Coffee Planet to expand roasting capacity amid rising Middle East demand

Specialty coffee chain and retailer invests seeks to double roaster capacity increase after strong 2019 sales and rising growing appetite for premium coffee across the Middle East

Coffee Planet experienced a 'record trading year' in 2018

UAE-based specialty coffee chain Coffee Planet has announced the expansion of its Dubai-based roastery following and ‘a record trading year’ in 2018 and strong 2019 half-year sales

In a press statement, Coffee Planet said its private label channel, which roasts coffees for both local and international coffee brands, as well as major regional deals, had contributed to strong sales performance. 2018 also saw Coffee Planet make its UK debut with a store in Cardiff.

Located in the Jebel Ali Free Zone, Coffee Planet’s roastery will undergo a 50% capacity expansion, rising from 2,000 tonnes per year to around 3,000 tonnes, making it one of the Middle East’s largest home-grown roasteries.

“This is an exciting time for the Coffee Planet team. Our plans for expansion have been in the pipeline for a while, and we’re all looking forward to the new additional equipment to the Roastery,” said Coffee Planet Managing Director Robert Jones.

“In a region where the demand for high-quality, directly sourced products are on the rise, we plan to enhance the level of competition amongst brands locally by applying the best practices and the latest technologies in this industry,” he added.

Allegra research shows burgeoning appetite for premium and specialty coffee experiences among consumers in the Middle East. Coffee Planet’s native UAE market is experiencing sustained growth in both its branded coffee chain and independent coffee shop segments, particularly among aspirational western-orientated brands.

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