American multinational cafe and roastery reserves chain company
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Howard Schultz served as chief executive from 1986 to 2000, and again from 2008 to 2017. Starbucks Corporation is an american english multinational chain of coffeehouses and roastery reserves headquartered in Seattle, Washington. As the earth ‘s largest cafe chain, Starbucks is seen to be the major representation of the United States ‘ second gear wave of chocolate culture. [ 3 ] [ 4 ] As of September 2020, the caller has 32,660 stores in 83 countries, including 16,637 company operated stores and 16,023 licensed stores. [ 2 ] Of these 32,660 stores, 18,354 were in the United States, Canada, and Latin America. [ 2 ] Starbucks locations serve hot and cold drinks, whole-bean coffee bean, micro-ground clamant chocolate, espresso, caffe caffe latte, wax and loose-leaf teas, juices, Frappuccino beverages, pastries, and snacks. Some offerings are seasonal worker or specific to the vicinity of the store. Depending on the state, most locations offer free Wi-Fi. Headquartered in the Starbucks Center, the company was founded in 1971 by Jerry Baldwin, Zev Siegl, and Gordon Bowker at Seattle ‘s Pike Place Market. During the early 1980s, they sold the company to Howard Schultz who – after a occupation stumble to Milan, Italy – decided to make the coffee attic store a coffeeshop serving espresso -based drinks. While chief executive officeholder from 1986 to 2000, Schultz ‘s first tenure led to an aggressive expansion of the franchise, first base in Seattle, then across the West Coast of the United States. Despite an initial economic downturn with its expansion into the Midwestern United States and British Columbia, the party experienced regenerate prosperity with its introduction into California in the early 1990s through a series of highly publicized coffee wars. Schultz was succeeded by Orin Smith who ran the company for five years, positioning Starbucks as a big player in carnival barter chocolate and increasing sales to $ 5 billion. Jim Donald served as headman executive from 2005 to 2008, orchestrating a large-scale earnings expansion. Schultz returned as CEO during the fiscal crisis of 2007–08 and spent the succeeding ten growing its market parcel, expanding its offerings, and reorienting itself around bodied social duty. Kevin Johnson succeeded Schultz in 2017, and continues to serve as the firm ‘s chief administrator. many stores sell pre-packaged food items, pastries, hot and cold sandwiches, drinkware including mugs and tumblers. There are besides several select “ Starbucks Evenings ” locations which offer beer, wine, and appetizers. Starbucks-brand coffee bean, ice cream, and bottled coldness coffee drinks are sold at grocery stores in the United States and other countries. In 2010, the company began its Starbucks Reserve program for single-origin coffees and high-end coffee shops. It planned to open 1,000 Reserve chocolate shops by the end of 2017. [ 5 ] Starbucks operates six roasteries with tasting rooms and 43 coffee bean bars as part of the program. The latest roastery placement opened on Chicago ‘s Magnificent Mile in November 2019, and is the world ‘s largest Starbucks placement. The company has received significant criticism about its business practices, bodied affairs, and role in society. conversely, its franchise has commanded solid brand loyalty, market share, and caller respect. The party is graded 114th on the Fortune 500 [ 6 ] and 288th on the Forbes Global 2000. [ 7 ]


twentieth hundred


Starbucks originally opened in Seattle, Washington, on March 30, 1971. [ 8 ] It was founded by business partners Jerry Baldwin, Zev Siegl and Gordon Bowker who first met as students at the University of San Francisco : [ 9 ] The trio were inspired to sell high-quality coffee bean beans and equipment by coffee bean roasting entrepreneur Alfred Peet. [ 10 ] Bowker recalls that a business spouse of his, Terry Heckler, thought words beginning with “ st ” were mighty, leading the founders to create a list of words beginning with “ st, ” hoping to find a brand mention. They chose “ Starbo, ” a mining town in the Cascade Range and from there, the group remembered “ Starbuck, ” the identify of the head teammate in the ledger Moby-Dick. [ 11 ] Bowker said, “ Moby-Dick did n’t have anything to do with Starbucks directly ; it was only coincident that the good seemed to make smell . “ [ 11 ] [ 12 ] The first Starbucks storehouse was located in Seattle at 2000 western Avenue from 1971 to 1976. They former moved the cafe to 1912 Pike Place. [ 13 ] During this time, Starbucks stores sold merely beans and not chocolate drinks. [ 14 ] During its beginning year of operation, it purchased green coffee bean beans from Peet ‘s Coffee & Tea, [ 15 ] then began buying directly from growers. [ citation needed ]


In 1984, the original owners of Starbucks, led by Jerry Baldwin, purchased Peet ‘s Coffee. [ 16 ] By 1986, the company operated six stores in Seattle [ 17 ] and had merely just begun to sell espresso coffee. [ 18 ] In 1987, the original owners sold the Starbucks chain to early director Howard Schultz, who rebranded his Il Giornale coffee outlets as Starbucks and promptly began to expand the company. [ 19 ] [ 20 ] besides in 1987, Starbucks opened its first locations outside of Seattle in Waterfront Station in Vancouver, British Columbia, and Chicago, Illinois. [ 21 ] By 1989, 46 Starbucks stores existed across the Pacific Northwest and Midwest, and the ship’s company was roasting more than 2,000,000 pounds ( 907,185 kilogram ) of coffee per annum .


In June 1992, at the time of its initial public offer, Starbucks had 140 outlets, with tax income of US $ 73.5 million, up from US $ 1.3 million in 1987. The company ‘s grocery store value was US $ 271 million by this time. [ 22 ] The 12 % dowry of the ship’s company that was sold raised around US $ 25 million for the company, which enabled it to double its number of stores over the future two years. [ 23 ] By September 1992, Starbucks ‘s plowshare price had risen by 70 %. In 1994, Starbucks acquired The Coffee Connection, gaining the rights to use, make, marketplace, and sell the “ Frappuccino “ beverage. [ 24 ] The beverage was introduced under the Starbucks name in 1995 and by 2012, Starbucks had annual Frappuccino ‘s sales of over $ 2 billion. [ 24 ] In 1999, Starbucks experimented with eateries in the San Francisco Bay Area through a restaurant chain called Circadia. [ 25 ] After people learned that these restaurants were owned by Starbucks, Starbucks converted the restaurants to Starbucks cafe. [ 25 ]

twenty-first century


In April 2003, Starbucks acquired Seattle ‘s Best Coffee and Torrefazione Italia from AFC Enterprises for $ 72 million. The deal entirely gained 150 stores for Starbucks, but according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the wholesale business was more significant. [ 26 ]
From 2005 to 2007, Howard Behar served as President of Starbucks North America. [ 27 ] In September 2006, equal Diedrich Coffee announced that it would sell most of its company-owned retail stores to Starbucks, including most locations of Oregon-based Coffee People, escalating regional coffee bean wars. Starbucks converted the Diedrich Coffee and Coffee People locations to Starbucks. The Coffee People locations at Portland International Airport were excluded from the sale. [ 28 ] In early 2008, Starbucks started a residential district web site, My Starbucks Idea, designed to collect suggestions and feedback from customers. other exploiter gossip and vote on suggestions. Journalist Jack Schofield noted that “ My Starbucks seems to be all pleasantness and light at the here and now, which I do n’t think is possible without quite a set of censoring. ” [ 29 ] In March 2008, Starbucks acquired Coffee Equipment Company, the manufacturer of the Clover Brewing System. It began testing the “ fresh-pressed ” coffee system at several Starbucks locations in Seattle, California, New York, and Boston. [ 30 ] In July 2008, during the Great Recession, the party announced it was closing 600 underachieve company-owned stores and cutting U.S. expansion plans amid growing economic doubt. [ 31 ] [ 32 ] On July 29, 2008, Starbucks besides cut about 1,000 non-retail jobs as part of its offer to re-energize the post and boost its profit. Of the new cuts, 550 of the positions were layoffs and the rest were unfilled jobs. [ 33 ] Starbucks besides announced in July 2008 that it would close 61 of its 84 stores in Australia in the take after calendar month. [ 34 ] Nick Wailes, an technical in strategic management of the University of Sydney, commented that “ Starbucks failed to truly understand Australia ‘s cafe culture. ” [ 35 ] In May 2014, Starbucks announced ongoing losses in the australian marketplace, which resulted in the remaining stores being sold to the Withers Group. [ 36 ] In January 2009, Starbucks announced the settlement of an extra 300 underperform stores and the elimination of 7,000 positions. CEO Howard Schultz besides announced that he had received display panel blessing to reduce his wage. [ 37 ] wholly, from February 2008 to January 2009, Starbucks terminated an estimated 18,400 U.S. jobs and began closing 977 stores worldwide. [ 38 ]
In August 2009, Ahold announced closures and rebranding for 43 of its accredited memory Starbucks kiosks for their US based Stop & Shop and Giant supermarkets. [ 39 ] [ 40 ]


