Costa Coffee is a British multinational coffee chain. The company is headquartered in Dunstable, UK.
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• Revenue: 1.48 billion US$
It is a subsidiary of Whitbread plc., a multinational hotel, coffee shop and restaurant company based in UK. Costa Coffee was founded in 1971 by the Costa family. In the beginning, it used to operate as a wholesaler supplying roasted coffee to specialist Italian coffee shops and caterers. Since its acquisition by Whitbread in 1995, it has grown to more than 2,861 stores across the globe. By 2010, the company had overtaken Starbucks in UK with a 45.6% market share.
After Whitbread's £59.5 million acquisition of Coffee Nation, a UK-based chain of coffee machines, the machines were re-branded as Costa Express. Costa has its own roaster and a unique blend known as “Mocha Italia”. The company has a loyalty scheme known as Costa Coffee Club. It is also the sponsor of Costa Book Awards since 2006.