Its name might not reflect its Aston roots but Fracino continues to fly the flag as the only UK’s manufacturer of cappuccino and espresso machines after landing a deal to supply retail giant John Lewis.
The manufacturer’s Piccino machines - which can make two coffees simultaneously and up to 50 espressos in one hour – are now on sale at John Lewis’ Oxford Street store and online, and will will be available at stores throughout the UK from October.
The retailer will also be stocking two other coffee machines from Fracino’s range.
Founded in 1963, the family-run business based in Aston manufactures more than 3,000 machines a year, enjoying a 50 per cent market share in the UK.
Together with John Lewis, its client portfolio also includes Costa Coffee, Patisserie Valerie, Druckers coffee shops, Pathfinder pub chains and Greene King.
The last has seen a host of key developments as the manufacturer expanded to a new purpose-built headquarters next to its existing premises and invested more than £1million in new machinery.
Fracino is also expanding its global export reach, which now spans every continent and accounts for 25 per cent of its total turnover.
The firm’s MD Adrian Maxwell said: “It’s a tremendous honour to have been approached by John Lewis – an accolade which reflects our ethos of striving for world-class manufacturing standards and innovation. We’re looking forward to a long and fruitful partnership with this esteemed retailer.”
Greg Easton, acting buyer for John Lewis small appliances, added: “Coffee is a very strong area for us and we are committed to offering our customers a wide range of high quality and innovative designs. We expect the new Fracino machines to be a popular addition to our coffee assortment.”