I just love starbucks. I have plenty of good conversations and business deals to this good coffee place.
Is that the Starbucks next door to McDonalds?
Hi Ryan,I don't know since I have not been to that one yet.
Congrats on getting the Starbucks biscotti! Do you do other baked goods for them as well?
Great gig to be making biscotti for them. I didn't know they did that. Do they use a lot of local suppliers? Please tell me more. Email me if you like.I confess I am a big Starbucks basher. I really resent their aggressive expansion in the UK and don't want to see it happening here in BA, a place which has such a brilliant coffee culture of its own. Some Starbucks are fine, but in central London there are 164 branches within five miles.That is my concern. Not that I mind them existing.I see you mentioning their fairtrade deals on another blog. I could cynically dismiss that as just a PR stunt, but the truth is it doesn't matter as long as good is being done and ways are being changed. This may filter down to others. If, that is, we end up with any indie coffee stores left... ;-)Great blog btw. I'll be back.
Hi Vicky,They use small business suppliers for a couple of things. Us, for the cookies; and Drimer for some chocolate offerings.It's mostly a mix, and luckily the small business products happen to be great sellers for them!While they are definitely going to grow, I don't see them getting that big. Mind you, this is just my opinion. I still don't see them competing against the traditional type coffee places, but I do see them competing against the more modern type chains like The Coffee Store, Aroma Cafe, Cafe Martinez, McCafe, etc.Like you I do hope they expand their fair trade purchasing activity. It is a step in the right direction. Meanwhile there are all kinds of examples that we can look towards that need changing. There is the bottled water situation, Bananas, diamonds, etc. There are so many to list.Thanks for the kind words. I have also just recently been enjoying your blog!
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