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Nestlé’s decision to purchase the perpetual rights to market Starbucks consumer and foodservice brands globally, outside the company’s coffee shops, was a bold move on the chessboard of global coffee. more

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Howard Schultz Steps Down

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Howard Schultz, founder of the world’s leading retail coffee company, announced his retirement Monday in a letter to employees posted on the Starbucks website. more

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Employees at more than 8,000 Starbucks locations across the United States stood down from their espresso machines Tuesday so they could take four hours to discuss bias and inclusion. more

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Starbucks announced in March that it has achieved pay parity within its ranks for all ethnicities, races, and gender. more

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Starbucks Open Visitor Center on Farm

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The retail coffee giant recently opened a Costa Rican visitor center, a working farm that gives guests the chance to follow the coffee process from the field to the cup. more

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For the first time in 40 years, Starbucks began serving a new core espresso choice to US customers in January. Blonde Espresso now can be requested in a variety of drinks. more

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McDonald’s, which generates millions of tons of take-away trash daily, boldly declared that by 2025 all of its guest packaging will be sustainable, and that recycling will be universal at its 37,000 locations in 100 countries. more

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Coffee sellers in California, including Starbucks and 7-11, have posted cancer warnings in light of a lawsuit that states consumers are entitled to a “clear and reasonable warning” when products contain compounds that may have adverse health effects. more

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Starbucks’ Arrival May ‘Wake Up’ Italy

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Starbucks’ announcement that it would open a roastery in Milan prompted skepticism in the mainstream media. In an informal survey, however, Italian importers, roasters, and café owners, support for the retailer’s arrival was nearly unanimous. more

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Tazo Tea, the mystical, quirky, somewhat eccentric legend created by Steven Smith, lives on as a Unilever brand acquired from Starbucks in November for $384 million. more

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Stand Earth organized a five-day protest against Starbucks over a 2008 promise to switch to recyclable cups. more

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Starbucks opened its first Princi bakery location at the Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Seattle on Nov. 7. more

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The October opening was the latest expansion by Tata Starbucks Private Ltd., the 50/50 joint venture between Starbucks and Tata Global Beverages and was intended to reaffirm the partnership’s long-term commitment to India. more

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Acquiring a controlling interest in US-based Blue Bottle Coffee is Nestlé’s countermove to a five-year spending spree by JAB Holding Co. more

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Stakeholders expect the rapid expansion of China’s retail cafes to continue, but a successful outcome is not certain. more

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Starbucks recently celebrated the 15th anniversary of its operations in Mexico and plans for continued expansion in the years to come. more

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Cascara is a new beverage brewing in indie and chain coffee shops.  Although consumed primarily as a tea, it is made from the hulls of coffee berries. more

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Two Gems of Beijing’s Independent Coffee Scene

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A decade ago an independent café selling specialty coffee found it difficult to even obtain quality beans from major producing countries. Fast forward and times have changed. more

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Starbucks Rosalind Brewer

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Rosalind Brewer, a former president and c.e.o. of Sam’s Club and a Starbucks board member, has been named Americas group president and chief operating officer. more

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