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Pushing the right buttons

The UK's love affair with coffee shows no sign of cooling down. Indeed, according to Mintel data, the UK's coffee shop market has grown by 37% since 2011, rising from £2.4bn to £3.4bn. However, despite the perceived dominance of specialist coffee retailers, as many as 44% of Brits buy their hot drinks from non-specialists. In fact, 53% of people surveyed by Nestlé Professional buy coffee-to-go, with 23% buying it from forecourts and 19% from convenience stores.

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No break for coffee

If you thought there were already more than enough Costa Coffee shops dotted all over the UK, you'd be mistaken. That's because, according to Costa itself, its network plan "shows opportunity for at least 3,000 stores in the UK compared to just over 2,200 today". In addition, it has plans to put in more Costa Express machines and to upgrade machines with new management systems, "which will enhance scalability" and allow the company to monitor and control the machines and their content remotely. There will also be upgrades to customer screens "to bring the best quality experience" and to help retailers by enabling options such as site-specific advertising.

Roasting success

Coffee-to-go is a big success story for Hull-based Sewell on the go. The Top 50 Indie has 16 machines across its 12 sites with the busier sites having two or even three machines.

Express delivery

Earlier this year, Top 50 Indie the Chartman Group was named as the first independent retailer to install three Costa Express machines at one of its sites. And on the day the third machine was installed at the company's Winning Post site just outside Exeter, the three machines served 350 cups in total.

Sip Service

The fact that Costa was recently named the Nation's Favourite Coffee Shop brand for its fifth consecutive year (Allegra Project Café 15) came as no surprise to Vicky Nielsen from Cambuslang Service Station in Cambusland near Glasgow, as she says the coffee it serves is lovely. "We've had a Costa machine in here for about a year now and we have regulars who come in just for the coffee. It's so good it sells itself," she says. "Lattes are the best seller and there are two sizes: regular for £2.10 and large for £2.40."

Steaming ahead

While the expansion of the coffee shop chains such as Costa and Starbucks is the main driver of coffee shop market growth, according to Allegra Strategies, it is consumers who will shape the future marketplace with their demands for premium coffee, any time, anywhere. And that is, of course, good news for forecourt operators.

Brands mean growth

With more people consuming hot beverages than a year ago, the £5.8bn market is showing no signs of slowing down. According to Allegra Strategies' Project Café, an estimated one in five people now visit a coffee outlet on a daily basis, with figures showing that the morning period remains the most popular time to grab a cup.

Beans bag profits

A survey by coffee firm Douwe Egberts has found that Britons spend an astonishing £15,600 in coffee shops over a lifetime because they don't know how to make lattes and cappuccinos at home. It found that 69% of the 2,000 people surveyed spent between £1 and £5 in coffee shops, five days a week.

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