ASIA – The German based food processing technology company has completed the construction of a new freeze-dried instant coffee plant in Vietnam for Tata Coffee Vietnam Company, a subsidiary of Tata Coffee Limited, India.

The plant, located in the Binh Duong Province, produces 5,000 metric tons/annum of freeze-dried coffee and is expected to serve consumers in Vietnam, the world’s second largest producer of green coffee, after Brazil.

GEA supplied the entire production line from roast bean treatment right through to the packing of the freeze-dried powder using its proven technology.

This included: CARINE extraction which operates at optimal conditions, using precisely developed extraction times to obtain the highest possible yields while respecting the final product quality; aroma recovery; mechanical vapor recovery (MVR) evaporation; and a CONRAD® 600 XL ECO freeze dryer for highly efficient continuous operation with minimal energy consumption.

For Tata Coffee, the investment marks its first foray beyond Indian shores as a manufacturer of premium freeze-dried coffee and a significant milestone in the journey to becoming a global coffee major.

“The Tata Group already has a close relationship with Vietnam in various sectors – including automobiles, steel, trading, energy and watches,” said Sanjiv Sarin, managing director and CEO of Tata Coffee.

“While our products are already exported to over 40 countries across the globe, our instant coffee has so far been produced only in India.”

GEA also supplied a complete pilot plant, providing Tata with facilities where it can develop exclusive blends for customers.

GEA has also worked with Tata Coffee including a coffee extraction and evaporation plant that GEA built for the company in India in 2013.

In February, GEA secured a contract to build a new infant formula plant in China for Shijiazhuang Junlebao Dairy.

The facility, which is expected to complete in 2020 will have a production capacity of six tons per hour.

“This type of project is ideal for us at GEA because our expertise and scope of supply allows us to build the entire coffee line using our own resources,” said Kim Knudsen, Head of Sales, Coffee and Freeze Drying at GEA.

“This means we can maintain control and take responsibility for the entire project from start to finish.”