Recent months have seen big changes in the market for decaffeinated coffee.
Ecom-owned Atlantic Coffee Solutions in the US is closing down, following the closure of the former Café Hag facility in Bremen. However, German company Coffein Compagnie is expanding.
The former Café Hag facility in Bremen (the old Hag/Kraft CO2 plant) closed in 2017, and the former Kraft Houston plant that was rebranded as Atlantic Coffee Solutions is also to close, significantly reducing industry output of CO2-processed decaffeinated coffee. Mid-April 2018 saw Houston, US-based Atlantic Coffee Solutions confirm that it is ceasing operations and closing down.
In June 2018, Coffein Compagnie in Germany confirmed that it had acquired all of the shares of International Coffee Traders Pte Ltd in Singapore, including its subsidiary Hiang Kie Industries Limited in Vietnam. Hiang Kie produces decaffeinated coffee and raw caffeine in a facility in the industrial zone outside Ho Chi Minh City.
In addition to the acquisition of Hiang Kie, Coffein Compagnie is expanding operations in Bremen, where it plans to build a chemical-free decaffeination plant using the water process.
For more information see the July 2018 issue of Coffee & Cocoa International.