Leading British coffee roasting company Lincoln & York made history in July 2014 when the company installed the UK’s largest coffee roaster at its North Lincolnshire plant.
The new 600kg Brambati drum roaster is now in operation as part of a £3-million investment campaign at Elsham Wold Industrial Estate.
The new addition has almost doubled capacity, paving the way for further growth for the company, winner of the Forrester Boyd Award for Business Excellence at the Northern Lincolnshire Business Awards.
Not only is the team celebrating the arrival of the record-breaking kit, but Lincoln & York has also just opened the doors to its own contingency coffee roastery.
This fully-equipped, standalone building is on the same site as the main factory.
As part of the development, roasting and packing equipment has been moved across to fully replicate its production capabilities and make room for the 600kg roaster.
The new facility also includes additional office space as Lincoln & York makes room for new recruits.
James Sweeting (81-88), managing director, said: “Our customer base has massively diversified over the last five years and our new roaster and contingency roastery are just two of the ways we are responding to this and preparing for future growth.
“We work with a range of different sized businesses across the out of home, foodservice, wholesale, vending and specialist retail markets.
“This new roaster will allow us to fulfil high volume orders for our largest national and international customers, increasing capacity across our other roasting equipment.
“We couldn’t be more excited to be pushing the start button on this piece of equipment and opening our second coffee roastery in our 20th year. Having our own contingency operation has always been our ambition and to now be able to offer our customers a degree of reliability that no other UK roaster can is an attribute we are very proud of.”
Those who share the passion of founding coffee aficionados, James Sweeting and Simon Herring, can now also enjoy guided tours of the plant, on request.
Lincoln & York was recently ranked 15th in The Grocer’s ‘Fast 50’ and placed within the London Stock Exchange’s 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain.
(Source: Grimsby Telegraph)