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Starbucks Announces New Brand Partner: Oprah

Howard Schultz, chairman, president, and CEO of Starbucks, and Oprah Winfrey, global media leader and philanthropist, today announced a first-of-its-kind collaboration to co-create Teavana Oprah Chai Tea. Beginning April 29, Teavana Oprah Chai will be sold in Starbucks and Teavana stores across the U.S. and Canada, with Starbucks making a donation for each product sold to the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation to benefit educational opportunities for youth.

Quick-Serve Industry Continues to Rise and Shine

With more quick-serve players jumping into the morning daypart, breakfast traffic continues to surge. A new report from The NPD Group, a global information and advisory firm, shows a 3 percent gain in sales during the morning meal across the whole restaurant industry in 2013.

Fit Right In

In downtown New Orleans, local artistry and distinctive architecture are never more than a stone’s throw away. For this reason, it may come as a surprise to some visitors to find the world’s most ubiquitous coffeehouse chain nestled among the businesses on Canal Street.

But, unlike other units boasting the Starbucks name, this store capitalizes on the growing trend of interior design uniquely tailored to fit the surrounding neighborhood.

What Great Brands Do

Q: What does it take for a quick-service brand to become a great brand?

A: I get this question all the time. Many people look at superstar brands like Apple, Southwest Airlines, and Nike and mistakenly conclude those companies achieved their successes as a result of good timing, great advertising, or just plain luck. But I’ve found that these companies have employed specific, somewhat surprising, techniques that have turned them into industry icons.

Quick Serves Ring in New Year with Renewed Focus on Health

Asparagus, Mushroom & Swiss Breakfast Sandwich Einstein Bros. Bagels

The limited-service restaurant industry is cashing in on diners’ New Year’s resolutions for healthy eating in a big way. At bagel concept Einstein Bros. Bagels, for example, January 1 marked renewed focus on the brand’s Smart Choices menu, which boasts a selection of better-for-you alternatives with less than 350 calories and 15 grams of fat.

2013: A Year In Review

Nine stories that shook up the limited-service industry in the last year.

Despite a year filled with turmoil in Washington, the limited-service restaurant industry showed moderate growth and promise in 2013, thanks in part to creative new ideas and products, plus another good gain from fast-casual units.

With issues such as sequestration, a payroll tax increase, the government shutdown, and the Affordable Care Act hanging over the industry, it’s perhaps not surprising that gains have only been nominal, despite employment increases and an improving economy.

Starbucks Leases End Cap Space in New Providence, NJ

Seattle-based coffee giant Starbucks leased space in a New Providence, New Jersey, shopping center, marking its first deal in the Garden State since engaging Sabre Real Estate Group LLC last year as its exclusive broker for northern New Jersey.

The new Starbucks will occupy a 2,000-square-foot end cap in the recently renovated Village Shopping Center at 1260 Springfield Ave. It is expected to open early in 2014. The chain has 52 locations in the region. The nearest café to the new site is more than four miles away.

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