Mumbai: Coffee plantation major Tata Coffee on Wednesday said it has commissioned a premium coffee extraction plant at its instant coffee manufacturing unit at Theni in Tamil Nadu at an investment of Rs 70 crore.
Tata Coffee's instant coffee division, located 170 kms from Tuticorin port, has an installed capacity of 4,000 tonne per annum.
The 100 percent export oriented unit produces and exports spray dried agglomerated and freeze dried instant coffee. The new extraction plant will add 2,000 tonne to the existing capacity (at the unit), Tata Coffee said in a statement issued here.
The new extraction plant will help the company position its freeze dried coffee product at premium levels and increase the overall instant coffee capacity by over 30 percent, it added.
The company has two instant coffee manufacturing facilities -- Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu--with a combined installed capacity of 6,400 metric tonnes, which will increase by over 30 percent to 8,400 metric tonnes.
"Our expertise in the bean to brew value chain, efficient processes and focus on sustainability has helped us maintain a strong leadership position in the coffee business. The expansion of our Theni instant coffee facility illustrates our strong commitment to providing world-class premium coffees to our customers worldwide," Tata Coffee Managing Director Hameed Huq said.
First Published: Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 16:57