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.