iPhone X arrives in 13 additional countries across Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa

Cupertino, California, 2017-Nov-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Apple today (NOVEMBER 7, 2017) announced iPhone X, the future of the smartphone, featuring a revolutionary new design with a stunning all-screen display, wireless charging and an incredible rear camera with dual optical image stabilization, will arrive in 13 additional countries across Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa as well as Macau on Friday, November 24.

iPhone X features a gorgeous all-glass and stainless steel design with a beautiful 5.8-inch Super Retina display, A11 Bionic chip with neural engine for powerful machine learning, augmented reality and immersive 3D gaming experiences, wireless charging and Face ID, delivering an innovative and secure new way to unlock, authenticate and pay. The TrueDepth camera that enables Face ID brings Portrait mode with Portrait Lighting to the front camera for beautiful selfies with a depth-of-field effect and enables Animoji, which captures and analyzes over 50 different facial muscle movements to bring emoji to life in a fun new way. A redesigned rear camera with dual optical image stabilization includes a new color filter, deeper pixels, an improved Apple-designed image signal processor and features Portrait mode with Portrait Lighting, allowing customers to capture stunning photos and videos. The all-glass front and back on iPhone X feature the most durable glass ever in a smartphone in two beautiful finishes, silver and space gray.

Pricing and Availability

  • iPhone X will be available in silver and space gray in 64GB and 256GB models starting at $999 (US) from apple.com, Apple Stores and through Apple Authorized Resellers and carriers (prices may vary).
  • iPhone X will be available to customers beginning Friday, November 24, in Albania, Bosnia, Cambodia, Kosovo, Macau, Macedonia, Malaysia, Montenegro, Serbia, South Africa, South Korea, Thailand and Turkey.
  • iPhone X will be available to customers in Israel beginning Thursday, November 23.
  • iPhone X is available in Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, UAE, the UK, the US and US Virgin Islands.
  • Apple-designed accessories including leather and silicone cases in a range of colors will be available starting at $39 (US), while a new iPhone X Leather Folio will be available for $99 (US). Lightning Docks in color-matching metallic finishes will also be available for $49 (US), prices may vary.

Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apple’s four software platforms — iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS — provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud. Apple’s more than 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth, and to leaving the world better than we found it.

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Apple Media Helpline:
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Source: Apple Inc.

Starbucks launches three Frappuccino blended beverages at participating Starbucks® stores across Asia

Starbucks launches three Frappuccino blended beverages at participating Starbucks® stores across Asia


Seattle, 2017-Jun-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Blended coffee pudding. Jelly in a Frappuccino. A drinkable banana split. A great beverage isn’t always just about taste. It can be a whole sensory experience including a tantalizing aroma and appealing appearance. And for customers across Asia, now it can also be about a wider range of unique textures.

Starbucks is introducing today (June 6) three Frappuccino blended beverages that are fun twists on classic tea and coffee favorites infused with unexpected ingredients. The new beverages are available for a limited time at participating Starbucks® stores across Asia. They include:

Starbucks® Irish Cream Coffee Pudding Frappuccino® blended beverage: A coffee pudding base is infused with rich Irish Cream flavor, then topped with fluffy espresso whipped cream and finely ground espresso powder.

Starbucks® Matcha Earl Grey Jelly Frappuccino® blended beverage: A bright layer of green tea gives this beverage its distinctive summer color, and traditional Earl Grey tea is transformed into a delightful jelly layer and finished with fluffy whipped cream and Matcha powder.

Starbucks® Banana Split Frappuccino blended beverage®: Like a drinkable ice cream sundae, this beverage combines sweet strawberry whipped cream and refreshing banana and mocha, which is blended and topped with a fluffy vanilla whipped cream. Chunky and crunchy waffle pieces complete this nostalgic summer treat.

“We experimented with different combinations of flavors to create new sensory experiences,” said Michele Waits, vice president, Marketing & Category, Starbucks Asia Pacific. “The striking layers, textures and flavors make each Starbucks Frappuccino distinctive.”

“That’s something that consumers across Asia report they appreciate,” said Davina Patel, global food and drink analyst at Mintel, the global market intelligence agency.

“And while it seems that consumers in Asia Pacific are demanding for more rich flavors, as reflected in Mintel’s 2017 Global Food and Drink Trend, ‘In Tradition We Trust’, they are also finding comfort in modernized updates of age-old formulations, flavors and formats.”

