Press Release: Starbucks Unveils New Modern Tea Experience with Starbucks® Teavana™ Handcrafted Beverages and Full Leaf Tea Sachets in Asia

Sep 14, 2016
Innovative iced beverages with bold, layered flavors now handcrafted at Starbucks® stores

Launch further strengthens Starbucks commitment to transform and rapidly grow the $125 billion global tea category

MANILA, September  – Starbucks Coffee Company (NASDAQ:SBUX) today announced the launch of Starbucks® Teavana™ Handcrafted Beverages and Full Leaf Tea Sachets as a core offering in more than 6,200 Starbucks stores across the China / Asia Pacific region, including the Philippines. This modern tea experience gives customers the opportunity to enjoy a range of unique iced and hot tea beverages with bold, layered flavors, handcrafted the way only Starbucks can, for the first time.

“The launch of Starbucks® Teavana™ brings an entirely new tea occasion specifically developed for our customers in Asia, who increasingly want new and different tastes and experiences,” said John Culver, group president, Starbucks Global Retail. ”With Starbucks® Teavana™, we see a tremendous opportunity to leverage the company’s expertise in creating best-in-class retail experiences, handcrafting customized beverages, and sourcing the finest ingredients, to create a new, premium tea experience. Just as we’ve done for coffee, this is tea reimagined at Starbucks.

Fueled by innovation, the new individually handcrafted beverages are the result of an in-depth, creative exploration of flavor, culinary trends and premium ingredients by Starbucks industry-leading beverage innovation team, with the goal of bringing something new and unexpected to customers. These ingredients come to life as skilled baristas craft each beverage by hand and unleash a sophisticated, delicious flavor profile.

Tea is a $125 billion global category and is the second most consumed beverage in the world, second only to water. Starbucks is leveraging all of the company’s internal expertise, including knowledge in creating best-in-class retail experiences and handcrafted beverages, to create a new premium tea experience for customers. The launch of Starbucks® Teavana™ is the first time Starbucks has launched a brand on this scale since 2008 with the launch of Starbucks VIA® Ready Brew, and represents an important growth opportunity for the business.








Beginning today, Starbucks Philippines is offering three new Starbucks® Teavana™ Handcrafted Beverages:


Iced Shaken Hibiscus Tea with Pomegranate Pearls
This refreshing beverage combines Starbucks® Teavana™ hibiscus tea and bursting pearls of real pomegranate juice for a tart kick of flavor.

Iced Shaken Black Tea with Ruby Grapefruit and Honey
Combines a traditional western black tea experience with a creative twist that is delicious iced with bites of pomelo fruit, grapefruit and honey for a touch of added sweetness.

Matcha & Espresso Fusion
Our fine Matcha powder layered with milk and Starbucks signature Espresso Roast creates a beautiful layered beverage and is an inventive combination of coffee and tea, to be enjoyed hot or iced.

With Starbucks® Teavana™, Starbucks also draws on its long heritage of commitment to using only the most premium, high-quality ingredients. Leveraging deep relationships with tea growers, Teavana sources the world’s highest-quality teas and botanicals. Starbucks sourcing and blending experts cup (taste) hundreds of teas daily to select only the finest teas for Starbucks® Teavana™.

In addition to handcrafted beverages, Starbucks is also introducing Starbucks® Teavana™ Full Leaf Tea Sachets. Through a curated selection of packaged full leaf tea sachets, customers now can now enjoy a new tea experience in our stores or in the comfort of their own home through a contemporary at-home experience.

The six (6) new, delicious and vibrant Starbucks® Teavana™ hot teas available beginning this September 14 include:

Black Tea

English Breakfast – A handcrafted blend of Indian Assam, Sri Lankan Ceylon and Chinese black tea. This tastes great with or without milk.

White Tea

Youthberry™ – Inspired by super fruits, acai fruit is blended with tropical pineapple and mango flavors with high quality white tea, balanced by rosehips and tart green apple.

