The Antwerp-based coffee roaster has invested €3m in a new production facility to make its coffee pad range from 100% natural materials in response to growing demand for eco-friendly products
Beyers Koffie's new €3m production line can produce up to 1,400 coffee pads per minute | Photo credit: Beyers Koffie
Belgian coffee roaster Beyers Koffie has inaugurated a new state-of-the-art production line to manufacture fully compostable coffee pads.
The company launched its €3m ($2.9m) coffee pad production line on 12 October 2022 which has capacity to produce 1,400 pads per minute. Beyers Koffie is expecting an annual production of 330 million coffee pads.
Having produced home compostable coffee capsules for its Dutch supermarket HEMA earlier this year, Beyers Koffie is now converting its entire production of coffee pads to compostable PLA filter paper.
The PLA filter paper is made from 100% natural materials, such as corn and/or sugar cane, meaning they can be disposed of as part of home green waste collection.
Beyers Koffie currently produces 1.4 billion coffee pads each year, representing approximately half of all coffee that the roaster produces annually.
“Beyers Koffie has been producing coffee in pads for 20 years and was also the first roaster to offer them for private label. We now notice that more and more of our customers are choosing this environmentally friendly option of PLA filter paper. This will be our standard from now on, simply because we want to make sustainable coffee the norm. The investment in the new production line was therefore necessary in order to serve our customers even better in the future,” said Cory Bush, CEO, Beyers Koffie.
Founded in Antwerp in 1880, Beyers Koffie roasts coffee primarily for third parties as well as many private labels for well-known retailers such as Hema, Carrefour, Lidl, Aldi and Amazon.
Belgium’s largest coffee roaster has invested in more sustainable production measures over the last two years, including producing its own green electricity on its Puurs-Sint-Amands site, using high-tech energy-efficient roasters with heat recovery, installing its own water purification system, and compensating for all CO2 emissions generated in the coffee roasting process.
Beyers Koffie is part of the Sucafina Group, a sustainable coffee trader. Beyers Koffie has a second production facility in Castel Maggiore, Italy.