Coffee & Tea Manufacturing
Companies in this industry roast coffee, blend tea, and manufacture coffee and tea concentrates. Major companies include Farmer Brothers, JM Smucker, Keurig Dr Pepper, and Kraft Heinz (all based in the US), as well as ITO EN (Japan), Maxingvest ag (Germany), Nestlé (Switzerland), Tata Consumer Products (India), and Unilever (the UK).
World coffee production reached about 165 million 60-kilogram bags as of 2019/2020, according to Statista. Top producers include Brazil, Vietnam, Colombia, and Indonesia. Tea production is about 6 million metric tons. Leading tea producing countries include Indonesia, India, China, and Sri Lanka.
The US coffee and tea manufacturing industry includes about 725 establishments (single-location companies and units of multi-location companies) with combined annual revenue of about $15 billion.
Consumer tastes and disposable income drive demand. The profitability of individual companies depends on effectively managing raw ingredient costs, efficient operations, and effective marketing. Large companies have scale advantages in purchasing, distribution, manufacturing, and marketing. Small companies can compete effectively by offering specialized products or serving a local market. The US industry is highly concentrated: the top 50 companies generate about 90% of revenue.
Imports of roasted coffee and tea are about 20% of the US market; exports are about 10% of US production. Part of the international export market is instant coffee. Canada, Germany, Switzerland, Brazil, and Mexico were the largest importers of coffee and tea.
Coffee and tea manufacturers face intense competition from other beverage companies, especially soft drink, bottled water, and juice manufacturers.
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Major products include roasted coffee; tea; and coffee concentrates. Roasted coffee includes both whole and ground beans. Tea includes tea bags as well
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