Coca‑Cola HBC – one of the largest Coca‑Cola bottlers in the world – plans to launch Costa Coffee in at least 10 of its 28 markets next year, including Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Russia and Switzerland. This will address a broad range of consumer and customer needs across multiple channels and occasions, in line with Coca‑Cola HBC’s leading 24/7 beverage partner vision.
“This is fantastic news that will build genuine value for our customers and for us,” said Coca‑Cola HBC CEO Zoran Bogdanovic. “Adding a brand as strong as Costa Coffee to our portfolio will allow us to capture more consumer occasions, to partner even more closely with our customers across all channels and strengthen our ability to address every drinking moment throughout the day. Our well-established infrastructure, processes and capabilities around coffee means that we will hit the ground running with this exciting opportunity.”
Coffee is one of the most lucrative and fast-growing revenue and profit pools within commercial beverages. It is a multi-billion dollar category across Coca‑Cola HBC’s 28 markets and is forecast to grow 4% annually.
The Coca‑Cola Company acquired Costa Coffee in January 2019 and has accelerated the business, focusing on expanding in vending and ready-to-drink products. Costa Coffee is the leading coffee company in the United Kingdom, with a strong presence in Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa.
“We’re thrilled to partner with Coca‑Cola HBC to bring our great coffee to more consumers,” said Jennifer Mann, president of Global Ventures for The Coca‑Cola Company. “This new agreement is another example of how Costa Coffee is helping Coca‑Cola become a total beverage company.”
“Extending Coca‑Cola HBC portfolio by Costa-Coffee products is a next, very important step in the development of CCHBC in this part of Europe. The coffee market in Poland is growing dynamically and has a huge potential as Poles more and more often consume coffee out-of-home. It is the third biggest market for Costa Coffee where it now operates more than 150 coffee-shops. Already in June this year, thanks to cooperation of Costa Coffee and Coca‑Cola, new Ready-To-Drink coffee products have hit the market. On top of the Costa Coffee chain they will be available in 650 points of sales of the Lagardere chain (including Imedio, Relay, 1 Minute). And this is just a beginning of our journey in the coffee segment.” – admits Jaak Mikkel, General Manager of Coca‑Cola HBC Poland and the Baltics.