Little Rock, Arkansas-based coffee giant Westrock Coffee Company has signed a real estate deal for a $70 million, 530,000-square-foot distribution center project.
In nearby Conway, Arkansas, the 30-acre property is just 2.2 miles from Westrock’s forthcoming expanded production complex, which when completed will occupy 524,000 square feet with a focus on extracts and ready-to-drink (RTD) beverage production. The company held a groundbreaking ceremony on that project last November.
Construction for the new distribution center — which will feature tilt-wall construction, 36-foot clearances and 72 dock doors — a is expected to be completed by the end of 2023.
“Westrock Coffee continues to invest in our operations, and the announcement of this new distribution center is further proof of our commitment to expand our business,” Will Ford, group president of operations for Westrock Coffee, said in an announcement of the new facility development deal. “In tandem with the development of our manufacturing facility, this center will enhance our capabilities and help our customers continue to innovate in the beverage space, which is undergoing seismic shifts in consumption preferences.”
The new construction project comes exactly three years after Westrock announced it was acquiring North Carolina-based S&D Coffee & Tea for $405 million. Last year the company went public on the Nasdaq exchange through a business combination with Riverview Acquisitions Corp.
With roots as a coffee trading company originally focused on Rwandan farmers, Westrock Coffee has grown to become one of the largest coffee and ingredients companies in the United States. The company currently a broad range of private-label coffee sourcing, roasting, production, packaging and distribution services to wholesale clients, primarily in the fast food, convenience, restaurant and hospitality sectors.
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