State-of-the-art roastery will be Starbucks’ largest outside of the US and is designed to support planned expansion across China and Asia
Starbucks' Reserve Roastery in Shanghai. The new $130m roasting and distrubution hub will support planned growth to 6,000 stores in China by 2022
has announced it will invest $130m to open a state-of-the-art roasting facility in China. Scheduled for completion 2022, the facility in Kunshan, an hour from Shanghai, will form part of US coffee giant’s Coffee Innovation Park (CIP) development – a vast roasting plant, warehouse and distribution complex representing Starbucks’ largest manufacturing investment outside the US.
Once operational, the facility will provide Starbucks with a local roasting and highly automated distribution hub for its Chinese business, which is aiming to operate 6,000 stores by 2022. The Seattle-based coffee chain currently operates some 4,300 stores across mainland China.
"Starbucks has always taken a long-term view in China, and our commitment to the market has never been stronger," said Belinda Wong, Starbucks China chairman and CEO.
The move highlights Starbucks’ long-term ambitions in China, one of its key growth markets globally and across Asia. The world’s largest coffee chain currently operates six roasting facilities to serve its 30,000+
global store portfolio, including five in the US and one in the Netherlands.
Starbucks also operates six Reserve Roasteries across Seattle, Shanghai, Milan
, New York, Tokyo
, and Chicago
, which serve its super-premium Reserve brand concept.