Lagardère Travel Retail to take over Costa Coffee chain in Poland

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Lagardère Travel Retail will take over the operations of 145 Costa Coffee cafes in Poland and Latvia. The companies have already signed the relevant agreement, the UK-based Costa Coffee chain reports. This is the next step in the Coca Cola-owned Costa brand’s collaboration with Lagardère Travel Retail in Europe.

Although the two companies have been working together on the European market for many years, the signed contract will allow Lagardère Travel Retail to manage the Costa Coffee chain in Poland for the first time. The companies’ previous collaboration, which began in 2008 and continues to this day, has involved the operation of 60 Costa Express cafes and 60 Costa Express vending machines in the Czech Republic. However, before Lagardère Travel Retail can expand into Costa Coffee outlets in Poland it must await final approval from the relevant anti-monopoly authorities.

According to Gordon Mowat, managing director of Costa Coffee EMENA, the next phase of the partnership will allow the Costa Coffee brand to grow and introduce innovation. As he stresses, the chain’s employees are the heart of the business, so the company will make every effort to ensure the acquisition of the coffee shops goes smoothly. As Maciej Gajkowski, managing director of the Foodservice segment at Lagardère Travel Retail, adds, the company was chosen by Costa Coffee for its operational excellence and long presence in Poland. The collaboration will allow the company to double the size of its Foodservice business and make Lagardère Travel Retail a privileged partner for B2B relationships. In addition to the Polish market, the company will also develop the Travel Retail sector in Latvia.

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