On Wednesday, June 19, 2013, the largest plantation firm of Asia, Tata Coffee started off its premium extraction plant at Theni near Madurai in the state of Tamil Nadu. The plant will process coffee beans and they will be made into frozen dried powder for exports to international markets. The new plant has been set up at the cost of Rs. 80 crore, with an installation capacity of 2,000 tonnes per annum.
The latest next generation plant will produce agglomerated, spray dried and freeze dried instant coffee in order to better retain its aroma. Hameed Haq, Tata Coffee managing director, in a statement from Theni said, “Freeze dried coffee retains aroma better and gives rich flavor, color and appearance to the beverage”.
The plant has been strategically placed at the instant coffee manufacturing facility, which is located 170 km from the Tuticorin port in the southern part of the state for export shipping. Haq went on to say that they have an expertise team in the bean to brew value chain, focus on sustainability and efficient processes which has helped the company to preserve its leadership position in the business.
The MD also said that the expansion of their instant coffee facility has shown their commitment to provide premium coffees to customers around the world.