NuZee Expands Facilities To Meet Single-Serve Pour-Over Demand

Posted On: 5/26/2019

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VISTA, CA — NuZee Inc. reports that it is expanding its physical plant to support the continued growth of its copacking business. The firm, a specialty coffee producer and copacker, is endeavoring to change the way coffee is enjoyed in the United States by popularizing the “single-serve pour-over” brewing technique which has become a favorite in Japan.

NuZee plans to expand its headquarters plant here, and also has entered into a lease agreement for a 16,603-sq.ft. facility in Plano, TX, where it plans to establish a single-serve pour-over packing hub.

“We are accelerating our corporate repositioning towards co-packing and private labeling single-serve pour-over coffee for regional and global brands,” said NuZee chief executive Masa Higashida. “We have commenced private-label one-cup pour-over coffee packet production and packaging for a large global brand. We are also in various stages of negotiation with several other large regional and global brands, which we expect will help drive the continuing growth of our co-packing business.”

NuZee has signed agreements that add more than 3,200 sq.ft. of production capacity at its headquarters here, expanding this facility to 6,751 sq.ft. NuZee will add two new co-packing machines, upgrade process automation, and expand warehouse space at its Vista facility. These enhancements are expected to allow for an approximate 50% growth in production capacity, and will be able to meet expected Drip Cup production demand until the Plano facility is operational. The expansion and associated infrastructure work should be completed over the next few months.

NuZee reports that its Vista facility is the only currently operating and certified Drip Cup manufacturing and co-packing facility in the United States. In 2018, NuZee’s Vista facility received Level 2 Safe Quality Food Institute certification. The facility is also Fair Trade, Organic, Halal, and Kosher certified.

The Plano facility must achieve SQFI Level 2 Certification before it can commence co-packing activity. NuZee will prepare the Plano facility for the necessary food safety auditing process conducted by SQFI, and expects to be fully operational with the appropriate certifications by the end of 2019.

“This added capacity, once completed, will broaden our geographic presence and allow us to better serve current and future clients in a more efficient and cost-effective manner,” said president and chief executive of NuZee Travis Gorney.

According to NuZee, pour-over coffee – known as the Drip Cup in Japan – is one of the most popular methods of enjoying coffee in that country, where more than 2.5 billion cups are consumed every year. Each pour-over packet comes sealed in a single-serve, nitrogen-flushed package. The coffee is brewed simply by pouring hot water over the ground coffee, contained in a perforated pouch. The process requires no equipment – just hot water – and creates minimal waste.

NuZee Inc. (d/b/a Coffee Blenders) makes use of highly sophisticated packing equipment developed in Asia for pour-over coffee production and possesses exclusive agreements that restrict potential North American competitors’ access to this equipment and pour-over filters.

Its products are available at more than 2,000 retail locations across the United States, Japan and Korea, as well as online retailers.