Italy-based coffee company Lavazza Group revealed plans Monday to build its first roasting and packing plant in the United States at its existing Lavazza Professional production site in West Chester, PA.
During the project, the firm will add 1,000 sq ft to its 18,000-sq-ft facility that will roast and grind coffee for the US market.
“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 and chief executive officer, BU Americas for Lavazza, said in a company release. “We will more efficiently service our current customers and offer incentives to attract new ones.”
Lavazza roasted and ground coffee currently sold from the US market is sourced from Italy. The company said the Pennsylvania facility will lower its carbon footprint by cutting shipping. The existing West Chester facility is a LEED Gold site, zero waste to landfill, and the firm’s first plant to earn ISO 45001 certification.
The company has nine manufacturing sites across six countries, including Italy, the US, Canada, UK, France, and India.