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Starbucks becomes latest target of Hong Kong protester rage

Fpo - Starbucks has emerged as the latest brand to fall foul of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters after a family member of the restaurant chain that owns the local franchise spoke out against demonstrators.

EU loses big Starbucks tax case, wins on Fiat

Luxembourg - An EU court on Tuesday annulled an order by Brussels that Starbucks pay 30 million euros to the Netherlands, saying regulators had failed to demonstrate it received illegal state aid.

Starbucks apologizes after employee asks police to leave shop

Tempe - Six Tempe, Arizona, police officers were asked to leave a local Starbucks on the Fourth of July because a customer said the officers were making them feel uncomfortable, prompting an outcry on social media and an apology from Starbucks.

Luckin's multibillion path to becoming the 'Chinese Starbucks'

Coffee startup Luckin is continuing to draw investors as it continues its mission to become the leading chain of coffee shops in China. The company has just closed a Series B-plus funding round, gaining $150 million.

Starbucks to block watching pornography in its stores

Technically Starbucks does not allow the viewing of pornography in its stores. However, it appears that some customers are tempted to click on inappropriate sites. The company is to block porn on free Wi-Fi in the U.S.

Starbucks finally opens cafe in Italy, home of espresso

Milan - US coffee giant Starbucks opens its first branch in Italy on Thursday, with the sprawling Milan 'roastery' at the avant garde of an ambitious plan to conquer the spiritual home of espresso.

Starbucks will accept bitcoin as payment in deal with Microsoft

Seattle - Starbucks appears to be jumping on the bitcoin bandwagon and could give bitcoin a needed boost as its price is dropping of late. A new digital platform will allow customers to use bitcoin and other cryptocoins at Starbucks.

Starbucks forges partnership with Alibaba for delivery services

Starbucks joins with Alibaba Group to deliver its coffee in Chinese cities beginning this fall. The company hopes the move will revive the growth of sales in its second largest market where it faces aggressive local competition.

A Starbucks rival in China raised $200 million in Series A round

Luckin Coffee, a serious (and possibly the only) challenger to Starbucks in China, has been given a big funding boost in their first-ever round.

Last straw for McDonald's, Burger King in Mumbai plastic ban

Mumbai - Burger King, McDonald's and Starbucks are among dozens of companies fined for violating a new ban on single-use plastics in India's commercial capital Mumbai, an official said Tuesday.

As sales growth slows Starbucks to close 150 US stores

Starbucks is planning to speed up its closings of US stores next year as sales growth is cooling. Usual rate of closings is 50 stores a year but next year it will close 150 under-performing stores in heavily penetrated markets.

Howard Schultz to depart Starbucks, but holds fast to his vision

Seattle - Howard Schultz told employees in a memo Monday, “I’ll be thinking about a range of options for myself, from philanthropy to public service, but I’m a long way from knowing what the future holds.”

Starbucks chief Schultz retiring, may run for president

Washington - Howard Schultz, who built a small Seattle coffee chain into the global powerhouse Starbucks, announced Monday he was retiring from the company, fueling speculation he may seek the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020.

Starbucks shuts 8,000 US stores for racial bias training

New York - Starbucks closed more than 8,000 stores on Tuesday to train around 175,000 employees against racial bias, an unprecedented public operation that highlights America's ongoing struggle with discrimination.

Starbucks to shut US stores for 'racial-bias education'

New York - Starbucks will close stores and corporate offices across the United States on May 29 to conduct "racial-bias education," the company announced Tuesday, following outrage over the arrest of two black men in one of its cafes.

Starbucks to close 8,000 stores on May 29 for racial-bias class

Philadelphia - Starbucks announced on Tuesday it was closing over 8,000 company-owned stores across the nation for one afternoon to train its staff on how to avoid "racial bias." The training will be provided on May 29 to about 175,000 employees.

Starbucks opens first cashless store

Seattle - Ubiquitous coffee chain Starbucks is to open its first cashless store as a pilot. The store is located in the company's birthplace of Seattle. If successful this alternative retail model could be rolled out to other coffee shops.

Meeting the consumer half-way: Starbucks goes digital

Seattle - Starbucks has undertaken a host of digital innovations, from reward schemes to online pay and collect ordering. The coffee chain has undertaken valuable innovations, helping it compete in the retail sector.

BBC finds fecal bacteria in drinks from Starbucks

It's hard to match the refreshing taste of an iced coffee on a hot summer day — but a new BBC investigation may make you think twice before you order a chilled drink.

Starbucks brand takes dramatic hit after refugee announcement

The perception of the Starbucks brand dropped dramatically after the company announced it would hire thousands of refugees. While no direct evidence their hiring policy is a direct cause of the drop, it shows a boycott by conservatives may be working.

Starbucks to hire 10,000 refugees worldwide after Trump ban

New York - Starbucks plans to hire 10,000 refugees worldwide over the next five years in response to President Donald Trump's travel ban, the head of the US coffee-chain company said Sunday.

Starbucks gives us 13 reasons to celebrate the holiday season

Starbucks learned their lesson last year - don't fix something if it's not broken. Instead of the plain red holiday cup they tried to foist on the public last year, we are being treated to 13 different designs on the iconic red cups this year.

Starbucks to stop unexpected consequences of offering free Wi-Fi

Customers will soon no longer be able to watch porn at Starbucks. The coffee giant will soon block explicit websites, reports CNN.

Starbucks customers leave more than $1 billion on coffee cards Special

Seattle - Customers of Starbucks, the world's largest coffee chain, deposited more than $1 billion on store-issued debit cards in the first quarter of 2016, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Tuesday.

Starbucks plans to put a kick in your cuppa' with #NitroColdBrew

Seattle - Iced coffee infused with nitrogen gas? Yep, it's coming to around 600 Starbucks locations by the end of summer. What is nitro-coffee, anyway? And is it better than plain old coffee?

Starbucks joins others in donating unsold food to the hungry

Starbucks announced on Tuesday that it will "aim to contribute 100 percent" of its leftover food to Feeding America from its over 7,000 U.S. locations by this time next year. The new program is being called "Food Share."

Lawsuit — Starbucks has been ripping off the public for years

Two coffee drinkers in California are pretty steamed because Starbucks won't fill their lattes to the rim in an effort to save money on milk. In fact, they are so mad they filed a class-action lawsuit against the giant coffeehouse chain.

Starbucks breakfast sandwiches recalled over Listeria concerns

A food supplier has recalled pre-packaged breakfast sandwiches made for sale at Starbucks stores in Arkansas, Texas, and Oklahoma because of concerns over possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

Starbucks just added a new core drink to the menu

On January 5, Starbucks is adding a new beverage to its menu: the Latte Macchiato. The drink contains just two ingredients — espresso and milk. To create the beverage, shots of espresso are poured over foamed whole milk.

Starbucks raises price of some of its drinks

Seattle - Feeling the pain? You're not alone. Your morning coffee just got a little more expensive. Starbucks, the nation's largest cafe chain, raised the price of most of its drinks by as much as 20 cents on Tuesday.
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