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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 2013 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
A woman has been arrested after she allegedly tried to sneak tainted bottles of orange juice into a refrigerator at a Starbucks coffee shop in San Jose. A customer reported seeing the woman remove two bottles of orange juice from her purse and place them in a refrigerated display case at the store, the Mercury News reported . When the customer alerted store staff the woman fled. After examining the bottles and detecting what they described as a “toxic smell,” store employees called 911. Police tracked 50-year-old Ramineh Behbehanian to her home about five miles away after a witness provided her license plate number.
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BUSINESS
August 16, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Starbucks is opening a high-tech facility in Rancho Cucamonga next year that the company said would quadruple the production and distribution capacity of its Evolution Fresh juice business. The 260,000-square-foot factory will add 40 jobs to Evolution's manufacturing workforce, bringing the total to 160, according to Starbucks Corp. The Seattle coffee chain said 120 jobs will be shifted from San Bernardino, where Evolution Fresh was launched and where the juices still are made. The facility will be Starbucks' sixth manufacturing site in the U.S. The company has coffee production plants in Washington, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Nevada and Georgia.
BUSINESS
January 23, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Starbucks is aiming to become the catch-all beverage stop in Southern California, saying Monday that it plans to add wine and beer to the coffee and juice it serves in stores. The Seattle-based company will bring booze to four to six new or remodeled stores in the region by the end of this year, and will do the same to a select group of locations in Atlanta and Chicago.  Since first offering alcohol at its Olive Way outpost in Seattle in 2010, the chain has expanded its beer and wine menu to four other Seattle locations and one in Portland, Ore. There, beers are $5 each while wines range from $7 to $9. In addition to getting tipsy, customers will also have access to “premium food” such as savory snacks, small plates and hot flatbreads.
BUSINESS
December 5, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Get ready for two new Starbucks stores a day for the next four years - the Seattle coffee giant isn't joking around about its ambitious growth plans. By 2017, the chain plans to open more than 3,000 net new locations in its Americas region, half of them in the U.S. Thousands more will be freshly renovated, executives said at the company's biennial investor conference Wednesday. The already-massive company intends to have more than 20,000 retail stores on six continents by 2014.
BUSINESS
October 30, 2008 | times wire services
Starbucks Corp. said October same-store sales in the U.S. might suggest that declines have "bottomed out." Customer visits and sales at stores open at least 13 months didn't decrease this month as fast as they had in the Seattle-based company's fiscal fourth quarter, which ended in September, Chief Executive Howard Schultz said. He didn't specify the pace of the decline in the quarter.
BUSINESS
February 20, 2013 | By David Lazarus
Some people climb mountains. Others explore uncharted wilderness. Beau Chevassus aimed to order the most expensive drink Starbucks could concoct. The Washington state man brought his own 52-ounce coffee mug to the coffee chain. There, he proceeded to order 48 shots of espresso, some protein powder, two bananas, a few caramel drizzle Frappuccino chips, some vanilla bean and a little soy. He called it the "Quadriginoctuple Frap. " Price tag: $47.30. This blew away the previous record holder, a $23.60 drink boasting one Java Chip Frappuccino in a Trenta cup, 16 shots of espresso, a shot of soy milk, caramel flavoring, banana puree, strawberry puree, vanilla beans, matcha powder, protein powder, and some caramel and mocha.
BUSINESS
November 6, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Starbucks wants the country's defenders to return from the front lines on its payroll, pledging to hire 10,000 veterans and military spouses in the next five years. In an initiative organized in part by Starbucks board member and former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, the Seattle coffee giant said it hopes to tap the unique communication, leadership and problem-solving skills developed by veterans and their families. “This is not a charity initiative,” said Starbucks Chief Community Officer Blair Taylor in an interview this week.
NEWS
January 9, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
The coffee wars are on. Taking a page from cellphone providers, Tonx Better Coffee Exchange, a micro coffee roaster, is offering subscribers and future subscribers a dollar-for-dollar trade-in of their Starbucks gift cards. For those of us who received a Starbucks gift card for Christmas, they're offering a trade-in -- for Tonx coffee beans. You have to already be a subscriber -- or decide to become a subscriber -- to take advantage of the offer, but what a deal. All you have to do is go to Tonx.org/better , enter a valid Starbucks gift card number and security code and your card will convert to Tonx subscription credit.
BUSINESS
March 23, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Starbucks is introducing a new automated espresso machine called Mastrena and getting back to grinding beans in its stores as the coffee retailer seeks to re-energize its slumping business. While likely to disappoint some longing for the return of old-school manual machines, the Mastrena is about 7 inches shorter than machines in stores now, making it easier for baristas to interact with customers. The new machine is designed to leave a smaller margin for error in pulling shots and steaming milk.
BUSINESS
January 3, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Starbucks Corp. is heading into the scrum over Tully's Coffee, tussling with actor Patrick Dempsey and “breastaurant” style Baristas Coffee Co. to win control of the bankrupt chain. It's a true Seattle battle: Starbucks, Tully's and Baristas are all based in the Washington city. Dempsey's McDreamy character on the television show “Grey's Anatomy” is based there. Starbucks confirmed Thursday that it is participating in an auction for Tully's but declined to say more, saying it was “respecting the Seattle Bankruptcy Court's request for confidentiality.” Tully's parent company, TC Global Inc., filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in October, citing struggles with profitability.
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