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Starbucks' Teavana Concept Launches in NYC

Starbucks previewed the first-of-its-kind Teavana Fine Teas + Tea Bar in New York City’s Upper East Side. Opening October 24, the Tea Bar will elevate the premium tea experience by delivering a carefully curated assortment of handcrafted tea beverages, premium loose leaf teas, tea-inspired food offerings, and tea merchandise, making the ritual of tea more elevated and accessible for customers.

 

Starbucks Ranks No. 1 Quick Serve for Digital Gifting

RSR Research unveiled the results of a benchmarking report entitled, “Digital Gift Cards: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly.” This is the third time RSR has conducted an evaluation of top retailers’ digital gifting experiences. Based on the evaluation criteria, the retailers with the highest overall scores, and therefore the most comprehensive digital gift card offerings, are:

1. The Home Depot

2. Sephora

3. Starbucks

4. Dunkin’ Donuts

5. The Cheesecake Factory

Starbucks Promotes CFO to Group President

Starbucks Corporation announced that Troy Alstead, chief financial officer and chief administrative officer, has been promoted to chief financial officer and group president, global business services. Alstead’s promotion is a recognition of the increasing responsibility and complexity of his role overseeing Starbucks global financial, technology, and supply chain operations and ensuring that the company’s overall business infrastructure is optimized to support the company’s global growth.

 

Fall Flavors Show Up Early

Pumpkin reigns as operators rush to capitalize on popular seasonal trends.

Krispy Kreme released its pumpkin-themed fall lineup a month early this year.
Krispy Kreme released its pumpkin-themed fall lineup a month early this year. Krispy Kreme

Quick-service operators are launching seasonal menu items earlier this fall in an effort to beat their competition to the punch. From pumpkin doughnuts to caramel apple frozen yogurt, fall-flavored menu items are popping up across the industry even before the season has officially begun.

“We usually launch [fall products] in October. But this year, for the first time, we are bringing them out in September,” says Lafeea Watson, spokeswoman for Krispy Kreme. “That’s what the industry seems to be doing.”

Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte Ushers In Fall

Starbucks Coffee Company today welcomed the return of the iconic Pumpkin Spice Latte (PSL), back for its 10th anniversary. Starbucks is celebrating the beverage’s 10th season as a fall tradition, which fans have established as the company’s most popular seasonal beverage of all time, having purchased more than 200 million beverages since it was first introduced in 2003.

Better Sodas Bubbling Up

New craft-soda programs offer unique beverage experience.

Handcrafted. Natural. Artisan. Signature. These foodie buzzwords may have once described decadent pizzas or burgers featuring grass-fed beef, but they’re increasingly featured on the beverage side of quick-serve menus, too.

Freshness and originality are becoming increasingly important buying factors for today’s restaurant-goers, and operators have begun bolstering their drink programs with premium craft-soda options, which offer customers a more enhanced beverage experience than traditional mass-market picks.

Starbucks, Dannon Partner to Launch New Yogurt Products

Starbucks Coffee Company, the world’s leading coffee retailer and roaster of specialty coffees, and Danone, global producer of fresh dairy products, announced a strategic agreement to offer a jointly created and developed selection of new, healthy specialty yogurt products in participating Starbucks stores and in grocery channels. This will advance Danone’s ambition to expand yogurt consumption in the U.S., while growing Starbucks’ health and wellness offerings for its customers under the company’s Evolution Fresh brand.

Looking for Sustainability Advice? The NRA Has It

The National Restaurant Association (NRA) has unveiled a new report focused on sustainability best practices for the foodservice industry. 

Created under the NRA’s Conserve initiative, the free report, “Bright Ideas: Sustainability Tips from Industry Experts,” features tips, trends, and real-world advice from industry experts who appeared at this year’s National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show in Chicago.

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