Starbucks raising menu prices over inflation, supply chain woes

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Wake up, caffeine addicts: Your morning Starbucks is poised to get pricier this year.

The Seattle-based espresso chain is planning much more menu worth hikes this year after earlier will increase final October and January. Company executives blamed the transfer on inflation, ongoing supply chain woes and rising labor prices which have eaten into Starbucks’ income.

“We have additional pricing actions planned through the balance of this year, which play an important role to mitigate cost pressures, including inflation, as we position our business for the future,” Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson mentioned throughout an earnings name Tuesday.

Johnson famous the Omicron COVID-19 case surge prompted further prices and staffing shortages that had been in “excess of our expectations.” Delivery and transportation of key items additionally grew dearer as Starbucks’ third-party companions skilled delays and labor shortages.

Starbucks didn’t say which menu gadgets might be dearer or how a lot common prices are set to extend. A venti cappuccino at the moment prices $5.25 in New York City, based on the espresso chain’s app.

Starbucks beforehand raised prices final October and January.
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Johnson mentioned Starbucks is taking a “thoughtful” method to its worth hikes. The company mentioned the preliminary worth hikes haven’t softened buyer demand.

Inflation hit a four-decade excessive of seven % in December. Businesses are paying steeper prices for key commodities akin to meat, espresso and dairy merchandise – and passing on a few of these bills to American shoppers.

Menu prices at fast-food eating places rose 8 % in 2021, based on the Consumer Price Index.  

Starbucks is the most recent of a number of firms to announce worth hikes to fight their rising bills.

Starbucks didn’t say which menu gadgets would see worth will increase.
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Last week, McDonald’s revealed it raised menu prices by 6 % in 2021 and mentioned extra will increase had been deliberate for this year. The company citing the surging price of uncooked beef and labor prices because it seeks to coach and pay new employees throughout a nationwide labor scarcity.

Starbucks fell in need of Wall Street’s expectations for revenue and same-store gross sales in its first-quarter earnings report on Tuesday. The coffeehouse chains can be going through labor strain as a rising variety of its company-owned shops search to unionize.

With Post wires