Swiss multinational opens factory in Portugal

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A multinational Swiss company that produces coffee in capsules has opened a factory in Azambuja.

Mocoffee already employs 20 and plans to take on more employees to meet client orders. The company produces the oldest private labels in the world, offering clients high quality single dose coffee capsules.
Mocoffee, which has been around for 30 years, was created in Switzerland and its core business is the B2B market. Up until 2020 the company’s production lines were in Italy, Indonesia and Australia from where the company exported its coffee to 17 countries. However, last year the brand decided to invest in Portugal by opening a factory in Azambuja.
According to the company, this new factory is the “first in the country designed to produce speciality high grade coffee in single dose capsules”.
The CEO of Mocoffee, Ricardo Flores, who is Portuguese, said the decision to open a new factory in his country of origin was because “it offered the best solution”.
“There are many good resources in Portugal and we wanted to do something different. The building was purchased at the end of 2019 but then the pandemic hit,” he told the online news source Dinheiro Vivo.
With lockdown and the limitations imposed by covid-19 the operation got delayed but the number of clients continued to grow.
“When we began building the factory we thought that 98% of production would be exported. We thought that this was a product that would be difficult to sell on the Portuguese market and we never dreamed that it would be an attractive market for us,” he admits.
With a initial investment of €6 million and a further €2.5 million, the company aims to triple production by the end of this year by increasing its production lines. The factory should be up and running by 15 May.