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Starbucks CEO stands by pledge to hire refugees

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz presided over his last annual shareholder meeting as head of the company Wednesday by standing by its pledge to hire refugees and expanding on previously announced …


UPDATED: Fri., March 17, 2017, 7:35 a.m.

Racist posters plastered in 3 areas of Spokane

About a month after racist posters


Starbucks loses market share as rivals roll out drink deals

Starbucks Corp., facing heavy competition, mobile-ordering hiccups and even boycott threats, has been losing U.S. customers to rivals this winter.


UPDATED: Tue., March 7, 2017, 8:49 p.m.

Starbucks rolls out ‘barrel-aged’ coffee beans in Roastery

There’s barrel-aged whiskey, beer, vinegar and syrup. Is barrel-aged coffee the next big thing? Barrel-aged coffee, in which green, unroasted coffee beans are placed in barrels that previously held whiskey, …


Investing in friendships for two generations

A Spokane Valley investment club, the Lilies, started 21 years ago. They’re all women who love coffee, so in fall 1995 their first choice ignored a financial adviser’s caution about …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 14, 2017, 5:32 p.m.

Starbucks puts ice cream on menu at 100-plus stores

Starbucks, having seen the success of ice cream menu offerings at its high-end Seattle Roastery store, will start serving ice cream at more than 100 store locations.


Taking aim at Trump policies, Starbucks CEO vows to hire 10,000 refugees over five years

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz added a coffee magnate’s voice to the chorus of tech industry executives who spoke out over the weekend against President Donald Trump’s travel ban order, announcing …


Froma Harrop: Boycotts are a form of speech

The point here is that for whatever reason, a person has a right to withhold his or her custom. Freedom of speech doesn’t end at the cash register.


Starbucks to top McDonald’s as restaurant king, analyst says

Starbucks is poised to overtake McDonald’s as the world’s most valuable restaurant chain, and the coffee giant could ultimately have a staggering 50,000 locations.


Lucas Werner, 37, ejected from Spokane Starbucks after asking teenage barista for a date

A 37-year-old Spokane man is claiming age discrimination after he was barred from a Spokane Starbucks after asking a teenage barista on a date.


Former Starbucks, Microsoft official to lead state trade council

A former executive at Starbucks and Microsoft has been named president of the Washington Council on International Trade.


Starbucks plan to win lunch crowd creates tough task for new CEO

Starbucks Corp. wants to persuade its coffee-loving customers to come back for lunch, after stumbling several times in previous attempts to expand its food offerings.


Starbucks to boost number of shops by almost 50 percent

Starbucks plans to add 12,000 stores around the world, as well as expand its high-end drinks and stores, and build on its mobile offerings – including being able to place …


McDonald’s revamps $4 billion McCafe brand as it lags Starbucks

McDonald’s Corp., losing ground in its battle for the nation’s coffee drinkers, is planning to shake up its McCafe brand — part of a bid to challenge Starbucks Corp. and …


For his next act, Schultz wants to make Starbucks more upscale

Howard Schultz, the billionaire who built a caffeine empire by bringing Italian coffee culture to the American mainstream, is ready for his next project: Starbucks 2.0.


Next Starbucks CEO brings tech savvy

After turning Starbucks Corp. into the world’s largest coffee chain, Chief Executive Officer Howard Schultz will hand the reins to a lieutenant who could solidify its role as a technology …


Starbucks: Howard Schultz to step down as CEO, focus on innovation

Starbucks says CEO Howard Schultz is stepping down from that role at the coffee chain that he joined more than 30 years ago.


Starbucks mislabels Oregon-themed travel mug

Starbucks could be in for a new coffee cup-related brouhaha after mislabeling a landmark on an Oregon-themed travel mug.


Snowflakes, Santa seem to be back on Starbucks holiday cups

Starbucks will be unveiling its holiday coffee cups for this year with what look to be snowflakes and reindeer, after last year’s more subdued red cups caused an uproar from …


Starbucks sees key sales measure rise, profit increase

Starbucks reported a 23 percent increase in its fourth-quarter profit Thursday, thanks to rising sales at its coffee shops and benefiting from an extra week in the period.


Dunkin’ Donuts revamps tea lineup as it takes on Starbucks

Dunkin’ Donuts, which is better known for its coffee, is revamping its hot tea lineup as it seeks to better compete with rivals like Starbucks.


Starbucks rolls out ‘unity’ cup ahead of Election Day

One week before Election Day, Starbucks has unveiled a new cup in the U.S. that it says is meant to be “a symbol of unity.”


Starbucks plans to double stores in China in 5 years

Starbucks is pushing ahead with its expansion into mainland China, saying Wednesday it’s on track to have 5,000 stores by 2021, more than doubling the number of its coffee shops …


Starbucks to open West Seattle store, provide youth job training

Starbucks plans to open a store in West Seattle’s White Center next year as part of the company’s nationwide initiative supporting economic development in low- to medium-income communities.


Report grades restaurant chains’ work to rid meat supply of medically important antibiotics

Panera Bread and Chipotle Mexican Grill passed with flying colors, but KFC and Olive Garden were among the laggards in commitments to eliminate medically important antibiotics from their meat and …


Federal judge puts Starbucks lawsuit on ice in California

A federal judge has thrown cold water on a lawsuit that claimed Starbucks defrauded customers by adding ice to its cold beverages.


Starbucks iced coffee lawsuit dismissed with chiding from judge

CHICAGO – A lawsuit that accused Starbucks of misrepresenting the sizes of its cold drinks has been dismissed by a California judge, who issued a written tongue-lashing of the plaintiff’s …


Starbucks recalls stainless-steel straws on reports of cuts

Starbucks is recalling stainless-steel straws it sold in its stores and online after three reports of children suffering “mouth lacerations” while using them.


Consumer Confidential: Starbucks unveils private exchange for health plans

To hear Starbucks tell it, the company’s introduction last week of expanded insurance choices for workers represents a major advance in health coverage.


Starbucks shuffles management; new role for Americas head

NEW YORK – Starbucks is shuffling its management, including a new role for the executive who headed its flagship Americas unit for eight years. The move comes after the unit …