Costa’s managing director, Christopher Rogers, has formally kicked-off construction at the giant roastery the chain is building in Basildon, Essex at a cost of £36m.
As revealed by FEJ back in July, the company will spend the next two years developing the site, which will roast coffee 24 hours a day and help it meet expected demand in 2020 and beyond.
Accompanied by the Mayor of Basildon, Councillor Don Morris, and local Costa staff at the roastery’s ‘breaking ground ceremony’, Rogers set in motion the countdown to the facility’s opening and announced that it will be called ‘Paradise Street’ after its original ‘Old Paradise Street’ roastery in Lambeth, London.
The former Visteon Site in Prologis Park will be transformed into a state-of-the-art roastery, supporting Costa’s national and international growth, roasting up to 45,000 tonnes of coffee every year.
Rogers said it was an “important milestone” for the firm. “As a British-grown company, it is fantastic to be basing our operations right here in the UK,” he commented. “Our heritage is the lifeblood of our business and Paradise Street will be a new chapter in our rich history – as we continue to roast the same irresistible Mocha Italia blend first produced by the Costa brothers in 1971 in Lambeth, London.”
Once the new roastery is completed, Essex will be integral to Costa’s global business, with the chain’s raw beans being imported from around the world to Tilbury Docks, just 14 miles from the site of the new roastery.
The new roastery is scheduled to open in early 2017. With over 1,900 coffee shops in the UK and more than 1,100 overseas, Costa claims to be the fastest growing coffee shop business in the UK.