Last Updated on May 16, 2021 by Nick Baskett
Lavazza North America, part of global Italian coffee company Lavazza Group, begins construction of their first roasting and packing plant in the United States. The new plant is slated to open in October 2021 and will serve the US market.
The plant is an expansion of the Lavazza Professional facility in West Chester, Pennsylvania, which will integrate existing and new capabilities for Lavazza to produce roasted and ground coffee in the United States, adding 1,000 square meters to the 18,000 square meter facility. Strategically the new plant will create the possibility to increase the business, to be more reactive in the U.S. market, and increase customer satisfaction.
North America continues to be a strategic growth market for Lavazza Group and opening this facility in the United States will sharpen our competitive edge. We will more efficiently service our current customers and offer incentives to attract new ones – Davide Riboni, President & CEO BU Americas for Lavazza
Until now, all Lavazza roasted and ground coffee for the U.S. market was sourced from Italy, positioning the new plant to reduce Lavazza’s carbon footprint through reduced shipping, in line with the Group’s “Roadmap to zero” that aims to completely neutralize the Group’s carbon footprint by the end of 2030. The West Chester facility is a LEED Gold site, is zero-landfill, and the first site in the Lavazza Group to achieve ISO 45001 certification. In the expansion, Lavazza will maintain the same environmental standards and history at the site.
Products from West Chester will fulfil all the quality standards of the Lavazza brand, aimed at providing to consumers a product that matches the brand’s Italian taste. Lavazza is an Italian company established in 1895 in Turin and it has been owned by the Lavazza family for four generations combining desire to bring its authentic coffee experience around the globe preserving the Italian roots.
This is a very important step for the Lavazza Group and for its future development in the United States, a country that has always been of fundamental importance to us – Eleuterio Quagliarini, Group Chief Operations Officer
In addition, the investment is made within a production facility that we acquired few years ago, which immediately proved to be the ideal context for developing this new Lavazza reality in the United States, principally thanks to the passion and expertise of the people who work there.”
Lavazza Group currently has 6 manufacturing plants, 3 in Italy, one in Brazil, one in France, and one in India. With a history of over 125 years, Lavazza has built on its Italian heritage and commitment to quality and innovation, establishing itself as an industry pioneer that is loved by coffee drinkers around the world. In recent years, the Lavazza Group has focused on strategic efforts to meet rising customer demand for premium coffee.