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Starbucks Brand Development

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Founded in the early 1970s Starbucks has developed into the foremost coffeehouse corporation on the globe. It began as a simple Seattle based business focused on selling premium coffee beans and equipment. During the 1980s, the company expanded toward selling coffee and espresso drinks in addition to the beans and equipment. In the 1990s, the company went international with the first store opening in Tokyo, Japan and soon after in the United Kingdom. During the 2000s, the business erupted on the South American continent in Mexico, Peru, El Salvador, and Guatemala. All the while during the global expansion of this multi-billion dollar coffeehouse empire one constant has veraciously remained, the purchase and development of responsibly grown coffee products with respect to the people and places that produce it.

According to the Starbucks website, “over the past decade, Conservation International has helped [Starbucks] develop buying guidelines that address [their] principles for ethical sourcing” (Starbucks, 2011). The corporation labeled the guidelines as Coffee and Farmer Equity (C.A.F.E.) practice, which ensure that farmers grow their coffee in a healthy tradition for both the customers and the planet by following standards of product quality, economic accountability, social responsibility, and environmental leadership. To elaborate further, all of the coffee must meet the corporation standards of premium quality, which ensures that only the most robust and healthy coffee beans are cultivated for their customers. Starbucks accomplishes this through transparent business transactions with evidence of payments submitted from the suppliers throughout the supply chain to accurately portray the prices paid by the corporation...

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...s an innovator necessarily but from a more conservative outlook as someone who preserves the tradition and the corporation’s future goals. Once those goals are established then research and development should focus profoundly on the corporation’s forum “my Starbucks idea” to extract and implement those ideas the customers demand.

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Responsibly Grown and Fair Trade Coffee | Starbucks Coffee Company. (n.d.). Starbucks Coffee Company. Retrieved September 10, 2011, from http://www.starbucks.com/responsibility/sourcing/coffee

Starbucks Shared Planet Goals & Progress 2010 | Starbucks Coffee Company. (n.d.). Starbucks Coffee Company. Retrieved September 10, 2011, from http://www.starbucks.com/responsibility/learn-more/goals-and-progress
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