The high street coffee chain Costa has announced that it will invest £36m in the construction of a new roasting operation which will increase the company’s capacity four-fold in order to meet growing demand from consumers.
A 45,000 tonne-capacity facility is being built in Essex to complement its existing 11,000 tonne operation in south east London.
The company announced a 17.9% uplift in sales in its full-year results and expects “to grow significantly” in the next five years. Shoppers bought more than 460m cups of Costa coffee last year.
The new roaster is due to open in early 2017. The investment was described by Costa as “strategically important – enhancing operational efficiency as well as roasting capacity”.
Costa managing director Christopher Rogers said: “Costa is growing and to meet strong customer demand we need to increase our coffee roasting capacity. 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.”