Green Tea

Emperor’s Clouds and Mist™Exclusively harvested during the month of April and grown on the steep, windy slopes of Huangshan Mountain at 3,500 feet above sea level, this tea has a rich body and a naturally sweet flavor.

Caffeine-Free Herbal Teas

Hibiscus – Bright, juicy papaya and mango combined with citrus lemongrass for a naturally caffeine-free blend. Hibiscus flowers lend the tea a slight tartness and extraordinary deep fuchsia color.

Mint Blend – This tea’s spearmint base is rounded out with cool peppermint notes and undertones of spicy-sweet lemon verbena. The mint leaves come from the highly sought after and prized Pacific Northwest mint known for its high amount of mint oil.

Chamomile – The Chamomile used for this tea is sourced from Croatia. It provides the overarching flavor for this soft, soothing floral blend.

Teavana continues to be a strategic priority for Starbucks. Starbucks acquired Teavana Holdings, Inc. in December 2012, and together provide unparalleled expertise in the super premium tea category, bringing exotic blends, great flavors, wellness and innovation to customers globally.

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Monday morning with Lotus Biscoff

Sep 5, 2016

Today’s supposed to be grocery day.

I forgot again.
I’ve been so busy with work I often forget the other things I’m supposed to be doing. I need to start work early to do other necessities, groceries included.

I wear my eyeglasses as my laptop starts to boot up. I get up and start to make myself a hot cup of coffee. I then turn to the cupboards with little hope of finding anything left. 



I reach out farther, not able to see what I was even reaching out for because of the cupboard’s height compared to mine. I reach out a little more until I feel something wrapped in plastic. I take it out. I read the label as I walked back into the counter where I had placed my coffee. Lotus.

It was the biscuit I’ve received from last Saturdays event but never tasted. I sit back down, opened a pack and tasted it. I smiled as I heard a crunching sound and when the flavor dissolved into my taste buds. 


It was the perfect pair! Its sweetness complimented the bitterness of my coffee. 


I comfortably leaned back into my chair as I enjoy my food some more. 


Today’s just another busy Monday and yet a little unique at a point. Because unlike the past ones, this time, it was a Monday I could enjoy.





Thank you #LotusBiscoff


#TeamDDI
#DavaoDigitalInfluencers
#biscuits
#cookie

Davao Digital Influencers Grand Launch and Acquaintance Party 2016

#DavaoDigitalInfluencers is now official. The Grand Launch of our organization of #TeamDDI #DDIBarkada last Saturday, September 3, 2016 was a shining example of just how strong the bond of our group of social media influencers in Davao. More than 40 Bloggers, vloggers, microbloggers, and print media practitioners from the Davao Region came together for a meaningful night of meeting ang getting to know fellow members of the organization. The event was held at Polo Bistro Marco Polo Davao.



Here's a photo diary on what went down during the party:
First off, we offered a solemn prayer for the victims of Davao City bombing.

Induction of the first set of officers
Winners of Kai Artisan Chocolates
 Four #beshies microbloggers & Bloggers of Davao

Beauty(ful) bloggers/vloggers

Thank you to our generous sponsors for supporting Davao Digital Influencers, Inc

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Locally, the Coca-Cola FEMSA Philippines operates 19 plants and 53 sales offices and distribution centers across the country. It has operates two plants and one Distribution Center in Davao. The first plant was established in May 1950 and is located along MacArthur Highway. The second plant is located in Barangay Darong, Sta. Cruz. Collectively, both plants employ around 350 associates.
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Smart brings together the Eraserheads to go all out for a new, complete prepaid offer: the #SmartAllOutSurf 30

This is the first complete call, text and data offer for Prepaid! For P30, prepaid subscribers get 2 days of:
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Smartbro unveils the best deal ever of Ipad Mini 2 in Davao

Aug 8, 2016

Who wants to own an iPad mini? 


