China Overtakes U.S. in Branded Coffee Shop Count

China Overtakes U.S. in Branded Coffee Shop Count

China has surpassed the United States in the number of branded coffee shops, boasting nearly 50,000 outlets in 2023, a growth of 58% in just one year. This surge is driven by the increasing popularity of coffee among the Chinese, particularly the young, urban middle class who are using it as a tool to manage the demands of a competitive job market. The domestic market previously dominated by international giants like Starbucks and Costa Coffee now sees fierce competition from local brands such as Luckin, which has become the largest coffee chain in the country. These local chains are gaining traction by integrating traditional Chinese elements into their offerings and focusing on technology and convenience to enhance customer experience. Coffee's rise in China reflects broader shifts in lifestyle and consumption patterns among its population, increasingly leaning towards Western-style coffee culture.

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