Starbucks is opening a high-tech facility in Rancho Cucamonga next year that the company said would quadruple the production and distribution capacity of its Evolution Fresh juice business.
The 260,000-square-foot factory will add 40 jobs to Evolution's manufacturing workforce, bringing the total to 160, according to Starbucks Corp. The Seattle coffee chain said 120 jobs will be shifted from San Bernardino, where Evolution Fresh was launched and where the juices still are made.
The facility will be Starbucks' sixth manufacturing site in the U.S. The company has coffee production plants in Washington, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Nevada and Georgia.
Starbucks moved into the $3.4-billion cold-crafted juice category in November when it bought Evolution Fresh for $30 million. So far, the brand has experienced "significant double-digit growth," said Jeff Hansberry, president of channel development for Starbucks.