Whitbread is to open its first Costa Coffee outlet in India in Delhi in September. The outlet is the first of 300 planned for the country. Mark Phillips, Costa's managing director, said that India was a "rapidly growing economy which has been tipped to become one of the four largest economies in the world. "People think of India as a tea-drinking nation. But the reason we identified India was because its young, affluent middle-class like to drink coffee and like to differentiate themselves from the older generation." As well as its more traditional menu items, Costa will also offer food specially tailored to suit the Indian market, with sandwich fillings such as chicken tikka or cottage cheese tikka. The company plans to open a store in Pakistan shortly after the India opening.