In August 2012, the largest Starbucks in the US opened at the University of Alabama ‘s Ferguson Centre. [ 41 ] On June 25, 2013, Starbucks began to post calorie counts on menu for drinks and pastries in all of its U.S. stores. [ 42 ]
In July 2013, more than 10 % of in-store purchases were made on customers ‘ mobile devices via the Starbucks app. [ 43 ] The company once again utilize the mobile platform when it launched the “ Tweet-a-Coffee ” promotion in October 2013. On this occasion, the promotion besides involved Twitter and customers were able to purchase a US $ 5 give card for a acquaintance by entering both “ @ tweetacoffee ” and the friend ‘s handle in a tweet. Research firm Keyhole monitored the progress of the campaign ; a December 2013 media article reported that 27,000 people had participated and US $ 180,000 of purchases had been made to date. [ 44 ] [ 45 ] In January 2014, as share of a change in compress management, Starbucks management transitioned from a singular brand worldwide to focusing on locally relevant blueprint for each memory. [ 46 ]
In July 2017, Starbucks acquired the remaining 50 % post in its chinese venture from long-run joint venture partners Uni-President Enterprises Corporation ( UPEC ) and President Chain Store Corporation ( PCSC ) for $ 1.3 billion. [ 47 ] [ 48 ]
On March 21, 2018, Starbucks announced that it was considering the habit of blockchain technology with an mind to connect coffee bean drinkers with coffee farmers who finally can take advantage of new fiscal opportunities. The pilot program platform was planned to start with farmers in Costa Rica, Colombia, and Rwanda, in arrange to develop a new way to track the attic to cup journey. [ 49 ] In 2019, at the Microsoft Build conference, the coffee bean company formally announced its “ attic to cup ” broadcast using Microsoft ‘s Azure -based blockchain service. [ 50 ] Two men were arrested in a Philadelphia Starbucks placement after a director claimed the two were trespassing on April 12, 2018. [ 51 ] The arrests led to protests due to their obviously racially-motivated nature. CEO Kevin Johnson subsequently apologized for the incident, and the company declined to press charges. [ 52 ] During the company ‘s second quarter earnings call on April 26, Johnson indicated that the party had not seen a flatten in sales as a leave of the consequence and subsequent coverage. [ 53 ] The ship’s company reiterated its steering for wax year earnings, [ 54 ] and beat consensus expectations of 1.8 percentage same-store sales growth, with 2 percentage growth. Johnson announced that the company would close some 8000 locations on May 29 for a seminar about racial bias in order to prevent future events like to those that occurred in Philadelphia. [ 55 ] On June 19, 2018, Starbucks announced the close of 150 locations in 2019 ; three times the number the corporation typically closes in a unmarried year. The closings were to happen in urban areas that already have dense clusters of stores. [ 56 ] In July 2019, Starbucks announced that it would no long be selling newspapers in its cafe. It was besides announced that kiosks for grab-and-go snacks and bags of whole-bean coffee would be removed from stores beginning in September 2019. [ 57 ] In November 2019, Starbucks opened its largest store always on Michigan Avenue, Chicago, with 200 employees. [ 58 ]


On March 20, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Starbucks closed all the cafe-only stores in the United States for two weeks. During that time, lone drive-thru and delivery-only were to function. According to the caller representatives, all workers were to be paid for the following 30 days whether they went to work or stayed home. [ 59 ] COVID-19 lockdowns caused Starbucks to suffer a general 10 % sales decrease, and a 50 % decrease in China where quarantine measures were particularly hard-and-fast. [ 60 ] In May 2020, the company asked for decreased economic rent from landlords in May 2020 due to the decrease in sales. [ 61 ] [ 62 ] [ 63 ] In June 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, the company announced that it would close 400 of its locations in the US/Canada region over the subsequent 18 months as it moves from the coffee bean house concept to what it calls “ convenience-led ” formats with drive-through and curbside pickup ; the raw stores will work with the Starbucks mobile app for pre-payment by the customer before arrival to pick up the order. The layout of some stores will besides be modified with a freestanding antagonistic for picking up mobile orders. The company besides announced that it planned to open 300 stores that will primarily focus on carryout and pickup orders. [ 64 ] [ 65 ] In December 2020, Starbucks announced that it is planning to increase its store count to about 55,000 by 2030, up from approximately 33,000. [ 66 ]

American unionization efforts

Three branches of the ship’s company in Buffalo began an undertake to unionize in August 2021. [ 67 ] Using Twitter, the workers announced they had formed an organizing committee, Starbucks Workers United, to form a union. [ 68 ] Two more stores joined the campaign in September. [ 69 ] [ 70 ] The five stores filed for marriage elections, though the National Labor Relations Board has not yet decided on a date for the vote. [ 71 ] Starbucks temporarily closed two of the stores participating in the union tug in October for renovations. The company claimed these closures were unrelated to the unionization efforts. [ 71 ] Starbucks began working with Littler Mendelson, a self-described “ union-busting firm ”, in October. [ 72 ] [ 73 ] [ 74 ] Starbucks has requested that the National Labor Relations Board include all Buffalo Starbucks locations in the union vote. [ 75 ] If successful in their feat, the workers at these stores would be the first to unionize Starbucks locations in the United States. [ 67 ] Starbucks does have unionized locations in other countries. [ 67 ]

Economic compendious

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Starbucks ‘ caffe lattes

Coffee cup sizes





8 US fl oz (240 ml)

Smaller of the two original sizes


12 US fl oz (350 ml)

Larger of the two original sizes


16 US fl oz (470 ml)

Italian for “large”


20 US fl oz (590 ml) – Hot
26 US fl oz (770 mL) – Iced

Italian for “twenty”


30 US fl oz (890 ml)

Italian for “thirty”

low calorie and sugar-free products

In January 2008, Starbucks began a “ tight-fitting ” occupation of drinks, offering lower-calorie and sugar-free versions of the ship’s company ‘s extend drinks that use skim milk, and can be sweetened by a option of natural sweeteners ( such as raw sugar, agave syrup, or honey ), artificial sweeteners ( such as Sweet’N Low, Splenda, Equal ), or one of the company ‘s sugar-free syrup flavors. [ 77 ] [ 78 ]

Non-dairy milk offerings

In 1997, Starbucks first offered non-dairy milk at its U.S. stores with the insertion of soy sauce milk. [ 79 ] In 2007, Starbucks stopped using milk originating from rBGH -treated cows. In June 2009, the company began to sell salads and bake goods without high fructose corn syrup or artificial ingredients. This move was expected to attract health- and cost-conscious consumers and prices. [ 80 ] In 2015, Starbucks began serving coconut milk. [ 81 ] In 2016, it began serving almond milk. [ 82 ] In January 2020, oat milk became available nationally. [ 83 ] [ 84 ] The company besides offers non-dairy creamers at retail in partnership with Nestle SA. [ 84 ] CEO Kevin Johnson said in a 2020 interview that, milk substitutes will be a large part of reducing carbon paper emissions. [ 85 ] That campaign has prompted vegans, environmentalists, people with lactose intolerance and others to urge the company to eliminate the upcharge for drinks made with dairy-free milk. PETA encouraged sit-ins at Starbucks locations and purchased Starbucks livestock to draw care to what they believe is an unfair charge. [ 86 ] A Starbucks Canada spokesperson told ET Canada that customizations such as total relish, non-dairy beverages or an extra shot of espresso, will incur an extra charge. [ 87 ]

