Target Corporation to webcast its meeting with the financial community on March 3

MINNEAPOLIS, 2015-2-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) will webcast its meeting with the financial community on March 3 from approximately 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time. Investors and others are invited to access the presentations and Q&A session online on the Events & Presentations section of Target.com/Investors. The webcast will be archived for at least 90 days following the meeting.

At the meeting, Target will discuss its strategic and financial plans and provide guidance for the company’s expected fiscal 2015 financial performance. Speakers will include:

  • Brian Cornell, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer
  • John Mulligan, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
  • Casey Carl, Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer
  • Kathee Tesija, Executive Vice President and Chief Merchandising and Supply Chain Officer
  • Jeff Jones, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,790 stores and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit to communities, that giving equals more than $4 million a week. For more information, visit Target.com/Pressroom. For a behind-the-scenes look at Target, visit ABullseyeView.com or follow @TargetNews on Twitter

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Whole Foods Market to open 34,000-square-foot Little Rock store on Feb. 18

New store at Bowman and Chenal Parkway opens Feb. 18

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., 2015-2-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — The long-awaited relocation of Little Rock’s Whole Foods Market is almost here. On Wednesday, Feb. 18, the 34,000-square-foot store will open its doors.

In addition to an expanded range of high quality natural and organic products, the store will offer more than 200 local—and more than 300 organic— items, a coffee and fresh juice bar, and a beer and wine bar serving pub style fare and featuring 12 taps.

Store opening celebrations will kick off with a traditional bread-breaking ceremony (Whole Foods Market’s version of ribbon cutting) at 7:30 a.m., followed by the grand opening at 8 a.m. The first 500 shoppers will receive a Whole Foods Market reusable shopping bag. Guests can also enjoy tastings, special sales, music and activities for all ages.

As a part of Whole Foods Market’s commitment to the community, the store will host a series of 1 percent community giving days during opening week. Guests can support a different Little Rock nonprofit each day, simply by shopping. The following nonprofit organizations will receive 1 percent of sales on the below dates, and will join the store in opening events:

Wednesday, Feb. 18– Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance
Thursday, Feb. 19 – Arkansas Local Food Network
Friday, Feb. 20 – The One
Saturday, Feb. 21 – Central Arkansas Rescue Effort for Animals (CARE)
Sunday, Feb. 22– Wildwood Park for the Arts

Full details on opening week events can be found on the store’s website.

On Feb. 16, Whole Foods Market will host a preview party for the Little Rock store. The event will offer guests a chance to sneak a peek at the store and enjoy sips and samples of local and exclusive products. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Museum of Discovery. Limited tickets are available for a suggested $5 donation at the door. Guests must RSVP via Eventbrite.

The new Little Rock store will include expanded offerings and unique features such as:
• Enhanced prepared foods grab-and-go breakfast, lunch and dinner options.
• Coffee and fresh-squeezed juice bar featuring Allegro coffee.
• Beer and wine bar with 12 taps and seating indoors and outdoors.
• Hot barbecue bar featuring meats smoked in store.
• Expanded seafood department will offer four times as many options as previous department. We will cut, fillet, season and debone your fish for free – just ask!
• Self-serve pizza–grab a slice or call ahead and pick up a whole pie.
• Signature sandwich menu created just for Little Rock, with build-your-own-sandwich options.
• Indoor and outdoor community seating at the front of the store.
• 16 brightly colored shipping containers featured in the façade of the building. The store was constructed to be environmentally friendly, with several green features:
• Store lighting that automatically dims based on light use from each of our 21 skylights.
• Reclaimed barn wood throughout the store.
• Reclaimed wood gym bleachers repurposed as a bar countertop.
• Electric car charging station and bike racks.

