Starbucks CEO eyes acquisition for consumer products: report

Mon Mar 7, 2011 1:29am EST

A cup of Starbucks coffee sits on a table in a cafe in central Hong Kong January 16, 2011.REUTERS/Joel Boh

A cup of Starbucks coffee sits on a table in a cafe in central Hong Kong January 16, 2011.

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(Reuters) - Starbucks Corp (SBUX.O) may go for acquisitions over the next 12-18 months to expand its consumer products business, Chief Executive Howard Schultz told the Wall Street Journal in an interview.

Looking for growth beyond its namesake cafes, the world's biggest coffee chain has made clear its intentions to strike deals in the fast-growing single-cup brewing segment.

"We are building and investing in resources and people to build a significant consumer products business that over time will rival the size and scale of our retail company," Schultz told the Journal.

Schultz also told the daily that the company will not implement across-the-board price increases at this stage in spite of the volatility in coffee prices

He said the company had locked in coffee prices for 2011 to offset high prices.

Speaking about international expansion plans to the Journal, Schultz said there was "a large runway for growth and opportunity."

"We have an opportunity now to build thousands of stores in China. We're in a very good position to begin to look at India as the next market for Starbucks and we hope to get the first stores there open within 12 months," he told the paper.

(Reporting by Arup Roychoudhury; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)

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Comments (2)
wastedclown wrote:
Does anyone else remember when they had to close a bunch of stores, and get rid of their non-coffee related consumer products because their profits had declined substantially? Am i crazy or did this just happen like a year ago?

Mar 07, 2011 3:49am EST  --  Report as abuse
kc10man wrote:
Your crazy, haha

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