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Starbucks Corporation (SBUX)

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  • Tue, Feb. 17, 2:26 PM
    • Starbucks (SBUX +0.5%) announces a subscription service for its high-end limited reserve batches of coffee.
    • An annual subscription will include 12 shipments of 8.8-ounce bags of reserve coffee sent within 3 to 5 days of roasting for a cost of $288.
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  • Sat, Feb. 14, 10:13 AM
    • Craft soda is starting to become a trend to watch closely, according to industry insiders.
    • Though still accounting for only ~1% of the total U.S. soda market, major retail chains have increasingly been willing to bet on local craft brands in store aisles.
    • The craft craze is old news for the beer industry where coming-of-age millennials buy craft/local beers at a 50% higher rate than brand-loyal older generations. Fading stars such as Budweiser and Bud Light are testament to the impact of the millennial paradigm.
    • The craft influence in coffee hasn't been lost on Starbucks which has strategically deployed trucks on college campuses in an effort to win over students.
    • Despite the progressive reputation of Starbucks, analysts think new upstarts such as Craft (subscription) and Cups (app) have a shot of gaining influence with the Indie-minded millennial crowd on "customization" and pricing.
    • What to watch: An increase in M&A activity in the beverage sector is expected as major companies strategically pick off more local craft brands to incubate.
    • Craft beer watch: BUD, OTCPK:SBMRY, TAP, OTCQX:HEINY, SAM, BREW, STZ, OTC:BIBLF, OTCPK:BRBMF.
    • Craft coffee watch: GMCR, SBUX, JVA, SJM, KRFT, DNKN, QSR, MCD.
    • Craft soda watch: PEP, KO, MNST, COT, DPS, OTCQB:JSDA, REED, SODA,  FIZZ.
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  • Thu, Feb. 12, 9:43 AM
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  • Wed, Feb. 11, 10:37 AM
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  • Wed, Feb. 4, 9:35 AM
    • Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) says it started serving Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) on all its flights across the U.S.
    • The expanded partnership will see Starbucks coffee served on over 5K flights a day.
    • Delta is eating some extra costs from the initiative, but sees a branding upside.
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  • Tue, Feb. 3, 11:15 AM
    • The integration of mobile ordering is a major theme in the restaurant industry this year.
    • Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) and Domino's Pizza (NYSE:DPZ) have raised the bar the highest, while peers have gone into chase mode.
    • Today, Wendy's (NASDAQ:WEN) reported a significant 3% sales lift in a 35-unit test run of an app order/dedicated drive-through program (h/t Barbarian Capital, Wendy's Investor Day webcast ).
    • Two companies struggling with their drive-through windows due to kitchen complexity, Panera Bread (NASDAQ:PNRA) and McDonald's (NYSE:MCD), have their eyes on in-store ways to boost sales. In the case of McDonald's, the plan is to use self-order kiosks.
    • Chipotle (NYSE:CMG) reports Q4 results after the bell today where there will be a focus on if the company's new mobile app had any impact on pick-up orders.
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  • Fri, Jan. 23, 11:25 AM
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  • Fri, Jan. 23, 9:51 AM
    • Starbucks (SBUX +5.7%) execs talked more about the future than the past quarter during its conference call last night.
    • Delivery: The company will roll out two different models, say execs. One will be an in-house solution and the second will be in partnership with another company. A sales lift is expected from the venture.
    • China: The comp in China outpaced the overall +8% pace of the CAP segment.
    • Mobile: The order-by-app service will be expanded to more than 600 stores in the Pacific Northwest. A question on the functionality of ordering a hot drink for pickup is tackled eagerly and pretty effectively.
    • Packaged coffee: The company's massive loyalty program seems to be helping grocery sales. Starbucks increased market share for packaged coffee to over 28% in Q4 and topped 30% for the key week of the holiday period.
    • Commodity costs: Starbucks sees "significant" coffee pricing advantages in Q1, but that environment easing off in the back half of the year. Dairy and diesel costs should become more favorable in the back half (hedges play a factor).
    • The big picture: CEO Howard Schultz brings back up the "seismic" shift in consumer behavior by saying the shift to digital/mobile/delivery won't work for many brick-and-mortar mainstays. The company is planning on leveraging its 9M My Starbucks Rewards members in making the jump.
    • Starbucks earning call transcript
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  • Thu, Jan. 22, 6:03 PM
    • Kevin Johnson, once the CEO of telecom equipment vendor Juniper Networks and before that a senior Microsoft exec, has been named Starbucks' (NASDAQ:SBUX) president and COO, effective March 1. Johnson has been on Starbucks' board since 2009.
    • News of the hiring comes two weeks after Starbucks announced Troy Alstead would be stepping down as COO.
    • SBUX +3.9% AH to new all-time highs in response to its in-line FQ1 results, healthy comps, and FY15 revenue guidance reiteration.
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  • Thu, Jan. 22, 5:36 PM
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  • Thu, Jan. 22, 4:14 PM
    • Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) reports global comparable store sales increased 5% in FQ1 vs. 4.9% expected and 5.0% last quarter and in the year-ago period.
    • Traffic was 2% higher during the quarter.
    • Comp growth by region: Americas and U.S. +5%; EMEA +4%; China/Asia Pacific +8%.
    • Operating margin improved -130 bps Q/Q and -10 bps Y/Y to 19.1%. The decline was due in a large part to a shift in ownership in Japan.
    • My Starbucks Rewards member adds +10% to over 9M members.
    • The company added 512 net new stores during the quarter.
    • FY15 EPS guidance is reaffirmed at revenue growth of 16%-18% and a mid single-digit comp.
    • FY15 EPS of $3.09-$3.13 expected vs. $3.13 consensus.
    • SBUX +3.17% AH
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  • Thu, Jan. 22, 4:04 PM
    • Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX): FQ1 EPS of $0.80 in-line.
    • Revenue of $4.8B (+13.2% Y/Y) in-line.
    • Shares +2.4%.
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  • Wed, Jan. 21, 5:35 PM
  • Sat, Jan. 17, 12:45 PM
    • Milk prices are in a downward trend with an excess of supply on the international market.
    • The supply is so far beyond expectations that some U.S. cooperatives have directed farms to pour out part of their inventory.
    • A reduced level of milk imports from China and Russia has been a factor in the market.
    • Food companies are seeing a quicker benefit from the milk price decline than consumers, although analysts anticipate lower prices at grocery and C-stores stores in 2015.
    • Milk price data (consumers) vs. milk futures chart
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  • Fri, Jan. 9, 1:38 PM
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  • Fri, Jan. 9, 9:35 AM
    • Reports indicate the departure of Starbucks (SBUX -1.3%) COO Troy Alstead is due to a personal issue which has been under discussion for some time.
    • The Puget Sound Business Journal suggests it's "unlikely" Alstead will return to the company.
    • Alstead nearly left the company in 2008 before CEO Howard Schultz talked him into staying.
    • Several analysts have tipped that the dip in shares makes for a good entry point on Starbucks, although SA contributor Howard Penney has a detailed look on the company which could give some investors pause.
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Company Description
Starbucks Corp is the roaster, marketer & retailer of specialty coffee in the world, operating in 65 countries. It sells a variety of coffee & tea products. It sells goods and services under brands under Teavana, Tazo, Seattle's Best Coffee, etc.
Sector: Services
Country: United States