Autogrill and Starbucks Coffee extend partnership in Europe

  • Autogrill to introduce the Starbucks Coffee brand for the first time at its points of sale in French railway stations, Marseille Airport and on Dutch motorways.
  • Autogrill currently operates around 370 Starbucks worldwide, generating revenues of over $450million  in 2010.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 14:05

Milan/Seattle , 11 January 2012 - Autogrill Group (Milan: AGL IM) and Starbucks Coffee Company (Nasdaq: SBUX), which started their co-operation in the United States in 1991, have extended their global partnership to develop new business in Europe.

Autogrill will start operating Starbucks stores at its select points of sale in France this year. The first stores will be located in railway stations, a channel of strategic importance. Later this year, two stores will open in Marseille Airport in Halls 1 and 4.

In the Netherlands, in the coming months, Autogrill will also introduce the Starbucks brand on motorways with the first openings in AC sites in De Meern and Meerkerk.

Autogrill currently operates around 370 Starbucks (352 in North America and 15 in Europe) with operations that generated revenues of more than US$450 million (over €340 million)1 in 2010.

Through this extended collaboration, Autogrill intends to offer its European customers the experience and quality of products and service from the premier roaster and retailer of speciality coffee in the world. Starbucks confirms its intention to continue its international expansion in the increasingly important travel channel with the support of its long term partner Autogrill.

“Following the renewal of the exclusive agreement that Autogrill and Starbucks signed last year in North America,” said Autogrill CEO Gianmario Tondato Da Ruos, “this is an important step enabling the two groups to extend their strategic collaboration in Europe too and continue to explore new business opportunities together.”

“We are proud to announce the extension of our partnership with Autogrill into the strategic markets of France and The Netherlands,” said Michelle Gass, president Starbucks Europe, Middle East and Africa. “This move illustrates our commitment to growing our business with valued licensed partners who have a long track record of proven experience and demonstrated success.”