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Australia’s Funk Coffee + Food seeking master franchise partner for UK launch

The 16-store coffee franchise has identified the UK as its first international market and is seeking a master franchise partner to launch the brand

Funk Coffee + Food currently operates 16 stores across Adelaide | Photo credit: Ashtons Franchise Consulting


Australian coffee chain Funk Coffee + Food has pinpointed the UK as its first international market and is seeking a franchise partner to facilitate the move.  

Founded in 2005, Funk Coffee + Food currently operates 16 stores across Adelaide. The brand has partnered with Norwich-based Ashtons Franchise Consulting to find an ‘enthusiastic investor’ to sign a master franchise agreement for the UK.  

The prospective franchise partner will be tasked with expanding Funk Coffee + Food across the UK by recruiting sub-franchisees, according to Ashtons. The coffee chain is exploring various commercial sites for its planned outlet growth, including high streets, shopping centres, educational institutions, airports and hospitals. 

“We are really excited with the thought of bringing Funk Coffee + Food to the UK and partnering with a like-minded master franchisee who will help to successfully develop and grow the brand throughout the region,” said Arthur Damaskos, Managing Director, Funk. 

World Coffee Portal research shows the total branded UK coffee shop market currently comprises more than 9,900 outlets and is forecast to exceed 10,200 outlets in 2024. 

Although the UK is home to many prominent Australian-owned coffee and hospitality businesses, including Daisy Green, Granger & Co, Kaffeine and Flat White, it has so far attracted few branded coffee chains from Australia itself. Sydney-based Jamaica Blue made its UK debut in 2014 and currently operates 20 stores across the country. 

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