Costa Express has announced the renewal of its UK contract with Shell for a further five years.

The contract marks five years since the partnership began in 2011, shortly after Whitbread acquired Coffee Nation for £59.5m.

Following a rebrand of the 900 Coffee Nation machines, Costa Express has grown at significant pace, installing on average more than 70 coffee stations every month. In the UK, Costa Express has 740 coffee stations in 536 of Shell’s 1,000-plus branded service stations, selling more than 70 cups per day each.

Internationally, Costa Express and Shell operate in partnership across four markets – the UK, Canada, Poland and Czech Republic, as well as operating a number of trials in other international markets.

Murray McGowan, managing director of Costa Express, said: “We’re delighted to be extending our partnership with Shell, which was one of Costa Express’ first partners. The Costa Express brand perfectly complements the Shell forecourt model, supporting the brand in providing its customers with a high-quality and consistent offering and the best coffee on the go. We’re looking forward to growing our relationship with Shell in the UK and in our international markets over the coming years.”

Mike Hominick, Shell UK retail marketing manager, added: “The relationship between Costa and Shell has already grown our sales to over 18 million cups a year and we are excited about our joint plans for further growth. Serving Costa coffee is one of the ways we are expanding the role our service stations play in the lives of customers, offering great-quality fresh food and coffee to customers who live their lives on the move.”