For more information about Whole Foods Market Little Rock, find us online at:
wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/bowman

Facebook – Whole Foods Market Little Rock
Twitter & Instagram – @WholefoodsLTR
#WFMrocktown

Whole Foods Market Little Rock
501 Bowman Road
Little Rock, AR 72211
Store Hours: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily
Phone: 501-312-2326

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Whole Foods Market to open 34,000-square-foot Little Rock store on Feb. 18

Whole Foods Market to open 34,000-square-foot Little Rock store on Feb. 18

Rite Aid Corporation opens 24 RediClinics inside select Rite Aid pharmacies in the greater Baltimore/Washington D.C and Philadelphia markets

24 RediClinics Now Open in Greater Baltimore/Washington D.C. and Philadelphia Markets

CAMP HILL, Pa., 2015-2-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE:RAD) announced today that 24 RediClinics are now open inside select Rite Aid pharmacies in the greater Baltimore/Washington D.C and Philadelphia markets. These are the first clinics to open inside Rite Aid pharmacies since Rite Aid acquired Houston-based RediClinic, one of the nation’s leading operators of retail clinics, last April.

Rite Aid President and Chief Operating Officer Ken Martindale, Rite Aid Executive Vice President of Pharmacy Robert Thompson and RediClinic CEO Web Golinkin will officially mark the clinic openings with a ribbon-cutting today at 10:30 a.m. at the Rite Aid pharmacy located at 3599 West Chester Pike in Newtown Square, Pa.

“Today marks an important milestone not only for Rite Aid and RediClinic but for our customers in greater Baltimore/Washington D.C. and Philadelphia too,” said Martindale. “As a community pharmacy, we are on the front lines of community health every day and it’s critical that we provide the types of programs, resources and services needed to help our customers live and stay well. Providing high-quality, convenient and affordable healthcare through an in-store RediClinic is just one example of how we are taking our commitment to the health and wellbeing of our customers to the next level.”

Added Golinkin, “As one of the pioneers in convenient care, RediClinic has provided more than 1.5 million consumers with easy access to high-quality, affordable healthcare since 2005. Now as a part of Rite Aid, we are bringing our services and programs to new customers in new markets, helping Rite Aid take even better care of its customers. We are excited to have opened the first wave of clinics inside select Rite Aid pharmacies in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. and Philadelphia markets, and we look forward to growing with Rite Aid and improving the health and wellbeing of our customers and communities.”

RediClinics in these markets are staffed by board certified nurse practitioners, who are trained and licensed to treat common conditions and provide preventive services, in collaboration with local physicians who are affiliated with leading local healthcare systems. Patients can be treated for more than 30 common medical conditions and RediClinic’s clinicians are able to write prescriptions for these conditions when appropriate.

RediClinics also provide a broad range of preventive services, including screenings, medical tests, immunizations, and basic physical exams; and the company’s innovative and acclaimed Weigh Forward® weight/lifestyle management program is offered at many RediClinics and licensed to other providers.

“RediClinics are a natural extension of the services our customers currently receive from Rite Aid pharmacists and we are pleased to demonstrate this additional layer of healthcare support,” said Thompson. “We believe our customers will really appreciate having this service available to them in a setting they already trust.”

Rite Aid plans to open additional RediClinics inside select Rite Aid pharmacies across greater Seattle later this spring. The Company will also look to open additional clinic locations in Texas where RediClinic is already a leading provider of convenient care services.

Rite Aid Corporation is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2014 annual revenues of $25.5 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

RediClinic has given consumers easy access to high-quality, affordable healthcare since 1989. The company currently operates 31 clinics inside H-E-B grocery stores in Houston, Austin, and San Antonio, Texas, as well as 24 clinics inside select Rite Aid pharmacies in greater Baltimore/Washington D.C. and Philadelphia. Since opening its first in-store clinic in 2005, RediClinic has successfully treated more than 1.5 million patients. In addition to treating common medical conditions and providing preventive care, the company’s acclaimed Weigh Forward® weight/lifestyle management program is offered in the company’s clinics and licensed to other providers. RediClinic is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Rite Aid Corporation. For more information about clinic locations, hours of operation, services and prices, visit www.rediclinic.com.

