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Former Defense Secretary Joins Starbucks Board of Directors

Starbucks Corporation announced today that Robert M. Gates, former U.S. Secretary of Defense and current chancellor of the College of William & Mary, was elected to the Starbucks board of directors.

He will serve on the Board’s Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.

“We are honored and humbled to be adding this distinguished American leader to Starbucks board of directors,” says Howard Schultz, chairman, president, and CEO of Starbucks.

Starbucks Maintains Major China Growth in Q2

China’s love affair with Starbucks continues to push comparable same-store sales growth to enviable heights, said Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks, during the company’s second-quarter earnings call.

The quarter marked the seventh consecutive one in which Starbucks’ comparable sales growth in China exceeded a growth rate of 20 percent. “Starbucks’ business in China is strong and poised for significant, disciplined, profitable growth,” Schultz told the company’s investors on April 26.

Cash in on Tax Day Coffee Refund at Seattle’s Best

As the deadline for filing taxes is quickly approaching, here’s a last minute tip: don’t forget to cash in on the Great American Coffee Refund.

During the final push to Tax Day, Seattle’s Best Coffee, part of Starbucks Corporation, is offering a perk–free coffee–with the Great American Coffee Refund: the first 100,000 people to claim their Coffee Refund on Facebook will receive a free sample of Seattle’s Best Coffee. 

NRA Announces Finalists of Operator Innovations Awards

An independent panel of judges has selected the finalists for the National Restaurant Association’s inaugural Operator Innovations Awards. Three finalists in each of five categories–Sustainability, Technology, Food Safety, Health & Nutrition, and Menu Development–will be brought to Chicago for the Association’s 2012 Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show this May.

SBUX, Dunkin' Appeal to In-Home Coffee Drinkers

A new study found that American consumers who drink coffee at home rarely venture out to coffee shops or quick serves for their coffee. They are, however, willing to bring the big coffee brands into their homes.

The QSRdna study from CustomersDNA, a marketing and research consulting firm, found that 61 percent of consumers who frequently drink coffee at home never visit a retail coffee shop or quick serve for coffee.

Starbucks is No. 1 Most Socially Engaged Company

Starbucks Coffee Company has been rated No. 1 in a study of the most socially engaged companies, which was released today by advertising research firm PhaseOne.

In addition to Starbucks, the study's most socially engaged brands across three distinct engagement metrics are Audi, McDonald's, Red Bull, and American Express.

The findings from the study were presented at the Advertising Research Foundation's Re:Think event in New York City on March 27, 2012.

Starbucks Plans Store on Columbus Avenue in NYC

The tenant roster at Columbus Square continues to take shape as three major retail tenants became the latest additions to the sprawling mixed-use development project that has brought unprecedented new life to the Upper West Side and turned Columbus Avenue from 97th to 100th Streets into one of the city’s major shopping corridors.

At nearby 805 Columbus Ave., Starbucks Coffee Company has leased 1,200 square feet on the corner of 100th Street, filling the last corner availability at the property, according to Kelly Winick Realty Group LLC associate director.

Starbucks Debuts First Evolution Fresh Store

Four months after acquiring Evolution Fresh, Inc., Starbucks Coffee Company today announced the opening of the first Evolution Fresh store and the transformation of the brand’s look and feel to better reflect the pure, natural ingredients in each beverage and its strategic expansion and growth.

The Bellevue, Washington, store opening and refreshed branding positions Evolution Fresh as a leader in the $3.4 billion and growing cold-crafted juice category, and furthers its commitment to evolve and enhance the customer experience with innovative and wholesome products.

Starbucks Expands Petite Mini Dessert Offerings

Starbucks Coffee Company offers a wide variety of handcrafted espresso beverages that customers can personalize, hot or iced, anytime of the day that is uniquely their own. There are more than 170,000 ways baristas can customize beverages at Starbucks, from a variety of fresh dairy selections to any combination of syrups, toppings, or just by adding extra shots.

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