Lavazza North America, part of Italian coffee company Lavazza Group, has started construction works for its first roasting and packing plant in the US.

The new plant is an extension to the Lavazza Professional facility in West Chester, Pennsylvania, US.

Lavazza’s new plant will add 1,000ft² of additional space to the existing 18,000ft² facility.

Upon completion in October, the new plant will further enhance Lavazza capabilities to produce roasted and ground coffee in the US.

Lavazza Americas BU president and CEO Davide Riboni said: “North America continues to be a strategic growth market for Lavazza Group and opening this facility in the US will sharpen our competitive edge.

“We will more efficiently service our current customers and offer incentives to attract new ones.”

Lavazza expects the new facility to reduce its carbon footprint, as the plant will supply roasted and ground coffee in the US, which was previously sourced from Italy.

Lavazza said that the new facility will maintain the same environmental standards and history at the site.

Currently, Lavazza Group operates nine production plants in six countries including Italy, France, the US, UK, Canada and India.

Lavazza Group chief operations officer Eleuterio Quagliarini said: “This is a very important step for the Lavazza Group and for its future development in the US, a country that has always been of fundamental importance to us.

“In addition, the investment is made within a production facility that we acquired a few years ago, which immediately proved to be the ideal context for developing this new Lavazza reality in the US, principally thanks to the passion and expertise of the people who work there.”