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Christopher Roger, the boss of Costa Coffee, has announced he will step down after driving's the company's rapid expansion since 2012.

Since Mr Rogers took over in July 2012, Costa has become one of the most recognisable brands on the High Street, in shopping centres and retail parks. When he started the job, there were fewer than 2,500 Costa shops in the UK. There are now in excess of 3,200.

He leaves Costa's parent company, Whitbread, after 11 years. Prior to heading up Costa, he was Whitbread's finance director. In December 2015, he was beaten to the chief executive position by Alison Brittain.

Rogers will be replaced by Costa managing director, Dominic Paul on 6 June. Mr Paul is also senior vice president at Royal Caribbean International.

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Following the news, Whitbread was among the biggest fallers on the FTSE 100, with its share price falling 2.5%.

Mr Rogers said: "I have loved being part of Whitbread and Costa during what has been a period of enormous value creation and growth, and after 11 years, I have decided that now is the right time for change.”