Starbucks Coffee Company has joined civic and elected leaders in Georgia (US), to break ground on its first company-owned manufacturing facility in the world to produce soluble products.
The $172m plant is expected to create 140 high-quality American manufacturing jobs, in addition to hundreds of indirect jobs related to construction, shipping and other supply chain functions.
Once complete in early 2014, the facility will produce products currently manufactured abroad, including Starbucks Via Ready Brew and the coffee base for Frappuccino blended beverages and many of Starbucks' ready-to-drink beverages.
The soluble plant will be Starbucks' fifth manufacturing facility in the US, adding to the company's existing network of four roasting plants, which currently employ more than 830 partners (employees).
Source: Starbucks Coffee Company