January 2010

During boon times, management energy is rarely spent worrying about violations of top-level employment agreements when hiring new executives. But when a downturn comes, companies are watching their backs.

Consider Starbucks Corp.’s well-publicized lawsuit...

Representatives from 124 countries sing song to celebrate Starbucks' relationship with (RED).
The move signals the company's new 'aggressive pursuit and development of global business opportunities,' according to the company's CEO.
On December 1, five cents will be donated for every beverage sold at participating locations to help fight AIDS.
For limited time, coffee chain is donating $1 to Global Fund whenever customers spend $15.
TASSIMO teams with Starbucks to introduce Starbucks Latte Primo and Starbucks Cappuccino Primo options for beverage system.
Coffee company entering LEED Volume Certification pilot program, partnering with GE for LED lights.
Consolidates Starbucks Card Rewards and Starbucks Gold card into My Starbucks Rewards.
Kalen Holmes hired as executive vice president of partner resources.
Coffee company had filed a lawsuit against Paul Twohig, who had left Starbucks for Dunkin' Donuts.
Decaf version of instant-coffee product will be available November 17.
Instant-coffee product to launch at all U.S. locations tomorrow.
All Starbucks locations in France will now be company-owned. The company has been in the country since 2004.
Partnership with (RED) has generated contributions equal to 5 million daily doses of medicine.
Company made 401(k) match discretionary in December of 2008; funding depended on year's performance.
Coupons for free ice cream given away through Facebook page for next two weeks.
New baked goods to include ingredients such as whole grains, Oregon blueberries, and Michigan cherries.
New designs to reflect company's commitment to environmental stewardship.
According to the most recent Zagat Survey of National Chain Restaurants, Starbucks' brew is the best in fast food.
The Corn Refiners Association calls the company's menu change "misleading."