Starbucks Blonde Roast

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BUSI 520-D06, Group 2 Liberty University Starbucks Blonde Roast Coffee May 11, 2012 Introduction Provide a description of your product/service and a brief history of the firm that produces your product/service. Starbucks Corporation is a leader in the coffee industry with coffeehouses around the world. Since their inception in 1971, their goal has consistently remained to “share great coffee with our friends and help make the world a little better” (Our Heritage, n.d.). Starbucks is widely known for their retail stores; however, the company has plans of becoming a brand known for their consumer-products as well (Jargon, 2012). Starbucks offers a variety of coffee and coffee products in their retail stores and in grocery stores worldwide. Recently, Starbucks has added value to their retail stores with the expansion of their breakfast and lunch food selection, as well as with the arrival of the Starbucks Blonde Roast Coffee. Through value exploration, the avenue by which a company identifies new opportunities (Kotler & Keller, 2012, p. 58), Starbucks discovered there was a large group of consumers who preferred a milder roast coffee, when compared to the traditional dark roast coffees. In hopes of meeting consumer preference, the Starbucks Blonde Roast was developed and introduced as the newest brewed coffee by Starbucks. It is a “lighter, mellower roast coffee developed to meet the demands of consumers who requested that Starbucks create a lighter-roasted coffee.” According to Smyl & Edelman (2012), Brad Anderson, master roaster for Starbucks, said of Starbucks customers, “They told us they wanted a flavorful, lighter-bodied coffee that offers a milder taste and a gentle finish. Starbucks Blonde Roast delivers.” Starbucks hopes to have achieved consumer demand with their new Blonde Roast coffee, introduced in retail and grocery stores in the United

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