Managed operator Barracuda is to roll-out Costa coffee across its 217-strong pub estate — and will now open at 9am for breakfast, writes Ewan Turney. Costa coffee is expected to be available in 100 of its pubs by Christmas with the rest of the estate following suit in 2011. The roll-out is part of Barracuda's strategy to pursue a more food-focused policy at its pubs, which will see 22 non-core pubs sold off. The group will also launch a new breakfast menu to coincide with the Costa roll-out and earlier opening time. "After a successful trial, the full roll out is now roaring ahead," said chief executive Mark McQuater. "We are confident that Costa will be positively received by our customers, driving a substantial increase in coffee sales and further growing all-day trade in our pubs, building on our recent success in this area to date. "We remain committed to continuing to broaden our customer offer and keeping Barracuda pubs at the forefront of industry trends.”