Keurig Dr Pepper will close Williston plant, consolidate in Essex Jct

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The Keurig Dr Pepper plant at E-Commerce Park in Williston will close this spring. VermontBiz photos.

The Keurig Dr Pepper plant at E-Commerce Park in Williston will close this spring. VermontBiz photos.

by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine Keurig Dr Pepper today issued a statement saying that they were closing their Williston manufacturing plant and moving those operations to their Essex Junction facility. The move would be executed during "the second quarter of 2024." The statement said all Williston employees will have "the opportunity to continue with the company at the Essex site."

The large plant in Williston included a roasting facility and was well known for the rich smell of coffee when in operation. 

The Essex Jct plant will be the last of several facilities KDP has operated over the last 43 years in several locations and under the Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and Keurig brands. In total they have approximately 800 employees based in Vermont, of which 150 team members are currently in Williston.

In recent years they've closed their former headquarters at Technology Park in South Burlington and their main plant in Waterbury. The Waterbury facility is now occupied by several firms including Darn Tough Socks. In 2021, Vermont Business Magazine reported that they employed 1,400 people in Vermont. In 2016 they reported $4.2 billion in annual revenues when they were still based in Vermont.

On February 22, 2024, KDP reported 2023 annual revenues of $14.81 billion with operating income that increased 22.5% to $3.2 billion.

Dr Pepper was acquired by European consumer products giant JAB Holdings in 2018, two years after it had bought Keurig Green Mountain. JAB subsequently spun off Keurig and Dr Pepper into its own publicly traded company that has headquartered in Burlington, Massachusetts, and Frisco, Texas. 

Keurig was located in Burlington, MA, and was the inventor of the K-Cup system. Green Mountain Coffee acquired Keurig and its patents and until those patents expired, had cornered the market on the single-serve beverage market. 

Green Mountain Coffee was founded in Waterbury by Robert Stiller in 1981.

According to the KDP statement issued February 29, 2024, by Katie Gilroy, Senior Director, Corporate Communications:

"Beginning in the second quarter of 2024, our Williston, Vermont, manufacturing operations will be centralized at Keurig Dr Pepper’s Essex plant. By uniting our Vermont teams and capabilities in Essex, just seven miles from our Williston operations, we will more effectively and efficiently meet the needs of our consumers and customers while supporting innovation efforts that contribute to continued growth.  All of our Williston team members will have the opportunity to continue with the company at the Essex site."

Beginning in the second quarter of 2024, our Williston, Vermont, manufacturing operations will be centralized at Keurig Dr Pepper’s Essex plant.

Source: 2.29.2024. Burlington, MA. Keurig Dr Pepper. www.KeurigDrPepper.com

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