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Doctor Espresso acquires new London site

Doctor Espresso, the south west London coffee chain known for its vintage machines, has acquired The Black Chapel coffee shop in Wandsworth, its first foray south of the river Thames.

Russell Kerr and Vanessa Lancellotti, owners of Doctor Espresso, are currently refurbishing the site with plans to reopen in two weeks.

Wandsworth takes the number of locations operated by Doctor Espresso, which favours fitting out its kiosk and shops with vintage Gaggia machines, to four.

Doctor Espresso’s Fulham High Road site has on display a large array of vintage coffee machines, attracting interest from film companies, salvage hunters and coffee fans from abroad.

Nestlé ‘pleased’ over Starbucks transaction

Nestlé said it has made further progress in positioning its portfolio towards “attractive high-growth categories” as it revealed positive results for the nine months.

Nestlé recently acquired the global perpetual license of Starbucks consumer packaged goods and foodservice products.

The company saw organic growth of 2.8%, with total reported sales increasing by 2% to CHF 66.4 billion.

Mark Schneider, Nestlé ceo, said: “We have reached significant milestones in portfolio management and are particularly pleased with the early closing of the Starbucks transaction."

Caffè Nero appoints UK HR director

Caffè Nero has appointed Stacy Schapira as UK HR director

Schapira will be responsible for overseeing HR for the UK. As part of this she will assume responsibility for developing traditional HR functions, recruitment and hiring programmes and supporting the training and development programmes.

“I’m delighted we have brought Stacy to Caffè Nero. She has huge experience in the UK hospitality sector having spent almost 12 years within the Jamie Oliver Group, most recently as chief people officer for the Restaurant Group, but she also brings experience from great brands such as Sony BMG Music and MTV,” said chairman Gerry Ford.

Schapira said: “Hospitality really is about the people, it’s a passion of mine, and the fact that passion is matched by this business made coming here a really exciting prospect.”

  • Paul Darlinson, Head of Operations at Nero Express, Caffe Nero, is a member of the European Coffee Expo Steering Panel. 
  •  European Coffee Expo takes place at London Olympia on May 21-22. Register as a visitor, by clicking here.
  • To speak to someone exhibiting and sponsorship, call Sukhvir Hayre on +44(0) 203 668 9809 or email

Starbucks to fully license in France, Belgium and Luxembourg

Starbucks Coffee Company is planning to fully license Starbucks operations in France, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg to its strategic partner Alsea, the chain restaurant operator in Latin America. 

The proposal, which is subject to relevant local laws, will see Alsea have the rights to operate and develop Starbucks stores in these markets. At the same time the company said it would introduce a new support structure in its head office in London to serve its licensed strategy.

“We’re very pleased to build on our 16-year history with Alsea, a long-term strategic partner to Starbucks, with the intention to license our business operations in France, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxemburg,” said John Culver, group president, Starbucks International, channel development and global coffee & tea.

“These strategic moves would enable us to further accelerate growth across these markets as we position Starbucks for long-term success moving forward.”


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