Well, Davaoenos are lucky because Smart Bro is giving us the easiest and most affordable way to own an iPad mini powered by Smart's fast and reliable LTE technology.

This is an exclusive package, you get an iPad Mini 2 for only P599 per month which will let you enjoy 1.7GB monthly data and a bonus offer of free 1.1GB of video streaming on Youtube, iFlix, Dailymotion and Vimeo for the first three months. This is just an additional P300 to the monthly service fee of Smart Bro Plan 299.

Smart Bro's best iPad Mini 2 deal is in time for the celebration of the Kadayawan Festival, Smart Bro, the country's leading mobile broadband under Smart Communications, has the best iPad Mini 2 deal and is part of with the brand's ongoing Brokada road trip across the country with our favorite Smart Brokada celebrities including beauty queens Bb. Pilipinas-Universe MJ Lastimosa and singer Michael Pangilinan.


The Smart Brokadas MJ Lastimosa (center) and Michael Pangilinan (second from left) with PLDT and Smart Bro Execs. 

The Brokada road trip has conquered Manila, Baguio, Bohol, CDO, Cebu and Ilocos, and is set to invade more major cities nationwide. This time, the Brokada road trip goes o Ologapo, Zamboanga, Bulacan and Iloilo.


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PLDT HOME celebrates strongest connection with Regine Series live in Davao

Jul 27, 2016
Davao, are you ready?

PLDT HOME celebrates strongest connection with Regine Series live in Davao

Asia's Songbird is coming!

OPM icon and PLDT HOME Ambassador Regine Velasquez is coming to Davao to perform live via the widely popular Regine Concert Series. 
PLDT VP and Home Marketing Director Gary Dujali with Regine

Powered by PLDT HOME, the musical extravaganza is a show of gratitude from the country’s number one digital and multimedia services provider for the massive support throughout the years.


The concert series, which was extended for a second year due to its unstoppable success, aims to help promote the titular Regine Telset Series—a set of limited edition landline phones available for only P99 per month—launched last year to great acclaim, with stocks running out fast as soon as it was made available to the public.


Its initial kickoff last April 10 at SM Bacoor in Cavite was followed by another full house gig at SM City Pampanga. From one jampacked mall to another and in response to insistent public demand, the Regine Concert Series is finally on its way to the Queen City of the South on July 30 for its much-awaited VisMin debut.

The Cebu leg will feature a 10-piece band helmed by award-winning musical director Raul Mitra, with a special performance by Your Face Sounds Familiar first runner-up Michael Pangilinan.

PLDT VP and Home Marketing Director Gary Dujali said, “The Regine Telsets, when bundled with PLDT HOME DSL, form the foundation of a digitally connected and smart home. PLDT HOME has been making it big in the hearts of Cebuano families, and we look forward to helping them forge the strongest connections with their families through powerful connections and world-class music.”

After Cebu, the Regine Concert Series will then be scheduled for a Davao stopover on August 6 at SM Ecoland. Fans will be in for a free world-class musical treat as Regine performs her well-loved hits.

For more information on the Regine Telset Series, visit pldthome.com/landline.

Brighten up your day with refreshing new Starbucks Frappuccino® flavors

Jul 25, 2016


Recreate your fun-filled adventures with new Starbucks Frappuccino® flavors – Mango Fruit Jelly Yogurt and Strawberry Fruit Jelly Yogurt. Starting July 26, get that much needed zesty boost with these new beverages boasting a delicious combination of chilled yogurt and fruity swirl blended with ice.

“The all new Mango Fruit Jelly Yogurt and Strawberry Fruit Jelly Yogurt Frappuccino® Blended Beverages are a delightful combination of fruity taste in a sweet jelly, layered with the smooth texture of yogurt. Reminiscent of a creamy parfait, these Frappuccino® Blended Beverages are inspired by our customers’ love of sweet fruit, making them the ideal beverage to lighten up one’s day,” said Keith Cole, head for marketing at Starbucks Philippines.

