Bewley’s, the Irish tea and coffee group, has acquired Darlington’s, the London-based distributor of coffee to pub companies such as the St Austell and food chains such as Eat and Caffe Uno, for an undisclosed sum. Operating since the early 1990’s, Darlington’s, which also supplies the Bagel Factory chain and a number of independent coffee houses in London, is understood to have a turnover of £4.5m. Bewley’s said acquisition would provide it with a firm foothold for its brand in the UK A spokesperson said: “We definitely see this as a springboard for further development in the UK. Bewley’s already supplies a number of major UK retailers and foodservice clients, and this is a natural development for us.”