Celebrated Aussie chain eyes series of UK launches

Jamaica Blue Cambridge

A café dining concept from Cambridge that has just completed its first year of trading is planning to expand the brand with a further four stores next year.

Jamaica Blue café aims to kick on after a 12-month period in which its maiden site in Cambridge’s Lion Yard shopping centre has gone from strength to strength.

The high-end café’s contemporary dishes with a twist have proved a hit with shoppers in the university city, with a seasonally changing menu ensuring customers have new products to try on a regular basis.

The Jamaica Blue franchise is owned by Foodco and is one of Australia’s most successful franchise companies. There are also a number of Jamaica Blue stores based in New Zealand, Dubai and China.

It now wants to push on in the UK and has lined up at least four new stores in the next 12 months, according to Foodco UK general manager, Lisa Brook.

“We are delighted that our first UK Jamaica Blue store continues to be such a success. It has enjoyed a fantastic first year of trading and we are excited for what the next year will bring, not only for our Cambridge store, but also for our expansion across the UK,” she says.

“We are currently in the planning phase of potentially opening four new stores in the UK in 2016, so there’s lots of exciting opportunities coming up for us next year. Our aim is that one day Jamaica Blue will become as recognised in the UK as it is in Australia – so we are definitely the ones to watch.”

The name of the franchise originates from the Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee, which is served in all stores and is renowned for its high quality taste and lack of bitterness. Jamaica Blue was established in Australia in 1989 and now comprises of more than 100 cafes around the world.

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