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Contact:

Investors: Matt Schroeder 717-214-8867 or investor@riteaid.com

Media: Ashley Flower 717-975-5718

Gap to debut an innovative “Micro-Series” developed specifically for Instagram

Directed by The Daniels, starring Marcel the Shell creator Jenny Slate and actor Paul Dano

NEW YORK, 2015-2-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — Gap, the iconic American clothing brand, will debut an innovative “Micro-Series” developed specifically for Instagram. The series consists of 12 short films, each only 15 seconds long, that tell a surprising love story between comedian and “Marcel the Shell” creator Jenny Slate and indie actor Paul Dano, in his commercial debut. One episode will be released each week during the Spring season, beginning this week.

The films build on Gap’s recent history of partnering with acclaimed directors to tell stories that will relate to customers’ lives.  After creating more traditional, broadcast commercials with David Fincher and Sofia Coppola last year, the brand has partnered this season with ‘maverick’ directors The Daniels to create a purpose-built story for Instagram.

Premiering today on Gap’s Instagram account, http://instagram.com/gap, the Micro-Series tracks the burgeoning romance between the love struck duo of Slate and Dano, as they navigate chance encounters, first dates and moody Spring weather in the hope of finding their perfect fit. As they grapple with what is real and what is digital “content,” they begin to suspect that their lives may not be theirs alone.   Viewers will need to stay tuned as each short film is released over the season to see the story unfold.

The films feature Gap’s key trends of the Spring season, which are integral to the events in each episode – form-fitting Resolution Denim, the new Spring-ready Khaki, and the go anywhere Jogger Pants – to showcase weather-proof and heartbreak-proof, outfits.

In addition to Instagram and other digital platforms, the love story will be released on dating websites and apps. A companion promotion called #APerfectFit will offer viewers special rewards for trying on the new form-fitting Resolution Denim featured in the Micro-Series.

Gap’s Spring campaign will also include broader print and online components featuring upcoming artists India Menunez, Neelam Gill, Victor Norlander and Andre Feulner, who model Gap’s new seasonal classics.

Developed with Gap’s global agency, Wieden+Kennedy New York, the Micro-Series series is one of the first campaigns to take advantage of Instagram’s new video auto-replay looping capabilities.

“We are excited to further innovate our marketing approach and introduce a series that not only is inspired by social, but reflects its zeitgeist – where the lines between real and created events are increasingly blurring,” said Tricia Nichols, Global Consumer Engagement and Partnerships for Gap. “In each episode, we bring to life those first days of Spring that can feel a bit surreal as our couple’s real lives and Instagram lives start to merge into one.  We think people will relate to the storyline, while also getting some help navigating the tricky territory of the perfect first-date outfit, especially when Spring’s weather can be so unpredictable.”

Fans can visit youtube.com/gap to watch the episodes in full.

About Gap
Gap is one of the world’s most iconic apparel and accessories brands and the authority on American casual style.  Founded in San Francisco in 1969, Gap’s collections are designed to build the foundation of modern wardrobes – all things denim, classic white shirts, khakis and must-have trends.  Beginning with the first international store in London in 1987, to the brand’s planned 2015 debut in India, Gap continues to connect with customers online and across the brand’s more than 1,700 company-operated and franchise retail locations around the world. Gap includes Women’s and Men’s apparel and accessories, GapKids, babyGap, GapMaternity, GapBody and GapFit collections.  The brand also serves value-conscious customers with exclusively-designed collections for Gap Outlet and Gap Factory Stores.  Gap is the namesake brand for leading global specialty retailer, Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) which includes Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Piperlime, Athleta and Intermix. For more information, please visit www.gapinc.com.

