Whitbread - Statistics & Facts

Published by Jennifer Luty, Jul 19, 2019
The UK multinational company Whitbread is a major player within the hospitality industry. The company is best known as the parent company to Costa Coffee and Premier Inn, both leaders in their respective industries: Costa ranks as one of the leading coffee shop chains in Europe, while Premier Inn is among the UK’s most prominent hotel brands. Whitbread was segmented by Costa and the company’s hotel and restaurant brands, the latter of which mostly operate alongside Premier Inns. These brands include Beefeater, Brewers Fayre, Bar and Block Steakhouse and Table Table. In 2018, Whitbread announced the sale of Costa to the Coca-Cola company.

Costa Coffee contributed revenues of close to 1.29 billion British pounds to Whitbread’s total income in 2017/18. Revenues have increased year-on-year as the company has expanded. Besides the UK, which holds the largest market share, Costa operates in many other locations worldwide, including China and the United Arab Emirates. Total store numbers of Costa close to tripled over a ten-year period from 2008 to 2018, reaching over 3,800 stores.

In addition to coffee shops, Whitbread had 785 hotels branded as Premier Inn in the UK in 2018, rising to over 800 in the following year. Premier Inn originally began trading in the UK, which is still the company's biggest market, before expanding into Germany and internationally. In total, there were over 76,500 Premier Inn hotel rooms in 2019.

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