Pod Pack expands in Baton Rouge

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Pod Pack International, a Baton Rouge-based coffee and tea products manufacturer, is kicking off a $10 million expansion over the next three years.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1qXqFgZ ) the announcement was made Wednesday by company Executive Vice President Tom Martin.

Officials say the expansion will create 19 new jobs with an average salary of $30,100 plus benefits. It will generate an additional $600,000 in payroll.

Pod Pack started in New Orleans in 1996, but moved to the Baton Rouge Industrialplex in 2000. Pod Pack currently has about 25 employees, Martin said.

The expansion will be located within the same area and require a new, 75,000-square-foot building for new equipment.

Martin said the demand for single-cup production is skyrocketing. He said 4 percent of coffee drinkers used single-cup brewing in 2010, compared to 29 percent of drinkers this year.

"Single-cup brewing has grown tremendously, and we're in the position to be there and to take advantage of it," Martin said.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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