Thousands of Starbucks customers in New Jersey were possibly exposed to hepatitis A after an employee tested positive and went into work, local official says
Public health employees set up pop-up vaccine clinics near the Starbucks location over the weekend, doling out at least 800 hepatitis A vaccines.news.yahoo.com
Starbucks baristas say they're fed up with complex custom drink orders that can verge on the ridiculous. One said they were asked to blend egg bites into a drink.
Some Starbucks staff members say they're sick of making what they consider overly complex, "disgusting" drinks with excessive numbers of ingredients.news.yahoo.com
Condo collapse street closings hurt the business district. Then, the power went out
A Surfside business district already suffering as the Champlain Towers South condominium collapse aftermath limits customer traffic and occupies nearby residents found itself without power Wednesday afternoon.news.yahoo.com
His bagel didn’t have cream cheese, so he pulled gun on a police chief’s daughter, cops say
While working her job at Starbucks, the daughter of Miami Gardens’ police chief was allegedly threatened with a gun over an order mix-up — the gunman was given his bagel without cream cheese, police say.news.yahoo.com
Walgreens taps Starbucks exec Brewer as its new CEO
FILE - Starbucks COO Roz Brewer talks about the proposed redesign of a Starbucks store in New Jersey as she speaks Wednesday, March 20, 2019, during the company's annual shareholders meeting in Seattle. Walgreens has tapped Roz Brewer as its new CEO, which will make her the only Black woman currently leading a Fortune 500 company. Brewer will take over as Walgreens CEO on March 15, 2021 after a little more than three years as Starbucks' chief operating officer. At Starbucks, Brewer revamped stores, taking out clutter and cutting down on administrative work so employees could focus on customers and speed up service. Prior to joining Starbucks, Brewer served as president and CEO of Sam’s Club, the members-only warehouse channel of Walmart Inc. She also grew membership and improved merchandise there.
Starbucks' recovery, solid in China, still slow in the US
Starbucks said its business in China, its second-largest market after the U.S., has largely recovered, with same-store sales up 5% in the first quarter. Starbucks said it’s seeing fewer customers in China, but they’re spending more when they visit. The company opened almost 160 stores in China during the first quarter, for a total of more than 4,800. But in the U.S., same-store sales were down 5% for the quarter despite the holiday drinks that usually draw customers. Starbucks said it's confident U.S. same-store sales will rise between 5% and 10% in its fiscal second quarter as the pandemic's impact continues to fade.
Xi asks Starbucks' Schultz to help repair US-China ties
Xi is asking former CEO Howard Schultz of Starbucks to help repair U.S.-Chinese relations that have plunged to their lowest level in decades amid a tariff war and tension over technology and security. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)BEIJING – President Xi Jinping is asking former CEO Howard Schultz of Starbucks to help repair U.S.-Chinese relations that have plunged to their lowest level in decades amid a tariff war and tension over technology and security. A letter from Xi to Schultz reported Friday by the official Xinhua News Agency was a rare direct communication from China's paramount leader to a foreign business figure. In a statement issued Friday, Schultz didn't directly address Xi's request to help repair relations, instead saying it was “a great honor” to receive the letter from China's president. The Cabinet press office didn’t immediately respond to questions about what Xi wanted Schultz to do and whether he contacted other American business leaders.
Have a Starbucks gift card? This Lynchburg coffee shop will trade you for one of its own
LYNCHBURG, Va. – A Lynchburg coffee shop is brewing a special program to promote local business and roast a well-known competitor. Mission House Coffee started a gift card swap that runs through January 31. If you go to either location with your Starbucks gift card, the coffee shop will exchange it for one of their own. The Starbucks gift card can be partially used and needs to be worth at least $5, but at most, $100. We just need the card number and pin number.
