Whitbread is to restructure Costa Coffee into four divisions as it looks to bring greater focus to the fast-growing business, which aims to operate 3,500 stores globally by 2015/16. From 1 January, the brand will be split into Costa UK Retail; Costa Europe, Middle East and India; Costa Asia; and Costa Enterprises, with each division having its own managing director. Adrian Johnson, the chain’s chief operating officer for the UK will become managing director of Costa UK Retail. The division will comprise all of the group’s stores in the UK. Andy Marshall, the current chief operating officer of Costa Coffee International, becomes managing director of Costa Europe, Middle East and India, while Paul Smith, who currently oversees the group’s operations in Asia, will take up the role of managing director for the region. Jim Slater, currently marketing director for Costa in the UK, has been promoted to managing director for Costa Enterprises, which oversees the group’s wholesale operation and Costa Express, its vending machine brand. Whitbread acquired Coffee Nation, the c.900-strong vending machine operator, back in March for £59.5m and is currently rebranding the estate under the Costa Express name, with c.160 units rebranded so far. The new divisional heads will all report into current Costa head John Derkach. Costa currently operates c.2,000 sites globally, comprising c.1,300 in the UK and a further c.700 internationally. It opened its 2,000 store worldwide in central Leeds earlier this year. For the six months to 1 September, Costa’s underlying profits increased 41.8% to £27.8m, delivering a return on capital of 28.5% (2010/2011: 35.6%). Worldwide system sales were up 23.3% to £383.6m, while like-for-like UK store sales increased 6.7%.