Middle East coffee and tea chains target the UK

Middle East coffee and tea chains target the UK

Middle East coffee and tea operators are eyeing the UK market.

Jolt Coffee, which has a site in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia is reported to be making its UK debut in London’s Fitzrovia next month. Its instagram account shows that it is set to open on 40-41 Great Castle Street. 

Last year, tea and coffee shop chain Kava & Chai, based in the Middle East, said it was looking to open in the UK. 

Speaking to Arabian Business, Kava & Chai owner Crescent Enterprises ceo Badr Jafar said that the brand was looking to expand in 2019 into both the UK and US.

Kava & Chai already has two locations in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), including one in Al Seef near the Dubai Creek and another on the campus of the American University of Sharjah. 

Meanwhile Filli Café, the tea chain from UAE, has revealed it is also targeting the UK market. It is thought its first site will be in central London, although no details have been unveiled. 

The UK market is proving a target for foreign operations. Gloria Jean's Coffees, the Australian coffee shop chain, is to open its first site in St Enoch Centre in Glasgow, followed by a second site on Sutton High Street. Gloria Jean’s will then target London, Edinburgh, Manchester and Cardiff.

Last year, Allegra research revealed that there  a ‘world of opportunity’ for Uk operators in the Middle East, with the branded coffee shop chain market there reaching 9,084 outlets in 2018 and significant outlet growth forecast over the next five years.



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