Scottish coffee roaster Matthew Algie has unveiled a multi-million-pound investment at its Glasgow production headquarters.
The investment – which is being supported by Scotland’s national economic development agency, Scottish Enterprise – will allow the business to roast more than 2,500 tonnes of coffee each year for its customers, creating 38 new jobs.
As part of the investment project, the coffee roaster will introduce a new green bean handling and blending system, upgraded automation, new conveying systems and state-of-the-art packaging lines.
In addition to the operational investments, Matthew Algie said that the funds will also be used to support its new sustainability strategy, which “will see the entire business become net zero by 2035 with its entire business operations, including supply chain, hitting the target by 2040”.
According to the company, “a new green storage area will enable hessian sacks to be replaced with larger one-tonne transportation bags that will deliver a 90% manual-handling reduction, as well as increased coffee container capacity”.
Matthew Algie added that shipping coffee in bulk containers from coffee-producing countries to UK ports “will increase capacity by 11%, and onward delivery to the Glasgow site will see a 25% capacity increase,” reducing costs and carbon emissions.
Paul Chadderton, MD of Matthew Algie, said: “This recent round of investment builds additional capacity and will future-proof the business to offer even more products to its customers…These improvements will help supercharge our efforts to reach net zero, as, by 2035, our operations in the UK and Ireland will be carbon neutral or better, with our entire value supply chain net zero by 2040.
He continued: “This is a hugely exciting time for our business and particularly our Glasgow roastery as we look to continue on our growth trajectory whilst being the leading supplier of sustainable, high-quality beverages in the UK and Ireland.”
Rhona Allison, MD of business growth at Scottish Enterprise, added: “This innovative project will enhance the company’s productivity and manufacturing capability whilst also reducing its carbon emissions, delivering 38 new jobs and safeguarding many existing roles in the process”.
The project is expected to be completed this autumn.
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