The world’s largest café shop chains, Starbucks Corp., have decided to invest and build a new factory in The Augusta which is located in the state of Georgia (South East of the US). The Augusta plant will produce soluble packages of ready-to brew and drink beverages such as Starbucks's VIA Ready Brew and other type of coffee base for quick serving drinks. The soluble products are packets of powder that can be mixed with hot water or ice water and instant to drink.
In the present time, the pre-packages soluble products are mostly made in Colombia and Switzerland. The Augusta plant will be the first place to produce soluble products to be labeled as “Made In USA.”
According to Starbucks, the building of Augusta plant will help to speed up productions and serve domestic market and at the same will cut inventory costs. In term of benefit to supply chain, by having a plant in America will also help the company to ensure a more projected supply of products to serve Americans and foreign consumers.
Starbucks is expected to spend about $172 million to build the facility. The plant is scheduled to start for operation in January 2014. To help the local economy, Starbucks plans to hire 140 people.