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April 29, 2007
I cringed when I saw Dan Neil's column on Starbucks ("Starbucks Nation," 800 Words, April 1). Oh no, not another Starbucks bashing! But Neil once again surprised me. His comments were right-on about what Starbucks is and what it provides. With 13,000 outlets in 39 countries, clearly a lot of people are buying Starbucks coffee. Why don't we all just admit that it makes a good cup of coffee and that one can rely on its consistency? When traveling domestically or abroad, the local Starbucks often provides a welcome break or a breakfast meal when we're unsure of other alternatives.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
Los Feliz was buzzing Sunday afternoon as crowds of people lined up for hours to grab a cup of coffee from, uh, “Dumb Starbucks.” The mock store, which quietly opened Friday, is nearly identical to a typical Starbucks location, with tumblers for sale and trendy CDs, including "Dumb Jazz Standards," displayed on the counter. But the similarities end there. Drinks here are served in green and white “Dumb Starbucks coffee” cups, while pastries are pulled from display cases straight from their Vons' packaging.
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BUSINESS
August 31, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Rather than dump its coffee grounds and unsold baked goods into landfills or incinerators, Starbucks is trying to be more productive with its food waste - by transforming it into plastic and laundry detergent. At a biorefinery set up by the City University of Hong Kong, scientists are testing some of the 4,500 tons of stale pastries and coffee bean bits produced annually by Starbucks Hong Kong, according to the American Chemical Society . The organic matter is blended with a mixture of fungi, where enzymes break down carbohydrates in the food into simple sugars.
BUSINESS
August 27, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
Just when it seemed there was no way for Starbucks products to become more ubiquitous in your life, the coffee giant announced it will start selling its Evolution Fresh juice and Evolution Harvest line of snacks in Whole Food stores across the country. By the end of the year, Starbucks plans to have its Evolution Fresh products in 8,000 Starbucks and grocery stores nationwide, according to a release from the coffee retailer. The juices, which are cold-pressed and organic "whenever possible," according to the release, will be available in 14 flavors at Whole Foods stores, including the mysteriously named "Organic Ruby Roots" and "Organic Sweet Burn.
BUSINESS
November 15, 1994 | Jack Searles
Starbucks Coffee Co. has opened its newest outlet at 520 Las Posas Road, in Camarillo's Las Posas Plaza shopping center. A fund-raiser benefiting Casa Pacifica followed Friday's grand opening. Officials of the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce took part in the opening.
BUSINESS
September 12, 1997 | Denise Gellene
Starbucks Coffee Co. is shifting its advertising account to BBDO West in Los Angeles from Goodby Silverstein & Partners in San Francisco. Billings are estimated at $10 million. Starbucks cited differences with Goodby on a "future path for advertising" as the cause of the split. Scott Bedbury, Starbucks' marketing chief, wouldn't comment on the disagreement.
NEWS
February 3, 1994
The Starbucks Coffee Co. will open its second and third Pasadena stores on Saturday. Business at the Lake Avenue store in Pasadena has been brisk since opening a year ago, said Starbucks regional manager Wendy Collie. Gourmet coffee shops have been popping up regularly in and around Old Town Pasadena. One of the new Starbucks shops is in Old Town on West Colorado Boulevard. The other is on East Foothill Boulevard in the Hastings Ranch shopping Center.
BUSINESS
December 26, 2012 | By Jim Puzzanghera, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
WASHINGTON -- When Obama administration officials and congressional lawmakers take a break from their wrangling over the "fiscal cliff" to grab some Starbucks coffee, they'll get a message right on their cup imploring them to strike a deal. Employees in Starbucks Corp.'s Washington stores will write "Come Together" on customers' cups in hopes of pushing policymakers to avoid the tax increases and federal spending cuts coming on Tuesday. "Rather than be bystanders, we have an opportunity -- and I believe a responsibility -- to use our company's scale for good by sending a respectful and optimistic message to our elected officials to come together and reach common ground on this important issue," Starbucks Chief Executive Howard Schultz said on the company's blog Wednesday.
MAGAZINE
February 25, 1996
As a spokesperson for Starbucks Coffee, I'd like to clear up one matter ("Starbucks Brew," by Evelyn Sheinkopf, So SoCal, Jan 14). A "wet" cappuccino is one made with more steamed milk than foam, and a "dry" one would be made with more foam than steamed milk. Both are made with the same amount of espresso. And for sure, this information can be filed under Facts You Thought You Never Needed to Know. Jeff Smith West Los Angeles
BUSINESS
April 12, 2013 | By Andrew Khouri
Starbucks is knocking down the suggested retail price for its packaged grounds. The discounts, set to begin May 10, will cover the Seattle coffee giant's packaged coffee in U.S. grocery stores and other retailers, but not at its ever-present coffee shops, said company spokesman Zack Hutson. The price drop also covers the company's Seattle's Best brand. Prices will drop an average of 10%, he said. For example, the price for a 12-ounce bag of Starbucks coffee -- ground or whole-bean -- will drop to $8.99 from $9.99, while a 12-ounce bag of Seattle's Best will also drop a dollar, to $6.99.
