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COSTA LAUNCHES ANDROID PAY TODAY

Press Release   •   May 18, 2016 18:34 BST

Costa, the nation’s favourite coffee shop, will offer customers the ability to pay for their food and drink with their Android phone from today.

The launch of Android Pay in Costa’s UK stores provides an additional payment method that will help increase the speed of transactions and give mobile payment options to almost the whole UK phone market.

To ensure customers safety and security, no actual card numbers are stored on the device when a credit or debit card is added to Android Pay.Instead a virtual account number represents account information so that customer’s card details stay safe.

Jon Fisher, Head of Mobile and Loyalty at Costa commented, “Costa is committed to finding new and innovative ways to improve the customer experience. The decision to work with Google to roll out Android Pay was an obvious choice. We currently provide other contactless payment methods across the majority of our UK stores, so offering Android Pay will give customers even more choice when it comes to payment”.

Spencer Spinnell, Director of Business Development at Google added “We want to make in-store payments simpler for everyone, so we've worked with Costa to enable Android Pay in the majority of their UK locations. This adds to the list of almost 460,000 contactless payment terminals in the UK where people can seamlessly tap and pay with their Android phones".

Android Pay is easy to set up and users will continue to receive all of the rewards and benefits offered by credit and debit cards.

For more information on Android Pay, visit: https://www.android.com/pay/

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Founded in London by Italian brothers Sergio and Bruno Costa in 1971, our quality coffee was the premium choice for boutique hotels and restaurants across the city. Today we continue to roast the original Mocha Italia recipe in Old Paradise Street, London with our 100% Rainforest Alliance certified coffee remaining at the core of our quality coffee credentials.

With over 2,000 coffee shops in the UK and more than 1,240 in 31 overseas markets, we are the fastest growing coffee shop business in the UK. We’re proud to be the UK’s favourite coffee shop, having been awarded “Best Branded Coffee Shop Chain in the UK and Ireland" by Allegra Strategies for six years running (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & December 2015).

Our people are the heart of our business and we employ over 30,000 people worldwide, with a target of 5,000 new jobs in the UK by 2020. Last year, we increased Barista pay by c.10%. Our Pay for progression model was introduced in October 2015, and our training rate of £7.20 was launched well ahead of National Living Wage.

As a popular, mainstream food and beverage brand, we can make a positive contribution towards customer health and wellbeing by investing in safe sourcing, new product development and consumer education. Health and wellbeing remains a strategic business focus area and we will continue to evolve our product offer over the coming years. We are working to reduce added sugar in our drinks by 25% by 2020 and will reduce salt in our sandwich range by a further 5% by 2017.

We care about the communities we operate in with our store teams volunteering over 10,000 hours of their time to lend support to over 900 local community projects.

Looking after coffee growers is extremely important to us, which is why we established The Costa Foundation, a registered charity with the aim to relieve poverty, advance education and the health and environment of coffee-growing communities around the world. So far, The Costa Foundation has funded the building of 53 schools and improved the social and economic welfare of coffee-growing communities.