Banbury is set to be the hub of coffee production following a joint venture between Mondelez International and global firm Douwe Egberts Master Blenders.
The deal was signed at the start of the month and follows news at the end of last year that Mondelez’s site on Ruscote Avenue would have a major £30 million investment, creating two new production lines and 80 new roles.
The new business will be known as Jacobs Douwe Egberts and based in the Netherlands at sites in Amsterdam and Utrecht. No jobs have been affected and new signage has now been placed around the Banbury factory.
The deal brings together some of the world’s leading coffee brands such as Jacobs, Carte Noire, Gevalia, Kenco, Tassimo and Millicano.
It also means Banbury’s iconic factory will be the largest coffee making facility in the new business.
Lindsay Wright, corporate affairs director for Jacobs Douwe Egberts, said: “We are the world’s leading pure-play coffee company and this is great news for Banbury. The factory will continue to be the home of Kenco and it is where we will base our research, development and quality (RDQ) teams
“Some of the team who have worked at the site on Ruscote Avenue have now been offered more senior roles in Douwe Egberts sites based in the Netherlands. There are lots of opportunities for people in Banbury to move around and in addition to the RDQ teams we have also put a lot of investment into the two Tassimo production lines. This deal will really put the town on the map.”
The two new Tassimo coffee production lines will be installed in a currently disused part of the site and the factory has also welcomed 60 more employees, with new meeting spaces have been created as part of the investment.
Mrs Wright added: “A lot of work has gone into this site and Banbury as a location will make it more central for those based up in the north. The town will be a real hub for this business.”