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MAXIMA GRUPĖ reports of EUR 2,583 billion Turnover in 2014; 2.5% up compared to 2013

Vilnius, Lithuania, 2015-2-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — Last year the consolidated turnover of the company “MAXIMA GRUPĖ” was EUR 2,583 billion without VAT, and grew 2.5 percent as compared with 2013. The retail chains belonging to the company in the Baltics, Poland, and Bulgaria focused on increasing the competitiveness and more effective organization of operations. 17 new stores were opened and 31 reconstructed during the year. The company‘s investment in expansion and chain maintenance in 2014 totaled almost EUR 56 million.

“As in the most countries we further observe rational consumers behavior that predetermines moderate but stable market growth, during the last years we mostly focused on increasing the companies’ competitiveness, first of all taking into account the interests of our consumers. Moreover, we paid significant attention to improving the operational processes of the companies’ in each country, starting from supply, the logistics chain, and management of the assortment of goods and finishing with improving of the working conditions in our stores. These working directions will remain relevant in the future as well”, – says Neringa Janavičiūtė, Director General of “MAXIMA GRUPĖ”, UAB.

N. Janavičiūtė notes that in terms of results by country, the company growth was the highest last year in Poland and Estonia. The turnover of “ALDIK” chain in Poland reached EUR 37.7 million without VAT and, compared to 2013, was 21.6 percent higher. Such swift growth is observed in the country for the second consecutive year. Two “ALDIK” stores were opened in Warsaw last year, and further chain expansion is planned this year as well.

Comparing the results in the Baltic States, for the third year in a row the biggest growth took place in Estonia. Total “MAXIMA Eesti” turnover exceeded EUR 401 million without VAT and was 5.2 percent higher than in 2013. These results were influenced by the increase of company’s competitiveness by expanding the chain of large stores in the Estonian capital: the started expansion of large format (“XX” format) stores proved fruitful and will be continued, and the first “MAXIMA XXX” store will open in Tallinn at the end of this year. Also last year the company started building a new logistics center, worth almost EUR 30 million. The end of its construction is estimated at the end of 2015.

In Lithuania the results reflected the country‘s overall economic growth trends. The turnover of “MAXIMA LT” grew 2.5 percent in 2014 and surpassed EUR 1,417 billion without VAT. One of the company‘s key objectives in 2014 was the proper preparation for the adoption of the Euro, and this went smoothly at the beginning of this year. In 2015 the company will focus mostly on ensuring the competitiveness.

“MAXIMA Latvija” turnover reached EUR 660 million without VAT last year, which is practically the same as the year before, having increased 0.1 percent. The company allocated the biggest attention and resources to implementing the Change Program – it was dedicated for this purpose over EUR 11 million.

The yearly turnover of “MAXIMA Bulgaria” was EUR 65.6 million without VAT and grew 4.2 percent. This year company also has plans to expand its chain by further increasing the number of small format “T-MARKET” stores.

“MAXIMA GRUPĖ” is a holding company, established in 2007, that controls retail stores in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, and Bulgaria. It has a total of 517 “MAXIMA X”, “MAXIMA XX”, “MAXIMA XXX”, “ALDIK”, and “T-MARKET” stores: 228 in Lithuania, 146 in Latvia, 73 in Estonia, 44 in Bulgaria, and 26 in Poland.

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John Lewis Partnership hosts the inaugural Inspire EO conference

LONDON, 2015-2-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — John Lewis Partnership today hosts the inaugural Inspire EO conference, aimed at providing an insight into the benefits of giving private and public sector employees a stake in their business.

Employee ownership has been shown to produce fast employment and sales growth; lead to higher productivity and profitability; and give businesses greater resilience through times of economic difficulty. With a series of tax advantages coming into force since October, there has never been a better time to consider employee ownership.

Today’s conference, supported and sponsored by the Employee Ownership Association, KPMG,  Nationwide and CH2M HILL will be attended by approximately 350 delegates from new and existing businesses of all sizes, as well as public bodies.

