The Italian Coffee Giant, Lavazza Group to Build its First Roasting Plant in U.S.
Chester County, Pennsylvania will be home to the new Lavazza North America roasting and packing plant. Lavazza was established in 1895 in Turin, Italy and it has been owned by the Lavazza family for four generations. The Group operates in more than 140 countries through its subsidiaries and distributors. Until now, all Lavazza roasted and ground coffee for the U.S. market has been sourced from Italy.
The company announced that construction of the plant began last Monday, May 3 on current 18,000 square foot facility and will add 1,000-square-feet as the work reaches to conclussion . The new plant is scheduled to open in October 2021 and will serve Lavazza’s U.S. market and Canada.
“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,” Davide Riboni, president & CEO BU Americas for Lavazza, said in a press release announcing the project. “We will more efficiently service our current customers and offer incentives to attract new ones.”
According to the company, adding a U.S.-based facility will allow Lavazza to reduce its carbon emission by cutting its cross Atlantic shipment. That move is in line with Lavazza Group’s “Roadmap to zero,” an initiative aimed at completely neutralizing the Group’s carbon footprint by the end of 2030.
The existing Chester County plant 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, according to the company.
The coffee products produced at the new plant “will fulfill all the quality standards of Lavazza brand, aimed at providing to consumers a product which matches the brand’s Italian taste.
"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,” EleuterioQuagliarini, group chief operations officer, said in the press release.
"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 obtained the facility on Wilson Road in East Goshen in 2018 when Lavazza North America acquired Lavazza Professional. The facility currently functions as offices and production for the Lavazza Professional line — which includes the Office Coffee Service (OCS) and Vending systems Flavia and Klix.