- 26 Jul 2021 9:17 AM
- Hungary Around the Clock
The Lagardére Group, the French owner of Lapker, a company engaged in newspaper distribution, opened Hungary’s first Costa Coffee café in 2008.
L-Coffee took over three years later and signed a new franchise contract with Costa Coffee International in 2011. Subsequently, 29 cafés were opened by 2019.
Costa Coffee International was bought by Coca-Cola for £3.9 billion in August 2019.
Conflicts emerged between the new owner and L-Coffee, which ran the shops, over brand rights. The Hungarian-owned company took legal action, but without success.
L-Coffee, which employs 47 people, had a net turnover of Ft 2.4 billion in 2019, and a pre-tax profit of Ft 56.9 million, according to its latest available report.