““According to Mintel Global New Products Database, Asia Pacific accounted for 88 percent of all global drink launches between 2012 and 2016 that feature the words ‘chewy’ or ‘jelly, making it the most active region for drinks that come with a bite,” she said. “In addition, there seems to be a growing demand for more rich and indulgent flavors within the region and as such, cream flavors have really started to play on that need.”

Availability of these beverages vary by country. More information can be found on Starbucks.com.


Phone: 206 318 7100
Email: press@starbucks.com

SOURCE: Starbucks Corporation


Starbucks launches alice + olivia limited-edition merchandise to Starbucks® stores in Asia

Starbucks launches alice + olivia limited-edition merchandise to Starbucks® stores in Asia


Seattle, 2017-Feb-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks is collaborating with Stacey Bendet, founder of fashion house alice + olivia, to bring limited-edition merchandise to Starbucks® stores in Asia. Available now exclusively in participating Starbucks stores, the 2017 alice + olivia + Starbucks® collection brings fashion and style to life just in time for Valentine’s Day.

The design philosophy at alice + olivia is expressive and fun. “It’s about sophistication with whimsy,” said Bendet. “I think both of our companies are about making people feel great, whether it is their morning wakeup or their evening outfit.”

The Collection

In the spirit of the season, fall in love with Starbucks exclusive, limited-edition merchandise by alice + olivia, available while supplies last.

alice + olivia + Starbucks® Double Walled Mug: A ceramic travel mug with double-wall construction and artwork by Bendet, available in three whimsical designs.

alice + olivia + Starbucks® Tote Bag: The original ‘Stace Face’ to carry while on the go.

alice + olivia + Starbucks® Tumbler: Sip away in style or share as the chicest of gifts.

Media contact:

Phone: 206 318 7100
Email: press@starbucks.com

Source: Starbucks


Starbucks launches Starbucks® Teavana™ Handcrafted Beverages and Full Leaf Tea Sachets across Asia

Starbucks launches Starbucks® Teavana™ Handcrafted Beverages and Full Leaf Tea Sachets across Asia
Starbucks launches Starbucks® Teavana™ Handcrafted Beverages and Full Leaf Tea Sachets across Asia


HONG KONG, 2016-Sep-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks Coffee Company (NASDAQ:SBUX) today announced the introduction of Starbucks® Teavana™ as a core offering in more than 6,200 stores across its 16 markets in the China and Asia Pacific region. A new brand for Starbucks in Asia, Starbucks® Teavana™ Handcrafted Beverages and Full Leaf Tea Sachets are now available for the first time giving customers across Asia the opportunity to enjoy a range of unique iced and hot tea beverages with bold, layered flavors, handcrafted the way only Starbucks can.

“The launch of Starbucks® Teavana™ in China and Asia Pacific brings an entirely new and modern tea experience specifically developed for our customers, who increasingly want new and different tastes and experiences,” said John Culver, group president, Starbucks Global Retail. “This is a tremendous opportunity to leverage the company’s expertise in creating best-in-class retail experiences, handcrafting customized beverages, and sourcing the finest ingredients, to become a leader in a new category for us. Just as we’ve done for coffee, this is tea reimagined at Starbucks.”

Tea is a $125 billion global category and is the second most consumed beverage in the world, second only to water. The launch of Starbucks® Teavana™ is the first time Starbucks has launched a brand on this scale since 2008 with the launch of Starbucks VIA® Ready Brew, and represents an important growth opportunity for the business.

In 2015, Starbucks tea business in the U.S. grew by 12 percent with all tea categories posting strong growth, led by iced tea at 29 percent. Building on this and the success of Teavana™ to date in other parts of the world, Starbucks aims to increase its global tea business to $3 billion over the next five years.

Fueled by innovation, Starbucks® Teavana™ handcrafted beverages include Matcha & Espresso Fusion, Black Tea with Ruby Grapefruit and Honey, Iced Shaken Green Tea with Aloe and Prickly Pear and Iced Shaken Hibiscus Tea with Pomegranate Pearls, which may vary by market.

With Starbucks® Teavana™, Starbucks also draws on its long heritage of commitment to using only the most premium, high-quality ingredients. Leveraging deep relationships with tea growers, Teavana sources the world’s highest-quality teas and botanicals. Starbucks sourcing and blending experts cup (taste) hundreds of teas daily to select only the finest teas for Starbucks® Teavana™.

