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About 350 corporate Starbucks employees lost their jobs in November as the coffee giant made moves to streamline operations, the Seattle Times reports. Most of those affected worked in the company’s Seattle offices. more

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The foundation on which beverage retail rests is firming up as mergers and acquisitions consolidate the decades-stable $85 billion global coffee market. more

A longtime conundrum in the coffee industry has been the disconnect between low stocks and decreasing production of arabica worldwide, and the low prices obtained by growers’ co-operatives. more

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Kraft Heinz Canada acquired the British Colombia-based company in September. more

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Dunkin Brands is undertaking a $100 million remodeling and upgrade of its 9,141 US stores, now visible at 50 concept locations. New signage reads “Dunkin’,” officially dropping the word donuts, a landmark dating to 1950. more

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Costa Coffee closed its remaining two Singapore shops in September, completing a planned exit begun earlier this year. more

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Starbucks Opens in Italy

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Starbucks opened its much-anticipated Reserve Roastery in Milan, Italy, today to choruses of cheers and critiques. more

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The soft drink giant is acquiring Costa Limited, the United Kingdom’s leading coffee brand, for USD $5.1 billion. The agreement, announced Aug. 31, is expected to close by July 2019. more

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Canadian coffee-and-doughnuts giant Tim Hortons is responding to complaints by franchisees by investing $100 million to improve its distribution system. more

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The tea-dominated culture of Britain, marked by stability and standardized brands, is now among the most dynamic coffee markets in the world, driven by specialty brewing and growth in locations. more

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A loss of shoppers in a key retail area is being blamed for slow sales among Costa Coffee’s outlets across the United Kingdom. more

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Starbucks’ global research & development division has designed a straw-less lid allowing the company to eliminate plastic straws by 2020. more

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The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, a coffee chain with more than 1,200 retail outlets around the world, announced in late June that it plans to open 100 new locations in New York City. more

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Kenneth C. "Casey" Keller Jr. takes over on Aug. 6, succeeding Dave Burwick who has led the company since 2012. 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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Efforts are under way to separate the United Kingdom’s largest coffee chain from the larger Whitbread, a company that owns the Premier In hotel chain and restaurant interests. The move, as reported by The Guardian, would take two years to complete. more

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In terms of coffee, few countries can tell a rags-to-riches story as well as South Korea. 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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Singapore Myanmar Investco has secured an exclusive arrangement to develop the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf brand in Myanmar. 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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