The US coffee roaster says the distribution centre will support its ongoing ready-to-drink factory expansion and enhance its production capabilities across the country
An artist's rendering of the Westrock Coffee distribution centre in Conway, Arkansas | Photo credit: Tempus Realty Partners
Westrock Coffee has announced an agreement to develop a new distribution centre in Conway, Arkansas, to support its roasting to ready-to-drink (RTD) manufacturing facility in the city.
The US coffee roaster said construction of the 530,000sq ft facility is expected to be completed by the end of 2023, ahead of the RTD facility which is not set to become fully operational until 2024.
“Westrock Coffee continues to invest in our operations, and the announcement of this new distribution centre is further proof of our commitment to expand our business. In tandem with the development of our manufacturing facility, this centre will enhance our capabilities and help our customers continue to innovate in the beverage space, which is undergoing seismic shifts in consumption preferences,” said Will Ford, Group President of Operations, Westrock Coffee.
In November 2022 Westrock Coffee announced plans to grow its RTD capabilities after acquiring US-based Kohana Coffee. Westrock Coffee said the deal would enable it to accelerate the development, production and distribution of RTD products in cans and multi-serve bottles to customers of both companies.
Westrock Coffee achieved 27% sales growth in its third quarter to reach $230.3m, driven by a volume increase in single serve coffee pods and underlying green coffee prices.