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Starbucks to expand loyalty program to Teavana and supermarkets

BY Marianne Wilson

Seattle — Starbucks Coffee Co. is expanding its customer loyalty program to the supermarket channel and its Teavana stores as it looks to double membership from 4.5 million members at the end of October 2012 to approximately nine million members by the end of fiscal 2013.

Starbucks made the announcement at the company’s annual shareholders on Wednesday in Seattle. Also at the meeting, Starbucks investors rejected a shareholder proposal to prohibit the chain from making political contributions or forming a political action committee.

Speaking at the meeting, Adam Brotman, chief digital officer, said that, starting in May, customers will be able to accrue reward points for purchases of Starbucks packaged coffee in grocery channels, with the points redeemable in Starbucks stores. The program is expected to be expanded to include other Starbucks products sold through grocery channels this fall.

Starbucks is also integrating the program into its Teavana brand. Beginning next month, registered customers who make purchases with a Starbucks Card or through the Starbucks mobile app at any of over 300 Teavana retail stores will be able to earn Stars points for their purchases.

Brotman also announced that Starbucks mobile payment platform is now generating over three million U.S. mobile payment transactions per week.

In other news, Starbucks announced the launch of a nonprofit corporation with a $1 million seed grant to introduce job skills, leadership and apprenticeship programs to young people across the company’s supply chain. The chain is also expanding its support for U.S. manufacturing through an order for 100,000 ceramic mugs from a supplier in Ohio whose operations Starbucks helped expand through previous purchasing commitments.

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Delhaize banners earn Energy Star award

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Salisbury, N.C. — Delhaize’s Food Lion, Harveys and Reid’s chains have earned their 12th consecutive Energy Star award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

"We are honored to receive this Energy Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence award for the twelfth year and are committed to increasing energy efficiency in our stores," Susan Sollenberger, director of energy, maintenance and equipment purchasing at Delhaize America South. "Food Lion, Harveys and Reid’s remain dedicated to environmental stewardship and are proud to continue to lead the way with energy conservation initiatives."

"EPA is recognizing Food Lion, Harveys, and Reid’s for earning EPA’s highest Energy Star award – the 2013 Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award," said Bob Perciasepe, acting administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. "The companies lead the field with their commitment to energy efficiency and demonstrates how all Americans can save energy, save money, and create a healthier environment."

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S.Gacho says:
Mar-26-2013 10:21 am

A lot of business minded people nowadays are staring a business related to food. They believe that no food business will never click because its the basic need of the people. - Michael Courouleau

S.Gacho says:
Mar-26-2013 10:21 am

A lot of business minded people nowadays are staring a business related to food. They believe that no food business will never click because its the basic need of the people. - Michael Courouleau

buangsila001 says:
Mar-20-2013 11:46 pm

They really have the Corporate Social Responsibility I think, that is why they have gained many awards. They re not only thinking for profit but also they are for the environment.

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Bi-Lo names president

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Jacksonville, Fla. — Anthea Jones has assumed the role of president at Bi-Lo. He will continue to serve as SVP operations.

Jones comes to the position from the Bi-Lo side of the recent merger between regional supermarkets Bi-Lo and Winn-Dixie. He signed on with Bi-Lo in 1999 after 17 years at Food Lion. He also is the immediate past board chairman for the Global Market Development Center.

Jones succeeds Michael Byars in the position. Randall Onstead continues as president and CEO of the combined company, Bi-Lo Holdings.

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Mar-20-2013 11:47 pm

Congratulations for getting the position, I know she will do a great job. Knowing her background it is really good. - Carmack Moving and Storage

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