Starbucks commits to 10,000 'Greener Stores'

Starbucks Coffee Company said today that it is committed to building 10,000 "Greener Stores" globally by 2025. The chain is first creating a framework around performance criteria to help ensure the stores set a standard for green retail.

Milan Starbucks to open

Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Milan will open its doors this week after months of training and preparation, according to a press release. Howard Schultz, chairman emeritus of Starbucks, credits a trip to Milan in 1983, for inspiring the company that...

Coke acquiring Costa Coffee

The Coca-Cola Company is becoming a major player in the retail coffee industry. It announced Thursday that it is acquiring Costa Limited, which was founded in 1971, in London and now has nearly 4,000 retail outlets, a coffee vending operation,...

Starbucks launches community-based program to help local causes

Starbucks and Points of Light, the world's largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, have launched Starbucks Service Fellows, an employer-led service program inspired and informed by national service, according to a press release. The initial six-month pilot, launching this month,...

Survey indicates importance of employer-provided meals, snacks

A ZeroCater survey of 100 employees and office managers found that food plays an important tole in a company's culture and has a deep effect on employee happiness, relationships and reliability. About 75 percent of employees said they were happy...

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf launches cold brew coffee, tea

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is expanding its selection of cold brew coffee and teas in time for summer. The new beverages, which include Vietnamese Cold Brew Coffee, Mango Cold Brew Tea, Peach Jasmine Cold Brew Tea, Raspberry Cold Brew Tea and Black Cherry Cold Brew Tea, are available until Aug.

U.S. Starbucks ups the cost of a cup 10 to 20 cents

Starbucks said this week it raised the price of a regular drip coffee by 10 to 20 cents in most U.S. stores on Tuesday, according to Associated Press on Yahoo.finance. Budgeting for the weekly caffeine fix at the mermaid-emblazoned chain...

Nestle paying Starbucks $7B to form coffee alliance

Starbucks Corporation is forming a global coffee alliance with Nestle S.A. to accelerate and grow the global reach of its brands in consumer packaged goods and foodservice, according to a company press release. As part of the alliance, Nestle will...

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf launches mobile ordering

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf has launched mobile ordering within its rewards app. The feature is available now at all 191 company-owned locations in Southern California and Arizona, and will be extended to include franchise locations and new geographic...

Tropical Smoothie Cafe serving cacti

Tropical Smoothie Cafe has put cacti on the menu. The Citrus Cactus Smoothie, available for a limited time only, blends together cactus, orange, apple, mango, pineapple and freshly squeezed lime juice, and is available in participating Tropical Smoothie Cafe locations...

Lemonade unveils cold-pressed lemonade-infused drinks

Lemonade Restaurant Group has created cold-pressed lemonade-infused drinks. Available at all locations across California, options include Skinny Lemonade T's, Fruity Yogurt Smoothies infused with lemonade and FROZade, according to a company press release. The Skinny Lemonade T's, which have 30...

NRA puts Coca-Cola leader in development, industry relations post

The National Restaurant Association has appointed retired Coca-Cola Company executive Roy Jackson as executive vice president of development and industry relations, a news release said. Jackson brings strategic account management, operations and enterprise sales expertise to the role after more...

Wellbilt buys Crem International

Restaurant equipment provider, Welbilt Inc., has signed an agreement to buy Crem International (Avaj International Holding AB) from Priveq Investment Fund IV L.P. and SEB Venture Capital, for $224 million, with an expected Q2 closing date, a news release said....

Dr Pepper Snapple Group to merge with Keurig Green Mountain

Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. and Keurig Green Mountain Inc.

Zoes Kitchen unveils new design, beverage menu

Zoes Kitchen opens the doors today of its new restaurant prototype. Located at 6004 Falls of Neuse Rd., Suite 100, in Raleigh, North Carolina, the store includes a variety of features designed to enhance guests' dining experience, provide more convenience...

Tropical Smoothie Cafe signs multi-unit deal for Florida expansion

Tropical Smoothie Cafe has signed a second deal in less than a year with franchisee and U.S. Army veteran Emily Harrington.

Nekter Juice Bar celebrating 2 North Carolina openings

Nekter Juice Bar is getting ready to open its first two East Coast locations in North Carolina. A unit in Charlotte's South End will celebrate its grand opening Friday, while the Nekter in Cornelius will hold its celebration Saturday, according...

PJ's Coffee brewing franchising opportunities in Mississippi

PJ's Coffee of New Orleans, a Ballard Brands brand, is looking to open up to 30 locations in Mississippi over the next two to three years. Via franchising, the chain is targeting Jackson, Oxford and Columbus, according to a company...

Starbucks holiday cups encourage 'doing good'

Halloween is barely a day old, which has become the official time for Starbucks to release its holiday cups. The chain has marked the arrival of the holidays with its specially designed red cups since 1997, becoming a symbol itself of the season, according to company press release. This year is no exception with the chain's U.S.

Main Squeeze Juice Co. launches national franchise program

Main Squeeze Juice Co., a newcomer to the more than $5 billion juice market, has moved its headquarters to New Orleans and officially launched its franchise opportunity, according to a company press release. With a flagship store already serving customers...

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