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Costa Coffee perks up Whitbread

Costa Coffee's caffeine-fuelled sales growth in Britain and rapid expansion in Asia have helped Whitbread to a strong third-quarter performance.<p>Costa and Premier Inn, the group's other major brand, contributed to a 13.8% rise in total sales over the 13 weeks to 28 November. Like-for-like sales, …

Dumb Starbucks and the Art of the Hoax

Last weekend, a pop-up shop called Dumb Starbucks appeared in Los Feliz, Los Angeles, five miles east of the Hollywood Hills. It seemed like any other Starbucks store, but it gave away “dumb” versions of items sold by the Seattle-based coffee giant: Dumb Iced Vanilla Latte and Dumb Blonde Roast. …

Royal Family Welcomes Starbucks to Brunei, the Company's 64th Country | Starbucks Newsroom

<i>Starbucks Coffee Company celebrates two significant milestones in Southeast Asia, opening its first store in Brunei – the company’s 64th global</i> …

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Can We Be Objective About Quality in Coffee?

Naturally humans are sort of selfish creatures: We have an inherently hard time separating our personal opinions from what may or may not be objectively true about certain things, most especially food and drinks. When we taste something we don't like, our immediate response is to scrunch our noses …

Why Coffee Varieties Are Important

You and I both know that there's no such thing as "just an apple." Neither of us would ever go into a supermarket, walk up to a barrel labeled "apples" in the produce section and randomly pick out any old orb, right? No: You and I both have our preferences, we know exactly what a Granny Smith or a …

Why Customers Become More Loyal After Flirting With Other Brands

This story originally appeared on PR Daily<p>I have used Old Spice High Endurance deodorant for more than 20 years now, with only one brief bout of infidelity.<p>I can’t remember why, but last summer I decided to branch out and try Axe or Dove Men or some other non-Old Spice brand. I applied it to my …

Entrepreneurs: Your Irrational Optimism Is Necessary

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Research confirms what feels intuitive; entrepreneurs are an optimistic group, afflicted with the 'optimism bias,' a tendency to view the glass as half full backed by the belief that negative events are what happens to <i>other</i> people.<p>This is …

No More Missed Connections: Virgin Unveils First-Ever Airborne Social Network

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Business travelers are all too familiar with the serendipitous connections that so frequently -- and fruitfully -- arise among neighboring passengers in the air.<p>Seeking to enhance these dynamics, Virgin America has unveiled what it’s …

5 Rules for Texting Anyone You Do Business With

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Walk into any boardroom two minutes before a meeting and you’ll find the same scenario: a table full of executives checking their phones with their heads bowed in the “smartphone prayer.”<p>Text messaging is the fastest way to communicate in …

5 Simple Steps to Building Your Business Online and Getting Millions of Visitors

This story originally appeared on Lewis Howes<p>Want to live the ultimate lifestyle, work from anywhere and be the main authority in your industry?<p>Look no further than the master of online psychology, Derek Halpern, for your answers.<p>Those who want to “live the dream” have a hard time doing it when …

Starbucks Banned at Sochi? No Problem. NBC Finds a Way to Smuggle It In.

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Would you do anything for your Starbucks fix? If so, NBC understands. The network has created an "illicit" Starbucks in the Sochi media center.<p>Since Starbucks isn’t an Olympic sponsor, the coffee giant is forbidden to have an official …

Avoid These 3 Simple Mistakes When Buying a Franchise

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Entrepreneurs and those with a desire to start their own business must deal with a daunting amount of technological, regulatory and operational challenges when launching a business in today’s market. The solution for many is to franchise. …

5 Challenges of Being the First to Market

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>If you’re building a product or service people are familiar with, your biggest challenge is competing for market share against established giants. However, if you have a brand new idea, you have taller obstacles to overcome: You have to …

This Startup Just Raised $23 Million Thanks to Wealthiest Man in Asia

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>Hampton Creek, a San Francisco-based startup developing plant-based replacements for eggs, has raised its biggest round of funding yet.<p>Today, the company announced that it is taking $23 million in a series B round led by Li Ka-Shing's Horizon …

Advertising Will Soon Reach a Digital Tipping Point

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>While television continues to have its strong hold on ad dollars, digital is a rapidly growing category and there are no signs of it slowing down. Take for instance Google’s $3.2 billion cash acquisition of Nest, with many reports …

9 Advanced Twitter Tips and Tricks

If you want to get the most out of your time and money in Twitter, then take it to the next level with these nine strategies.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>In his book</i> Tweet Naked<i>, online marketing expert and social media agency CEO Scott Levy provides the critical</i> …

3 Keys to Unlocking Employee Talent

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>With resources limited and budgets tight, using every ounce of your employees’ talent is vital to your business’ success. While many entrepreneurs stress about running a lean ship, most are actually sitting on a treasure trove of untapped …

4 Ways to Be a Frugal CEO

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Running a tight ship can pay off in unforeseen ways -- creativity and innovation mounts within an organization when resources are limited, and research suggests that companies with frugal CEOs are less prone to accounting errors and fraud.<p>…

Want to Hire Killer Salespeople? Follow These Steps.

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>There are few things more important to a startup or small business than growing sales, particularly when you’re ready to begin scaling. Yet when it comes to hiring salespeople, there are number of signs that are incredibly important to …

Don't Overpay Your Taxes: 5 Can't Miss Small-Business Deductions

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It’s tax time and whether they know it or not, small-business owners might be leaving hundreds, even thousands of dollars off the table.<p>“Numerous businesses overpay their taxes every year by overlooking various tax deductions,” says …

7 Essential Habits of a Healthy Entrepreneur

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>So there I was, exhausted at the end of a long work day, frustrated by a particularly stressful drive home and contemplating pouring a stiff bourbon and withering away on the couch for a couple hours.<p>Then something happened.<p>My habits took …

6 Ways to Get the Best From Your Team

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Having the privilege to be part of what I believe is one of the most hardworking, inspirational industries is both challenging and rewarding. You deal with the most dedicated and devoted owners where putting in 60 hours a week is normal. …