Ethos body of water

Ethos urine, a brand of bottle water acquired by Starbucks in 2003, is sold at locations throughout North America. Ethos bottles have outstanding labeling stating “ helping children get scavenge urine, ” referring to the fact that US $ 0.05 from each US $ 1.80 bottle sold ( US $ 0.10 per bottle in Canada ) is used to fund clean water projects in under-developed areas. Although sales of Ethos water have raised over US $ 6.2 million for clean water efforts, the trade name is not incorporated as a charity. Critics have argued that the call on the label misleads consumers into thinking that Ethos is chiefly a charitable organization when it is actually a for-profit brand and only 5 cents per bottle supports clean-water projects. [ 88 ] [ 89 ] The founders of Ethos have stated that the brand is intended to raise awareness of third-world clean water system issues and provide socially responsible consumers with an opportunity to support the cause by choosing Ethos over early brands. [ 90 ] Starbucks has since redesigned the american adaptation of the Ethos water bottles, stating the amount of money donated per bottle in the description. [ 91 ]

clamant coffee and coffee capsules

In March 2009, Starbucks introduced a channel of blink of an eye coffee bean packets, called VIA “ ready Brew ”. [ 92 ] It was first unveiled in New York City with subsequent testing of the intersection besides in Seattle, Chicago, and London. The first two VIA flavors include italian Roast and Colombia, which were then rolled out in October 2009, across the U.S. and Canada with Starbucks stores promoting the merchandise with a blind “ taste challenge ” of the clamant versus fresh roast, in which many people could not tell the deviation between the instantaneous and impertinently brewed coffee. fiscal analysts speculated that by introducing moment coffee, Starbucks would devalue its own stigmatize. [ 93 ]

coffee makers and single-use capsules

In September 2012, Starbucks announced plans to introduce the Verismo, a consumer-grade single-serve coffee machine that uses sealed credit card cups of coffee bean grounds, and a “ milk pod ” for lattes. [ 94 ] In November 2012, Starbucks Verismo became publicly available, consisting of a line of coffee bean makers that brew espresso and regular chocolate from chocolate capsules, a type of pre-apportioned single-use container of ground chocolate and flavourings utilizing the K-Fee pod system. [ 95 ] In a brief review of the 580 model, Consumer Reports described the results of a comparative quiz of the Verismo 580 against two competitive brands : “ Because you have to conduct a rinse cycle between each cup, the Verismo was n’t among the most commodious of single-serve machines in our coffeemaker tests. other machines we ‘ve tested have more flexibility in adjusting brew-strength—the Verismo has buttons for chocolate, espresso, and caffe latte with no persuasiveness variation for any type. And since Starbucks has limited its coffee choice to its own mark, there are alone eight varieties then far plus a milk pod for the caffe latte. ” [ 96 ]

alcoholic drinks

In 2010, Starbucks began selling alcoholic beverages at some stores in the United States. [ 97 ] In August 2014, Starbucks opened its inaugural store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn which by then was among 30 locations serving beer and wine. [ 98 ] In 2016, three locations within Toronto, Ontario besides announced they were going to serve alcohol, including up-scale appetizers like bacon-wrapped dates and truffle macintosh and tall mallow. [ 99 ] Starbucks ensures that the selected locations that serve alcohol are able to accommodate the community, adenine well as have the space for supernumerary seat and memory. [ 99 ]

Fruit juices, fruit beverages, and sodas

On November 10, 2011, Starbucks acquired juice company Evolution Fresh for $ 30 million in cash and planned to start a chain of juice bars starting in around the middle of 2012, venturing into district staked out by Jamba Inc. Its first store released in San Bernardino, California and plans for a store in San Francisco were to be launched in early 2013. [ 100 ] In March 2012, Starbucks began selling a line of ice Starbucks Refresher beverages that contain a k chocolate infusion. The beverages are fruit season and incorporate caffeine but advertised as having no chocolate spirit. Starbucks ‘s park chocolate origin procedure involves soaking the beans in water. [ 101 ] In June 2014, Starbucks began producing its own cable of sodas, dubbed “ Fizzio. ” [ 102 ]

seasonal worker cups

Each year between November-January, Starbucks releases newfangled vacation merchandise, including new paper cups with versatile gay designs. [ 103 ]

Barrel-aged chocolate

In March 2017, Starbucks announced the launch of two new limited-edition peculiarity drinks made from beans aged in whiskey barrels at its Seattle roastery. [ 104 ] Starbucks ‘s barrel-aged coffee will be sold with a humble batch of unroasted Starbucks Reserve Sulawesi beans, which are then hand-scooped into whiskey barrels from Washington state. [ 105 ]

Starbucks card and loyalty program

In May 2008, a loyalty broadcast was introduced for register users of the Starbucks Card ( previously simply a give calling card ) offering perks such as detached Wi-Fi Internet access, no mission for soy milk and season syrups, and rid refills on brewed drip chocolate, ice coffee bean, or tea. [ 106 ] Each prison term a customer purchases a drink, they will earn stars if they present their rewards calling card or scan their circuit board from the mobile app. [ 107 ] finally, these stars accumulate to allow customers to redeem for perks such as free drinks, dislodge add-ins, free bakery items or selected trade. [ 107 ] In 2009, Starbucks began beta testing its fluid app for the Starbucks tease, a stored value system in which consumers access pre-paid funds to purchase products at Starbucks. [ 108 ] Starbucks released its arrant mobile platform in January 2011. [ 109 ] [ 110 ] By December 2011, the number of mobile transactions exceeded 26 million. [ 111 ]

electricity and Wi-Fi

In August 2002, Starbucks provided rid Wi-Fi in the United Kingdom, although in the past, a Starbucks rewards card was required. [ 112 ] [ 113 ] In July 1, 2010, Starbucks offered detached Wi-Fi in all of its stores in the U.S. and Canada. [ 114 ] Three years later in 2013, it switched providers in the U.S. from AT & T to Google. [ 115 ] [ 116 ] [ 117 ] In August 2010, Starbucks began offering free Wi-Fi in Germany via BT Openzone. [ 118 ] In October 2012, Starbucks and Duracell Powermat announced a fender plan to install Powermat charging surfaces in the tabletops in choose Starbucks stores in the Boston area. [ 119 ] Furthermore, Starbucks announced its back in the Power Matters Alliance ( PMA ) and its membership in the PMA board, along with Google and AT & T, in an campaign to create “ a real-world ecosystem of radio office ” through a universal wireless charging standard that customers could use to recharge smartphones. [ 120 ] In August 2016, startup ship’s company FluxPort introduced Qi inductive charging pads at choice locations in Germany. [ 121 ]


Countries with Starbucks locations as of June 2019 The ship’s company ‘s headquarter is in Seattle, Washington, United States, where 3,501 people worked as of January 2015. [ 122 ] The main building in the Starbucks complex was previously a Sears distribution center. As of September 2020, Starbucks had 32,660 locations spanning 79 countries and territories on six continents : [ 123 ]

International expansion


In 1998, Starbucks entered the United Kingdom marketplace in 1998 with the US $ 83 million learning of the then 56-outlet, UK-based Seattle Coffee Company, re-branding all those stores as Starbucks. [ 127 ] In October 2002, Starbucks established a coffee trade company in Lausanne, Switzerland to handle purchases of green chocolate. [ 128 ] All early coffee-related commercial enterprise continued to be managed from Seattle. [ 128 ] In September 2007, the ship’s company opened its first memory in Russia, ten years after first gear registering a trademark there. [ 129 ] In 2008, Starbucks opened in Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, and Portugal. [ 21 ]
Starbucks Cafe in Warsaw, Poland, 2014 In April 2009, Starbucks opened in Poland. [ 130 ] In February 2010, Starbucks opened in Arlanda Airport outside Stockholm, its first location in Sweden. [ 131 ] In June 2010, Starbucks opened its first shop in Budapest, Hungary. [ 132 ] In February 2011, Starbucks started selling its coffee bean in Norway by supplying norwegian food shops with their roasts. The beginning Starbucks-branded norwegian shop class opened in February 2012, at Oslo Airport, Gardermoen. [ 133 ]
In May 2012, Starbucks opened its first base cafe in Finland, with the localization being Helsinki-Vantaa Airport in Vantaa. [ 134 ] In August 2013, the foremost Starbucks inside Dansk Supermarked opened in the department stores Salling in Aalborg and Aarhus in Denmark. [ 135 ] In April 2014, Starbucks announced a memory in Azerbaijan, in the Port Baku Mall. [ 136 ] In November 2014, Starbucks announced its first Channel Island storehouse, in the primary business sphere of St Peter Port in Guernsey. [ 137 ] On April 21, 2015, Kesko, the moment largest retailer in Finland, announced its partnership with Starbucks, with stores opened adjacent to K-Citymarket hypermarkets. [ 138 ] As of June 2017, 3 stores had been opened following to K-Citymarkets : In Sello in Espoo and in Myyrmanni and Jumbo in Vantaa. In February 2016, Howard Schultz announced the afford of stores in Italy. The first italian Starbucks store was inaugurated in Milan on September 6, 2018, at which point Starbucks already had locations in 78 countries. [ 139 ] [ 140 ] [ 141 ] [ 142 ] [ 143 ] In May 2016, the first Starbucks store in Slovakia opened in Aupark in Bratislava. [ 144 ] [ 145 ] In June 2018, Starbucks announced the open of stores in Serbia. [ 146 ] The first memory was opened in April 2019 at Rajiceva Mall. On June 1, 2019, Starbucks opened its first coffee store in Malta at Valletta, the eightieth country that will have a Starbucks wall socket. [ 147 ]


