A 12 million USD coffee processing plant was officially launched by the German group Neumann Gruppe on January 26 in the An Phuoc Industrial Zone, Long Thanh district, southern Dong Nai province.

Covering an area of 5ha, the plant is designed to process around 26 tonnes of coffee per hour or 100,000 tonnes per year by 2017 with finished coffee to be shipped worldwide.

The newly-built plant is the second of its kind invested by Neumann Gruppe in Vietnam, after the first constructed in 1992 in southern Binh Duong province.

Vice Chairman of the Dong Nai provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Phu Cuong expressed his hope the plant will help expand local coffee growing areas, and vowed to facilitate the company’s operation.

The German group currently has 46 coffee processing plants in 28 countries around the world which contribute to 10 percent of global coffee exports.-VNA