Starbucks giving free coffee to frontline healthcare workers throughout December
Starbucks has announced it will hand out free coffee to frontline healthcare workers, including doctors, nurses, first responders and hospital staff, throughout December. On Tuesday, the coffee giant said that employees can receive a free tall coffee, hot or iced, as a thank you for their “significant efforts” during the COVID-19 pandemic. “It has been an extraordinarily difficult year, especially for the front-line responders who are serving our communities,” Virginia Tenpenny, Starbucks vice president of global social impact, said in a news release. and hospital staff (janitor, housekeeping, security, etc.). They must identify themselves as frontline healthcare workers, the release states.
Front-line workers can get free Starbucks throughout December
Starting Tuesday, front-line workers will be able to get a free coffee at Starbucks throughout the month of December. Anyone who identified as a front-line responder will be able to get a tall coffee, hot or iced, at no charge. The company has also announced that it will donate $100,000 to the National Alliance on Mental Illness to support virtual mental health resources for front-line workers. Starbucks also plans to surprise 50,000 front-line workers with care packages and Starbucks gift cards this holiday season. Front-line workers eligible for a free coffee include doctors, nurses, public health workers, pharmacists, dispatchers, firefighters, paramedics, police officers, dentists and dental hygienists, mental health workers, hospital staff and active-duty military.
Starbucks to open at old Roanoke Steak 'n Shake on Hershberger Road
ROANOKE, Va. – Roanoke is getting another Starbucks. Next spring, the coffee chain plans to open a café at 1309 Hershberger Road NW, according to a Starbucks spokesperson. That’s the building that used to be a Steak 'n Shake, before it closed in January 2019. Starbuck will employ about 35 people at this location, which will also have a drive-thru.
Here’s how you can get a free collectible holiday cup from Starbucks
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and Starbucks wants to help its customers ring in the season right. Starting Friday, Nov. 6, the coffee company is giving customers a collectible holiday cup with a purchase of a handcrafted holiday drink in any size. 🎁 We’re gifting limited-edition Starbucks Red Cups tomorrow, November 6 with purchase of any holiday handcrafted beverage. pic.twitter.com/6Kvapi1uY2 — Starbucks Coffee (@Starbucks) November 5, 2020There are several ways you can get your holiday cup: in-store, delivery and drive-thru. Customers are able to place an order inside the store, through the Starbucks app for pick-up or via the drive-thru.
Starbucks targets new market, in coffee exporting Laos
BANGKOK – Starbucks said Monday it plans to open an outlet in Laos as it expands its network of more than 10,000 stores in Asian countries. “We are pleased to introduce the Starbucks brand into Laos, which further builds on our 20 year relationship with Starbucks to grow the coffee industry across Asia,” said Michael Wu, Chairman and Managing Director, Maxim’s Caterers Limited. Before the coronavirus pandemic hit, Laos was drawing growing numbers of foreign tourists, with more than 4 million visiting in 2018. “We will take a thoughtful approach to driving sustainable growth in Laos and look forward to contributing to the country’s vibrant coffee culture," Starbucks said. Starbucks said it was monitoring the coronavirus situation but is still aiming at an opening in summer 2021.
Calling all ‘Hocus Pocus’ fans: Here’s how to order the Sanderson Sisters-inspired drinks at Starbucks
Step aside, PSL... I’d like these Sanderson Sister drinks, please. Thanks to these fan-crafted orders, you can now order drinks based off of these magically spooky “Hocus Pocus” sisters at Starbucks. We are trying the Hocus Pocus Starbucks drinks hack! pic.twitter.com/ATGMaP6oN6 — AJ Wolfe (@DisneyFoodBlog) September 23, 2020Just remember: These aren’t official Starbucks drinks, so you can’t order these drinks by the name. The drinks, named after each Sanderson Sister, resemble each witch based on color.
