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Cibo Espresso is a well-established and highly successful brand, particularly in South Australia, with 20 stores in Adelaide and two in Brisbane. Through this partnership with Retail Zoo, the Cibo Espresso brand will now be extended across Australia.
Jeff Allis, Chief Executive Officer of Retail Zoo, says: “Our vision is to help young Australian companies reach their full potential.”
“Cibo is a wonderful partnership for both companies, they have a compelling ‘x factor’ brand, and Retail Zoo has a powerful back end to help Cibo achieve its complete vision. We love the Cibo brand and it’s an incredible honour to be able to help their team grow Cibo across Australia.”
Roberto Cardone, Cibo Espresso co-founder, said: “The partnership with Retail Zoo enables us to utilise their sophisticated management and franchise systems to facilitate Cibo Espresso’s rapid expansion. They know how to grow a business quickly without in any way compromising quality.”
Cibo Espresso was born from a passion to share the simple pleasures of the Italian lifestyle - wonderful coffee and quality food in a modern, stylish bar setting. Cibo uses 100 percent Premium Arabica coffee beans, roasted and blended to their own special recipe.
Initially the growth of Cibo Espresso will be focused on the Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane markets and Retail Zoo is now actively looking for partners to become involved, taking expressions of interest through www.retailzoo.com.au and www.ciboespresso.com.au.
Retail Zoo is the parent company of Boost Juice and Salsa’s Fresh Mex Grill.
Boost Juice has just hit 200 stores in Australia and is in more countries than any other juice bar in the world with stores across fourteen other countries including South Africa, Malaysia, Chile, the UK and India. Retail Zoo plans to open another 10 stores in Australia before the end of the financial year and exceed 300 stores globally before the end of 2013.
Australia’s fastest growing Mexican food brand, Salsa’s Fresh Mex Grill, has 37 stores across Australia, and two additional stores opening in mid-December 2012. Mexican cuisine is one of the fastest growing food segments in Australia with Salsa’s alone selling more than 2 million burritos and 750,000 tacos last year. Salsa’s plans to grow to over 50 stores in the next 18 months and was listed in the top 10 franchises in the 2012 BRW Fast Franchises issue.
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Cibo Espresso was launched in Adelaide in 2000 by an accomplished chef, an artisan trained pasticciere, a renowned restaurant manager and a fine barista.
Roberto Cardone, Salvatore Pepe, Angelo Inglese and Claudio Ferraro used to run Adelaide dining landmark Cibo Ristorante in Adelaide in 1996 and although Espresso Bar culture was still in its infancy in Australia, the foursome were convinced that people were ready for a real Italian coffee bar, offering artisan made, Italian products in a modern environment.
Coffee lovers were quick to catch on and before long, Cibo Espresso had expanded to 20 stores in Adelaide and two in Brisbane. Cibo makes its own pastries, breads, gelati and other food at its Cibo Espresso Kitchen.