The UK’s largest importer of cocoa and coffee beans is to build a new warehouse at the Port of Liverpool to accommodate growing demand from food and drink manufacturers.
CWT Commodities is leasing the land from Peel Ports and has engaged Mazdon Construction to build the 36,000ft2 warehouse and new offices, which is in addition to the eight warehouses it has already built on the Liverpool site. Construction has begun and is expected to be completed later this year.
Nearly 65,000 tonnes of cocoa beans, more than two thirds of the UK’s demand, arrive via Liverpool each year due to its proximity to factories in Yorkshire and North Wales.
The port also handles around a third of the UK’s annual 150,000 tonnes of coffee bean imports. Approximately 80 per cent of the cocoa and coffee beans arrives in containers, with the remainder in bulk vessels.