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Starbucks President Jim Alling '83 Gives Customers a 'Break' as His Company Plans Record Expansion

March 17, 2006

Jim Alling.jpgMarch 17, 2006, Greencastle, Ind. - If you took advantage of Starbucks Coffee's offer of a free cup of java Wednesday morning, you can thank Jim Alling, president of Starbucks U.S. and 1983 graduate of DePauw University. "This is what it's all about: exceptional coffee beans, expertly roasted, perfectly ground, and freshly brewed," Alling is quoted in a nationally distributed story.

As Sacramento, California television station KCRA reports, "The company offered customers a complimentary cup of freshly brewed coffee (on Wednesday, March 15). The offer was good at its more than 7,500 Starbucks around the country between 10 a.m. and noon in a promotion dubbed the National Coffee Break." Read more at the station's Web site.

In another story, by Reuters, Alling talks of Starbucks' plans to open a record 1,300 coffee shops in the United States this year. "The more Starbucks Logo.jpgwe build out and the more ubiquitous we become, we become that much more familiar," Alling said at the Reuters Food Summit in Chicago. "To date, it’s been a formula that has stayed tried and true." Read more here.

Starbucks Corp. is the leading retailer, roaster and brand of specialty coffee in the world, with approximately 11,000 retail locations in North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and the Pacific Rim. Learn more about the company and Jim Alling in this previous story.

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