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Largest Nordic Coffee Chain Espresso House Bought by JAB

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Espresso House, Lund, Sweden. Photo by David Hall.

JAB Holding Company has reached a deal to buy the Nordic region’s largest branded coffee chain, Espresso House, including 193 shops in Sweden and Norway.

Despite the enormity of the deal — reports that the trade between JAB and Hercules Capital was worth approximately 2.2 billion Danish krone ($328 million USD) — Espresso House represents only a small wing in JAB’s growing coffee portfolio.

The company, run by billionaire Reimann family, has in the past three years purchased controlling stakes in coffee companies including Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Caribou Coffee, and D.E. Master Blenders. The latter company remains in the process of merging with Mondelez International, which would make JAB a majority owner in the world’s largest roasting company.

“Espresso House fits perfectly into our portfolio of leading premium coffee roasters and coffee retailers around the globe,” JAB Co-Chief Peter Harf said in a statement obtained by Bloomberg News. “The company possesses favorable long-term fundamentals, giving it strong potential.”