Starbucks Joins FIA

SINGAPORE – FIA has welcomed Starbucks as its newest member, bringing the organisation’s membership to 15 companies.

“Starbucks is involved with the global food supply chain at multiple points, working closely with coffee bean producers, manufacturing food products, and interacting directly with consumers through the company’s thousands of stores,” said Dongwei Shi, Vice President, Public Affairs, Starbucks (China), who will join the FIA Public Affairs Committee. Steve Ma, Regional Vice President for R&D and QR for China & Asia Pacific, will join the FIA Science & Technical Committee.

Welcoming Starbucks to FIA, Executive Director Bev Postma, acknowledged the value of this additional expertise.

“We’re looking forward to the added depth, insight and capabilities that Starbucks will bring to the organisation,” Postma said. “With our broad range of members and a wide variety of capabilities and areas of expertise, FIA is able to drive successful collaboration on non-competitive issues, and we are looking forward to Starbucks’s contribution.”

Starbucks is the largest coffeehouse company in the world, with 19,435 stores in 58 countries, including 1,062 in Japan, and 645 in China. Within Asia, the company operates in China, Hong Kong/Macau, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand.

“We’re delighted to join FIA,” Shi said. “Starbucks has always enjoyed a strong reputation for leadership and innovation in the region and I am sure we will bring a valuable perspective as we join other market leaders in addressing non-competitive issues in the region. I am looking forward to being part of this important network.”

For more information on joining FIA, contact the FIA Secretariat.