Russia’s instant growth
Russia’s largest producer of tea and roasted coffee, Orimi Trade, is set to build the nation’s largest instant coffee plant in St Petersburg.
Construction will begin in 2017 and should be completed in 2019. The new plant will have the capacity to produce approximately 4000 tonnes of coffee per year.
It will allow the company to localise production of instant coffee within Russia and reduce its reliance on imports.
Sergei Yakhnyuk, Deputy Chairman of the government of the St Petersburg region, says the project will be one of the largest in the Russian coffee industry in recent memory. According to Yakhnyuk, the local government is supporting the development by granting subsidies and special benefits to Orimi Trade to guarantee the success of the project.
The launch of the new factory will make St Petersburg one of the centres of coffee production in Russia. At present, the region already accounts for 35 per cent of the total production of coffee in Russia, a share that will increase upon completion of the Orimi Trade project.