In July 1996, the first Starbucks placement opened outside of North America : a memory in Tokyo, Japan. [ 148 ] On December 4, 1997, the Philippines became the third market to open outside of North America. [ 149 ] [ 150 ]
In 2000, Starbucks opened its placement in the Forbidden City in Beijing, however, in July 2007, this localization was closed after years of controversy since its first step in 2000 with protesters objecting that the presence of the American chain in this location “ was trampling on taiwanese acculturation. ” [ 151 ] [ 152 ] between 2001 and 2003, Starbucks opened six ( of 80 planned ) locations in Israel [ 153 ] and having struggled with cutthroat local competition, Starbucks, along with its spouse Delek, [ 154 ] [ 155 ] however, in April 2003, after losing $ 6 million Starbucks Israel closed all six of its locations in Israel, citing “ ongoing operational challenges ” and a “ difficult commercial enterprise environment. ” [ 156 ] [ 157 ] In January 2011, Starbucks and Tata Coffee, Asia ‘s largest coffee bean grove company, announced plans for a strategic alliance to bring Starbucks to India and besides to generator and ridicule coffee beans at Tata Coffee ‘s Kodagu facility. [ 158 ] [ 159 ] In January 2011, Starbucks introduced its largest cup size, the Trenta, which can hold 31 US fluid ounces ( 920 milliliter ). [ 160 ] In October 2011, Starbucks opened another localization in Beijing, China, at the Beijing Capital International Airport ‘s Terminal 3, international departures hall ; making the company ‘s five-hundredth store in China. The store is the seventh localization at the airport. [ 161 ] In January 2012, despite a delusive begin in 2007, [ 162 ] [ 163 ] Starbucks created a 50:50 joint guess with Tata Global Beverages called Tata Starbucks. Tata Starbucks owned and operated Starbucks outlets in India as Starbucks Coffee “A Tata Alliance.” [ 164 ] Starbucks opened its beginning store in India in Mumbai on October 19, 2012. [ 165 ] [ 166 ] [ 167 ] On February 1, 2013, Starbucks opened its first memory in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, [ 168 ] [ 169 ] [ 170 ] and its first placement in Hanoi in July 2014. [ 171 ] In May 2014, the Starbucks operations in South Korea launched a mobile order system named Siren Order, accessible through a local adaptation of Starbucks smartphone application. [ 172 ] [ 173 ] In December 2014, Starbucks launched a like system named Mobile Order & Pay, in Portland, Oregon. [ 174 ] The expanded countrywide in 2015, and in late March 2018, the company opened the system, previously available to Starbucks Rewards members only, to all customers. [ 175 ] [ 176 ] In September 2014, Starbucks announced the learning of the remaining 60.5 % stake in Starbucks Coffee Japan that it did not already own, for $ 913.5 million. [ 177 ] In August 2015, Starbucks announced plans to open in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, its 16th market in the China/Asia Pacific region by the end of 2015. [ 178 ] On December 18, 2015, Starbucks opened in Almaty, Kazakhstan. On the future day, one more coffee shop was opened. [ 179 ] In December 2017, the Starbucks Reserve Roastery opened at HKRI Taikoo Hui in Shanghai, China, the lone such location of its kind outside of Seattle. [ 180 ] In November 2020, Starbucks announced that it plans to open an release in Laos. [ 181 ]

united states

In September 2002, Starbucks opened its first shop in Latin America, in Mexico City. [ 182 ] By 2016, there were more than 500 locations in Mexico. [ 183 ] In August 2003, Starbucks opened its first shop in South America in Lima, Peru. [ 184 ] In 2008, Starbucks opened in Argentina and Brazil. [ 21 ] In November 2010, the company opened the first central american english shop in El Salvador ‘s capital, San Salvador. [ 132 ] In June 2012, Starbucks opened a store in San Jose, Costa Rica. [ 185 ] In October 2012, Starbucks announced plans to open 1,000 stores in the United States in the future five years. [ 186 ] In August 2013, Starbucks ‘s CEO Howard Schultz personally announced the opening of Starbucks stores in Colombia. The first base café was set to open in 2014 in Bogotá and add 50 more stores throughout Colombia ‘s main cities in a 5-year limit. Schultz besides stated that Starbucks will work with both the colombian Government and USAID to continue “ empowering local coffee growers and sharing the prize, inheritance and tradition of its coffee with the global. ” Starbucks noted that the aggressive expansion into Colombia was a joint venture with Starbucks ‘s Latin partners, Alsea and Colombia ‘s Grupo Nutresa that has previously worked with Starbucks by providing coffee bean through Colcafe. This announcement came after Starbucks ‘s Farmer Support Center was established in Manizales, Colombia the previous year making Colombia an already established state by the corporation. [ 187 ] In deep August 2013, Starbucks announced its first memory in Colombia at a press conference in Bogota, where the company ‘s CEO explained, “ Starbucks has constantly admired and respected Colombia ‘s distinguish coffee bean custom. ” [ 188 ] In May 2014, Starbucks announced its first café in Bolivia would open in 2014 in Santa Cruz de la Sierra and the inaugural in Panama in 2015. [ 189 ] In November 2017, Starbucks commenced operations in Jamaica, where the first memory opened in the recourse city of Montego Bay [ 190 ] on the shores of the world-famous Doctor ‘s Cave Beach Club, offering views of the Caribbean Sea. [ 191 ] The caller besides reaffirmed its commitment to working with local coffee farmers to “ implement systems to increase productivity and yields, while besides increasing complaisance to external standards. ” [ 192 ] Starbucks Jamaica opened its first memory on November 21, 2017, with plans to open 15 locations islandwide over a 5-year period. [ 190 ] Starbucks Jamaica opened stores at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay and at the Historic Falmouth Pier, in Falmouth, Jamaica. Starbucks Jamaica announced its intention to open 2 stores in Kingston, Jamaica in 2018, with plans for up to 6 stores by 2019. [ 193 ] The first of the Kingston, Jamaica stores opened on June 21, 2018. The second store is in Kingston ‘s central occupation district, New Kingston. Starbucks opened its foremost in-store localization in the flagship location for Jamaica ‘s largest drugstore chain, Fontana Pharmacy, besides located in Kingston ; making it Starbucks ‘s third location. [ 194 ] In August 2019, a franchise localization opened in the Cayman Islands. [ 195 ] In October 2019, a franchise location opened in the Turks and Caicos Islands. [ 196 ]


In July 2000, the first gear placement in Australia opened in Sydney. [ 197 ] After a massive downturn in 2008, the remaining australian Starbucks stores were sold to the Withers family in 2014, with the ship’s company planning a more moderate expansion. [ 198 ] [ 199 ]


In May 2010, Southern Sun Hotels South Africa signed an agreement with Starbucks to brew Starbucks coffees in choice Southern Sun and Tsonga Sun hotels in South Africa. The agreement was partially reached so Starbucks coffees could be served in the country in time for the 2010 FIFA World Cup hosted by South Africa. [ 200 ] [ 201 ]
In April 2016, after TASTE Holdings acquired outlet license for confederacy african stores, Starbucks opened its first stores in South Africa in Rosebank, Gauteng, Johannesburg and the Mall of Africa. [ 202 ] [ 203 ]

At sea

In December 2010, Starbucks debuted their first-ever Starbucks at sea, wherewith a partnership with Royal Caribbean International ; Starbucks opened a denounce aboard their tempt of the Seas Royal Caribbean ‘s second-largest embark, and besides the second-largest embark in the world. [ 204 ]

Licensed and franchise operations

A typical retail area, this one in Bangalore, India, showing a display of food and the beverage training area Stores that independently operate locations include Ahold Delhaize, Barnes & Noble, Target Corporation, Albertsons and, more recently, Publix stores. In the EMEA ( Europe, Middle East, and Africa ) markets, Starbucks operates a franchise program. different from the license broadcast in which existing corporations may apply to operate a Starbucks booth within an existing shop, franchises can enable newfangled, freestanding stores .


