The Xiamen-based coffee chain anticipates the new roasting facility increasing its production capabilities by 200% as it continues its store expansion drive across China
The 53,000sqm site will have the capacity to process 30,000 tons of coffee beans annually | Photo credit: Shawn Rain
Luckin Coffee has commenced construction of a new $120m fully automated coffee bean roasting production facility in the Chinese region of Jiangsu.
The 53,000sqm site in the city of Kunshan, which is expected to begin operations in 2024, will have the capacity to process 30,000 tons of coffee beans annually.
In addition to roasting and storage functions, the facility will also help Luckin Coffee increase its research and development operations.
The Kunshan site will be Luckin Coffee’s second production facility in the country following its $30m factory in Pingnan which started operations in April 2021.
Luckin Coffee expects to produce 45,000 tons of coffee beans annually through both roasting sites, enough to supply its nearly 7,900 Luckin Coffee stores across China.
CEO Guo Jinyi said at the ground-breaking ceremony that Luckin Coffee will continue to focus on China's coffee market and keep promoting industrial and supply chain efficiency.
In November 2022 Luckin Coffee reported third quarter revenues reaching $547.5m – 66% higher than for same period in 2021.
The technology-led coffee chain opened 651 net new stores over the three months ended 30 September 2022 to reach 7,846 locations across China.