Westrock Coffee Announces Development of New Distribution Center in Conway, Arkansas

January 31, 2023 at 8:45 AM EST

Agreement with Tempus Realty Partners to Develop 530,000 Square Foot Distribution Center

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 31, 2023-- Westrock Coffee Company (Nasdaq: WEST) (“Westrock Coffee,” or the "Company”), a leading integrated coffee, tea, flavors, extracts, and ingredients solutions provider to the retail, foodservice and restaurant, convenience store and travel center, non-commercial, CPG, and hospitality industries, announced today an agreement to develop a 530,000-square-foot distribution center with Tempus Realty Partners, an Arkansas-based real estate investment partnership that was represented by Colliers | Arkansas. The 30-acre site is conveniently located near heavily trafficked I-40 in Conway, just 30 miles from Little Rock.

The tilt-wall distribution center will be fully occupied by Westrock Coffee following construction, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2023. The state-of-the-art development is expected to support product and packaging produced at Westrock Coffee’s expanded extract and ready-to-drink manufacturing facility in Conway, Arkansas, as well as additional distribution needs. The center will feature 36-foot clear height, approximately 72 dock doors and an ESFR sprinkler system. The distribution center will be located off William J. Clark Drive, approximately 2.2 miles from Westrock Coffee’s current manufacturing facility and recently announced expansion project.

"We are thrilled to announce the construction of our state-of-the-art distribution center, which will allow us to more efficiently and effectively serve our customers with our innovative beverage solutions,” said Joe T. Ford, co-Founder and Chairman of Westrock Coffee. “This new facility is a testament to our commitment to meeting the growing demand for our products and providing the highest level of service to our valued clients. We look forward to continuing to expand our presence in Central Arkansas, and drive Westrock Coffee’s growth and success in the industry."

“Westrock Coffee continues to invest in our operations, and the announcement of this new distribution center is further proof of our commitment to expand our business,” said Will Ford, Group President – Operations of Westrock Coffee. “In tandem with the development of our manufacturing facility, this center will enhance our capabilities and help our customers continue to innovate in the beverage space, which is undergoing seismic shifts in consumption preferences. With this distribution center, we are truly excited to further cement Westrock Coffee’s connection to the Conway community.”

“Working with an outstanding company like Westrock Coffee that has a tremendous heritage of growth and impact globally and in Arkansas is a real pleasure,” said Dan Andrews, Tempus Realty Partners CEO. “We’re proud to have the opportunity to support their continued expansion in our home state.”

Westrock Coffee is the beverage industry’s “brand behind the brands”, supplying the world’s most recognized brands with the world’s most transformative coffee, tea, flavors, extracts, and ingredients products. The Company is the #1 private label coffee and tea provider to U.S. restaurants by volume, and the #2 extract provider in ready-to-drink coffee.

Westrock Coffee was represented in the agreement by Ted Dickey of Lighthouse Asset Advisors.

About Westrock Coffee Company

Westrock Coffee is a leading integrated coffee, tea, flavors, extracts, and ingredients solutions provider in the U.S., providing coffee sourcing, supply chain management, product development, roasting, packaging, and distribution services to the retail, foodservice and restaurant, convenience store and travel center, CPG, non-commercial, and hospitality industries around the world. With offices in 10 countries, the Company sources coffee and tea from 35 origin countries. For more information, please visit WestrockCoffee.com.

About Tempus Realty Partners

Tempus Realty Partners is an investor-centric real estate investment partnership focused on acquiring and developing commercial real estate mainly in the South and Midwest. The strategy of Tempus is to create superior risk adjusted returns via unique commercial real estate opportunities by investing with its network of partners in targeted cities. To date, Tempus has acquired $756,920,610 of property in 24 states over the past six years.

Forward-Looking Statements

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Tempus Marketing Specialist: Olivia Heritageoheritage@tempusrealty.com
ICR for Westrock Coffee: WestrockPR@icrinc.com

Source: Westrock Coffee Company