Late 2018 saw Tinnghia Group in Vietnam inaugurate a new instant coffee plant that uses technology from Neuhaus Neotec and Devex, two German companies that are both part of Kahl Group.
Vietnam is the world’s second largest green coffee supplier, but also processes and refines coffee in order to promote and maintain value creation in the country and has a growing soluble coffee production capacity.
Tinnghia Group’s new facility for soluble, which was built close to the Vietnamese capital Hanoi, is a high spec plant with fully automated and computer-controlled equipment and was implemented by Neuhaus Neotec and sister company Devex working in close collaboration with partners in Scandinavia and Vietnam.
Neuhaus Neotec supplied a hot-air roaster and a grinder for the new plant; Devex supplied the extraction, aroma recovery, extract concentration and freeze-drying equipment.
Construction of the factory started in the first quarter of 2017. After 20 months of construction, technical installation and test operation, it was inaugurated on 8 December 2018. The Vietnamese company invested around US$30 million in the first expansion phase 5.4-hectare plant in the Dong Nai Province Industrial Park.
The facility will have an initial production capacity of 3,200 tonnes of coffee products but this will be increased to 5,000 tonnes by the end of 2019. After a further expansion phase, a total of 10,000 tonnes per year are to be produced by the end of 2021.
The new coffee plant is a closed production unit that cycle complies with the requirements of the FSSC2200 Food Safety System. It can produce ground roasted coffee and soluble coffee – both spray-dried and freeze-dried. In addition to the local market, the coffee products produced there are expected to be exported, primarily to North America, Europe and some Asia-Pacific countries.
Devex Managing Director Ulrich Nieße said the new facility makes use of particularly advanced technology and was designed to use as little energy as possible. Mr Nieße said the facility was “unique” in terms of roasting, aroma technology and the ability to select parameters such as degree of roast, colour, particle size distribution and bulk density.
Local employees were trained on site once the plant was completed and Devex personnel remained closely involved in the production for several months after commissioning in order to ensure that they were fully competent in its operation.