, EuroTab.

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