YO! Sushi, the privately-owned group led by Robin Rowland, and Starbucks, the global coffee chain, have opened their first sites Norway at Oslo airport under an agreement with SSP.

Both brands join over 25 other outlets at the airport, which has re-opened after a major redevelopment.

For YO! the link up with SSP could see the chain to enter a number of new overseas territories.

The chain currently operates around 65 company-owned restaurants in the UK, as well as more than 11 franchised sushi bars in Ireland, Portugal and the Middle East.

Last year, it signed a deal with the Sushi Company of North America to open 10 outlets, located between Washington DC and Philadelphia, in the US. The first of which will open in Washington in May.

Starbucks and SSP announced their strategic partnership in June 2008 and have since opened stores in the UK, Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland and Sweden.

Arjan Oudejans, director of licensed stores, Starbucks Europe, Middle East and Africa, said: “This strategic relationship aligns with Starbucks strategy to open stores where customers expect them to be and meets the growing demand for high quality coffee and service in the travel channel.”