Teavana continues to be a strategic priority for Starbucks. Starbucks acquired Teavana Holdings, Inc. in December 2012, and together provide unparalleled expertise in the super premium tea category, bringing exotic blends, great flavors, wellness and innovation to customers globally.

Starbucks® Teavana™ will be available in stores across all its markets in the China and Asia Pacific region: Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, The Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

Starbucks Teavana Handcrafted Beverages
The beverages have been specifically developed for Asian customers. Availability and range of beverages may vary by market. They include:

Matcha & Espresso Fusion
Matcha powder layered with milk and Starbucks signature Espresso Roast creates a beautiful layered beverage and is an inventive combination of coffee and tea, to be enjoyed hot or iced.

Black Tea with Ruby Grapefruit and Honey
Traditional western black tea combined with tart Star Ruby red grapefruit, perfectly portioned in honey for a touch of added sweetness.

Iced Shaken Green Tea with Aloe
The familiar flavor of green tea paired with refreshing diced aloe and an exciting new syrup of prickly pear – a cactus plant native to the American Southwest.

Prickly Pear and Iced Shaken Hibiscus Tea with Pomegranate Pearls
This refreshing beverage combines Starbucks® Teavana™ hibiscus tea and bursting pearls of real pomegranate juice for a tart kick of flavor.

Starbucks Teavana Full Leaf Tea Sachets
Nine new, delicious and vibrant Starbucks® Teavana™ hot teas will be available. Availability and range of beverages may vary by market. They include:

Black Teas
English Breakfast – A handcrafted blend of Indian Assam, Sri Lankan Ceylon and Chinese black tea. This tastes great with or without milk.

Earl Grey – A bright blend of black teas, fragrant bergamot essence and soft lavender.

Chai – This distinctive chai tea blend is a bold black tea with strong ginger and black pepper, cooling cardamom and sweet cinnamon notes.

White Teas
Youthberry™ – Inspired by super fruits, acai fruit is blended with tropical pineapple and mango flavors with high quality white tea, balanced by rosehips and tart green apple.

Green Teas
Emperor’s Clouds and Mist™ – Exclusively harvested during the month of April and grown on the steep, windy slopes of Huangshan Mountain at 3,500 feet above sea level, this tea has a rich body and a naturally sweet flavor.

Mint Citrus – This refreshing blend combines green tea, lemon verbena, tropical lemongrass, and U.S. Pacific Northwest sourced spearmint for a bright and citrus green tea experience. Chun Mee, also referred to as “Precious Eyebrows,” is the natural green tea base used in this blend.

Herbal Teas
Hibiscus – Bright, juicy papaya and mango combined with citrus lemongrass for a naturally caffeine-free blend. Hibiscus flowers lend the tea a slight tartness and extraordinary deep fuchsia color.

Mint Blend – This tea’s spearmint base is rounded out with cool peppermint notes and undertones of spicy-sweet lemon verbena. The mint leaves come from the highly sought after and prized Pacific Northwest mint known for its high amount of mint oil.

Chamomile – The Chamomile used for this tea is sourced from Croatia. It provides the overarching flavor for this soft, soothing floral blend.

Media contact:

Phone: 206 318 7100
Email: press@starbucks.com

Source: Starbucks


CBRE Research’s survey: London’s West End remained the world’s highest-priced office market but Asia continued to dominate the world’s most expensive office locations

Three of Five Priciest Markets are in Asia; Five of 10 Fastest Growing Occupancy Cost Markets are in U.S.

Los Angeles, 2014-12-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — London’s West End remained the world’s highest-priced office market but Asia continued to dominate the world’s most expensive office locations, accounting for three of the top five markets, according to CBRE Research’s semi-annual Global Prime Office Occupancy Costs survey. The study also found that prime rents are rising fastest in the Americas, where real estate fundamentals continue to improve. Overall, the U.S. accounted for five of the 10 markets with the fastest growing prime occupancy costs. These markets were Seattle (Suburban), San Francisco (Peninsula), Boston (Suburban), San Francisco (Downtown) and Seattle (Downtown).

London West End’s overall prime occupancy costs of US$274 per sq. ft. per year topped the “most expensive” list. Hong Kong (Central) followed with total prime occupancy costs of US$251 per sq. ft., Beijing (Finance Street) (US$198 per sq. ft.), Beijing (Central Business District (CBD)) (US$189 per sq. ft.) and Moscow (US$165 per sq. ft.) rounded out the top five.

