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Superbrand’ Java House popularised coffee culture in Kenya, and has ambitious plans for growth across East Africa.

Lewis Bush By Lewis Bush

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A Tale of Transformation Having received a new lease of life, East Africa’s most successful coffeehouse chain is set to embark on an exciting new chapter as it turns 20 years old   Writer: Jonathan Dyble | Project Manager: Lewis Bush  East Africa is a region enrobed with optimism.  Real GDP across its 13 countries rose by an average of 5.7 percent in 2018 according to the World Bank, a trajectory that is expected to remain strong with forecasts of 5.9 percent for 2019 and 6.1 percent for 2020.  Combine this with a population that is expected to double in size and reach 711 million by 2050, overtaking the entirety of Europe in the process, and it’s easy to see why an aura of excitement surrounds the region as it gears up to meet the associated challenges and opportunities.  20 years old this year, Java House Africa is one such business embodying this enthusiasm. With foundations in Kenya, its Java House coffee, 360 Degrees Pizza and Planet Yogurt brands now span 75 restaurants across three countries.  “Our industry, like many others, is on the up,” states Steve Carlyon, referring to the thriving food and beverage scene.  “Casual diners have become community hubs, meeting places for friends, families, business meetings, dates, you name it. F&B is about more than just providing great food. It’s about providing destinations to celebrate social occasions, and the appetite to be spoilt in a culinary sense is certainly growing.”  Previously heading up Emirates Airlines’ frozen meals production plant in Dubai, Carlyon took a leap into

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