April 23, 2015

Finnish retail giant Kesko partners with Starbucks

Starbucks opens stores at grocery locations in Finland owned by the Finnish retailer Kesko.
Starbucks opens stores at grocery locations in Finland owned by the Finnish retailer Kesko.
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Kesko Food and Starbucks Coffee Company have entered into a licensing agreement to open Starbucks stores within Kesko’s K-stores throughout Finland.

The first store will open in K-citymarket Sello in Espoo later this year, with further locations planned for key business areas, including outside greater Helsinki.

Kesko is one of Finland`s biggest retailers and key operators in the grocery channel, with about 2 000 stores in the Nordics and Baltic regions, Russia and Belarus.

”People in Finland drink more coffee on average than almost any other country globally, so this is a great opportunity for us to bring our premium coffee to Finnish coffee fans,” says vice president of branded solutions at Starbucks EMEA Arjan Oudejans.

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