Starbucks hosts first China Investor Conference

Starbucks presented the company’s key drivers that will fuel its market growth in China over the next five years at its first China Investor Conference in Shanghai on 16 May.  Through the company’s purpose-driven growth agenda in China, Starbucks is focused on enhancing its immersive approach to building deeper customer relationships in digital and extending the Starbucks Experience to the on-the-go and at-home consumers.  Supported by those initiatives, the company announced plans to build 600 net new stores annually over the next five years in Mainland China – a goal that would double the market’s store count from the end of fiscal year 2017 to 6,000 across 230 cities.  The company also announced plans to more than triple revenue and more than double operating income in China by the end of fiscal year 2022, relative to fiscal year 2017 levels.  “The power of our brand in China, the strength and momentum in our business, and the world-class Chinese leadership team give me great confidence in our ability to capture the enormous growth opportunities ahead in this dynamic market,” said Kevin Johnson, Starbucks President and Chief Executive Officer. “No Western company or brand is better positioned to evolve with the rapidly expanding Chinese middle class – and we continue to mindfully evolve a coffee culture in China where the reward will be healthy, long-term, profitable growth for decades to come,” Johnson said. “We are committed to long-term investment in China.” “Starbucks is committed to playing the long game in China and is proud to be an integral part of the local community for nearly 20 years,” said Belinda Wong, Starbucks China Chief Executive Officer. “Our company has a strong, healthy, responsible business with purpose-driven values that celebrates our incredible 47 years of coffee expertise in sourcing, roasting, blending and handcrafting some of the world’s finest coffees,” Wong said “The strong trusted relationships between our partners and customers give me great confidence in our ability to deliver our long-term growth while continuing to make investments in China, for China.”

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