July 21, 2016 Coffee & Company

Starbucks Coffee Coming to More Workplaces with New MARS DRINKS Agreement

During the workday, it can be tough to get out of the office for a coffee break.

Now even more workplaces will be able to offer freshly brewed cups of Starbucks coffee any time of day thanks to a new agreement with MARS DRINKS, the 100 percent workplace-focused segment of Mars Incorporated. Beginning this fall, Starbucks high-quality, premium Arabica coffee will be available through MARS DRINKS’ single-serve brewers in offices across the U.S. and Canada.

MARS DRINKS’ customers can enjoy three varieties of Starbucks coffee including smooth Pike Place® Roast, roasty and sweet Caffè Verona®, and lightly roasted Veranda Blend®.  Tazo teas are planned to join the line-up in the future.

Michelle Burns, a 21-year partner, is senior vice president of Starbucks Branded Solutions team, which brings the Starbucks Experience to a variety of channels such as colleges and universities, lodging, grocery stores and the workplace.

“Today there are over one million cups of Starbucks coffee brewed in workplaces,” said Burns.  “Our new agreement with MARS DRINKS will help bring Starbucks coffee within an arm’s reach for many more of our customers when they are outside of our stores.”

The opportunity for office coffee is significant, with the category representing $4.75 billion dollars in sales in the U.S. and Canada*, with single-serve being the fastest-growing category within the segment. Starbucks is a leader in single-serve coffee, with a long heritage in coffee and tea to capitalize on the more than 80 percent of coffee occasions that occur outside of a retail café.

“We’re proud to introduce Starbucks into the MARS DRINKS portfolio,” said Bobby Chacko, Regional President and General Manager, MARS DRINKS North America. “Through our work café experience, MARS DRINKS brings people together to connect, collaborate and get things done. Starbucks complements our existing range and further expands the taste and choice we deliver to workplaces throughout the U.S. and Canada.”


*“State of the Coffee Service Industry,” Automatic Merchandiser, September 2015.

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