BINH DUONG, Vietnam – India’s Tata Coffee Ltd., Asia’s largest coffee plantation company, began construction of a freeze-dried coffee plant in Vietnam on August 16.
The ground breaking ceremony officially marked the beginning of the coffee plant that aims to produce 5000 MT per annum of freeze-dried coffee.
The ceremony was attended by the Indian Ambassador to Vietnam, senior management of TATA Coffee, Leadership of Tata Sons, Country-head of TATA Sons Vietnam, representatives from VSIP and dignitaries from Binh Duong province.
Along with the Vietnam Singapore Industrial Park (VSIP), Tata Coffee Ltd. hosted the ceremony at Lot No.352-353at VSIP II Binh Duong.
The plant is slated to start manufacturing the produce in the next 18-21 months with a view to serve the company’s global customers with new product mixes of freeze-dried coffee.
Sanjiv Sarin, Managing Director& CEO of Tata Coffee Ltd., said, “The Tata group already has a close relationship with Vietnam in various sectors -including automobiles, steel, trading, energy and watches. With this investment, beverages will also become a major sector of participation.
While our products are already exported to over 40 countries across the globe, our Instant Coffee has so far been produced only in India.
Tata Coffee Vietnam marks our first fora y beyond Indian shores as a manufacturer -and hence is a significant milestone in our journey to becoming a global coffee major.
Tata Coffee Vietnam will endeavour to bring best in class manufacturing practices, with special focus on safe working conditions. The project will contribute positively to earning foreign exchange and creating local employment”
Vietnam is the wolrd’s largest producer of Robustas and offers a convenient source of raw material for the plant.