UCC Coffee UK & Ireland invests £2.5m at UK’s leading roastery

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UCC Coffee UK & Ireland invests UCC Coffee UK & Ireland, the market-leading coffee supplier to the retail and foodservice markets, has invested £2.5m investment in its Dartford coffee roastery.

The major changes, which went live on 1 April 2015, increases its roasting capacity by 50% to 12,000 tonnes of coffee a year, cementing its position as the UK’s largest roaster of coffee by volume and its commitment to driving quality in the market.

Central to the investment is the modernisation of silos, upgrades to its software and green bean transportation systems and the installation of a new state-of-the-art Probat Neptune 1500 Drum roaster. The German manufactured roaster, which is capable of roasting up to 1,500kg of green beans an hour, features market-leading energy-saving, health & safety and roasting temperature systems to produce exceptional quality coffee with every batch.

Elaine Higginson, managing director, UCC Coffee UK & Ireland, said: “The coffee market continues to develop at an astonishingly quick pace. With this, our customers in both retail and out of home are experiencing higher demand for excellent coffee than ever before. This investment in Dartford has significantly increased our roasting capacity and futureproofed our business, so we can fulfil higher volumes for our customers for years to come.

“We’re passionate about coffee excellence across our business, and so this investment is just one part of our ongoing commitment to our customers. We’re continually investing in our people to help us deliver our total coffee solution of on-trend, superior products, training and services. This has recently led to the creation of a dedicated coffee trainer team and the expansion of our specialist barista and coffee development teams at Dartford, which now includes two Q-graders.”

Rahul Ghosh, director of roastery operations, UCC Coffee UK & Ireland, said: “The decision to invest with Probat is the result of extensive research into what equipment would deliver for our business. Probat technology is pioneering – the manufacturer is exceptionally successful in the market having operated in it for 100 years and is responsible for roasting six in ten cups of coffee consumed worldwide. It stood out from other roaster manufacturers thanks to the unrivalled roasting quality, which produces an excellent, consistent roast and the highest aroma development in each batch. It truly cements our commitment to our customers to supply the highest quality coffee.”

UCC Coffee UK & Ireland’s site in Dartford is supported by its specialist site in Corby, which roasts fresh artisan coffee using a state-of-the-art Diedrich drum roaster. The UK & Ireland business is part of UCC Coffee Group, which has 28 roasteries worldwide.

UCC Coffee UK & Ireland, the total coffee solution provider, roasts own-label, bespoke blend and brands for a wide range of leading operators in the foodservice, retail and independent channels. It also roasts the popular Lyons’ Coffee and ThreeSixty° coffee brands.