Starbucks has automation systems in some areas. These machines have 280 possible beverage combinations to choose from. They have touchscreens and customers can play games while they wait for their order. [ 205 ] Vending machines are said to possibly be able to replace baristas. [ 206 ] Starbucks has said it does not want to replace baristas with robots, but use them as a complemental tool. [ 207 ]

Unbranded stores

Roy Street Coffee & Tea in Seattle, an exercise of a stealth Starbucks, 2016 In 2009, at least three stores in Seattle were de-branded to remove the logo and brand appoint, and remodel the stores as local anesthetic coffee houses “ inspired by Starbucks. ” [ 208 ] [ 209 ] CEO Howard Schultz called the unbranded stores a “ lab for Starbucks ”. [ 210 ] The beginning, 15th Avenue Coffee and Tea, opened in July 2009 on Capitol Hill. It served wine and beer and hosted live music and poetry readings. [ 211 ] It has since been remodeled and reopened as a Starbucks-branded store. Another is Roy Street Coffee and Tea at 700 Broadway E., besides on Capitol Hill. Although the stores have been called “ stealth Starbucks ” [ 208 ] [ 212 ] and criticized as “ local-washing, ” [ 213 ] Schultz says that “ It was n’t so much that we were trying to hide the brand, but trying to do things in those stores that we did not feel were appropriate for Starbucks. ” [ 210 ]


Starbucks entered the tea occupation in 1999 when it acquired the Tazo brand for US $ 8,100,000. [ 214 ] [ 215 ] In December 2012, Starbucks paid US $ 620 million to buy Teavana. [ 216 ] [ 217 ] [ 218 ] [ 219 ] Starbucks did not market Teavana products in its stores, though the learning allowed the expansion of Teavana beyond shopping malls. [ 215 ] In January 2015, Starbucks began to roll out Teavana tea into Starbucks stores, both in to-go beverage and retail formats. [ 220 ] Starbucks shut down Teavana in early 2018. [ 221 ] [ 222 ]

corporate administration and identity

Kevin Johnson, who served as president and head operating officer from 2015 to 2018, has been the foreman executive of Starbucks since April 2017. [ 223 ] Myron E. Ullman became the tauten ‘s chair in June 2018. [ 224 ] Both Johnson and Ullman succeeded Howard Schultz, who served in both capacities from 2008 to 2017. [ 225 ] Orin C. Smith was president and CEO of Starbucks from 2001 to 2005, after which Jim Donald took over as CEO until 2008. [ 226 ] Since 2018, Schultz has served as the firm ‘s first Chairman emeritus. [ 227 ] Analysts have long believed that the firm ‘s corporate government must determine how to contend with higher materials prices and enhanced competition from lower-priced fast-food chains, including McDonald ‘s and Dunkin ‘ Donuts. In October 2015, Starbucks hired its first headman engineering policeman, Gerri Martin-Flickinger, to lead its engineering team. [ 228 ] Starbucks maintains restraint of production processes by communicating with farmers to secure beans, roasting its own beans, and managing distribution to all retail locations. additionally, Starbucks ‘s Coffee and Farmer Equity Practices ask suppliers to inform Starbucks what share of wholesale prices paid reaches farmers. [ 229 ] [ 230 ]

Board of directors

As of March 2021 : [ 231 ]

In 2006, Valerie O’Neil, a Starbucks spokeswoman, said that the logo is an visualize of a “ twin-tailed mermaid, or siren as she ‘s known in Greek mythology. ” [ 232 ] The logo has been importantly streamlined over the years. In the first base translation, [ 233 ] the Starbucks enchantress was topless and had a fully visible double fish dock. [ 234 ] The image besides had a grating ocular texture and has been likened to Melusine. [ 235 ] The effigy is said by Starbucks to be based on a 16th-century “ Norse “ woodcut, although other scholars note that it is obviously based on a 15th-century woodcut in Juan Eduardo Cirlot ‘s Dictionary of Symbols. [ 236 ] [ 237 ] In the moment version, which was used from 1987 to 1992, her breasts were covered by her flowing hair’s-breadth, but her navel was still visible. [ 238 ] The fish tail was cropped slenderly, and the primary coloring material was changed from brown to green, a nod to the Alma Mater of the three founders, the University of San Francisco. [ 239 ] [ 240 ] In the third base adaptation, used between 1992 and 2011, her navel and breasts are not visible at all, and only vestiges remain of the fish tails. The original “ woodcut ” logo has been moved to the Starbucks ‘s Headquarters in Seattle. At the beginning of September 2006, and then again in early on 2008, Starbucks temporarily reintroduced its original brown logo on newspaper hot-drink cups. Starbucks has stated that this was done to show the company ‘s inheritance from the Pacific Northwest and to celebrate 35 years of business. The vintage logo sparked some controversy due in partially to the siren ‘s bare breasts, [ 241 ] but the temp switch garnered small attention from the media. Starbucks had drawn alike criticism when it reintroduced the vintage logo in 2006. [ 242 ] The logo was altered when Starbucks entered the Saudi Arabian market in 2000 to remove the siren, leaving only her crown, [ 243 ] as reported in a Pulitzer Prize -winning column by Colbert I. King in The Washington Post in 2002. The company announced three months late that it would be using the external logo in Saudi Arabia. [ 244 ] In January 2011, Starbucks announced that it would make little changes to the company ‘s logo, removing the Starbucks wordmark around the siren, enlarging the siren picture, and making it green. [ 1 ] [ 245 ]

environmental and social policies

environmental practices

In 1999, Starbucks started “ Grounds for your Garden ” to make their business environmentally friendlier. This gives leftover coffee grounds to anyone requesting it for composting. Although not all stores and regions participate, customers can request and lobby their local anesthetic shop to begin the commit. In October 2008, The Sun newspaper reported that Starbucks was wasting 6.2 million U.S. gallons ( 23.4 million liters ) of water a day by leaving a wiretap constantly running for rinsing utensils in a ‘ big dipper well ‘ in each of its stores, but this is often required by governmental food safety codes. [ 246 ] In June 2009, in response to concerns over its excessive water system pulmonary tuberculosis, Starbucks re-evaluated its practice of the big dipper well system. In September 2009, company-operated Starbucks stores in Canada and the United States successfully implemented a new water saving solution that meets government health standards. Different types of milk are given a dedicated spoon that remains in the pitcher and the bufflehead wells were replaced with push clitoris metered faucets for rinsing. This will reportedly save up to 150 U.S. gallons ( 570 liters ) of water per sidereal day in every store. [ 247 ]


Starbucks began using 10 % recycle paper in its beverage cups in 2006—the company claimed that the inaugural was the first clock that recycled substantial had been used in a product that came into calculate reach with a food or beverage. [ 248 ] Allen Hershkowitz of the Natural Resources Defense Council called the 10 % contentedness “ little, ” [ 248 ] but Starbucks received the National Recycling Coalition Recycling Works Award in 2005 for the first step. [ 249 ] In a 2008 media article, Starbucks ‘s vice president of corporate social duty acknowledged that the party continued to struggle with environmental responsibility, as none of its cups were reclaimable and stores did not have recycling bins. At the time that the article was published, Starbucks gave customers who brought in their own reclaimable cup a 10-cent discount, in addition to using corrugated cup sleeves made from 85 % post-consumer recycle character, which is 34 % less newspaper than the original. During the same period, Starbucks entered into a partnership with Conservation International—pledging US $ 7.5 million over three years—to help protect the natural environment of coffee-growing communities in Mexico and Indonesia. [ 250 ]

