Coffee and tea firm Finlays invests millions in new Hull factory

The site is located next to Finlays Europe’s tea decaffeination facility in Hull and will allow the company to supply bulk concentrate, ready-to-drink (RTD) cans and bag-in-box through ambient and refrigerated supply chain networks.

The company said the facility would be able to handle a wide variety of packaging formats and would serve customers in Europe.

The UK cold brew coffee market was in strong growth, with annual sales hitting £56m in 2020 and was set to mirror growth in the US, where annual cold brew sales were now worth close to £1bn, according to Finlays. The business claims to be the US cold brew market leader.

‘Explosive growth in US’

“After explosive growth in the US, we believe we are about to see the same thing happen in Europe,”​ said Ian Bryson, managing director at Finlays Europe. “Our new extraction facility is about helping beverage brand owners across foodservice, B2B and retail tap into the cold brew opportunity by allowing us to manufacture in a flexible range of formats and being able to develop bespoke solutions.”

The cold brew process produces a smooth, naturally sweet flavour profile that is perceived to be less acidic than coffee brewed with hot water. Coffee beans are steeped in room-temperature water for several hours to produce concentrate that can be used for a variety of food and beverage applications. 

The Hull factory will produce pure cold brew coffee from beans freshly roasted at Finlays’ roastery in nearby Pontefract, West Yorkshire. The company creates tailored blends which are optimally extracted using the unique filtered water process and do not contain soluble coffee.