Thu., March 22, 2012 9:33am (EDT)

Starbucks Plans Augusta Plant
By Associated Press
Updated: 2 years ago

SEATTLE  —  
Starbucks is building a new plant in Augusta that will make Starbucks’ Via instant coffee and ingredients for Frappucinos sold both in Starbucks outlets and in grocery stores. (Photo Courtesy of <a href=http://www.freefoto.com/preview/09-16-59/Starbucks-Coffee>Ian Britton via FreeFoto.com</a>.)
Starbucks is building a new plant in Augusta that will make Starbucks’ Via instant coffee and ingredients for Frappucinos sold both in Starbucks outlets and in grocery stores. (Photo Courtesy of Ian Britton via FreeFoto.com.)
Starbucks is building a new plant in Augusta that will employ 140 and open in early 2014.

Construction, which will also generate construction and transportation jobs, is slated to start this spring.

The plant will make Starbucks’ Via instant coffee and ingredients for Frappucinos sold both in Starbucks outlets and in grocery stores.

The move comes as the coffee chain looks to expand its consumer products offerings found on grocery store shelves, such as ready-to-serve drinks, Starbucks ice cream and instant coffee.

The announcement came just ahead of the opening of Starbucks' annual meeting in Seattle.