The change in prime office occupancy costs mirrored the gradual, multi-speed recovery of the global economy. Global prime office occupancy costs rose 2.5 percent year-over-year, led by the Americas (up 4.1 percent) and Asia Pacific (up 2.8 percent). Meanwhile, EMEA was essentially flat, edging up 0.3 percent year-over-year.

“We expect the gradual recovery of the global economy to continue, leading to better hiring rates and further reduction in the availability of space across most markets over the near term,” said Richard Barkham, Global Chief Economist, CBRE. “In this environment, we expect occupancy costs to continue rising from current levels, further limiting options for occupiers. Technology, quality and flexibility are expected to increasingly come into consideration in space use and location decisions, as occupiers will seek to contain costs and improve productivity.”

CBRE tracks occupancy costs for prime office space in 126 markets around the globe. Of the top 50 “most expensive” markets, 20 were in EMEA, 20 were in Asia Pacific and 10 were in the Americas.

Europe Middle East & Africa (EMEA)
The Eurozone’s tepid economic recovery has held back occupier activity, resulting in static prime occupancy costs in most core European markets. The region’s 0.3 percent year-over-year increase in prime occupancy costs was primarily driven by buoyant conditions in U.K. cities, most Nordic markets, and the strong recovery of the Dublin office market. The main decreases have been in central European markets, such as Warsaw (down 1.6 percent), where the economies are relatively healthy but new supply has driven down rents. In only a few markets, notably Dublin (up 34.9 percent) and London, a robust recovery in occupier demand coincided with a lack of new supply.

In addition to London West End, other markets from the region on the global top 10 list were Moscow (US$165 per sq. ft.) and London City (US$153 per sq. ft.).

Asia Pacific
Asia Pacific had 20 markets ranked in the top 50 most expensive, including seven of the top 10—Hong Kong (Central), Beijing (Finance Street), Beijing (CBD), New Delhi (Connaught Place – CBD), Hong Kong (West Kowloon), Tokyo (Marunouchi Otemachi) and Shanghai (Pudong). Occupier activity in the region was largely driven by domestic corporations and companies in the technology, media and telecommunications sectors. Half the markets saw costs increase above 1 percent.

Hong Kong (Central) remained the only market in the world—other than London’s West End—with a prime occupancy cost exceeding $200 per sq. ft.

The most expensive market in the global ranking from the Pacific Region was Sydney (US$99 per sq. ft.), in 19th place.

In the U.S., where the economic recovery has firmly taken hold, strong leasing activity led to the highest level of quarterly net absorption since 2007, driving above-inflation increases in prime occupancy costs across all but one major U.S. market. Additionally, increasingly broad-based rising hiring rates have boosted demand for office space.

Eight North American markets recorded double-digit increases in prime occupancy costs in Q3 2014, and the top six growth markets in the Americas were all U.S. cities.

New York Midtown, the 11th most expensive market in the world, remained the most expensive Americas market, with a prime office occupancy cost of US$121 per sq. ft.

Rio de Janeiro remained the most expensive market in Latin America, posting an office occupancy cost of US$101 per sq. ft. and ranking as the 18th most expensive market globally.

Top 10 Most Expensive Markets
(In US$ per sq. ft. per annum)

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Largest Annual Changes Occupancy Costs
(In local currency and measure)

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Note: The full Top 50 Most Expensive Markets chart is located at the end of this press release.


  1. The Global Prime Office Occupancy Costs report is a survey of office occupancy costs for prime office space in 126 cities worldwide.
  2. The latest survey provides data on office rents and occupancy costs as of September 30, 2014.
  3. The Largest Annual Changes rankings are based upon occupancy costs in local currency and measure. The Most Expensive ranking is based upon occupancy costs in US$ per sq. ft. per annum.
  4. The figures given in this release refer to occupancy cost. This represents rent, plus local taxes and service charges. The occupation cost figures have also been adjusted to reflect different measurement practices from market to market.
  5. Due to methodology changes, comparisons with figures in previously released reports are not valid.
  6. To obtain a full copy of the report or to arrange to speak with a CBRE expert, please contact Robert McGrath (robert.mcgrath@cbre.com) or Corey Mirman (corey.mirman@cbre.com).

Top 50 Most Expensive Office Markets
(In US$ per sq. ft. per annum)

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About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (in terms of 2013 revenue).  The Company has approximately 44,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through approximately 350 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.


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