Tata Starbucks

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Tata Starbucks Ltd
Type Joint Venture
Traded as Starbucks "A Tata Alliance"
Industry Restaurants
Genre Coffee house
Headquarters Tower 2 Indiabulls Finance Center, Senapati Bapat Marg, Elphinstone Road, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India[1]
Number of locations 54 stores (September 2014)
Area served India
Key people Avani Saglani Davda (CEO)[2]
Products Whole bean coffee
Boxed tea
Made-to-order beverages
Bottled beverages
Baked goods
Frappuccino beverages
Employees 1000 (July 2014)[3]
Website Starbucks.in

Tata Starbucks Ltd is a 50:50 joint venture company, owned by Starbucks Corporation and Tata Global Beverages,[4] that owns and operates Starbucks outlets in India.[5] The outlets are branded Starbucks "A Tata Alliance". Starbucks, through an agreement with Tata Coffee, serves coffee that is 100% locally sourced and roasted.[6]


India's first Starbucks outlet in Elphinstone Building, Horniman Circle, Mumbai.

In January 2011, Starbucks Corporation and Tata Coffee, Asia's largest coffee plantation company, announced plans for a strategic alliance to bring Starbucks to India and also to source and roast coffee beans at Tata Coffee's Kodagu facility.[7] Despite a false start in 2007,[8] in January 2012 Starbucks finally announced a 50:50 joint venture with Tata Global Beverages, called Tata Starbucks Ltd., which would own and operate outlets branded Starbucks "A Tata Alliance".[9] Starbucks had previously attempted to enter the Indian market, in 2007, with a joint venture involving its Indonesian franchise and Kishore Biyani of the Future Group. However, the joint venture withdrew its foreign investment proposal with the Indian government. Starbucks did not cite any reason for the withdrawal.[10]

On 19 October 2012, Starbucks opened its first store in India, measuring 4500 sq ft in Elphinstone Building, Horniman Circle, Mumbai.[11][12] Starbucks expanded its presence to Delhi on 24 January 2013 by opening 2 outlets at Terminal III of the Indira Gandhi International Airport,[13] and later one in Connaught Place.[14] In early 2013, Tata Global Beverages announced that the JV would meet its target of opening 50 outlets in India by that year, one year later than originally scheduled,[15] with an investment of INR4 billion (US$66 million).[16] However, the company would open its 50th store in India only on 8 July 2014.[17][18][19]

Initially, Starbucks opened a combination of standalone outlets located at malls, airports and metro stations, and commercial complexes. The company plans to expand its retail footprint in India by opening outlets in hospitals, near gyms or health stores, educational institutions and corporate campuses. similar to the strategy employed by competitor Café Coffee Day. The company also plans to avoid hypermarkets, as it would impact the positioning of the brand. The decision to open outlets inside Tata-owned retail stores and properties would depend on the brand's premium positioning.[20]

The third city of India to get a Starbucks outlet was Pune,[21] where the company opened an outlet at Koregaon Park, on 8 September 2013.[22][23] Starbucks opened a 3,000-square-foot flagship store at Koramangala, Bangalore on 22 November 2013, making it the fourth city to have an outlet.[24][25][26][27] Starbucks opened its first store in Chennai and 50th store in India on 8 July 2014.[28][29][30]


Apart from the usual products offered internationally, Starbucks in India has some Indian style product offerings such as Tandoori Paneer Roll, Elaichi Mawa Croissant and Murg Tikka Panini to suit Indian customers.

Free Wi-Fi is available at all Starbucks stores.[31]


As of July 2014, Starbucks operates 54 outlets in 6 cities of India.[32]

State/Region City No. of Outlets First outlet
Delhi New Delhi 14 24 January 2013
Delhi NCR Gurgaon 4 10 July 2013[33][34]
Maharashtra Mumbai 22 19 October 2012
Pune 5 8 September 2013
Karnataka Bangalore 8 22 November 2013
Tamil Nadu Chennai 1 8 July 2014


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