Agricultural commodities merchant Louis Dreyfus Company (LDC) and private label coffee company Instanta have announced a joint venture agreement to build an instant coffee plant in Vietnam in 2022
Vietnam is currently the world’s largest producer of Robusta coffee | Photo credit: Ulrike Leone via Pixabay
Netherlands-based LDC has signed a joint venture agreement with Polish private label coffee company Instanta to build and operate a freeze-dried instant coffee plant in Binh Duong province, Vietnam.
The venture will operate under the name ILD Coffee Vietnam, with construction expected to commence in the first half of 2022.
Vietnam is currently the world’s largest producer of Robusta coffee, producing the raw ingredient for much of the instant coffee consumed globally.
“This venture complements LDC’s strong existing Vietnamese footprint and global Robusta green coffee business, enlarging our coffee product offer to customers to address growing instant coffee demand and premiumisation,” said Julien Terrisse, LDC’s Head of Instant Coffee.
Founded in 1851, LDC is one of the world’s top five merchandisers of green coffee and serves a range of customers from specialty roasters to multinational food companies. The firm supplies a variety of coffee products, including wholebean, ground, instant and its own specialty brand, Zephyr, to wholesale clients around the world.
LDC’s first coffee roasting project began in 2019, signing an agreement with Chinese coffee chain, Luckin Coffee, to build and operate a joint venture coffee roasting plant in Xiamen, in China’s Fujian province.
Instanta, founded in 2001, specialise in the production of coffee under clients’ brand names. The group operates seven factories in Poland, Russia, Turkey, Colombia and Vietnam and employs more than 1,000 people. Its clients include supermarket chains, importers, distributors, vending and catering companies.