American Airlines OKs Black Lives Matter pins for employees
– American Airlines will let employees wear Black Lives Matter pins on their uniforms, calling it a matter of equality and not politics. An American Airlines spokeswoman said Tuesday that Black employees saw workers at other airlines wearing a Black Lives Matter pin and asked if they could too. “Fundamentally, we believe Black Lives Matter is an expression of equality, not a political statement,” said the spokeswoman, Sarah Jantz. Starbucks reportedly banned employees from wearing Black Lives Matter shirts, then created one in June for workers to wear. Trump urged supporters to boycott Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. after a Kansas TV station reported that it allowed employees to wear Black Lives Matter attire but not clothing with the pro-police Blue Lives Matter or Trump’s campaign slogan.
Beyond The Forecast: Looking ahead to the fall climate outlook in Southwest Virginia
Meteorological fall starts Sept. 1 and runs through the end of November. (WSLS)Snow becomes possible during meteorological fall in our area. (WSLS)All of the orange and red you see on the map above means that the CPC believes meteorological fall will be warmer than normal in the contiguous United States. Warmer fall temperatures are becoming more prevalent in Roanoke. Expect warmer temperatures than we would typically get in fall, but the cooler air will become more likely by late October or November.
These hilarious tweets about Target are making moms everywhere feel seen
We get that there are much bigger problems in the world, but we couldn’t help but laugh at some of these hilarious posts people are making about how much they’re missing Target. If you’re a Target lover, we feel confident you will enjoy these posts just as much as we do. — Rory (@rcdaly95) March 31, 2020I had a dream that I went to target & woke up thinking my dream was real. Now I'm upset #imisstarget — KCB (@kaseytheginge) October 31, 2014I miss the days of wandering aimlessly through the aisles of Target. #TARGET pic.twitter.com/KuPF3EAblD — jess (@jess_arabie) April 3, 2020Getting dressed up to go to #Target cause that’s one of the only places I’m allowed to go in this free world.
FREE STARBUCKS ALERT: Get your post-Christmas caffeine fix in Salem
SALEM, Va. – It’s the gift that keeps on giving for a whole hour Friday afternoon. From 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, the Starbucks on S Electric Rd and E Main St in Salem will be offering a free, tall drink. This is the location near the Lakeside Kroger. 200 new pop-up parties will be revealed every day on this website from now until New Year’s Eve.
Hill City Scene: Eat & Shop, what more could you want?
Now if you're looking for the stew, don't get there too early as the stew isn't served until noon. If you can't get there early, don't worry, the event lasts from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. We'd love to start sharing your beautiful pictures of the Hill City each week in Hill City Scene. Want to know what else is happening in the Hill City? We'll see clouds in the Hill City this weekend.
Alaska Airlines: Priority boarding with Starbucks holiday cup
CNN image(CNN) - The excitement over Starbucks' holiday cups has reached 35,000 feet. Alaska Airlines is offering priority boarding to passengers who are holding Starbucks' holiday-themed coffee cups, who will be able to stand in an "espresso" lane. Although anyone holding the Starbucks cup can board early, they won't be the first in line. For customers in those locations, the airline said it will allow holiday cup sleeves from Starbucks instead. Alaska isn't a stranger to this type of early boarding promotion.
Starbucks' holiday cups will be back this week
We're barely into pumpkin spice latte season and already the holiday cups are on their way. The coffee chain said on Wednesday that its holiday drinks, foods and its signature red and green cups will be back in stores on Thursday. For Starbucks, the seasonal offerings are a way to create buzz, give their fans what they want and boost sales. Although in the past Starbucks has experimented with less Christmasy cups, this year it's sticking to the holiday theme with red and green designs. To develop this year's cups, Starbucks' designers drew inspiration from Christmas movies and songs, as well as previous iterations of the signature vessel.
Dunkin's peppermint mocha launches holiday season
It's not even Thanksgiving, and Dunkin' is already bringing the pumpkin spice season to a close. (CNN) - It's not even Thanksgiving, and Dunkin' is already bringing the pumpkin spice season to a close. The coffee and doughnut chain announced Friday on Twitter that their peppermint mocha will be returning for the season on November 6, after nixing the limited-time drink last year. Starbucks, though, seems to be hanging on to pumpkin spice season a little longer. The company has not made any official announcements regarding their winter flavors -- including their own seasonal peppermint mocha.
