) announced the launch of a new espresso beverage, Hazelnut
Macchiato. This new addition to its signature four-layered
Macchiato line of drinks will feature steamed milk and espresso.
The Hazelnut Macchiato is available at participating Starbucks
stores across the nation.
In addition, Starbucks announced that its Tribute Blend line
of beverages will now be available in K-Cup packs.
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Innovation is one of the key drivers of Starbucks' success.
Starbucks is strengthening its product portfolio with
significant innovations around at-home coffee, refreshment,
health and wellness, tea and enhancing core food offerings. Its
recent new product offerings include Blonde Roast coffee,
Verismo-at-home coffee machine, La Boulange bakery items,
Evolution Fresh juices and Starbucks Refreshers energy drinks.
In addition, in December last year, Starbucks acquired Teavana,
a specialty retailer of tea, which operates only through
mall-based stores and does not have a beverage business.
Starbucks plans to establish new stand-alone Teavana
neighborhood stores (going beyond its mall-based focus) as well
as open tea bars (which will create customized tea beverages)
inside existing Teavana stores. By the end of 2013, Starbucks
expects to add over 30 new Teavana stores, including the
opening of the first neighborhood store.
Continued innovation and new product offerings would drive both
top- and bottom-line growth for the company, going forward.
Other Stocks to Consider
Starbucks carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Some other
retail/restaurant stocks worth considering include
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc.
) - Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy),
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
) - Zacks Rank #2 (Buy), and
Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc.
) - Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).
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