UK tea and coffee retailer Whittard of Chelsea is reported to be planning to open an outlet in Moscow and looking into the possiblilty of expanding to China.

The company, which also plans to open another 50 outlets in the UK, is to fund the expansion from cash it hopes to have after Christmas, reported the Observer.

Whittards has launched a joint venture with UK pharmaceutical chain Boots to sell Christmas gift boxes and also supplies a small range of tea and coffee to Tesco and Sainsbury’s supermarkets.