BUSINESS
December 26, 2012 | By Jim Puzzanghera, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
WASHINGTON -- When Obama administration officials and congressional lawmakers take a break from their wrangling over the "fiscal cliff" to grab some Starbucks coffee, they'll get a message right on their cup imploring them to strike a deal. Employees in Starbucks Corp.'s Washington stores will write "Come Together" on customers' cups in hopes of pushing policymakers to avoid the tax increases and federal spending cuts coming on Tuesday. "Rather than be bystanders, we have an opportunity -- and I believe a responsibility -- to use our company's scale for good by sending a respectful and optimistic message to our elected officials to come together and reach common ground on this important issue," Starbucks Chief Executive Howard Schultz said on the company's blog Wednesday.
BUSINESS
December 6, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Major expansion plans brewing at Starbucks Coffee Co. will stretch the Seattle java giant by adding about 2,400 outlets in two years to give it more than 20,000 stores on six continents. The company also plans to renovate thousands of locations in the region, executives said at the company's biennial investor conference Wednesday. And Starbucks said it is on track to double its system of delivering packaged goods to grocery stores and other vendors to create a revenue stream that eventually would rival the size and profitability of its café locations.
BUSINESS
November 29, 2012 | By Tiffany HsuLos Angeles Times
Some coffee aficionados have a difficult decision to make: Spend $7 on a full lunch or on a single cup of Starbucks coffee? The brew in question: the Seattle giant's new Costa Rica Finca Palmilera, its most expensive offering ever and also one of its rarest. The coffee is part of the company's Reserve line and costs $7 for a grande - a 16-ounce cup. An 8-ounce package of beans costs $40. The uber-premium beans and brew are available only in 46 Starbucks stores in Portland and Seattle, a licensed store in Idaho and Starbucks' Roy Street Coffee & Tea offshoot in Washington.
BUSINESS
November 14, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Starbucks Coffee Co. will buy Teavana Holdings Inc. for $620 million in cash as the coffee giant powers deeper into the tea market. The $15.50-a-share price is lower than the $17 a share at which Teavana was priced for its public debut last July. The stock opened at $28.95 a share but has since slumped heavily to close at $10.13 a share Tuesday. But after Starbucks' afternoon announcement Wednesday, Teavana shares surged as much as 59% to $16.06 a share. Starbucks said it plans to expand Teavana's existing 300 mall-based stores while adding a “high-profile neighborhood store concept.” The tea company was attractive, Starbucks executives said, because of its industry expertise and global sourcing network.
BUSINESS
August 31, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Rather than dump its coffee grounds and unsold baked goods into landfills or incinerators, Starbucks is trying to be more productive with its food waste - by transforming it into plastic and laundry detergent. At a biorefinery set up by the City University of Hong Kong, scientists are testing some of the 4,500 tons of stale pastries and coffee bean bits produced annually by Starbucks Hong Kong, according to the American Chemical Society . The organic matter is blended with a mixture of fungi, where enzymes break down carbohydrates in the food into simple sugars.
BUSINESS
September 14, 1995 | From Bloomberg Business News
For beer drinkers who get sleepy after a brew or two, a new beer with a kick is on the way. Starbucks Coffee Co. and Redhook Ale Brewery have joined forces to brew Double Black Stout, a dark roasted malt beer brewed by Redhook with the added flavor of Starbucks coffee. The brew will have 30 milligrams of caffeine per 22-ounce bottle, a quarter the strength of a cup of regular drip coffee. Beer ordinarily has no caffeine.
BUSINESS
October 2, 1997 | Denise Gellene
Starbucks Coffee Co. announced a deal with a leading South Korean department store chain to develop coffee stores. The first Starbucks in South Korea is scheduled to open during the first six months of 1998. Terms of the deal between Seattle-based Starbucks and Shinsegae Department Store Co. were not disclosed. Within Asia, Starbucks operates coffee stores in Japan and Singapore. A shop is set to open in the Philippines by the end of this year. A store is planned for Taiwan in 1998. K.J.
BUSINESS
June 21, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Starbucks Coffee Co. will continue expanding beyond its coffee-serving cafes with its first stand-alone tea shop. The store, which will operate under the company's Tazo brand, is scheduled to open in the fall in a Seattle shopping center across town from Starbucks' headquarters. It will feature a staff-run blending bar where customers can mix their own tea from more than 80 loose-leaf choices. They also will be able to choose among iced teas, tea lattes and full-leaf tea sachets.
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