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The new production facility will be one of the largest GEA has ever built
Germany-based GEA has started the installation of two complete lines to produce freeze-dried and spray-dried instant coffee using the CARINE extraction system for Olam Food Ingredients (ofi) in Brazil. Scheduled to start production in 2023, the new plant is being built on a greenfield site in Espírito Santo, Brazil, a region that produces conilon beans, which are similar to robusta. The new production facility will be one of the largest GEA has ever built and will give ofi capabilities for significant future growth in its soluble coffee business.
ofi is a new operating group born out of Olam. The company offers sustainable, natural, value-added food products and ingredients and is a top-three global supplier of green coffee, with a presence in nearly all major origins. Although ofi has considerable global experience in the production of instant coffee, this will be the first time the company processes instant coffee in Brazil.
Instant coffee consumption is expected to increase in South America and the new facility will enable ofi to expand capacity to meet the demands of a growing market. According to Preben Dam, Area Sales Manager for Coffee and Freeze Drying at GEA, ofi is proving to be an industry trendsetter: “Having designed and built more than 200 instant coffee plants around the world, GEA is at the forefront of coffee processing technology.”