Marco and Claire Jaconelli, the husband and wife team behind East Kilbride-based Espresso Adesso, Scotland’s leading quality coffee wholesaler, has joined forces with Miko, the Brussels-listed coffee service specialist.
The transaction enables Espresso Adesso to complement its existing Bei & Nannini exclusive distributorship with Puro, a quality Fairtrade coffee brand which it will introduce to Scotland for the first time.
Puro is a triple certified Fairtrade coffee, of consistently high quality sourced from the tropical rainforests in Ecuador and the Congo. Miko has teamed up with the World Land Trust, a leading UK land conservation charity whose patron is Sir David Attenborough, to help assist in halting the deforestation of our planet. So, for every kg of Puro purchased, money is given to buy and protect areas of rainforest.
Boasting a discerning clientele including Michelin star chefs Andrew Fairlie and Tom Kitchin as well as the Crolla family, the Old Course Hotel in St Andrews, Seamill Hydro and many others, Espresso Adesso has earned itself an enviable reputation for quality amongst the leading lights of Scotland’s catering sector for its commitment to product, training and customer service.
According to the firm’s founders, who will continue to manage the company as before, this commitment to quality will remain unchanged following Espresso Adesso’s acquisition, whilst its capacity to introduce new product lines and a value added service will be enhanced significantly.
Commenting on the deal, Claire Jaconelli, operations manager at Espresso Adesso, said: “Having built the business from scratch 13 years ago into a £1.5 million turnover business with 10 employees, we decided that the time was now right to seek a supplier of a quality Fairtrade coffee brand. Through a series of discussions with Miko, we discovered Puro, which excited us, and subsequently found that our businesses were a perfect match.”
Whilst Miko had a significant presence south of the border, it had no representation in Scotland prior to its acquisition of Espresso Adesso. The transaction sees Miko take over all shares in the company, with Espresso Adesso continuing to operate with the same staff from the same depot.
Frans Van Tilborg, managing director and CEO of the Miko Group, said: “We are following a clear growth strategy in the UK. This involves developing a national presence through establishing a network of regional depots.
“Our ‘local’ market approach enables us to be close to our customers. Organising everything centrally from one depot might save costs, but it would probably result in losing our grip on our customers and not being able to uphold such high standards of service.”
And according to Marco Jaconelli, sales director of Espresso Adesso, the acquisition is already paying dividends by enabling the firm to develop new products and target new markets with an enhanced offering.
“This acquisition gives us the capability to target larger hotel chains because we can now offer a comprehensive service – ranging from the bedroom to the bar to the kitchen – to become a one-stop coffee supplier. And the introduction of the Fairtrade Puro range opens up a whole new market with exciting opportunities for us.”
Mr Jaconelli said: “We have many important and loyal Italian customers, for whom the quality of coffee is paramount, and we have been working very closely with Miko to create Grand Milano, a new range of coffee roasted to the traditional Italian flavour to complement Bie & Nannini, the brand which has been the foundation of the firm and which we will continue to supply.”
For further information please contact Claire Jaconelli on tel 01355 244 466
Issued on behalf of Espresso Adesso by Liquorice Media tel 0141 561 4018 www.liquorice-media.com
Date 22nd November 10
Notes to Editors
- Miko has been active in coffee service for over 200 years and was floated on Eurolist by Euronext Brussels in 1998. The group employs 631 people and achieved a turnover of EUR 111.16 million in 2009. It is an international group which owns companies in Belgium, France, Britain, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, the Czech Republish, Slovakia and Australia.
- Miko’s UK head office is in London with regional operations in Cambridge, Boston, Exeter, Bristol, Rotherham, Redruth and Manchester.