Coca-Cola is to buy the Costa coffee chain from owner Whitbread in a deal worth just over $5 billion (£3.9bn).
Whitbread bought Costa, which is now the UK’s biggest coffee chain in 1995. At the time, it had just 39 outlets. It now has more than 2,400 UK coffee shops, as well as some 1,400 outlets in 31 overseas markets. Costa Express has 8,237 vending machines worldwide.