Starbucks Coffee Company and Tata Coffee Limited Inaugurate Roasting and Packaging Plant in Kushalnagar, Karnataka, India

  Starbucks Coffee Company and Tata Coffee Limited Inaugurate Roasting and
  Packaging Plant in Kushalnagar, Karnataka, India

 Key partnership milestone reached as the new plant integrates with Starbucks
                           global roasting network

   Plant procures, roasts and packages green coffee, including the hallmark
                            Indian Espresso Roast

Business Wire

KUSHALNAGAR, India -- February 8, 2013

In a key partnership milestone between Starbucks Coffee Company (Nasdaq:SBUX)
and Tata Coffee Limited, the two companies today inaugurated a roasting and
packaging plant in Kushalnagar in Coorg, Karnataka. This world-class facility
enables roasting and packaging of green coffee beans for Starbucks stores in
India and over time in select markets around the globe.

(From L-R): Hameed Huq, Managing Director, Tata Coffee Limited, John Culver,
president, Starbucks Co ...

(From L-R): Hameed Huq, Managing Director, Tata Coffee Limited, John Culver,
president, Starbucks Coffee China and Asia Pacific, and Stephen Lovejoy,
senior vice president, Global Supply Chain, Starbucks Coffee China and Asia
Pacific inaugurating the Roasting and Packaging Plant in Kushalnagar,
Karnataka in India (Photo: Business Wire)

“The inauguration of the roasting plant in India represents a significant
milestone for Starbucks and Tata Coffee. Through our partnership we will
leverage the deep coffee heritage and expertise of both companies to procure,
roast and distribute the finest-quality arabica coffees, elevating the story
of India coffee to our customers,” said John Culver, president, Starbucks
Coffee China and Asia Pacific. “This deepens our sourcing relationship with
India’s coffee farmers and further demonstrates our long-term commitment to
sourcing high-quality arabica coffee.Great coffee starts with finding the
finest beans and roasting them to perfection. Together with Tata we are
delivering a great tasting, high-quality, and locally sourced espresso to our
customers throughout India.”

Commenting on the inauguration, Hameed Huq, Managing Director, Tata Coffee,
said, “We are delighted to partner with Starbucks and operationalize this
important roasting facility. The plant leverages our combined strengths and
passion for sharing the finest-quality coffees with customers. This momentous
occasion signifies a milestone development in our relationship with Starbucks
as we roast and package our locally sourced Espresso Roast and prepare to
export roasted and packaged coffees to select markets.”

This facility, spread across 8,258 sq. ft. with an installed capacity of 375
metric tonnes (MT), has been readied for commercial run. In addition to the
state-of-the-art roaster, the plant also has a PLC-operated green coffee
handling system for effective control of recipe, and automatic filling and
automatic sealing line boosted with high-precision testing equipment to comply
with the quality standards of the companies. The operations are well supported
by an efficient utilities section and sophisticated equipment, and boasts of
the best-in-class safety systems. The plant has three major sections – a Green
Coffee Storage and Handling section, a Roasting section, and a Packing and
Dispatch section. These three sections combined produce the finest-quality
coffee beans; consistent with the high quality Starbucks and Tata are known
for around the globe.

Starbucks and Tata Coffee are committed to developing and improving the
profile of Indian-grown arabica coffees around the world by elevating the
stature of Indian coffee, as well as improving the quality of coffee through
sustainable practices. As a first step toward this, the companies have
developed the Indian Espresso Roast, which is a hallmark feature of Starbucks
stores in India and highlights the quality of locally sourced coffee.

Starbucks and Tata share a commitment to community. To this end, Starbucks and
Tata Global Beverages will work with Tata Coffee to invest in coffee-growing
communities with a specific focus on agronomy, sustainable farming practices
and a partnership to extend the Swastha Project’s Community Based
Rehabilitation Programme to cover differently abled children in Kodagu,
Karnataka. Working together the companies will focus on initiatives including
but not limited to, the promotion of responsible agronomy practices and the
provision of training local farmers, technicians and agronomists to improve
their coffee-growing and milling skills, along with exploring social projects,
which could positively impact the communities in the coffee-growing regions
where they do business.

About Starbucks

Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing
and roasting the highest-quality arabica coffee in the world. Today, with more
than 18,000 stores around the globe, the company is the premier roaster and
retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment
to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks
Experience to life for every customer through every cup. To share in the
experience, please visit us in our stores or online at

About Tata Coffee

Tata Coffee is a subsidiary of Tata Global Beverages. It is Asia’s largest
coffee plantation company and the 3^rd largest exporter of instant coffee in
the country. The Company produces more than 10,000 MT of shade-grown Arabica
and Robusta coffees at its 19 estates in South India and its two Instant
Coffee manufacturing facilities have a combined installed capacity of 6000 MT.
It exports green coffee to countries in Europe, Asia, Middle East and North
America. Tata Coffee’s farms are triple certified: Utz, Rainforest Alliance
and SA8000 reinforcing its commitment to the people and the environment.

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For Starbucks Coffee Company:
Prerna Korla, +91 9717022726
Deepika Nookala, +91 9972169644
Christina McPherson, +1 206-318-7100
For Tata Coffee Limited:
Ajit Pai, +91 9663394732
Sagar Parida, +91 9663125394
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