Westrock Coffee expanding North Little Rock plant

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Westrock Coffee Company, a vertically-integrated coffee supply and service provider, is expanding its North Little Rock, Arkansas-based roasting and packaging plant.

The manufacturing facility expansion in North Little Rock is part of a $50 million financing deal, according to company officials. It includes product manufacturing for Arkansas-based Walmart, Inc. for coffee items under Walmart’s Great Value brand, and Sam’s Club Member’s Mark brand.

“This is an exciting time for Westrock Coffee and marks a huge milestone for the company, our employees, community, and customers who will all benefit from the opportunities this expansion presents,” Scott Ford, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer said. “We are experiencing unprecedented customer growth that requires our physical plant expansion and increased production capacity. This expansion will add more than 60 full-time employees, bringing our total Arkansas-based employees to more than 130 and our global employees to approximately 400.”

Westrock Coffee roasts, grinds, packages, and delivers branded and private-label coffee in bags, fractional packs, and single serve cups to customers in retail, hospitality, and other distribution channels in the USA, Europe, and Asia. Westrock Coffee’s physical facilities expansion was aided by the strong support received from the governor’s office, the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, Pulaski County, Mayor Joe Smith of the city of North Little Rock, and First Security Bank.

“The success of Westrock Coffee shows that a great idea can become a game changer in any industry,” Arkansas Economic Development Commission Executive Director Mike Preston said. “We are proud to support a homegrown company that has found its niche and is on the rise thanks to a proven business model and delicious product.”