Nestlé says its new $340m coffee factory in Mexico is its most modern and sustainable yet, with the Latin American nation set to become the Swiss giant's largest coffee supplier globally
Approximately 40,000 tons of green coffee will be processed in the Veracruz factory per year | Photo credit: Nestlé
Mexico will become Nestlé's main coffee supplier, ahead of Brazil and Vietnam, following the opening of a new $340m Nescafé coffee factory in the port city of Veracruz.
Approximately 40,000 tons of green coffee will be processed in the factory per year, predominantly from Mexican coffee farms.
Nestlé also said that that the purchase of green coffee from Mexican farmers will increase 50% in the next three years.
According to a press release, the Veracruz facility produces no wastewater discharges or waste to landfill. Additionally, it is equipped with a biomass boiler that will use the biological waste from the coffee process to generate energy.
"The coffee factory is one of the most technologically advanced in the world and our company's most modern and sustainable coffee plant. At Nestlé, sustainability is a fundamental pillar of our purpose, and we are committed to taking actions that have a positive impact on our planet," said Fausto Costa, Executive President, Nestlé Mexico.
Nestlé’s 2021 annual report showed that coffee products, including Nescafé, Starbucks, Nespresso, and Milo plant-based beverages, contributed 27.5% of sales in 2021 ($25.7bn).