EAST GOSHEN — Lavazza North America is expanding its presence with the construction of its first U.S. coffee roasting and packing plant.
The plant will be located in Chester County.
The company, which is part of the global Italian coffee company Lavazza Group, will be adding on to its Lavazza Professional facility, located in East Goshen. Until now, all Lavazza roasted and ground coffee for the U.S. market has been sourced from Italy.
Construction on the new roasting and packing plant was expected to begin on Monday, and will add 1,000-square-feet to the existing 18,000 square foot facility. The new plant is scheduled to open in October 2021 and will serve Lavazza’s U.S. market.
The company is not yet saying how many jobs might be added once the new plant opens.
“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.”
Strategically, the new plant is expected to create the possibility of increasing business, allow Lavazza to be more reactive in the U.S. market, and to increase customer satisfaction.
Area business leaders view the announcement as being very positive for the region.
“Lavazza’s expansion will bring new jobs for families in southeastern Pennsylvania. This is critical as we continue to recover from the ravaging economic effects of the pandemic,” said Shannon Royer, president of the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce. “To have an international company thrive and grow in Chester County shows the key role our region plays in the state,” adding that he looks forward to “more announcements like Lavazza’s over the next year.”
Guy Ciarrocchi is president and CEO of the Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry. He said the announcement about the expansion is “tremendous news.”
“Back when we heard that the Mars family was selling off its coffee/drinks division to Lavazza, there was some concern about losing local, family ownership. The news today is not only reassuring; but, heartening, very heartening," Ciarrocchi said Monday. "It is again testament to the fact that Chester County is indeed a wonderful place to live, work and grow a business.”
According to the company, adding a U.S.-based facility will allow Lavazza to reduce its carbon footprint by reducing shipping. 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,” the release stated.
"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,” Eleuterio Quagliarini, group chief operations officer, said in the 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.
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.