Glasgow coffee roaster pours millions into sustainable roasting

Glasgow coffee roaster pours millions into sustainable roasting

Paul Chadderton

Scottish coffee roaster Matthew Algie has secured a multi-million-pound investment at its Glasgow production headquarters, to enhance production capabilities while aiming to be net-zero by 2035.

This financial injection, supported by Scotland’s national economic development agency, Scottish Enterprise, will bolster the company’s ability to roast over 2,500 tonnes of coffee per year.

The firm, with a rich history of over 150 years in Glasgow, will focus the investment on a new green bean handling and blending system, updated automation, enhanced conveying systems, and cutting-edge packaging lines.

In addition to the operational improvements, the investment will support the firms’ new sustainability strategy which will see the entire business become net zero by 2035 with its entire business operations, including supply chain, hitting the target by 2040.

A new green storage area will replace hessian sacks with larger 1-tonne bags, leading to a 90% reduction in manual handling and increased coffee container capacity. Transporting coffee in bulk from the countries of origin to the UK will improve capacity by 11%, and further delivery to the Glasgow site will enjoy a 25% increase in capacity, trimming both costs and carbon emissions.

Paul Chadderton, Matthew Algie managing director, said: “Matthew Algie has been an employer in Glasgow for over 150 years and our history of producing and distributing the best quality beverages is world renowned.

“This recent round of investment builds additional capacity and will future proof the business to offer even more products to its customers.”

Glasgow coffee roaster pours millions into sustainable roasting

The Matthew Algie senior management team at the new green bean facility. Pictured (L-R): Matthew Limmer, engineering & facilities manager; Dr Eduarda Cristovam, director of coffee, quality & sustainability; Paul Chadderton, managing director; Estelle MacGilp, head of coffee sourcing; Robert Milne, roastery & site manager

The Glasgow roastery is already carbon neutral, but the firm recently launched its Net Zero Roadmap which details the investment and improvement programmes across the entire business in order to become net zero.

Mr Chadderton continued: “Equally important however is how these improvements will help supercharge our efforts to reach net zero, as by 2035 our operations in the UK and Ireland will be carbon neutral or better, with our entire value supply chain net zero by 2040.

“This is a hugely exciting time for our business and particularly our Glasgow roastery as we look to continue on our growth trajectory whilst being the leading supplier of sustainable, high-quality beverages in the UK and Ireland.”

Rhona Allison, managing director of business growth at Scottish Enterprise, said: “Matthew Algie’s products are enjoyed by consumers across Scotland, the wider UK and Ireland.

“This innovative project will enhance the company’s productivity and manufacturing capability whilst also reducing its carbon emissions, delivering 38 new jobs and safeguarding many existing roles in the process.

“Scottish Enterprise is delighted to support Matthew Algie’s growth, investment and ambition to significantly increase their productivity.”

Work on the project is scheduled for completion in Autumn 2023, without disrupting ongoing production.

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