Starbucks Announces Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals

Starbucks invites customers to shop for Black Friday deals at participating stores in the U.S. Starting in select stores on Thursday, November 27 and going through Cyber Monday (December 1) while supplies last. Purchase the Verismo 580 by Starbucks System in Champagne for $59 (regular price $119). A premium at-home brewing system, the Verismo machine allows you to craft Starbucks brewed coffee, espresso, lattes, and chai tea consistently and conveniently one cup at a time. And, with its sleek and compact design, the Verismo system makes the perfect addition to any kitchen.

Starbucks Brings Back Thanksgiving Blend

When the leaves start to fall, Starbucks looks forward to the annual tradition of taking time to celebrate the season with Starbucks Thanksgiving Blend.

Anthony Carroll, a manager on Starbucks coffee team, has created hundreds of blends for Starbucks in his 19 years with the company. “Back in 2007, we first started to explore the idea of a special coffee for the Thanksgiving holiday,” Carroll says. “We approached the challenge through a culinary lens, and we thought it was a great opportunity to collaborate with award-winning Seattle chef, Tom Douglas.”

Power Up

The rise of wireless phone chargers in quick-service establishments could turn the casual consumer into a loyal, repeat customer. These sleek mats are either placed on or built into a table and provide guests with the convenience of charging their mobile devices by simply placing the phone in a special charging case on top of magnetic induction technology.

Starbucks Unveils Digital Innovations for Holidays

Starbucks Coffee Company unveiled a roadmap of innovations to its more than 2,000 district managers at the Starbucks Leadership Experience conference in Seattle. The company shared several customer initiatives to further transform and elevate the Starbucks Experience in Holiday 2014 and beyond.

Beyond Pumpkin

Sure, pumpkin is king of the fall. But brands have other tricks up their sleeve this fall season.
Fast food brands jump on board pumpking flavor trend with innovative menu items.
Au Bon Pain's fall menu is comprised of a Pumpkin Croissant, Pumpkin CroisBun, Caramel Apple Bar, Pumpkin Pie Latte, and Oven Hot Turkey & Cheddar on 9-Grain Cranberry Ciabatta sandwich.

Pumpkin has long reigned as king of the fall, but this year, limited-service brands are not just adding a pumpkin pastry and calling it a season. Instead, several quick-service and fast-casual concepts introduced non-pumpkin products and innovative spins on the pumpkin flavor, while also launching creative marketing campaigns to bring customers in the door.

Coffee Concepts Can Target Lunch Guests with Demographic Data

First, Taco Bell turned the burrito on its side with the launch of a new breakfast menu, and now, traditional morning daypart chains Dunkin’ Donuts and Starbucks are looking to extend their bite to the much-larger lunch slice. Although Dunkin’ has been after the coffee-drinking market that makes up the largest piece of Starbucks’ revenue, and Starbucks for years has served pre-made or heat-and-eat fare, both brands are looking to increase food sales revenue and chip away at Panera Bread’s market share.

Starbucks Test Mobile Trucks on College Campuses

Classes don’t begin until later this week at Arizona State University, but there’s already a buzz on campus about a Starbucks mobile truck.

The new truck, a pilot mobile service coming to three college campuses this fall, offers a menu of drinks and food nearly identical to what customers would find in their neighborhood Starbucks stores.