Bolling Coffee of Yorkshire, creator of the Grumpy Mule coffee brand, has been acquired by Bewley's, a well-known coffee business based in Dublin.
"We had a lot of interest," said Ian Balmforth, managing director of Bolling. "We accepted Bewley's because they are honest, seriously good coffee people with integrity, and are absolutely right for the future of Bolling."
Both companies are well-respected for their direct sourcing of coffee, which involves a strong relationship between roaster and farmer.
"Bewley's direct sourcing is an example of best practice in the industry, and at the Allegra conference last week I said from the stage that I was fed up with some of the nonsense that some brands talk about direct sourcing… and I got a round of applause for it!" Balmforth continued.
Bollings will come under the direct control of Brendan McDonnell of Bewley's as managing director; Balmforth will adopt a commercial director role, allowing him to undertake more commitments outside the company.