In a joining of the perfect companions, coffee and chocolate, the former managing director of one of Caffè Nero has transferred his managerial interests to the British chocolatier, Thorntons.
Taking up the role from January 2011, Jonathan Hart is said to have been behind the coffee business’s doubling in size over the past five years to a point where there are now 400 stores nationwide.
Hart is also given credit for significantly improving profitability of the caffeine-oriented enterprise, driving annual turnover to a reported £153.6 million in the twelve month fiscal period to May 2010.
With both experience within retail as well as the consumer goods industry, Hart’s employment to date, spanning numerous senior positions, stretches back over 25 years.
Commenting on the impending addition to his company, Thorntons chairman, John van Spreckelsen, said, “Jonathan brings a wealth of relevant experience,” elaborating on this by referring to Hart’s successful background in running numerous multi-channel businesses and in developing retail strategies and new products.
In its latest financial reports, the chocolate giant communicated a 7.4 per cent increase in its third quarter sales, boosted by supermarket sales, as in-store purchases witnessed a 4 per cent decline.
In other chocolate-inspired news, Cherizena Coffee has unveiled a range of coffee gifts for Christmas. Positioned at between £2.50 and £20, the line has something for every budget. In terms of coffee types, these include a limited edition Christmas Coffee (Colombian), a full-bodied Cuban Cubita, a medium Blue Mountain Blend, as well as the company’s Turquino Montanes and Espresso Blend, all accompanied with a pillow pack of chocolate-coated coffee beans.