The Swiss catering concern, Bon Appétit, said its first quarter sales rose by 6.2 per cent to SFr753.4 million ($442 million).This content was published on April 24, 2001 - 09:43
The company said on Tuesday that sales had been boosted by increased demand for prepared food for the retail sector and by the newly formed venture with US-based coffee firm, Starbucks.
It said it had been able to increase its share of the market by gaining new customers in its wholesale supplies business while new acquisitions fuelled sales to filling station shops.
A statement said that Bon Appétit's cooperation with Starbucks, which opened its first ever mainland European shop in Zurich in March, had "got off to a tremendous start". It said results from the shop's first few weeks were well above expectations.
More Starbucks stores are to be opened later this year.
swissinfo with agencies
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