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Anand Sharma meets Starbucks Coffee president

Posted on Feb 05, 09:11PM | IBNS

New Delhi, Feb 5 : Union Commerce, Industry and Textiles Miniter Anand Sharma met John Culver, President, Starbucks Coffee China and Asia Pacific and Avani Saglani Davda, Chief Executive Officer of Tata Starbucks Limited (TSL) here on Tuesday.

Culver conveyed to Sharma that TSL is committed to high-quality coffee sourcing and long-standing sourcing relationship with India.

Culver also explained their plans and initiatives as part of the coffee sourcing and roasting agreement with Tata coffee.

He informed Sharma on working with the coffee growing communities of India with a specific focus on agronomy and sustainable farming practices, along with its community investment initiatives and employment generation activities.

Sharma was also informed that local craftsmen will be involved in designing the outlets in India which will have a distinct Indian imprint in ambience and offerings.

Sharma said that it is a matter of happiness that a global investor is sensitive towards the needs of the local growers and recognizes local talent.

"India provides a robust investment environment which is being recognized by the global investors," said Sharma.

Starbucks is the largest coffeehouse company in the world, with 20,366 stores in 61 countries, including 13,123 in the United States, 1,299 in Canada, 977 in Japan, 793 in the United Kingdom, 732 in China, 473 in South Korea, 363 in Mexico, 282 in Taiwan, 204 in the Philippines, and 164 in Thailand.

Tata Starbucks Ltd. is a 50:50 joint venture company, owned by Starbucks Corporation and Tata Global Beverages, that owns and operates Starbucks outlets in India.