Plastic strew ban

On July 9, 2018, Starbucks President and CEO Kevin Johnson announced that Starbucks will ban the single-use fictile chaff by January 1, 2020, on all cold drinks from all locations worldwide due to climate exchange concerns, pollution, and sea turtleneck hazard as the single-use plastic straws failed to be designed for recycling when they were invented. Frappucinos will get straws made from a different material that is sustainable and environmentally friendly such as newspaper or compostable plastic, while early cold drinks will get straw-less lids. These new modified lids contain 9 % less plastic than Starbucks ‘ previous flat lid. [ 251 ] The Starbucks locations in Europe, China, Taiwan, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, India, Canada, Hawaii, Alaska, Washington D.C., New Mexico, California, New York, Washington State, New Jersey, Oregon, Maryland, Delaware, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island already eliminated formative straws by the end of 2018. [ 252 ] [ 253 ] South Korea is the first nation to introduce composition straws to all stores among 78 countries in the worldly concern that Starbucks has entered. [ 254 ]

reclaimable cups

Starbucks is trying to reduce its function of plastic every year. After successfully completing the campaign to provide the reclaimable Cup in Vietnam in 2020, it held the same consequence in Korea in 2021. Along with a movie of throwing away a cleanly washed recycled PET bottle on Instagram, a hashtag designated by Starbucks was written and uploaded, and a reclaimable cup was provided alternatively of a disposable cup. In April 2013, Starbucks introduced reclaimable cups where customers would be able to bring their cup into any placement and receive a little dismiss on their drink. [ 255 ] When the Covid-19 pandemic first base began in 2019, the company halted the habit of personal cups due to concerns with the transfer of germs. [ 256 ] Starbucks is phasing out disposable cups in Korea entirely by 2025. [ 257 ] [ 258 ]

Farmer equity practices

Starbucks began drafting plans for corporate social province in 1994. [ 259 ] Since Starbucks has partnered with Conservation International ( CI ) to draft plans and audit its coffee and farmer fairness ( C.A.F.E. ) program, [ 260 ] Starbucks ‘s C.A.F.E. practices are based on a evaluation system of 249 indicators. Farmers who earn high overall scores receive higher prices than those who achieve lower scores. Ratings categories include economic accountability, social province, environmental leadership in coffee bean growing and process. Indicators for social duty have evolved and now include ‘zero allowance ‘ indicators that require workers to be paid in cash, check, or lead lodge, ensure that all workers are paid the established minimum engage, that workplaces are free of harassment and pervert, that workplaces are nondiscriminatory and do not employ persons under the long time of 14, and respective more. [ 261 ] Starbucks has moved 90 % of its coffee purchases to preferred C.A.F.E. certified providers, and the ship’s company is approaching its submit goal to purchase 100 % of its coffee through C.A.F.E. or other ‘ethically sourced ‘ certificate systems. [ 260 ] Washington State University Assistant Professor Daniel Jaffee argues that Starbucks ‘s C.A.F.E. practices merely ‘ green wash ‘ “ to burnish their corporate persona. ” [ 262 ] Additionally, Professor Marie-Christine Renard of Rural Sociology of Chapingo University in Mexico wrote a font study of Starbucks ‘s, Conservation International ‘s, and Agro-industries United of Mexico ( AMSA ) ‘s joint conservation effort in Chiapas, Mexico in which she concluded that “ [ w ] hile the CI-Starbucks-AMSA Alliance paid better prices, it did not allow the producers to appropriate the cognition that was necessity for the organizations to improve the quality of their coffee bean. ” [ 263 ]

Fair deal

In 2000, the company introduced a occupation of fairly trade products. [ 264 ] [ 265 ] Of the approximately 300 million pounds ( 136 million kilograms ) of coffee Starbucks purchased in 2006, about 18 million pounds ( 8.2 million kilograms ) or 6 % was certified as clean deal. [ 266 ] All espresso ridicule sold in the United Kingdom and Ireland is Fairtrade. [ 267 ] Groups such as Global Exchange called for Starbucks to far increase its sales of fair trade coffees. [ 268 ] After a long-running quarrel between Starbucks and Ethiopia, Starbucks agreed to support and promote ethiopian coffees. An article in BBC News, [ 269 ] states that ethiopian ownership of popular coffee designations such as Harrar and Sidamo is acknowledged, even if they are not registered. Ethiopia fought hard for this recognition chiefly to help give its destitute farmers a find to make more money. In 2006, Starbucks said it paid $ 1.42 per beat ( $ 3.1/kg ) for its coffee bean, more than 33 % higher than the commodity price at the time. however, the coffee Starbucks bought for $ 1.42 per pound ( $ 3.1/kg ), had a deal price—after fare, process, market, memory rentals, taxes, and staff wage and benefits—of $ 10.99 per pound ( $ 24.2/kg ). [ 270 ] [ 271 ] As of 2013, the Starbucks web site sells only one ethiopian coffee. [ 272 ] [ 273 ] In addition, Starbucks is an active penis of the World Cocoa Foundation. [ 274 ]

Food bank donations

Since 2010, Starbucks has been donating leftover pastries in the United States to local food banks through a food collection servicing named Food Donation Connection. [ 275 ] In March 2016, Starbucks unveiled a five-year plan to donate 100 percentage of unsold food from its 7,600 company-operated stores in the U.S. to local food banks and pantries. [ 276 ] Perishable food will be transported in refrigerated trucks to sphere food banks through the company ‘s partnerships with the Food Donation Connection and Feeding America. This broadcast, called FoodShare, is expected to provide astir to 50 million meals over the next five years. [ 277 ] As of 2017, the program was in 10 different markets, including New York City. [ 278 ] In New York, Starbucks works with Feeding America and City Harvest, both non-profits, to donate food from 45 locations. It plans to expand the platform to all 305 Manhattan stores. In September 2019, 60 % of Starbucks stores are participating in FoodShare. This degree of engagement contributed to 20 million meals served to those in want. [ 279 ]

Cage-free eggs

In 2008, Starbucks announced a comprehensive new animal benefit policy banning many inhumane farming practices, including the cage of hens. In 2009, they established a buying preference in North America to use industry best practices for animal farming and work, including egg production. [ 280 ] In 2015, Starbucks made a populace announcement that they will switch to 100 % cage-free eggs by 2020. [ 281 ] [ 282 ] [ 283 ] [ 284 ] however, belated, the company altered its commitment to just company-owned locations, excluding about 40 % of its accredited restaurants. [ 285 ] In 2018, Starbucks committed to reaching the goal of using 100 % cage-free eggs and egg products in company-operated stores globally by 2020, including Starbucks branded products and those supplied to accredited partners in the North America. They stated their goal to be for all their products to meet gamey quality and ethical standards, with a commitment to social province standards with animal wellbeing as a primary focus [ 286 ] Organizations such as World Animal Protection and Compassion in World Farming have stated that Starbucks has n’t shown any demonstrable improvement in animal benefit since 2012. [ 287 ] According to the Humane Society of the United States, Starbucks nobelium long qualifies as having an actual cage-free committedness. [ 288 ] ascribable to Starbucks ‘ failure to meet its own cage-free goals, many nonprofit organization, charitable organizations have been publicly critical of Starbucks. Amongst the criticism is a current campaign by animal rights and consumer sake group Equitas, which strives to inform Starbucks ’ customers of the ship’s company ’ s caged-egg use through a web site and other social media actions .

