Labor groups nominate 3 to the Starbucks board

The Strategic Organizing Center, a coalition of labor groups, is targeting the coffee giant’s board, arguing that the company’s fight against unions hurts the brand.


Starbucks' global locations offer unique takes on holiday beverages

From a Chestnut Praline Latte in the Caribbean to Japan’s Strawberry Merry Cream Frappuccino, stores in different parts of the world celebrate with seasonal drinks that reflect the culture.

Investment firm General Atlantic has agreed to take a majority stake in the global coffee, juice and sandwich chain with plans to expand franchising.

Peppermint is pushing out pumpkin spice and taking over beverage menus for the holidays, with coffee chains leading the way.

The drive-thru beverage chain’s shop profit margins soared last quarter, to 31%, thanks to a combination of price hikes and efficiency. It will help with California wages set to increase next year.

The chain’s U.S. same-store sales rose 8% as more customers ordered more products and more add-ons and its loyalty membership hit a record.

The Seattle-based coffee giant believes it has plenty of room to add more stores in the U.S., but it also believes that efficiencies can cut $3 billion in costs over the next three years.

The chain’s president will take over at the drive-thru coffee chain for the retiring Todd Graeve on Jan. 1.

Workers United accused the coffeehouse giant of unfair labor practices by sharing a list of union stores with pro-Israel groups angered by "solidarity with Palestine" messages. Starbucks, however, says the list did not come from the company.

Chad Gretzema will take over the 69-unit coffee chain, which is targeting 100 locations by 2025.

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