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Chairman Gerry Ford, 59, founded Caffè Nero in 1997 to recreate the European coffee bars he discovered while studying abroad. It now has more than 800 outlets across Britain, Ireland, Poland, Turkey, Cyprus, the UAE and America, selling coffee and food. In June last year, the London company acquired coffee chain Harris & Hoole from Tesco for an undisclosed sum. In February, it joined forces with recycling company First Mile to turn coffee grounds into biofuel

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Company details
CompanyCaffè Nero
ActivityCoffee house operator
LocationCentral London
Sales £m*328.9
Operating profit £m*26.2
Main shareholdersPaladin Partners, Gerry Ford, employees

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