Music, film, and television

Hear Music

Hear Music began as a music catalog company in 1990, adding a few retail locations in the San Francisco Bay Area. Hear Music was purchased by Starbucks in 1999. [ 289 ] In 2002, it produced a Starbucks opera album, featuring artists such as Luciano Pavarotti, followed in March 2007 by the hit four hundred Memory Almost Full by Paul McCartney, making McCartney the first artist signed to the newfangled Hear Music label sold in Starbucks outlets. [ 290 ] In 2006, the company created Starbucks Entertainment, one of the producers of the 2006 film Akeelah and the Bee. Starbucks stores advertised the film before its release and sold the DVD. [ 291 ] [ 292 ] Starbucks has become the subject of a protest song, “ A Rock Star Bucks a Coffee Shop “ by Neil Young and his band, Promise of the Real. This individual from the album The Monsanto Years criticized both Starbucks ‘s alleged use of genetically modified food and the GMO caller Monsanto. [ 293 ] [ 294 ]


In September 2016, Starbucks announced a introduction of its first-ever original content series called “ Upstanders, ” which aimed to inspire Americans with stories of compassion, citizenship, and politeness. [ 295 ] The series featured podcasts, written word, and video, and was distributed via the Starbucks mobile app, on-line, and through the company ‘s in-store digital network. [ 295 ]



In Canada Starbucks has partnered with Aeroplan to award Aeroplan points to customers who link their Aeroplan and Starbucks accounts. Aeroplan members receive 150 Aeroplan points for loading $ 75 or more into their Starbucks score or 75 Aeroplan points for loading $ 50- $ 74.99. [ 296 ]

Apple Inc .

Starbucks has partnered with Apple Inc. to collaborate on selling music as function of the “ cafe experience. ” In October 2006, Apple added a Starbucks Entertainment area to the iTunes Store, selling music alike to that played in Starbucks stores. In September 2007, Apple announced that customers would be able to browse the iTunes Store at Starbucks via Wi-Fi in the US—with no prerequisite to log into the Wi-Fi network—targeted at iPhone, ipod partake, iPad, and MacBook users. The iTunes Store mechanically detects holocene songs playing in a Starbucks and offer users the opportunity to download the tracks. Some stores feature LCD screens with the artist name, song, and album information of the current song acting. This feature has been rolled out in Seattle, New York City, and the San Francisco Bay Area, and was offered in limited markets during 2007–2008. [ 297 ] During the drop of 2007, Starbucks besides began to sell digital downloads of certain albums through iTunes. Starbucks gave away 37 different songs for free download through iTunes as part of the “ Song of the Day ” promotion in 2007, and a free “ Pick of the Week ” download is available from the App Store. [ 298 ] [ 299 ]


Starting on June 1, 2009, the MSNBC morning news program Morning Joe has been presented as “ brewed by Starbucks ” and the usher ‘s logo changed to include the party logo. Although the hosts have previously consumed Starbucks coffee on air “ for free ” in the words of MSNBC president of the united states Phil Griffin, it was not paid placement at that time. [ 300 ] The move was met with mix reactions from rival news organizations, viewed as both a clever partnership in an economic downturn and a compromise of journalistic standards. [ 301 ] The second deal ended in August 2013. [ 302 ]

Kraft Foods

Starbucks and Kraft Foods entered into a partnership in 1998 to sell Starbucks products in the Mondelez grocery store stores owned by the latter. Starbucks claimed that Kraft did not sufficiently promote its products and offered Kraft US $ 750 million to terminate the agreement ; however, Kraft declined the propose, but Starbucks proceeded with the result anyhow. Starbucks wanted to terminate the agreement because at the time, individual coffee packs were beginning to become popular. In their agreement, Starbucks was confined to selling packs that only worked in Kraft ‘s Tassimo machines. Starbucks did n’t want to fall buttocks in the market opportunities for K-Cups. [ 303 ] In mid-november 2013, an arbiter ordered Starbucks to pay a all right of US $ 2.8 billion to Mondelez International, a bodied by-product of Kraft, for its previous unilateral termination of the agreement. [ 304 ] [ 305 ] [ 306 ]

Arizona State University

In June 2014, Starbucks announced a partnership with Arizona State University ( ASU ) that would allow Starbucks employees in their Junior and Senior years of college to complete four years of college at Arizona State University ‘s on-line plan for lone around $ 23,000. Starbucks employees admitted into the program will receive a eruditeness from the college, [ 307 ] that will cover 44 % of their tutelage. The remaining balance and all early expenses would be paid by the scholar or through traditional fiscal help. In April 2015, Starbucks and ASU announced an expansion of the College Achievement Program. The program would now allow all eligible half-time and full-time employees working in a U.S. Starbucks to enroll in the program for full-tuition reimbursement. [ 308 ] After the completion of each semester, Starbucks reimburses the student their part of the tutelage. The student can then use the reimbursement to pay any loans or debt incurred during the semester. [ 309 ]


In 2015, Starbucks signed a hand with PepsiCo to marketplace and distribute Starbucks products in several latin american countries. [ 310 ]


In May 2015, Starbucks entered a partnership with music streaming service Spotify. The partnership entailed giving U.S.-based employees a Spotify premium subscription and to help influence the music played in shop via playlists made using Spotify. Starbucks was besides given its own curated Spotify playlist to be featured on Spotify ‘s mobile app. [ 311 ]


On June 19, 2015, a Starbucks opened at Disney ‘s Animal Kingdom on Discovery Island. Since the park does not allow credit card straws due to the animals, this localization features especial green eco-friendly strew with their cold drinks. [ 312 ] This was the one-sixth Starbucks to open in Walt Disney World, following locations in the Magic Kingdom ( Main Street, U.S.A. ), Epcot ( Future World ), Disney ‘s Hollywood Studios ( Hollywood Boulevard ), [ 313 ] and two in Disney Springs ( Marketplace and West Side ). In summation to these six, there are locations in Disneyland ( Main Street, U.S.A. ), Disney California Adventure ( Buena Vista Street ), Anaheim ‘s Downtown Disney, and Disney Village at Disneyland Paris. The Downtown Disney and Disney Springs locations are Starbucks-operated, while the locations inside of the theme parks are Disney-operated. [ 314 ]

Uber Eats

In December 2018, Starbucks expanded its partnership with Uber Eats to bring its beverages to U.S. customers ‘ doorsteps, as it had already done for some time in China. [ 315 ] [ 316 ]

Lyra Health Inc .

In March 2020, Starbucks announced that starting from April 6, all U.S. employees and their eligible family members could use up to 20 free genial health therapy or coach sessions per year. [ 317 ] They can meet with a advocate face-to-face or video margin call and will besides have inexhaustible access to self-care apps through Lyra Health Inc. [ 318 ]

Reviews and reception

Kevin Knox, who was in charge of doughnuts food choice at Starbucks from 1987 to 1993, recalled on his web log in 2010 how George Howell, coffee bean veteran and founder of the Cup of Excellence, had been appalled at the dark roasted beans that Starbucks was selling in 1990. [ 30 ] [ 319 ] Talking to The New York Times in 2008, Howell stated his opinion that the blue roast used by Starbucks does not deepen the flavor of coffee, but rather can destroy purport nuances of relish. [ 30 ] The March 2007 write out of Consumer Reports compared american fast-food chain coffees and ranked Starbucks behind McDonald ‘s Premium Roast in the middle of a coffee war. The magazine called Starbucks chocolate “ solid, but burnt and bitter adequate to make your eyes water alternatively of open. ” [ 320 ] As reported by Time in 2010, third base wave coffee proponents broadly criticize Starbucks for over-roasting beans. [ 321 ] As a result, Starbucks retrained its baristas and changed its roasting methods in 2010 in order to “ standardize quality over quantity. ” [ 322 ] The Atlantic reported that this crusade for higher-quality coffee slowed down orders, but stated “ [ they ] move their intersection reasonably cursorily, and with surprise accuracy. ” [ 322 ] Forbes corroborated this trade off between efficiency and quality at Starbucks. [ 323 ] In 2018, Business Insider conducted a test of Starbucks coffee bean judged by 100 coffee experts. [ 324 ] It concluded that although staples of the menu were “ besides sugary ”, coffee bean timbre materially improved with peculiarly potent showings in the firm ‘s ice chocolate and nitro cold brew coffee offerings. [ 324 ] Insider experts, however, did note that the coffee timbre in Starbucks Reserves far surpassed that of the distinctive retail shop. [ 324 ]

Parodies and brand infringements

Starbucks has been a prey of parodies and imitations of its logo, particularly the 1992 interpretation, and has used legal carry through against those it perceives to be infringing its intellectual property .

