5 to go moves forward to 9th position in Europe’s top coffee shops


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The Romanian brand 5 to go has advanced to 9th place in the European top of coffee shops for 2022, according to the annual ranking recently published by Food Service, Europe & Middle East, being the brand with the highest absolute growth in the number of locations in Europe. This exceptional performance brings the Romanian brand an extremely valuable positioning, alongside the most important competitors in the coffee industry, with tradition and a remarkable presence worldwide, such as McCafé, Costa Coffee, and Starbucks, leaders of this top which includes no less than 80 renowned brands.

With the steady development of the franchise system, 5 to go has reached a total of 500 coffee shops opened locally, 84 of which will be opened in 2023 alone, and is already present with at least one location in 105 cities in Romania, thus covering 40% of the country. Proximity remains one of the strategic pillars underpinning the brand’s development, along with the quality and diversity of the products, as well as the design and atmosphere of the coffee shops, which together ensure an optimal consumption experience.

“Since the launch of 5 to go we have aimed to become a benchmark for Romanian consumers, first of all. Then, through constant development and growing awareness, in the local and international coffee industry. This positioning, after only 8 years on the market, and the fact that we are steadily advancing in the top of the European coffee chains, puts us where we want to be, on the list of strong brands, with a solid performance and a winning strategy, in line with current trends. In a fast-paced and competitive market, such a result is a testament to the versatility, commitment, engagement and passion of the entire team and each of the 270 entrepreneurs who share the 5 to go vision. We will continue to invest strategically in the development of the brand,” said Radu Savopol, co-founder of 5 to go.

In the coming period, 5 to go continues its expansion plans and is targeting new international markets. Two new coffee shops will soon be opened in Hungary, bringing the total number of cafes open in the country to 4, and a branch is planned to open in Bratislava, Slovakia in early 2024, where the brand is starting an ambitious project of 50 locations over 4 years.

“We continue to keep our radar on to detect new development opportunities and are adapting our approach and portfolio on an ongoing basis so that we achieve our set targets by exploring areas of potential. After a comprehensive analysis of the market and consumer behaviour, we are convinced that the 5 to go brand will be very well received in Slovakia, where we intend to attract and retain consumers from local communities by focusing on taste, quality, diversity, fair pricing and the relaxed atmosphere of the cafés, with which we want to be associated wherever we go”, adds Lucian Bădilă, co-founder of 5 to go.

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