Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Costa brews up supply-chain success

Supply-chain management is a vital ingredient for marketing success today--and Whitbread's Costa Coffee is perking up profits because of its careful planning.

Coffee prices are rising, but Whitbread has locked up supply until March, allowing Costa to hold the line on retail prices. That will undoubtedly put competitive pressure on Starbucks, among other rivals.

Costa Coffee is opening new stores as the economy improves and customers regain their spending momentum. The brand is social, with 1.1 million Facebook likes and 94,000 Twitter followers.

New products are launched with YouTube support on Costa's Coffee Lovers channel. And Instagram is another way Costa promotes its brand, its products and its special events.