Former Starbucks director sues, saying she was wrongfully fired
CNN image(CNN) - A former Starbucks regional director has sued the company for wrongful termination, alleging the company discriminated against her in the aftermath of a highly publicized arrest of two black men at a Starbucks store in Philadelphia in April 2018. Street protests occurred in April 2018 because of the incident at a Philadelphia Starbucks. Phillips' lawsuit was filed this week in US District Court in New Jersey. Phillips' lawsuit says that was "factually impossible" because district managers could not determine salaried employee compensation due to Starbucks' own policies and procedures. Her lawsuit states that the district manager had worked for Starbucks for 15 years, and that she had never observed any racially discriminatory comments or conduct from him.
Starbucks doesn't want you to order at its newest store
The coffee chain is opening "Starbucks Pick-Up," a first-of-its-kind location in the United States that's encourages orders from its app. She told CNN Business that customers want "convenience, comfort and connection" and the pick-up store is designed specifically around the first of those. Starbucks Pick-Up will help the company "test and learn" the format, Young said, which it could expand to other US cities. Starbucks has a variation of its pick-up store in China, which is called Starbucks Now. Both Starbucks Now and Starbucks Pick-Up are part of the company's portfolio of stores that are "tuned to different needs at different times," Young said.
Disneyland guests warned of measles exposure
Tuxyso via Wikimedia Commons(CNN) - A Los Angeles County resident visited Disneyland last week while infected with measles, health officials said late Tuesday, potentially exposing hundreds of other people to the highly contagious disease. The individual went to Starbucks at 3006 S. Spulveda Boulevard in West Los Angeles early on the morning on Oct. 16 before going to Disneyland from 9.15 a.m. onwards, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said in a statement. Measles can spread through coughing and sneezing and can live for up to two hours in the air where an infected person coughs or sneezes. "Measles is spread by air and by direct contact even before you know have it. There have been 19 measles cases among Los Angeles County residents in 2019.
The McRib is back, but why doesn't McDonald's sell it year-round?
(CNN) - McDonald's McRib is back again. For example, when the weather turns colder, Starbucks customers habitually get excited about Pumpkin Spice Lattes. When Starbucks announced the return of the Pumpkin Spice Latte last year, it also unveiled the Teavana Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea Latte. And Chernev pointed out that seasonal menu items mean brands have something new to talk about every quarter. Hottovy explained that sales typically rise for a short time when companies unveil seasonal items.
Oregon man sues Starbucks for $10K after allergic reaction
Stephen Chernin/Getty ImagesPORTLAND, Ore. - An Oregon man with a severe nut allergy has sued Starbucks after saying he ordered coffee with soy milk but was given almond milk instead. The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Thursday that 34-year-old Max Scher filed a $10,000 lawsuit against the company this week saying he had to rush to a Portland emergency room in May after taking sips of the drink. Scher says he is a regular customer who often reminds the staff of his allergy. Scher says he checked the cup and it had "soy milk" written on it, but could not tell it contained almond milk by taste. Scher says he can't afford his medical bills and shouldn't have to "spend over $4,000 because they made a mistake."
Starbucks' new store concept: Pick-up only
(CNN) - Starbucks has begun construction on a new location dedicated exclusively to mobile orders. The new store format is called "Starbucks Pick-Up," only accepting orders from the Starbucks app. At Starbucks Now stores, customers order ahead and pick up their drinks in a store that's smaller than a typical cafe. The Pick-Up store in New York City is part of Starbucks plans to modernize its business with a greater emphasis on digital. Starbucks has also said it wants to expand its "third place" idea: Starbucks has long said it is another place for customers to congregate, in addition to work and home.
