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First coffee bean treatment plant inaugurated in Vietnam

Released at: 10:36, 01/04/2015

First coffee bean treatment plant inaugurated in Vietnam

The new facility is expected to create more opportunities for farmers.

by Ngoc Chi

The first coffee bean treatment plant in Vietnam has been inaugurated in Amata industrial park, Bien Hoa city, Dong Nai province. It is the first factory to produce decaffeinated beans through the use of modern technology in Vietnam and the second such factory operated by Nestlé Group in the world.

With the application of advanced technology, no alcohol is used. Only water is needed to extract caffeine from the beans so that they might retain the natural flavor of Vietnamese beans. The plant is designed to minimize its impact on the environment, reducing water and energy consumption by 20 per cent and significantly reducing CO2 emissions when compared to the normal production process.

Raw materials will be exported to over ten countries around the world to destinations such as the US, UK, South Korea, and Japan. When in operation, the plant will raise Nestlé coffee up to 25 per cent of total coffee purchased in Vietnam. 

Over time the group has provided seven million new seedlings for local coffee plantations in the country, increasing crop yields by 40 per cent and increasing income for farmers. Furthermore, through the implementation of programs to support coffee farmers, Nestlé is cooperating with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) to improve knowledge about high-tech agriculture for 18,000 farmers.

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