Coffee Planet to expand Dubai roastery to meet growing demand

Dubai-based Coffee Planet reports more than 25% sales growth in H1 as it looks to enter new territories
Coffee Planet to expand Dubai roastery to meet growing demand
By Sam Bridge
Fri 09 Aug 2019 09:59 AM

Coffee Planet, the 100 percent Arabica specialty coffee roaster, has announced plans to increase capacity at its Dubai-based roastery after reporting record sales growth in the first half of 2019.

Located in Jebel Ali Free Zone, the roastery’s expansion forms part of the local brand’s larger goal to facilitate new customers and clients within varying industries, the company said in a statement.

The expansion follows Coffee Planet’s positive results in the first half of 2019, with more than a 25 percent sales growth following a record trading year in 2018 and growth into new territories outside the GCC.

The company said that part of the growth can be attributed to the private label channel, roasting coffees for both local and international coffee brands and with major regional deals being awarded.

Scheduled for completion in August, this roastery development will boost Coffee Planet’s overall manufacturing capacity.

Coffee Planet’s investment will see an increase in roasting capacity of 50 percent with a rise to over 300 tonnes per month – making it one of the largest home-grown roasteries in the Middle East.

Coffee Planet produces 2,000 tonnes per year with a forecast to at least 3,000 tonnes per annum in the near future.

Managing director, Robert Jones, said: “This is an exciting time for the Coffee Planet team. Our plans for expansion have been in the pipeline for a while, and we’re all looking forward to the new additional equipment to the Roastery.

"In a region where the demand for high-quality, directly sourced products are on the rise, we plan to enhance the level of competition amongst brands locally by applying the best practices and the latest technologies in this industry.”

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