Speakers will include Sir Charlie Mayfield, Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, Chief Executives of leading employee owned businesses, senior politicians, legal & financial advisors.

Sir Charlie Mayfield, Chairman of John Lewis Partnership said:

‘Thanks to new measures introduced by this Government, there has never been a better time for companies to convert to employee ownership. With many more businesses making the change, I believe it is a model whose time has come and I’m delighted that so many businesses are attending the inaugural Inspire EO event.’

Minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude said:

‘When the Coalition Government came to power our priority was to reduce the deficit so the country could pay its way in the world again. Central to this long-term economic plan was creating a diverse, responsible and sustainable economy for the future. Employee ownership can make a valuable contribution to this aim, because employee-owned firms have the kind of grit and resilience that our economy needs.

‘This was our rationale for encouraging public sector workers to form mutuals and take control of services. And it worked. Five years on there are now more than 100 mutuals, up from just nine in 2010. The results have been dramatic. Waste and average costs are down, while staff satisfaction is up. Many have also gone on to win further work, giving rise to growth and to new jobs.’

Iain Hasdell, Chief Executive, Employee Ownership Association said:

‘Businesses owned by their employees are playing a magnificent role in the UK’s economic recovery. They consistently outperform their competitors as a direct result of being employee owned.  In 2014 productivity in employee owned businesses grew by 4.5% when it remained flat in the rest of the economy, and profitability in businesses owned by their employees rose by 25%. Employee owners across the UK are laying the foundation stones for a new economy.’

Enquiries

For further information please contact:

John Lewis Partnership
Neil Spring, Group Senior External Communications Manager
Telephone: 020 7592 6292

Citigate Dewe Rogerson
Simon Rigby / Jos Bieneman
Telephone: 020 7638 9571

Delta extends existing service of Starbucks® coffee onboard every Delta and Delta Connection flight around the globe

SEATTLE and ATLANTA, 2015-2-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) and Starbucks Coffee Company (Nasdaq: SBUX) announced today that Delta will extend existing service of Starbucks® coffee onboard every Delta and Delta Connection flight around the globe. Delta officially began serving Starbucks® Pike Place® Roast and Starbucks VIA® Ready Brew Italian Roast decaf on its fleet of 1,270 aircraft, on Feb. 1. Last year, the airline and its partners operated more than 1.8 million flights, carrying 170 million passengers to 330 destinations in 64 countries worldwide.

“With a high-quality global brand like Starbucks now added to Delta’s core in-flight service product, we’ve taken another step to improve the travel experience,” said Mike Henny Delta’s Director of Customer Experience.  “Our ongoing in-flight enhancements to food, beverages, seats and entertainment affirm Delta’s commitment to provide our customers with industry-leading amenities.”

“We are delighted to provide Starbucks® coffee wherever Delta’s customers are traveling,” said Michelle Burns, vice president Branded Solutions, Starbucks. “As two organizations who share a commitment to providing a distinctive and premium experience, Starbucks and Delta are a perfect pair.”

Delta initially partnered with Starbucks in 2013 to offer coffee to customers traveling on select cross-country and West Coast Shuttle flights.

Celebrating the Partnership with a #DeltaCupContest Free Ticket Giveaway

From Feb. 4 through Feb. 8, Delta will host a social media-based contest on Instagram and Twitter asking travelers “If you could fly anywhere Delta flies and enjoy Starbucks® coffee along the way, where would you go?”  Entrants will be asked to write their desired destination on a coffee cup and upload a photo to Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #DeltaCupContest to enter.  The winner will be selected at random to receive a ticket to anywhere Delta flies (1).

Additionally, Delta has commissioned artists from around the world to create three larger-than-life art installations made solely out of Starbucks® cups. The pieces feature famous landmarks and sites of global destinations where Delta and Starbucks fly together: Big Ben in London, Tokyo’s Sensoji Temple in the historic district of Asakusa, and a Carnaval float in São Paulo, Brazil.  The cup sculptures will be on display starting Feb. 4 in Terminal 4 at New York’s-JFK International Airport.