Meet the man who named your favorite products
Placek and his team wrote a variety of words on a big sheet of butcher paper. The advertising experience gave him the idea to launch a business centered exclusively around linguistics that would help companies create names for new products. Among his first employees was Will Leben, a linguistics professor at Stanford University who now oversees the firm's in-house linguistics team and network of 90 linguist partners globally. Cohen and Leben helped Placek research the science behind effective names and what makes one name perform better than another in the marketplace. Together, they formulated a three-step creative process to engineer brand names.
Pumpkin spice for every occasion
Krispy Kreme has even joined the pumpkin spice movement, adding a pumpkin spice doughnut with cheesecake filling to its menu. Pumpkin spice spamIf pork wanted to taste like pumpkin spice, then it would be a pumpkin. Pumpkin spice CBD dropsYou can scare your anxieties away with Pumpkin Spice CBD drops in your preferred drink, courtesy of Summit CBD. Pumpkin spice dog treatsPlease Greenies, don't addict our lil pups to the pumpkin spice flavor, too. Pumpkin spice kale chipsYou're either kale or you're pumpkin spice.
Howard Schultz drops plans to run as independent candidate in 2020
SEATTLE - Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz won't run for president in 2020, ending his exploration of an independent run against President Donald Trump. Schultz wrote that "not enough people today are willing to consider backing an independent candidate because they fear doing so might lead to re-electing a uniquely dangerous incumbent president." Schultz also cited his recovery from three back surgeries. This story is breaking and will be updated. The-CNN-Wire & 2019 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company.
Starbucks plans to improve US employees' mental health benefits
(CNN) - Starbucks is planning to improve mental health benefits for US employees in one of its latest bids to attract and retain talent in a tight labor market. Although Starbucks did not announce any specific new benefits, it hopes to encourage more employees to take advantage of the company's mental health care package. The company has already taken steps to improve mental health benefits in other markets. In 2016, Starbucks Canada started offering $5,000 toward mental health benefits annually. By focusing on mental health, Starbucks is highlighting yet another type of benefit.
It must be fall: Pumpkin spice lattes are coming back
Beginning Tuesday it will sell a Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew drink for the first time. That's in addition to the hot Pumpkin Spice Latte, which has attracted a cult following for the company. The new "deliciously fall" drink combines pumpkin spice flavoring and cold brew coffee, the company said. It's topped with pumpkin cream cold foam and a dusting of pumpkin spice topping. A 16 oz Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew has 250 calories and 31 grams of sugar, while a same-size hot Pumpkin Spice Latte has 380 calories and 50 grams of sugar.
Fast food companies betting big on delivery
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(CNN) - This is the golden age of food delivery. The promotion, which let customers order both the regular and Impossible Whopper for $7, was only available through DoorDash. "We have seen very little guest overlap between our own in-app delivery and our third-party delivery partner apps," he added. The holdoutFor Domino's, delivery is a big deal. By outsourcing delivery, food companies are essentially outsourcing their brand management, as well.
Every Starbucks growth strategy is working
Stephen Chernin/Getty ImagesSEATTLE, Wash. - Starbucks has put several plans in place to accelerate growth, and they all seem to be working. The tactics are paying off: Sales at cafes open at least a year grew 6% globally in the third quarter, Starbucks announced Thursday. Net sales grew 8.1% to an all-time high of $6.8 billion. Because of the successful quarter, Starbucks improved its financial outlook for the year. One strategy is adding more stores: In the third quarter, the company opened 442 net new stores, one third of them in China.
China's Luckin Coffee taking on Starbucks in more big markets
Luckin Coffee(CNN) - The coffee company trying to topple Starbucks in China is planning to storm other big markets. Luckin Coffee will partner with Kuwait-based company The Americana Group to set up a coffee retail business in the Middle East and India, it announced Monday. Americana runs 1,900 franchises across the Middle East for several fast food brands, including KFC, Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Krispy Kreme and even Starbucks' UK rival Costa Coffee. Luckin and Americana signed a memorandum of understanding in Beijing on Monday and will run the new coffee business as a joint venture, the Chinese firm said. That would make it China's biggest coffee chain (Starbucks currently has a little under 3,800 stores in the country).
