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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 - 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
  3. 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
  4. News - China - FOOD SAFETY

    Starbucks, Dicos withdraw sandwiches as China launches nationwide probe into 'rotten meat' firm

    Posted Jul 21st 2014, 10:11am by Patrick Boehler

    ... Patrick Boehler patrick.boehler@scmp.com Chains sourced food from factory in meat scandal Starbucks has become the latest international chain to withdraw products from its shelves ... punished,” the agency said on its website. Watch: China 'rotten meat' factory quality manager: It was a company policy Seattle-based Starbucks said it had removed chicken and apple paninis ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1556953/mcdonalds-kfc-supplier-closed-shanghai-authorities-investigate-rotten
  5. Business - Companies

    Starbucks and Danone team up to take on growing U.S. yogurt market

    Posted Jul 24th 2013, 01:49pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Los Angeles Starbucks and Danone said they will sell a co-branded yogurt through Starbucks cafes and in grocery stores as yogurt makers and food companies battle for market share in the US$7 billion US market. The partnership comes as Starbucks pushes into the “health and wellness” category and as Danone, owner of the Dannon brand, and other yogurt makers seek ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1289769/starbucks-and-danone-team-take-growing-us-yogurt-market
  6. Business - Companies

    Starbucks profit up, US sales surprisingly strong

    Posted Jul 26th 2013, 10:03am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Los Angeles Starbucks’ same-store sales up nine per cent for China, Asia Pacific region and two per cent for Europe, Middle East and Africa region Starbucks has posted a bigger ... The world’s biggest coffee chain also raised its full-year profit forecast, sending shares soaring more than 6 per cent in after-hours trade. Seattle-based Starbucks is a top destination for consumers ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1291077/starbucks-profit-us-sales-surprisingly-strong
  7. Business - Companies

    Starbucks roasted by British lawmakers over tax stance

    Posted Nov 13th 2012, 05:33am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in London British lawmakers grilled global coffee giant Starbucks over its tax policies on Monday, arguing that claims that its British division was unprofitable “just ... the amounts of tax paid in Britain. Troy Alstead, Starbucks global chief financial officer, told lawmakers that the chain was “an extremely high tax payer” globally and denied tax avoidance. Starbucks ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1081318/starbucks-roasted-british-lawmakers-over-tax-stance
  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MR. SHANGKONG

    What does Starbucks say of your status?

    Posted Oct 29th 2012, 12:00am by George Chen

    ... George Chen There is a not-so-subtle pecking order to be observed among Hong Kong's big-money operators and the places they take their clients to talk business What does a Starbucks ... several banks and wealth-management firms: a branch of Starbucks, and the pricier Classified. Some industry insiders say Starbucks is often occupied by junior, associate-level bankers conferring ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1072031/what-does-starbucks-say-your-status
  9. Business - Companies - ANALYSIS

    No quick fix for corporate tax take as pressure to act builds

    Posted Jun 14th 2013, 02:44pm by Reuters

    ... big business during an economic slump. Schemes used by Starbucks, Apple, Amazon and others, operating within existing law to minimise taxes, have prompted British Prime Minister David Cameron ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1260726/no-quick-fix-corporate-tax-take-pressure-act-builds
  10. Business - Companies - COFFEE

    Nestle grows China coffee investment

    Posted Apr 08th 2013, 11:26am by Doug Young

    ... commitment looks remarkably similar to another big announcement nearly two years ago from Starbucks (NYSE: SBUX), one of the coffee industry's other major boosters and a big investor in China. That move saw Starbucks set up a joint venture to process, purchase and export locally grown arabica coffee beans from Yunnan. That announcement followed an earlier commitment by Starbucks to work ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1209822/nestle-grows-china-coffee-investment

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