Samples of Starbucks coffee will be available at New York-JFK, Los Angeles International Airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Feb. 4 to promote the partnership and provide travelers with a taste of the Starbucks® coffees that will be served onboard at 35,000 feet.

How many cups of Starbucks coffee does Delta expect to serve in 2015? The answer in this Infographic


(1) No purchase required. The Delta Cup Sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. states and DC, 18 or older.  Starts 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time February 4, 2015 and ends 11:59 p.m. ET on February 8, 2015. Void where prohibited. Sponsor: Delta Air Lines, Inc., 1030 Delta Blvd., Atlanta, GA  30354. For complete rules visit deltacupcontest.com.

About Starbucks
Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting high-quality arabica coffee. Today, with more than 21,000 stores around the globe, Starbucks is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup. To share in the experience, please visit our stores or online at Starbucks.com and news.starbucks.com.

About Delta Air Lines
Delta Air Lines serves more than 170 million customers each year.With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 330 destinations in 64 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs nearly 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 700 aircraft. The airline is a founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance and participates in the industry’s leading trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia as well as a newly formed joint venture with Virgin Atlantic. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 15,000 daily flights.  Additional information is available on Delta.com

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Delta extends existing service of Starbucks® coffee onboard every Delta and Delta Connection flight around the globe

Delta extends existing service of Starbucks® coffee onboard every Delta and Delta Connection flight around the globe

Starbucks introduces Single Origin Sumatra Coconut Milk beginning February 17 in U.S. stores

SEATTLE, 2015-2-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — Providing a non-dairy alternative to dairy and soy is the second most requested customer idea of all time from MyStarbucksIdea.com, generating more than 84,000 votes. Starbucks will deliver this additional customization with the introduction of Starbucks Single Origin Sumatra Coconut Milk, a creamy, delicious alternative to dairy and soy for handcrafted beverages, available beginning February 17, in Starbucks US company-operated and licensed locations.

Starbucks coconut milk is certified vegan and made from single-origin coconuts from the tropical Indonesian island of Sumatra.

Through careful research and development including numerous recipes and taste tests, Starbucks product innovators found that the rich, creaminess of Coconut Milk is the best complement to Starbucks hot, iced and Frappuccino® beverages without the same allergen challenges present in almond milk.

“Delivering the options our customers want is always the highlight of my day,” said Christine Barone, Starbucks vice president brewed espresso. “We have a high bar for anything we pair with our high quality espresso and this coconut milk is smooth and perfectly complements the coffee. I personally love it in an iced vanilla latte. We are excited to hear back what further customer and partner customization coconut milk inspires.”

Starbucks keeps innovation relevant through constant communication with partners (employees) and customers. Partner engagement with coconut milk has been remarkable and was one indicator that coconut milk was a successful test at the end of 2014. Weeks before it is available in stores, social media reflects partner excitement; both for their personal consumption and because they are excited to bring it to their customers.

The idea for an additional dairy offering has been a daily request from customers, according to the My Starbucks Idea  Blog post about the limited trial this past October.  ”Tried a latte with coconut milk today…AMAZING,” said zipsgirl, MSI advocate. “I drink coconut milk by choice at home and I am thrilled Starbucks is carrying it. Please keep it!!”

Whether out of curiosity or dietary preference, those excited to try the new coconut milk can find it in stores beginning February 17, and can thank the more than 84,000 MSI advocates who voted for the idea. Starbucks is committed to continued innovation that facilitates further customization of the more than 170,000 beverage options available in stores. Share your ideas here: MyStarbucksIdea.com.

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Starbucks introduces Single Origin Sumatra Coconut Milk beginning February 17 in U.S. stores

Starbucks introduces Single Origin Sumatra Coconut Milk beginning February 17 in U.S. stores