Delight in the sweetness of fresh mango or strawberry perfectly balanced by a hint of tartness from the yogurt for a mouth-watering beverage. To energize your day, the Mango Fruit Jelly Yogurt Frappuccino® perfectly blends honey-citrus sweet mango sauce with yogurt, topped with a layer of mango fruit jelly with real mango bits. Meanwhile, the equally refreshing and irresistible Strawberry Fruit Jelly Yogurt Frappuccino® features a visual treat with the yogurt blended with strawberry sauce puree topped with strawberry jelly with strawberry bits.

“Starbucks continues to innovate with new flavor and texture combinations to meet our customers’ expectations for the Frappuccino® Blended Beverages,” said Cole.

For a total gastronomic experience, pair these new beverages with Starbucks featured food item, Triple Chocolate Truffle Cake – a moist buttery white chocolate sponge cake with generous layers of milk and truffle finished with dark chocolate ganache and white chocolate shavings.

Triple Chocolate Truffle Cake
You can also go for light but filling new core food items like the Maple Pecan Danish, a light and flaky Danish pastry with maple filling and topped with chopped pecans, perfect for a quick breakfast; Chicken Cannelloni, an al dente pasta filled with chicken flakes and topped with creamy tomato sauce, you can have for your lunch; and the Pan Au Chocolat, which features two chocolate batons wrapped in 100% French butter croissant dough and finished with chocolate drizzle that will satisfy your sweet tooth.


Pan-Au-Chocolat
Maple-Pecan-Danish
Chicken-Cannelloni







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Beat the summer heat with these refreshing Starbucks Frappuccino® Blended Beverages

Apr 18, 2016
Summer is here and what better way to escape the heat of summer and cool down than with the newest  Frappuccino® Blended Beverage, the Roasted Marshmallow S'mores Frappuccino®Blended Beverage and returning favorite, the Summer Berry Panna Cotta Frappuccino® Blended Beverage. Both available starting April 19.


The new and returning summer blended beverages – Roasted Marshmallow S’mores and Summer Berry Panna Cotta – both let you celebrate the sweetness of summer. Inspired by the distinct taste of roasted marshmallows with chocolate sandwiched between graham crackers, the Roasted Marshmallow S’mores Frappuccino® Blended Beverage evokes happy memories of summer outings at the beach with family and friends. 

The returning summer favorite, Summer Berry Panna Cotta Frappuccino® Blended Beverage, combines Panna Cotta with different types of berries to create a beautifully layered Frappuccino® Blended Beverage and topped with whipped cream and a tart berry drizzle. After enjoying these summer beverages, you can join the Starbucks Frappuccino® & Friends Photo Contest by uploading your photos to the Starbucks Philippines Frappuccino® website (http://www.starbucksfrappuccino.ph) from April 19 to 30, 2016 for a chance to win a pre-loaded Starbucks Frappuccino® Card.

Meanwhile, brewed coffee lovers can also celebrate the spirit of adventure with a cup of perfectly brewed coffee in store or at home. With the refreshing citrusy flavor of Starbucks Kati Kati Blend™ and Starbucks VIA® Sweetened Iced Coffee, Starbucks Reserve® El Salvador Montecarlo Estate and Starbucks Reserve® Burundi Murambi, your brewed coffee – iced or hot – will surely keep you energized this summer. 


To further provide a cool little haven from the scorching heat, Starbucks Philippines will also have a series of Meet Me at Starbucks for a Summer Frappuccino® Party from April 26 to May 31 where you can enjoy live summer music, a One For You, One To Share (Buy One, Get One) promo on the Roasted Marshmallow S ‘mores Frappuccino® blended beverage, 10% off on summer mugs and tumblers and other exciting treats. Check out the Starbucks Philippines’ Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/StarbucksPhilippines/) for more details.