Viet Nam News
SƠN LA — Phúc Sinh Group started operations at the Phúc Sinh Sơn La coffee processing factory in Sơn La Province on November 8 to serve domestic and foreign markets.
This is Phúc Sinh’s sixth coffee processing factory in Việt Nam. The factory is located in Bản Mạt, Mai Sơn District on a total area of 45 hectares. The first phase was completed after eight months of construction with an investment of about VNĐ100 billion (US$4.3 million) and with an annual processing capacity of 20,000 tonnes of fresh coffee beans.
It is the first coffee processing factory that meets BRC (British Retail Consortium) global standards to be developed in Sơn La, although the province is one of the three largest Arabica coffee growing areas in Việt Nam. The province also has the first coffee farm to meet the UTZ coffee standards.
Phúc Sinh factory has Colombian modern washed coffee processing technology to process coffee for export to the key markets of the US, Brazil, France, Switzerland and Italy, as well as for domestic consumption.
Hoàng Văn Chất, Secretary of the Sơn La Provincial Party Committee, said Sơn La has nearly 18,000 hectares of agricultural land growing Arabica coffee, with an annual output of about 60,000 tonnes of coffee beans.
The Sơn La Phúc Sinh Coffee Factory can process about 15 per cent of the province’s coffee output, and will help the province send its coffee products to more international markets through Phúc Sinh’s distribution system and foreign partners.
Chất said it will also serve to attract more investors in agricultural processing to the province.
Phan Minh Thông, chairman of Phúc Sinh Group, said the firm will work with the province to raise the value of the coffee it produces by building trademarks of Blue Sơn La for the province’s coffee products.
Phúc Sinh exports about 20,000 tonnes of coffee per year, earning $350 million. It also holds about 6 per cent of the world’s pepper export market. — VNS