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Australia’s The Coffee Club to enter India

Australian coffee chain The Coffee Club will open its first cafe in India next year in partnership with local franchiser CK Israni Group. 

The partnership intends to open 100 coffee shops across the country during the next five years. According to Chandni Nath Israni, co-founder of CK Israni, both companies are still deciding whether to start in Delhi or Mumbai.

However, in an email to Inside Retail a spokesperson for Minor DKL in Australia, said “at this point there is no final agreement in place with the local partner mentioned in the article”.

“We are in negotiations with many potential partners across a wide range of markets but are not in a position to announce any agreements.”

The Coffee Club was established in Brisbane in 1989 and has 400 sites across nine markets. It is owned by the Australian franchisor of retail food brands Minor DKL Food Group, which also owns the coffee roasters Veneziano and Coffee Hit in Australia.

Due to rising consumer demand for premium coffee and coffee experiences, India appears to be a potential playground for international coffee businesses.

In Mumbai, Maharashtra, Starbucks debuted its first flagship Reserve location in October. Additionally, the Canadian coffee brand Tim Hortons announced earlier this year its expansion to India, with plans to open more than 250 locations over the course of the following five years.

Gloria Jeans, another Australian coffee business, will also return to India.

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