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Westrock Coffee Opens Largest ‘Roast-to-Ready-to-Drink,’ Highly Automated Plant

June 17, 2024
Conway, Ark., is the site of the 570,000-sq.-ft., $315 million facility, which includes manufacturing and an R&D laboratory.

Westrock Coffee Co. last week opened what it claims is the largest roast-to-ready-to-drink manufacturing facility in North America. Located in Conway, Ark., the 570,000-sq.-ft. facility cost $315 million and includes manufacturing and a beverage development laboratory.

The plant includes robotics and end-to-end automation for seamless manufacturing from green coffee receiving through roast and grind, extraction and all the way through to bottling and packaging. Additionally, a new 530,000-sq.-ft. warehousing and distribution center, located just two miles away, ensures efficient product distribution, reduces transportation times and maintains a smooth and transparent flow of materials and finished goods.

Westrock Coffee is an integrated coffee, tea, flavors, extracts and ingredients provider to retail, foodservice and restaurant, convenience store and non-commercial accounts around the world. With offices in 10 countries, the company sources coffee and tea from 35 origin countries.

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