UCC Coffee rebuilds Dartford facility following fire

UCC Coffee UK & Ireland has announced plans for its new and improved production facilities at its Dartford roastery, following a fire in October 2018.

The rebuild of Dartford is a key initiative for 2019, with planning permission secured to rebuild and improve long-term production and operations on site, as the total coffee solution futureproofs its business, and continues to deliver outstanding coffee and service to its customers.

The rebuild, which is expected to be complete in August 2020, will not only increase production and improve product flow, but will offer teams a new and improved, modern space including a new break out area, changing facilities, and increased office space. A new coffee bag machine will also be installed alongside its state-of-the-art roasters to increase capacity of its key retail lines. The rebuild follows a £2.5m investment to the roastery in 2015, further cementing its commitment to its customers.

Elaine Swift, regional director (North), UCC Coffee Europe said: “After a challenging few months in Dartford following the fire, we’re pleased to share further progress as we invest and rebuild for a stronger future. We’re back on our feet and our plans will not only improve our roastery operations, but our office space too. We’re investing in the rebuild to not only futureproof our business but to increase our capacity. This recovery would not have been possible without the support of our European roasteries, customers and team.”

Following the fire, UCC Coffee’s roasteries across Europe supported the UK business through its disaster recovery process to ensure disruption was minimised for its customers. In April, UCC Coffee also announced a move to a new regional European structure.

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