HOUSTON — Private label coffee and tea maker FreshBrew has announced plans to invest $10 million to expand its roasting production and fund extraction, bottling and canning capabilities. The upgrades, according to FreshBrew, will make it one of only a few companies in the United States to offer end-to-end beverage solutions and will increase production to 100 million lbs per year.
The expansion is expected to be completed in early 2023.
Earlier this year FreshBrew sold its vending division to Compass Group North America, a move the company said allowed it to focus on the expansion of its coffee, tea and extract product lines.
Now, the company will look to upgrade its existing roasters and purchase additional roasters. FreshBrew said it has added 11 packing lines, giving it a total of 25. The company also has expanded its tea lines, adding sugar to the production process to allow for sweet tea products.
FreshBrew said construction is underway to transform the 40,000 square feet of space that had been used for vending into a space that will allow for extraction, bottling and canning production in-house. The company also has acquired an additional 25,000 square feet of space to boost its total to 140,000 square feet for the roasting plant and warehouse.“As we look toward the future, we are energized and excited to continue to provide innovative total beverage solutions to many of the country’s largest convenience stores, quick-service restaurants and foodservice industries,” said Al Ansari, president and chief executive officer of FreshBrew.