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

UCC Coffee UK & Ireland specialist coffee teamUCC Coffee UK & Ireland, a 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 comments: “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.