The US coffee roaster says the development of its largest production site will expand the company’s current production capabilities and enable ready-to-drink product innovations
Westrock Coffee CEO Scott Ford at the Conway groundbreaking ceremony | Photo credit: Westrock Coffee Company
Westrock Coffee Company has begun upgrading its new roasting to ready-to-drink (RTD) facility in Conway, Arkansas.
Once fully operational, Westrock Coffee said the 524,000 square foot facility will be the largest roasting to RTD operation of its kind. The site will help expand the development, production, and distribution of the company’s coffee, tea, and RTD products.
The space will also incorporate a ‘premiere product development lab’, which Westrock Coffee said will enable it to create, test and produce new beverage solutions.
“We are thrilled to start the renovations of Westrock Coffee’s largest production facility. As an industry leader, Westrock Coffee provides beverage solutions to the most distinguished brands around the world, and this new facility enables us to further our ability to deliver the most innovative solutions to our customers in a variety of formats,” said Scott Ford, CEO, Westrock Coffee.
The Conway facility is one of eight Westrock sites globally. The company currently provides over 20 million cups of coffee a day and is a leading provider of coffee and tea to foodservice companies in the US, as well as a notable coffee extracts supplier in RTD coffee.
In August 2022, Westrock Coffee became a public company following its merger completion with Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC) Riverview Acquisition Corp.
In the same month the company reported sales growth of 31% in its second quarter, driven by a 57% volume increase in single serve coffee pods. Westrock Coffee’s Beverage Solutions segment achieved sales growth of 27%, reaching $170.9m.