Starbucks Coffee CompanyWritten by Gary Gresham
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In 1992 company went public and after initial public offering, Starbucks continued to grow at a phenomenal pace that no one had ever seen in coffee world before. By 1997 number of Starbucks Coffee stores grew tenfold, with locations in US, Japan and Singapore.
Starbucks initiated several successful product and brand extensions including offering coffee on United Airlines flights. They also began selling premium teas through its Tazo Tea Company and offering people option to purchase starbucks coffee online to enjoy at home.
They began distributing whole bean and ground coffee to supermarkets through an agreement with Kraft Foods. They also produced premium coffee ice cream with Dreyers. Starbucks even sold CDs in its retail stores.
Starbucks began turning its name into a household word not through advertising but through word of mouth. In fiscal 2004, Starbucks opened a record 1,344 stores worldwide. The once small regional roaster, Starbucks Coffee Company, now has more than 9,000 locations in 34 countries serving over 20 million customers a week.
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May's Featured Holidays and RecipesWritten by Lara Velez
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---------------------------------------- Mother's Day - May 8, 2005 - In United States, about 150 years ago a Homemaker named Anna Jarvis wanted to bring attention to impoverished health conditions in her region. She decided to organize a special day to help her cause. She called it "Mothers Work Day." When she died in 1905 her daughter began to Lobby to create a special day to honor Mothers. Finally, in 1914, Woodrow Wilson signed a bill declaring Mother's Day a national holiday. Unfortunately, she never wanted it to become a commercialized money maker. She even tried to get holiday canceled! I have decided not to include any recipes because Mom should NOT cook on her special day! She should be taken out to a nice quiet dinner. Trust me on this one. ---------------------------------------- Memorial Day - US - May 30, 2005 - Memorial Day is a day that United States remembers soldiers who lost their lives so they can live in a free country. It was first observed on May 30, 1868. However, in beginning, not all states celebrated this holiday. It did not become nationally recognized and accepted until 1971. Unfortunately, today, true purpose of this special day has been lost in cook outs, beer drinking, and a day off from work. Don't get me wrong...all that is great...BUT, Let's not forget cost of our freedom.
BBQ Burgers 1-1/2 pound ground sirloin 1 medium onion, finely chopped 1 bottle of favorite BBQ sauce 2 tsp brown sugar 1 Tblsp mustard 1 Tblsp grill/steak seasoning 8 hamburger buns Favorite burger toppings (lettuce, tomato, onion, etc.) Combine all ingredients thoroughly and shape into 8 burgers. Grill or fry to desired doneness.
PICNIC POTATO SALAD
7 medium-size baking potatoes 1 cup mayonnaise 1 Tblsp mustard 1 teaspoon salt 2 celery ribs, sliced 2 Tblsp onions, finely chopped 1 Tblsp fresh parsley, chopped Pepper to taste Garnish: 3 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and chopped (if desired) Cook potatoes in boiling water until tender; drain and cool. Peel and slice. Combine all ingredients except potato, mix. Add potatoes and stir gently until well combined. Garnish with hard-boiled eggs, if desired. Chill 2-3 hours...or serve warm.
Well, I hope you have enjoyed our journey...Happy Cinco de Mayo, Mother's Day, and Memorial Day!!!
My name is Lara Velez and I am the Editor-in-Chief of The Recipe Finder - Online cooking magazine - http://www.therecipefinder.com. I am also a wife and mother of two. I enjoy cooking, reading, scrapbooking, and being a wife and mom. Please feel free to email me any time. RecipeFinderMail@aol.com