Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Tea Firm Reveals Growth in Demand for Its Coffee; CONSUMER

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Tea Firm Reveals Growth in Demand for Its Coffee; CONSUMER

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Byline: COREENA FORD coreena.ford@ncjmedia.co.uk

NORTH East family rm which has built on its exper AAAwhich has built on its exper -tise in tea is set to focus more on the booming demand for coee.

e Byker-headquartered Rington's - which topped PS50.1m in turnover in its latest accounts - recently announced a PS3m expansion of its factory at Balliol Business Park.

And as well as giving the rm additional production capacity for its ever-growing tea business, directors have said it will also enable it to further develop the coee business, a division which has always been part of the 108-year-old company but is now ripe for expansion.

e multi-million pound expansion, which is part of a PS10m reinvestment made by the company over a three-year period, is well under way and work is due for completion by October this year.

More than 100 of Ringtons' 515-strong workforce are employed at the factory, and around 10 new jobs will be created when the factory is complete.

Colin Smith, managing director of the production division, said: "We are halfway through our PS3m expansion at the Ringtons factory at Balliol Park in North Tyneside which will see the building almost double in size.

"e work will not only give additional production and warehouse space for an ever-growing tea business, but it will allow for the relocation and development of our coee roasting and processing facility.

"is move will support recent growth of our coee business and create a production space capable of signicant expansion in this fast growing market.

"Although Ringtons' prime product is likely to continue to be tea - our factory produces enough tea each week for 60 million cups - we have always had our own roasted coee and we will now target the wider coee market where we expect signicant volume growth in the years ahead.

"Facilities and oce areas for the team at the factory will also be improved through the expansion at Balliol. …

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