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Starbucks is a global coffee company founded in 1971 in Seattle, Washington, as a roaster and retailer of whole bean and ground coffee, tea and spices. Today it is the largest coffeehouse company in the world, with 20,366 stores in 61 countries. Starbucks went public on June 26, 1992 at a price of $17 per share (or $0.53 per share, adjusted for subsequent stock splits) and closed trading that first day at $21.50 per share. Starbucks Corporation's common stock is listed on NASDAQ, under the trading symbol SBUX. 

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Friday, 13 January, 2012, 12:00am

Unicef charity drive with Starbucks makes it easy to warm body and soul

Model Amanda Strang ignored the chilly winds blowing through the city last Friday to arrive at the opening ceremony of Starbucks' Christmas Red Cup campaign attired in a pink short-sleeved mini, while actor Louis Koo Tin-lok played it safe with a black down vest with long sleeves.

6 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Pacific Coffee aims to cause a stir

A touch of wine seems to have done wonders for Pacific Coffee, helping it to grow rapidly on the mainland.

1 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Brewed awakening

Yuan yang, the original cha chaan teng tea-coffee drink enjoyed by Hongkongers since the 1960s, might not be a good representation of the city's tea tradition, but the nostalgic milky concoction may have found a place in Hong Kong's relatively recent coffee story.

1 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Diplomacy over a cup of coffee for Locke

When new US Ambassador to China Gary Locke arrived in Beijing at the weekend to take up his post, it really was time for him to wake up and smell the coffee.

Locke, 61, a former US secretary of commerce and two-term governor of Washington state, met journalists yesterday for the first time as ambassador at his Beijing home, accompanied by his wife and three children.

15 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Joyce Cheng offers dietary advice at Starbucks launch

As we enter the hottest, stickiest month of the year, Starbucks has done the cool thing and brought back its chilled coffee jelly beverage.

2 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Starbucks, Ai Ni to turn Yunnan into coffee capital

Starbucks, operator of the world's biggest coffee shop chain, has formed a new joint venture in Yunnan to help develop the province as a premier coffee-growing region.

The Seattle-based company signed a memorandum of understanding on Thursday with the Ai Ni Group, a major operator of coffee farms and processing facilities in Yunnan.

16 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Starbucks brews full ownership deal

Starbucks, the world's largest coffee shop chain operator, has reached an agreement with long-time jointventure partner Maxim's Caterers to take full control of more than half of its retail stores on the mainland.

As part of that deal, Maxim's acquired Starbucks' remaining stake in its business in Hong Kong and Macau, assuming 100 per cent equity in those markets.

3 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Starbucks boss jailed for changing-room videos

A Starbucks Coffee manager was jailed for four months yesterday for filming five female colleagues undressing in a changing room and storing some of the videos on a computer in the office.

20 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Chain out to give coffee lovers an instant buzz with launch of granules from the sachet

Instant coffee has a new look with the launch of Starbucks VIA, a line of 'ready brew' coffee granules in sachets the brand says will give java-heads 'great coffee on the go'.

The company says the product name is a play on Don Valencia, the man who started researching instant coffee for Starbucks 20 years ago.

8 Apr 2011 - 12:00am