The Nestle Group has committed to popularize Vietnamese coffee among coffee drinkers all over the world and make Vietnam an international center for Robusta coffee.

The commitment was reaffirmed by Mr. Paul Bulcke, Deputy Chairman of Nestle in Asia, Oceania and Africa, at an opening ceremony for Nestle’s coffee bean treatment plant in Bien Hoa, Dong Nai province, in late March.

The opening of the plant, with investment capital of $80 million, not only marks a new step forward in the group’s presence in Vietnam but also demonstrates that it is continuing to carry out its commitment to the community, coffee farmers, and consumers in the country. “The plant also expresses its deep belief in Vietnam, where Nestle has successfully operated for more than 20 years,” he added.

The Dong Nai factory, Nestle’s second producing de-caffeinated coffee beans in the world, will use only Vietnamese Robusta beans and its products will be supplied to Nestle processing facilities around the world. It is expected to create new jobs for more than 240 local people, raise production value for Vietnamese coffee farmers, and bolster the reputation of Vietnamese coffee in international markets.

Since 2011 Nestle has operated a project in Vietnam on farming, producing and consuming coffee and has implemented its commitments on community responsibility. In 2013 the group opened a factory in Tri An with the aim of promoting the global Nescafe plan, of which the treatment plant is part of the second stage.

Nestle is a leading nutrition group in the world with 339,000 employees. In Vietnam it operates five plants with approximately 2,000 employees nationwide. Its total investment in Vietnam now stands at $450 million.

Vietnamese coffee is available in more than 80 countries and territories around the world, making it the second largest coffee exporter in the world, after Brazil.

The country is currently the world’s leading exporter of Robusta coffee. Last year it earned $3.62 billion from shipping 1.73 million tonnes of coffee abroad, up 33.4 per cent in volume and 32.2 per cent in value.