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  1. Business - Companies - RETAILING

    Swiss coffee machine maker is Starbucks' 'secret weapon'

    Posted Aug 07th 2014, 05:29am by BLOOM

    ... Coffee machine brews success at Starbucks As Starbucks Corp intensifies its charge on China, one of its little-known weapons is a family-owned company in a sleepy Swiss village. Thermoplan, based among cow pastures in Weggis, a town of 4,400 inhabitants near Lucerne, makes the automatic machines for espressos and cappuccinos in each of Starbucks' almost 21,000 shops around ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1567886/swiss-coffee-machine-maker-starbucks-secret-weapon
  2. News - China Insider - COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT

    On this street in southern China, you can visit Starbucks Coffee- or rather, 'Sffcccks Coffee'

    Posted Jan 09th 2014, 07:08pm by Jeremy Blum

    ... city of Wuxi, featuring signs that flaunt modified names of famous international stores like Starbucks and Zara. On this commercial street, located near the Wuxi East Railway Station, clothing stores Zara and H&M have morphed into “Zare” and “H&N,” American electronics company Apple is "Appla," Starbucks Coffee has become the bizarre sounding “Sffcccks Coffee" ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china-insider/article/1401594/street-southern-china-you-can-visit-starbucks-coffee-or-rather
  3. News - China Insider - Consumption

    Analysis: Despite Starbucks-bashing, global coffee industry has China firmly in its sights

    Posted Nov 06th 2013, 03:22pm by George McKibbens

    ... jewellery, to cars and to dishwashers. Now Starbucks lattés can be added to this list of luxury scams-- at least according to official Chinese media including CCTV, the state broadcaster, who accused ... by saying, “Chinese understand why we charge more,” a comment that triggered an immediate backlash online from Chinese consumers. The partner of Starbucks in China is Yunnan’s Ai Ni Company, which ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china-insider/article/1348996/analysis-despite-starbucks-bashing-global-coffee-industry-has
  4. News - China Insider - ENTERPRISE

    CCTV's criticism of Starbucks 'pricey coffee' prompts online backlash

    Posted Oct 21st 2013, 06:58pm by Chris Luo

    ... Chris Luo chris.luo@scmp.com Chinese state television’s criticism of Starbucks’ “hefty product prices” in China and its demands for the coffee chain to be fair and to avoid price ... estimated a tall cafe latte costs barely less than five yuan to make. It also said Starbucks’ 32 per cent profit margin in the China/Asian-Pacific region in the second quarter of its 2013 fiscal ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china-insider/article/1336636/cctvs-criticism-starbucks-pricy-coffee-prompts-online-backlash
  5. News - China Insider - ENTERPRISE

    Starbucks China deletes blog post seen as rude rebuttal of CCTV accusation

    Posted Oct 23rd 2013, 02:10pm by Chris Luo

    ... Chris Luo chris.luo@scmp.com Starbucks China on Tuesday deleted a microblog post that was widely interpreted online as a veiled message hitting back at the state television that recently ... more coffee- I couldn’t agree more”. It was published on Monday morning, a day after state broadcaster CCTV revealed that a typical Starbucks coffee sold in Beijing outpriced the company’s same ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china-insider/article/1337931/starbucks-china-deletes-blog-post-widely-seen-attack-cctv
  6. News - Asia - THAILAND

    Starbucks sues Bangkok's 'Starbung' coffee stall over use of logo

    Posted Oct 21st 2013, 11:33pm by GDN

    ... The Guardian in Bangkok Starbucks frothing over 'Starbung' Starbucks has filed a lawsuit against a Bangkok-based coffee stall owner in a dispute over its logo. The US firm says ... rights. It is suing Damrong and his brother Damras, with whom he operates the stall, for 300,000 baht (HKS75,000). Starbucks filed a cease-and-desist letter late last year and called ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1336803/starbucks-sues-bangkoks-starbung-coffee-stall-over-use-logo
  7. News - Hong Kong - FOOD SAFETY

    Starbucks and 7-Eleven in Hong Kong drawn into ‘gutter oil’ scandal

    Posted Sep 08th 2014, 12:45pm by Phila Siu

    ... oil” had been sold by 7-Eleven, Starbucks and Café Express among others. Four importers in Hong Kong have been found to have bought oil from Chang Guann, the Taiwan-based supplier accused ... supplied to popular shops including Arome Bakery, the Café Express shop in Central MTR and two Starbucks shops – one on Duddell Street in Central and the other on Sai Yee Street in Mong Kok. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1587759/starbucks-and-7-eleven-hong-kong-drawn-gutter-oil-scandal
  8. News - World - COLOMBIA

    Starbucks to sell only home-grown coffee to Colombians

    Posted Aug 28th 2013, 12:00am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in New York Starbucks to sell only home-grown coffee to Colombians Starbucks Coffee Company, which has exported coffee beans from Colombia for more than four decades, plans to open ... to open up in Colombia," said Starbucks chief executive Howard Schultz, adding that he hoped to open at least six stores in the first year. A military crackdown on drug-funded insurgent ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1299859/starbucks-sell-only-home-grown-coffee-colombians
  9. News - World - UNITED STATES

    Deaf customers mocked at New York Starbucks, lawsuit alleges

    Posted Jul 17th 2013, 12:00am by AP

    ... Some Starbucks workers in New York were so rude to deaf customers they mocked them and called the police to try to get them kicked out, a lawsuit says. The lawsuit seeks unspecified ... others objected to a monthly meeting of a group of deaf people and called police. Starbucks spokeswoman Jamie Riley said the company, which refers to its employees as partners, is investigating. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1284166/deaf-customers-mocked-new-york-starbucks-lawsuit-alleges
  10. Business - Economy - EMPLOYMENT

    Starbucks stars as South Korea aims to boost jobs for women

    Posted Sep 03rd 2014, 01:33am by BLOOM

    ... Bloomberg Starbucks leads the way as the government vows to name and shame companies that slack off in terms of targets for females in the workforce South Korea aims to boost jobs ... companies including Hyundai Motor for not having enough part-time jobs for women, while praising Starbucks, Samsung Electronics and Lotte Group. She's pledged to boost the participation rate ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1583957/starbucks-stars-south-korea-aims-boost-jobs-women

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