30 March 2015 - Nestlé has opened a production plant for decaffeinated coffee beans in the Dong Nai province of South-East Vietnam, its first in Asia. The new factory, which cost more than CHF 80 million, will decaffeinate green coffee beans for use as raw materials in Nestlé’s coffee factories around the world.
Nestlé CEO Paul Bulcke said: “This factory illustrates our deep trust in a country where we have had successful operations for over 20 years and where we are committed to continue to create shared value for its communities, its coffee farmers and its consumers.”
The factory will source Robusta green coffee beans exclusively from Vietnam and use a natural water-based process to extract caffeine from the beans, enabling the decaffeinated coffee beans to retain the same taste and aroma as caffeinated ones. The new technology will also allow the factory to have minimal environmental impact.