Company History

Insomnia Coffee Company is Ireland’s leading independent premium coffee and sandwich café chain.

The company was established in 1997 in a bookstore in Galway and expanded over four years with the addition of five outlets in the Dublin.

In 2003 the company merged with the gourmet sandwich company, Bendini & Shaw, to combine a quality food offering with its hot beverage range. In 2005 the company acquired the Perk cafes. The company then grew rapidly through organic growth and now has 60 outlets which includes high street stores and partnerships with Spar/BWG, Eason, Meadows & Byrne and GardenWorks (Plantagen). In addition the company has a large number of self service units in operation.

In January 2008 a large diversified Icelandic group, Penninn, purchased a 51% stake in the company with the remaining founding shareholders remaining active in the business at that time. In December 2010, Penninin sold their interests in the company which is now owned equally by Bobby Kerr (Chairman), Harry O’Kelly (CEO) and John Clohisey.

In April 2012, the Insomnia High street franchise was launched and the process of recruiting new franchise owners began with a target of opening 15 franchise stores in 5 years. It is expected that the first franchise store will open in Autumn 2012.

Currently the company is consolidating its strong position in Ireland while looking for further opportunities at home and abroad.

Key Executives
Chairman- Bobby Kerr
Chief Executive Officer – Harry O’ Kelly

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