By Andrew Nusca
Posting in Food
Starbucks will roll out a second brand -- Seattle's Best -- in fast food restaurants, supermarkets and vending machines.
In an effort to challenge Dunkin Donuts and McDonald's for the average Joe's cup of coffee, Starbucks will roll out a second brand -- Seattle's Best -- in fast food restaurants, supermarkets and vending machines.
The brand, a rival that Starbucks acquired seven years ago, is already sold in Borders bookstores and thousands of supermarkets.
But in the fall, Seattle's Best will begin sweeping the shelves of some 30,000 supermarkets, convenience stories, kiosks, vending machines, carts, trucks and fast-food outlets, including Burger King, Subway and AMC movie theaters.
Especially during the recession, the incursion appeared to hurt Starbucks, which suffered a decline in same-store sales and closed hundreds of stores. In recent years, as McDonald's produced big sales gains inside existing stores, Starbucks has struggled to expand beyond a limited menu and a largely morning clientele.
With a revamped brand comes a new logo and new slogan: "Great Coffee Everywhere."
There are business risks to the move. For one, Starbucks will have to control the brand through franchises at a large scale -- larger than even its namesake brand, it appears -- and maintain quality control.
There's also a branding pitfall. Just as Starbucks' Via instant coffee has confused the personal, handmade touch the brand stands for, so could the mental connection that Seattle's Best is merely a watered-down version of Starbucks shoved in a vending machine.
One opportunity: no single brand has conquered the convenience store market.
The strategy? The company will tout the Seattle's Best coffee as "smooth," in contrast to its stronger house Starbucks blend.
Further, the company will price the beans slightly above average, but below those of the Starbucks brand.
While Starbucks tries to reposition its brands, one question is clear: will Americans buy coffee from a vending machine?
May 12, 2010
More over roasted coffee from Charbucks. Can't someone just give me a light roast, coffe flavored cup of coffe for less than $5.00?
when one considers the number of starbuck outlets, and the number of supermarkets that sell their bagged coffee, one can easiily understand that they are selling a normal commercial coffee, not a premium one, for large amounts of money. this is normally called a 'scam', but if all those people who follow starbucks around like tail-wagging puppies do not mind drinking the lower grade coffees and paying rediculously high prices, who am i to complain. were one willing to look for premium coffees, they are not too difficult to find and yield better brews at prices similar to the ordinary starbucks cuppa. starbucks coffee would be well-compared to the pommeroy's chateau thames embankment that rumpole drinks.
Hipsters, never fear: it will be an ?unpretentious? brand, even sold in vending machines for that extra shot of downtrodden flavor. Roorback.com