Vietnamese coffee brand Highlands Coffee has begun construction on a new coffee roasting factory in the country’s Vung Tau Province.
This will be a modern, state of the art factory, that uses the best in breed international equipment combined with a manufacturing design that embraces Vietnamese blending and flavouring processes,” says Highlands Coffee Founder and CEO David Thai.
“With an ambition to grow to thousands of stores in Vietnam and beyond, this factory will be a pillar for our ambition of championing Vietnamese coffee culture.”
The company has invested over USD$20 million at the Phu My II Industrial Zone, which will cover an area of 24,000 square meters.
“Bringing the best of Vietnam to our local communities and to the world is our ‘why’. This is our mission. This is our identity,” says Thai.
The factory is expected to produce almost 10,000 tonnes of coffee per year in its first phase, and up to 75,000 tonnes annually in the following phases.
The plant, which will be the largest of its kind in Vietnam, will be fully equipped with world-class integrated processing lines, and complicit with operational standards.
The new factory will be constructed with strict environmental protection requirements, aiming to achieve LEED Certification for ‘green architecture’ and BRC (British Retail Consortium) certification for ensuring food safety.
To minimise costs, the factory will include solar energy to reduce the national power grid load.
The official ceremony for the construction of Highlands Coffee’s roasting factory took place on 6 October, and is one of the concrete actions to propel Vietnamese coffee forward in the international market.