Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Starbucks' S.C. roasting facility: some background details

First the news, and then the background that didn't make the news:
"Starbucks and [South Carolina] state officials on Monday announced the global coffee purveyor has plans to build a roasting and distribution plant in St. Matthews, about 15 miles from the state capital. Coffee beans would be sent to the 150,000-square-foot plant, where they'd be roasted and packaged for shipment to the region's 2,200 Starbucks stores and other coffee sellers." -- The Associated Press (Read the rest of the story here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/122/story/79993.html )
Some background details I couldn't find on regional news Web sites, or in national reports:
1. St. Matthews wasn't the only Southern city that Starbucks was seriously considering. Murfreesboro, Tenn., was a finalist for the roasting facility, according to the Murfreesboro Post (http://www.murfreesboropost.com/news.php?viewStory=3579).
2. The St. Matthews roasting facility will be in exclusive company. The other Starbucks roasting facilities, and the years they opened, are:
New facility built at home base, Seattle, 1990
Kent, Washington, 1993
York, Pennsylvania, 1995
Carson Valley, Nevada, 2003
Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2003
(http://www.starbucks.com/aboutus/Company_Timeline_Feb06.pdf)
-Colin Burch

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