United States

During 1990s and 2000s

In 1999, a New York memory sell stickers and T-shirts using the Starbucks logo with the phrase “ Fuck Off ” was sued by the company. [ 325 ] [ 326 ] In 2000, San Francisco cartoonist Kieron Dwyer was sued by Starbucks for copyright and hallmark violation after creating a spoof of its siren logo and putting it on the cover of one of his comics, late placing it on coffee mugs, T-shirts, and stickers that he sold on his web site and at comedian record conventions. Dwyer felt that since his sour was a parody it was protected by his correct to free actor’s line under U.S. jurisprudence. The case was finally settled out of court, as Dwyer claimed he did not have the fiscal ability to endure a trial case with Starbucks. The judge agreed that Dwyer ‘s study was a parody and thus enjoyed built-in protection ; however, he was forbidden from financially “ profiting ” from using a “ bewilderingly like ” image of the Starbucks siren logo. Dwyer was allowed to display the persona as an saying of release speech, but he can no long sell it. [ 327 ] Starbucks did not open any stores after first registering its hallmark in Russia in 1997, and in 2002 a russian lawyer successfully filed a request to cancel the trademark. He then registered the name with a Moscow -based caller and asked for $ 600,000 to sell the trademark to Starbucks, but was ruled against in November 2005. [ 129 ] In Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Dr. Evil made his hideout in a Starbucks-branded column from which he travveled rear to the past. In the 2004 DreamWorks Animation film Shrek 2, Starbucks is parodied as Farbucks in the kingdom of Far Far Away, which in turn, is a spoof of a medieval version of Hollywood, California. In December 2005, Sam Buck Lundberg, who owns a chocolate storehouse in Oregon, was prohibited from using “ Sambuck ‘s Coffee ” on the denounce front. [ 328 ] A bar owner in Galveston, Texas, USA won the right to sell “ Star Bock Beer ” after a lawsuit by Starbucks in 2003 after he registered the name, but the 2005 federal court regnant besides stated that the sale of the beer must be restricted to Galveston, a regnant continue by the Supreme Court in 2007. [ 329 ] [ 330 ] In September 2007, Christian bookstores and websites in the United States sold a T-shirt featuring a logo with the siren replaced by Jesus and the words “ Sacrificed for me ” around the border. [ 331 ] In April 2008, Starbucks claimed that Seattle ‘s Rat City Rollergirls logo by a Washington artist was excessively alike to its own. Starbucks requested an elongation to further examine the issue and possibly issue a ailment, which was granted by the Trademark Office. The event was terminated. [ 332 ] [ 333 ]

During the 2010s

In November 2013, Starbucks lost a case against a humble, family-owned roaster in New Hampshire that sells chocolate known as Charbucks. [ 334 ] In 2014, Nathan Fielder, a canadian comedian behind Nathan for You, opened a shop called “ Dumb Starbucks Coffee “ in Los Feliz, Los Angeles. The store resembled a distinctive Starbucks with one exception : everything was preceded by the word “ dense. ” For case, the drinks he carried admit Dumb Skinny Vanilla Lattes and Dumb Frappuccinos. [ 335 ] The storehouse carried music titled “ Dumb Jazz Standards ” and “ Dumb Norah Jones Duets. ” [ 336 ] He thought he could bypass violation and copyright claims through the “ Parody Law, ” referring to the parody view of Fair Use laws ( that protect parodists such as “ Weird Al ” Yankovic and SNL ). No lawsuits were filed though because the store was ephemeral. The Los Angeles Health Department shut it down after 4 days because Fielder lacked the proper permits. [ 337 ] [ 338 ] In October 2016, the company prevailed in a brand misdemeanor case against bongs that look like Frappuccinos, winning over $ 500,000 after the pipe designer did not show up to court. [ 339 ] [ 340 ] [ 341 ] In May 2017, a chocolate shop in Brooklyn sued Starbucks for $ 10 million, claiming that its “ Unicorn Frappuccino ” overshadows the shop ‘s “ Unicorn Latte ”. The event was settled in September 2017. [ 342 ]

International cases

North America

In 2003, Starbucks sent a cease-and-desist letter to “ HaidaBucks Coffee House ” in Masset, British Columbia, Canada. The memory was owned by a group of young Haida men, who claimed that the name was a concurrence, due to “ buck ” being a Haida word for “ young man ” ( a claim that can not be substantiated ). After facing criticism, Starbucks dropped its demand after HaidaBucks dropped “ chocolate house ” from its name. [ 343 ]


In 2005, an anti-Starbucks web site,, which encouraged people to deface the Starbucks logo [ 344 ] was transferred to Starbucks, [ 345 ] but has since resurfaced at .

East Asia

In January 2006, Starbucks won a case against the Xingbake chain in Shanghai, China for hallmark misdemeanor, because the range used a green-and-white round logo with a appoint that sounded phonetically exchangeable to the Chinese for Starbucks. [ 346 ] [ 347 ] In January 2007, Starbucks lost a trademark misdemeanor case against a smaller coffee bean seller in South Korea that operates coffee stations under the name Starpreya. The company, Elpreya, says Starpreya is named after the Norse goddess, Freja, with the letters of that name changed to ease pronunciation by Koreans. The court rejected Starbucks ‘s claim that the logo of Starpreya is besides similar to their own logo. [ 348 ] In November 2017, the company lost a brand violation dispute against Morinaga Milk Industry, which used a black-and-white circular logo, with Mount Rainier brand. The sheath was thrown out by the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore. [ 349 ]

South Asia

In March 2007, Starbucks launched action against an indian cosmetics commercial enterprise run by Shahnaz Husain, after she applied to register the name Starstruck for chocolate and associate products. She said she aimed to open a chain of stores that would sell chocolate and chocolate-based cosmetics. [ 350 ] Businesses that used the Starbucks logo unaltered and without permission, include a café in Pakistan [ 351 ] and a cafe in Cambodia in 2009, the owner saying that “ whatever we have done we have done within the law. ” [ 352 ]

West Asia

In 2009, a cafe in Al-Manara Square, Ramallah, palestinian Territories, opened with the name “ Stars and Bucks ” and a logo using a similar green circle and block letter. Like Starbucks, the Stars and Bucks serves cappuccinos in ceramic cups, and offers free Wifi. According to meditation cited in the Seattle Post Intelligencer, the cafe ‘s name and caricature Starbucks stylus may be a political sarcasm of american consumerism. Starbucks is not known to have taken action against this business. [ 353 ] [ 354 ] [ 355 ]

criticism and controversies

racial controversies

Starbucks has been accused of racial bias and discrimination on several occasions. In 1994, Starbucks settled a lawsuit after two employees were fired because of their slipstream, senesce, and arouse. A black woman filed a suit after her direct supervisory program, a regional frailty president, said he would like to call her Toby, a slave name which was given to African Kunta Kinte in a television mini-series “ Roots ”. Her colleague speak on her behalf, after which she was fired. [ 356 ] In 2008, a former african american Starbucks engineer sued the company for discrimination after his supervisor failed to address racist bullying he was experiencing at the workplace, alternatively giving him extra employment due to his complain. Starbucks settled in 2009. [ 357 ] In 2014, a Milwaukee Starbucks employee called the police when they noticed a black man sleeping in a ballpark, which resulted in the patrol officer killing the man by shooting him 14 times, prompting protests. [ 358 ] The 2015 Starbucks “ Race Together ” political campaign, when baristas were instructed to write the phrase “ Race Together ” on customer ’ mho cups with the target to start a national negotiation about race, was heavy criticized and received recoil. [ 359 ] [ 360 ] In 2018, two total darkness men were arrested and escorted out of a Philadelphia Starbucks after the staff called the patrol because they refused to leave. The video recording of the incident quickly became viral and spark widespread rape. [ 361 ] In another 2018 incident, a total darkness man was denied the code for the public toilet for not being a customer, even though at the like time a white man was given that code before ordering anything. [ 362 ] In 2020, Starbucks employees were prohibited from wearing “ Black Lives Matter ” symbols or phrases on their clothing or accessories. [ 363 ] In 2021, a Starbucks in Ireland was fined €12,000 after a customer received her order with a racist drawing on the cup. [ 364 ] The equal Employment Opportunity Commission has raised allegations against Starbucks for racial bias in its promotions, allegedly based on work force data from 2007 to 2011 that showed that minority retail partners in the United States received fewer promotions than statistically expected. [ 365 ]

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