Starbucks launching line of creamers to reach customers at home
(CNN) - Starbucks is launching a line of creamers to reach more customers at home. Together, the two companies have launched new Starbucks products, like coffee beans and Nespresso pods, designed to appeal to consumers who want to make specialty coffees themselves. For Nestl, it's a way to get Starbucks customers to buy products, like creamer and coffee pods, the company already makes. Premium coffee creamers, like the new Starbucks line, are growing the most quickly, Jhung added. For Starbucks, creamer is a "natural progression" within the partnership, said Duncan Moir, president of global channel development at Starbucks.
Starbucks to stop selling newspapers, some food items
Stephen Chernin/Getty ImagesStarbucks will stop selling newspapers and a number of food items to declutter stores and remove products customers aren't buying. The changes will take place in Starbucks' 8,600 company-owned stores in the United States. Starbucks has gradually reduced selling non-core products in its stores. It announced in 2015 that it would stop selling CDs and has recently cut down on the number of merchandise for sale, such as mugs. Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson previously told CNN Business that each store should have different needs pertaining to its location.
Starbucks meets with Ariz. police after officers asked to leave store
Tempe, Arizona police officers say Starbucks employee asked them to leave after a customer reported feeling uncomfortable. The six officers who were asked to leave a Starbucks met with company leadership and the Tempe, Arizona, chief of police Monday. The six officers were asked to leave the coffee shop July 4 after a barista approached them and said a customer "did not feel safe" because of the large police presence. The incident sparked backlash from the law enforcement community on social media including the Tempe Officers Association, who created a graphic with a hand pouring out coffee reading "Dump Starbucks." On Monday, the officers association released statement saying the meeting between the officers, police chief and Starbucks "went very well."
Starbucks apologizes after officers asked to leave Arizona store
TEMPE, Ariz. - Starbucks is issuing another public apology more than a year after officers arrested two black men in a Philadelphia store. This time, though, the coffee giant is apologizing to officers with the Tempe Police Department in Arizona. In a statement Friday, the Tempe Officers Association said six officers walked into a Starbucks to enjoy some coffee on July Fourth. "The barista asked the officers to move out of the customer's line of sight or to leave," the association said. Hours before releasing that statement, the association released an altered Starbucks graphic with a hand pouring out coffee reading "Dump Starbucks."
New York to start enforcing foam container ban
Getty Images(CNN) - New York City will begin officially enforcing its ban on Styrofoam beginning Monday. "New York City's ban on Styrofoam is long overdue, and New Yorkers are ready to start using recyclable alternatives," New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said last year when he announced the ban. The Styrofoam ban in New York makes it the largest US city to ban the material. Maine announced last month that it will ban foam food containers statewide beginning in 2021. So did McDonald's, which said it would use renewable or recyclable materials in all of its packaging by 2025.
Starbucks reports $22M loss in UK
Getty Images(CNN) - Starbucks is closing stores and losing money in its most important European market. The coffee chain said Thursday that its UK business lost 17.2 million ($22 million) in the year ended September 2018, a performance it blamed partly on costs including store closures and higher wages. The United Kingdom is Starbucks' sixth-biggest market by number of stores (994 in total), behind the United States, China, Canada, Japan and South Korea. Coca-Cola paid $5 billion last year to acquire UK chain Costa Coffee, just months after JAB, which owns brands like Krispy Kreme and Peet's Coffee, bought sandwich and coffee chain Pret A Manger. Starbucks last year also signed a $7.2 billion deal with Nestle, under which the Swiss food and drink company will market, sell and distribute Starbucks' packaged coffee and tea around the world.