The coffee business continues to be an international SME paradise.
(a) New coffee-related software, SMM and video solutions continue to be created and adopted.
(b) Profitable third-wave coffee roasting companies with company-owned coffee bars continue to open, on six continents.
(c) Big capital continues to acquire interests in medium-size companies; Nestle now controls Blue Bottle. JAB Holdings has acquired controlling interests in, well, everything else that has become available, although JAB enables their acquisitions to operate independently.
What about Starbucks? It’s definitely not an SME, but it certainly is growing ... in 75 countries. Starbucks adds approximately two stores every 24 hours. Amazing!