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Costa Coffee

Costa Coffee

Company: Whitbread[a]

Brand value: US$1,506 million

Change since 2018: 48%

Headquarter city: Dunstable

Category: Fast Food

Year formed: 1971

Costa Coffee is a coffee brand with more than 2,600 stores and 8,000 Costa Express machines across the UK. In January 2019, the EU’s competition watchdog gave the green light to Coca-Cola’s planned £4 billion acquisition of Costa Coffee. The move is widely seen as an attempt by the soda drink giant to challenge the dominance of Starbucks and to expand the ready-to-drink coffee market. Costa has launched a pre-order service allowing customers to order via the app and have their drinks ready for collection when they arrive. It is also working with Deliveroo for delivery from several central London branches. The brand’s community work focuses on the environment, and Costa Coffee is promoting recycling of coffee cups and supporting litter-picking events around the country in partnership with Keep Britain Tidy.

[a]or should this be coca-cola?