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Azzurri Group has snapped up Coco di Mama, a six-store chain of Italian food and coffee outlets which sell healthy pasta dishes, salads and sandwiches speedily.
The acquisition by Azzurri, which has nearly 250 restaurants nationwide, will help propel rapid growth for Coco, which aims to have 40 branches in the next few years. It opened its first outlet in Fleet Street in April 2011.
Co-founders and childhood friends Jeremy Sanders and Daniel Land will remain with the business. Former M&S boss and customer Rose has mentored the pair. Sanders and Land, who quit their jobs at consultancy giant Bain and Merrill Lynch respectively to start the firm, appeared in the Standard’s entrepreneurs spotlight last year.
Azzurri Group chief executive Steve Holmes said: “We have watched Coco di Mama’s development from the start and I am delighted that they will be joining Azzurri. It is a very strong brand which has quickly developed an exciting position in the quick-service food sector.”