Costa Coffee to build new multi-million pound roastery in Essex

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Costa Coffee to build new multi-million pound roastery in Essex

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Costa Coffee has released plans to build a new roastery in Basildon, Essex.

The popular high street chain says that the new £36m facility will support its national and international growth ambitions, as well as allowing the company to better manage its demand.

Its current roastery in Lambeth, London, is in use 24 hours a day, five days a week. Its capacity is 11k tonnes of coffee, while the new facility is capable of producing 45k tonnes.

Christopher Rogers, managing director of Costa, explains why the new building is needed:

“Our existing Lambeth site does not have the long-term roasting capacity to cater for our increasing UK and international demand. The solution is to build a second roastery in the London area, which will continue to produce the high quality coffee our customers love in the quantity the business requires,” he said.

In its full-year report Costa announced a 17.9 per cent lift in sales and set a new growth target to increase current sales from £1.4b in 2014/2015 to £2.5b in 2020, with the new location at the centre of these plans.

Gennaro Pelliccia, Master of Coffee at Costa, added:

“We are immensely proud of our coffee and our heritage which is why we have worked so hard to ensure our new roastery will continue to meet our high standards.”

Built on a 5.3 acre site, the 10,274m.sq roastery will open in 2017 and will also include meeting rooms and office space.

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