Costa Coffee is the latest new member of the British Retail Consortium.

The Whitbread-owned coffee and sandwich chain has more than 1,400 outlets across the UK.

“The BRC has an excellent reputation for bringing the concerns of all types of retailers to the attention of the UK’s governments, as well as politicians in Brussels”, said Costa marketing director John Derkach.

“We’re particularly enthusiastic about the BRC’s work on the future of Britain’s high streets. We also look forward to benefitting from their technical food expertise.”