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Coffee Bar Ranking UK: Strong Leaders

Europe’s major coffee-bar players once again added significantly to their outlet numbers in 2013. The top 75 brands were represented by 12,320 stores at the end of 2013, an increase of 7% over the previous year. The top 10 expanded even more – by 8% – with little or no change in the running order: Costa Coffee defended first place, followed by McCafé and Starbucks. New in the top 10 is the UK’s Coffee Republic brand. Research and ranking by FoodService Europe & Middle East.
In 2013, the three biggest brands added to their outlet numbers by between 8 and 9% and thus increased their lead even further. Players in the top third of the ranking in particular have expanded their European networks. Despite a big decline in the case of Italy’s Espressamente illy coffee-bar formula (-27%), the top 25 managed to clear the 10,000 unit hurdle for the first time.
Increased competition can be expected in the future because an end to this process of expansion is not in sight. Moreover, more and more companies are focusing on coffee as a highly profitable supplementary article – filling stations, bakeries, sandwich chains and quickservice restaurants of all kinds.
The focus is shifting to new location categories, such as freestanders, with and without drive-in facilities, shop-in-shop constellations and new partnerships (master licensees). Another important aspect for the future is placing greater emphasis on the USP of the individual brands.
Many of them cater for the increasing qualitative expectations of consumers with a greater emphasis on bean origins, barista skills and machines. Coffee bars belong to those foodservice segments where digital communication plays a very significant role and their guests include many ‘heavy users’.

The coffee-bar scene in the UK is extremely progressive and can safely be seen as the benchmark: the most dynamic market with the most brands and the most stores! There, the range of handcrafted artisan coffee is far more widespread than in other European countries, a development to be seen in more and more coffee bars – branded or independent – in many bigger European cities.
Find the ranking-list of the Top 75 as well as detailed information about the Top 10 in the full article.

| 14 August 2014 |
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