Starbucks

January 2011

Continued Commodity Pressures

Many of the forces that caused the crazy commodity price increases several years ago are still at work: concerns about supply, rising energy costs, growing worldwide demand, and financial speculation through recently developed financial...

Media measurement technology firm General Sentiment released its newest brand analysis, the Fall 2010 Fast Food Industry Report. The report highlights the brands that made the most significant media impact online between September and November. Despite declining nearly 20 percent since the...

 

Starbucks’ ambitious goal to have 100 percent of its cups be reusable or recyclable by 2015 may have just gotten much easier. The company announced a successful test with paper cup manufacturer International Paper and pulp mill Mississippi River Pulp that used recycled cups...

Starbucks detailed strategies for its next phase of growth at the company’s biennial Investor Conference. Building on its continued strength in attracting global consumers to its stores and growing its business in that critical channel, Starbucks senior leaders outlined plans to create a...

December 2010

Reporting by Blair Chancey, Sam Oches, Daniel P. Smith, Robin Van Tan, Barney Wolf & Lori Zanteson

1. BK Sold to Brazilian Investors

Becoming the decade’s biggest restaurant buyout,...

Starbucks’ strategy to add alcohol leaves some doubtful.

Most birthday celebrations do not last 50 days or invoke a city-wide chase. But brothers Mark and Brian Canlis, owners of Seattle restaurant Canlis, are shaking things up.

To celebrate their restaurant's 60th birthday, the brothers signed 50 original menus from 1950. They hide them in...

November 2010

When New York City–based burger concept 4food opened its first location in August, the media buzz it generated mostly stemmed from its innovative use of technology and social media. Plasma TV screens adorn its walls, including one that scrolls customer tweets. iPads are used to order food...

November 2010

Setting the right price points is no easy task. In today’s post-recessionary economy, product pricing is particularly tricky because consumers’ perception of value is confounding and seems to shift constantly. People will camp out overnight for the chance to buy a $499 iPad, but you...

Company acquires Magic Johnson Enterprises’ remaining 50 percent interest in Urban Coffee Opportunities (UCO), a partnership formed 12 years ago to build Starbucks stores in underserved neighborhoods.

September 2010
The app allows users to put money on their friends' Starbucks cards, making for a pleasant surprise.
October 2010

Several years ago, Marriott executives determined they were letting revenue walk out the front doors of their Courtyard hotels, which are tailored to frequent business travelers, or “FBTs.” At the time, Courtyard’s breakfast offering was the full-...

Due to increases in the price of green arabica coffee, coffee giant will lower the price of some of its most popular beverages but raise prices of labor-intensive and larger-sized beverages.
September 2010

The midst of the worst recession in decades may seem like a tough time to take the reins of a restaurant company that sells discretionary treats not needed in the everyday diet. However, Nigel Travis, whom Dunkin’ Brands hired to head its Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins brands in...

Instant coffee product will now be sold in Vanilla, Mocha, Caramel, and Cinnamon Spice flavors.
Wendy's takes Top Food crown among chains with more than 5,000 units, while In-N-Out is tops in the less-than-5,000 category.
Company announces partnerships with Rodale, Nick Jr. Boost, and DonorsChoose.org in its Starbucks Digital Network, slated to launch in the fall.
Ready Brew product crosses $100 million in global sales just 10 months after its debut.
August 2010

There was a time, not that long ago, when customers lined up in droves to get a hot Krispy Kreme glazed doughnut. People clamored to purchase franchise rights and throw open the doors as quickly as possible. Life at Krispy Kreme was looking up. 

Until...