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Darlington’s and Bolling to trade as Bewley’s Coffee Limited

8th December 2013 – Following the acquisitions of Darlington’s Coffee and Bolling Coffee in 2011 and 2013 respectively, the Irish and international coffee company Bewley’s has announced that both companies will trade as Bewley’s Coffee Limited in the UK from 2nd January 2014.

Established in 1840, Bewley’s is one of the largest coffee roasters in Ireland and the UK and is the Irish market leader in the fresh coffee foodservice and retail sectors. The company is renowned for its iconic Bewley’s Café in Dublin’s Grafton Street which opened in 1927 and serves over 1 million customers annually. Bewley’s also has coffee roasting, distribution and café operations in the United States, in Sacramento and Boston.

Brendan McDonnell who heads up Bewley’s in the UK said, "Both Darlington’s and Bolling are successful and growing businesses, supplying the highest quality fresh coffees and service together with training and marketing support to long standing customers in the catering sector in the UK. We’re very pleased to combine these well established brands with our own to begin the next chapter of our company’s growth."

McDonnell said that the premium ‘Grumpy Mule Distinctive Coffee’ brand (from the Bolling stable) will be retained. Corporate and business materials will otherwise begin to reflect the Bewley’s brand during 2014 with additional brand identity elements such as company branded foodservice coffee packaging changing over to a Bewley’s branded format in the medium term.

Brendan McDonnell said, “From an operational perspective, customers will receive the same great service they are used to and apart from the name change, day to day operations will not be effected in any way. Both the London and Yorkshire facilities are being retained to service the needs of our client base. We have been extremely pleased at how the two businesses have seamlessly come together in what has been a very busy trading period for the business. New hires have joined since April in sales, engineering, training and administration to provide further support to our clients with the UK team now exceeding 80 people. As a merged entity our combined strength yields numerous opportunities for growth throughout the UK, and Bewley’s has and will continue to support this effort with significant on-going investment in production capability and nationwide sales and marketing structures”.

For further information, please see http://bewleys.com/uk-changes

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