Starbucks expands reusable cup program in US to cut down on waste

US – American multinational chain of coffeehouses and roastery reserves Starbucks is expanding its reusable cup program in the United States in an effort to reduce single-use cup waste. The coffeehouse company said that the borrow-and-return program will run in five Seattle stores for two months as it gauges the viability of the program for a possible wider roll-out in future. The trial program called Borrow A Cup program allows customers to order their beverage in a reusable cup, each replacing up to 30 disposable cups. According to Starbucks, for…

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Starbucks opens 40 new coffee stores in India as KFC doubles down on women employment

INDIA –  Tata Starbucks, a 50:50 joint venture between Tata Consumer Products Ltd and Starbucks Corporation, has continued its bullish expansion in India, venturing into 7 new cities and opening 40 new stores in its wake. This fiscal year has been eventful for Tata Starbucks in terms of expansion plans and reaching customers in newer cities and locations. In FY21, Starbucks opened stores in new cities such as Lucknow, Amritsar, Kochi, Ludhiana, Bhopal, Indore, and now Kanpur. Kanpur becomes the 18th city in India and second city in Uttar Pradesh…

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Starbucks to cut down water usage in processing, achieve carbon-neutral green coffee by 2030

US – American multinational chain of coffee houses and roaster reserves, Startbucks has doubled down on its sustainability goals, committing to achieving carbon neutral green coffee by 2030. The company, mostly known for its coffee houses, also aims to conserve water usage in green coffee processing by 50% during the same period. The company said its new sustainability goals are aimed at protecting the resiliency of its robust supply chain comprised of more than 400,000 farmers in 30 counties and to protect the planet we all share. “By reducing carbon…

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Sushant Dash to take charge of Tata Starbucks as CEO Navin Gurnaney exits

INDIA – Tata Starbucks, a 50/50 joint venture between Tata Consumer Products and Starbucks Corporation, has announced the appointment of Sushant Dash as CEO designate effective April 1, 2021. Dash is replacing Navin Gurnaney who Tata Starbucks said has made the decision to pursue an opportunity outside of the company.  Under Gurnaney’s leadership, the company experienced accelerated growth, new city entries and store formats. During Gurnaney’s tenure, the venture also made numerous contributions related to social impact initiatives, as well as innovative product offerings. Dash will take over as CEO…

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Rachel Ruggeri to succeed Patrick Grismer as Starbucks’ Executive Vice President and Chief Finance Office

US – Starbucks Corporation, the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world has announced the appointment of Rachel Ruggeri as the new executive vice president and chief finance officer. Ruggeri whose appointment will become effective on February 1, 2021 will succeed Patrick Grismer who has decided decided to retire from his position as executive vice president and cfo of the Company  Rachel Ruggeri, who is currently the senior vice president of Finance, Americas and a 16-year Starbucks partner, will report to Kevin Johnson, Starbucks president and chief…

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Starbucks to expand footprints in South Africa with 8 new stores

SOUTH AFRICA – Multinational chain of coffeehouses, Starbucks plans to open eight new stores in South Africa under the new ownership of Rand Capital Coffee. Rand Capital Coffee bought the licence of Starbucks in the country for R 7 million (US$445k) from the struggling Taste Holdings at the end of last year. Taste opened the first Starbucks store in 2016 and had made plans of expanding the network to between 150 and 200 cafés, but it was met with large debt burden and cash flow issues. Under the new owner,…

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Coffeehouse chain Starbucks to launch plant-based food and beverages to menus across Asia

ASIA – Starbucks Corporation, a multinational chain of coffeehouses and roastery reserves, has announced that it will add plant-based food and beverages to menus across Asia from September, including products from Impossible Foods, Oatly and Beyond Meat Inc, as it targets more environment-conscious diners. The Seattle-based coffee chain said it was introducing products in markets such as Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, Taiwan and Thailand that suit local tastes and preferences. Producing plant-based food and beverages is less demanding on the environment compared with items relying on animal agriculture, which…

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Nestlé partners with Starbucks to launch non-dairy coffee creamers

USA – Nestlé, a food and beverage company, and Starbucks, multinational chain of coffeehouses and roastery reserves, have unveiled the latest innovation from their global coffee alliance with the launch of non-dairy coffee creamers in the US. The launch builds on Starbucks’ entry into the refrigerated creamer category in July last year and is in response to growing consumer interest in plant-based options. Starbucks Non-Dairy Creamers feature a blend of almond milk and oat milk and claim to offer a rich and smooth texture with delicious flavors inspired by customer-favorite handcrafted beverages. Starbucks…

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Starbucks opens first drive-through outlet in India prompted by COVID-19 pandemic

INDIA – Tata Starbucks, the joint venture between Tata Consumer Products and Starbucks Corporation has opened the first drive through outlet in India on the Ambala-Chandigarh Expressway in Zirakpur, Punjab. To introduce the drive-through concept and engage with customers, the coffee outlet launched a digital marketing campaign with the tagline “Why wait for your brew, when you can drive-thru?” The launch comes at a time when the corona virus pandemic has hit the dine in facility of restaurants and people are opting for takeaways and home delivery, keeping with the…

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Starbucks to leverage technology in renewed transformation plan

USA – Starbucks has announced plans to accelerate the transformation of its store portfolio in the United States through the integration of the physical and digital customer experience. The coffee retail chain said that the transformation changes are accelerated by the evolving retail environment that has shifted due to COVID-19 adding that the focus will be to meet the changing customer needs of convenience, connection and personalization offered through a digital experience. Over the next 18 months, Starbucks plans to increase convenience-led formats in company-operated locations with drive-thru and curbside pickup options, as well as Starbucks Pickup locations.  The coffee retail giant noted that…

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