A five-year-old boy has suffered life-threatening injuries when a suspected learner driver crashed into him in Saffron Walden.
Costa Opens Europe's Biggest Roastery In Basildon
Costa has turned on its new £38m roastery in Basildon today, signalling a major milestone in the business’ expansion to serve customers globally.
The new facility has more than quadrupled Costa’s roasting capacity from 11,000 tonnes of coffee per annum to 45,000 tonnes per annum, providing the platform for its national and global growth plans.
The new roastery is a response to rapid growth n the UK and internationally demand and will provide the infrastructure for sustained global expansion.
Construction started in November 2015 on a specially chosen site close to Tilbury Docks where its raw coffee beans are imported. Here's a glimpse of Paradise Street, as the new building has been called.
The new facility is Europe’s biggest coffee roastery and covers 85,690 sq ft – or the equivalent of over 30 tennis courts – and will enable Costa to produce coffee for 2.1 billion cups of coffee per year. It is expected to operate for the next 20-30 years.
Dominic Paul, Managing Director of Costa, said: "Costa is growing rapidly as a global business and our new roastery will provide the platform for sustained international expansion as we continue inspiring the world to love great coffee. Turning on our new roasting capacity is a landmark for the business. It’s a statement of our ambition to grow and our passion for great coffee.
"Roasting here in Basildon keeps the UK at the centre of our growing global brand and enables us to build on everything we have learned from more than four decades of roasting in Lambeth. Today is about quality, capacity, investing in the future and being true to our heritage – it’s about embracing our traditions whilst continuing to innovate and drive global growth."
The new roastery also includes a new coffee academy to train 3,000 baristi per year, putting investment in people alongside investment in great coffee. Expert barista service is central to the Costa brand and customer experience.
Paradise Street will also be one of the most sustainable industrial buildings in the world. The frame of the building is zero energy and the site is to operate on a zero waste-to-landfill basis.
A man who set a fire on the ninth floor of a block of flats in Southend, killing a neighbour and her unborn child, has been made subject of a hospital order.
Heart can reveal since so called 'legal highs' were banned last May - Essex Police have made 9 arrests relating to the supply or possession of the drugs.
Prince Harry's visited Epping Forest as part of a conservation project. See the pictures here.
Recently Played Tracks
Now playing: Non-stop hit music
Deposit £10 to get a £40 Welcome Bonus - That's £50 to play bingo, slots and more!*
Over 50 tracks to make you feel-good. New album out now...
Find your local four day weather report here.
What's happening on the roads where you are?
Make Heart the soundtrack to your day and you could be a winner with great prizes up for grabs throughout the day.
Find out more about some of the companies advertising on Heart.
Get some great ideas on how to advertise your business on radio, online and on mobile.