Starbucks and Nestle join forces

Starbucks and Nestle join forces

Starbucks and Nestle join forces

"It's a rather defensive move - a bit late - but nevertheless, a strategically absolutely vital step". Market leader Starbucks has a 14 percent share, according to Euromonitor International. The company said it will use the deal proceeds to accelerate stock buybacks.

Nestle shares rose as much as 0.8 percent in early Zurich trading. The WSJ reported that the company's 2.4 percent organic growth previous year was its weakest performance since, at least, the mid-90s, when the company first began tracking that metric.

The company last sold its U.S. candies and chocolate business, including brands such as Crunch and Butterfinger, to Ferrero Group for 2.7 billion Swiss francs. The deal is Nestle's largest since he began leading the company a year ago. The coffee company is also expecting the offer to accretive to its earnings per share by the end of its fiscal year for 2021. "Nestle's acquisition track record over the last 10-15 years has been less than stellar". Nestle has been struggling to gain market share in that market, given the prevalence of Starbucks and Green Mountain, which was bought out by Europe's billionaire Reimann family.

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He built Starbucks from just 11 stores in 1987 to a coffee behemoth that has around 29,000 stores worldwide that serve 100 million customers each week.

But the project began to run behind schedule and as delays mounted the company made a decision to take on Italy's coffee snobs with a landmark opening.

Nestle, which owns the Nescafe and Nespresso brands, says it will be able to expand the reach of Starbucks' coffee and tea products in the consumer packaged goods and food service sectors.

Nestlé said the deal will provide it with a "strong platform" in North America as well as opening up "exciting new growth opportunities" with Starbucks premium coffees internationally.

Starbucks will make its first foray into the home of the espresso with the coffee shop chain announcing it will open an Italian branch in September.

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