Revenue of leading coffee shop chains in the United Kingdom (UK) 2019
Costa still leading player on UK coffee market
Costa is not only the leading coffeehouse player in the UK, but also in Europe, where it holds the highest number of outlets of any other coffee shop chain. Most of Costa’s stores are in fact located in the UK. Poland and Ireland are the chain’s second and third biggest European markets, with over 100 stores in each country. Costa additionally has over 400 stores in China.
Are branded coffee shop chains facing more competition?
British high streets may be bursting with Costas, Starbucks and other familiar chains, but independent and non-specialist establishments collectively make up the largest share of the UK coffee shop market. Growing coffee shop trends along with new technologies allow non-traditional operators, such as pubs and supermarkets, to incorporate café concepts into their businesses. The growth in non-specialists is currently outpacing branded coffee chains, with the trend predicted to continue.