Caffè Nero has ended a takeover bid by petrol station forecourt operator EG Group after successfully completing £330m ($453m) debt refinancing. According to a report in the Financial Times, Caffè Nero has secured a six-year loan package from HSBC, Santander and Carlyle Group, alongside and undrawn credit facility of £85m that could be used to facilitate further international expansion.
Israeli coffee chains Aroma Israel and Aroma Tel Aviv are set to re-join forces after parting ways more than two-decades ago. Originally founded as the Aroma café chain in 1994 by brothers Yariv and Shahar Shefa, the company became two separate entities in 1999 after a disagreement between the siblings.
Indian boutique coffee chain Third Wave Coffee has secured $6m investment to help facilitate its ambitious expansion plans. New investors include Sujeet Kumar, co-founder of Indian B2B trade platform, Udaan, Arpan Sheth, a senior leader at management consultants, Bain & Company, and Ayyappan Rajagopal, CEO of flight booking website, Cleartrip.
Doppio Espresso, Chocolate Company Cafe and Barista Cafe form new Dutch franchise group comprising 67 stores in an effort to pool resources and support growth in the ‘fragmented’ Dutch coffee shop market.
Oat has unseated coconut as UK consumers’ preferred dairy alternative in coffee shops. In a survey of more than 50,000 UK consumers conducted by World Coffee Portal, 16% indicated they had tried oat milk in a coffee shop over the last 12 months, ahead of coconut and almond at 12%, and soya at 9%.