Competitor News

Although they’re going to still be big on making music available, Starbucks this week announced that they are no longer going to be selling CDs (Compact Discs) at their store locations.  Since 1995, the company has been stocking and selling CDs.  With the advent of online music and other technological advances, the CD market has…

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Competitor News

Starbucks announced earlier this week that they will soon be launching a high-end subscription service for “reserve” coffees – at a cost of $288 per year.  This comes on the heels of announcing a few weeks back that they were entering the matchmaking business as well, entering an agreement with Internet dating service Match.com.  Under…

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Competitor News

Starbucks CEO Howard Shultz landed on the cover of Time Magazine in this month’s edition with a story headlined “What Starbucks Knows About America”.  Also, in an agreement with the Seattle company, Delta Airlines began serving Starbucks coffee this month on all of their flights worldwide.  Georgia-based Chick-fill-A has apparently jumped into the free coffee…

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Competitor News

It was announced just days ago that McDonalds CEO Don Thompson is stepping down on March 1and will be replaced by current Global Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Executive Vice President Steve Easterbrook.  The 51-year old Thompson has been with McDonalds Corporation for the past 25 years.  There were a number of other changes announced…

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Competitor News

We spotted a number of notes on competitors over the past few weeks that we thought might be interesting.  Tim Horton’s launched a new Healthy Options Initiative involving nutritional value of various menu items posted on two distinct websites, one for their US stores and another for their Canadian stores.  On the sites, customers can…

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Starbucks’ Troy Alstead has stepped down

It was announced yesterday that the current Chief Operating Officer of Starbucks, Troy Alstead has stepped down after a 23-year career with the company.  He previously served as the Chief Financial Officer during his tenure with Starbucks and also led its international, Europe, Middle East and Africa business units at different times.  He will take…

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Competitor December Doldrums

Dunkin’ wasn’t alone in their weak December report – McDonald’s conducted a special investor call, detailing their “build your own taste theme” and more decentralization in corporate functions, to hopefully be more nimble and more local in its business focus. McDonald’s announced its breakfast sales were still positive. McDonald’s will take some time to change. …

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Coffee Bars, Delivery Service and Golden Arches Slip Again

We noted a couple of interesting stories on Starbucks over the past few weeks that you might be interested in.  First, we noted that they launched a huge roastery and “coffee bar” on Capital Hill in Seattle last week.  The 15,000 square foot roastery will be used solely for roasting, tasting and education their customers…

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Higher Prices at Horton’s and Free Charging

We noted that Tim Horton’s plans to increase the price of a cup of coffee at their Canadian locations next Wednesday by $.10 per cup.  In addition, the chain also plans to increase the price for their breakfast sandwiches across all provinces except Ontario.  There was no specific mention of increases in US stores.  Speaking…

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