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Why is Starbucks struggling?

I was disappointed to read in PR Week today that Starbucks is struggling, that the coffee chain is fighting to improve its reputation. According to the article, an online poll of 1,567 people found that of the 62 per cent of consumers who regularly visit one of the four main coffee shop brands, 16 per cent actively avoid Starbucks. I admit to having a soft spot for Starbucks because, although I...
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From food mountains to food shortages

We are very fortunate that the excellent East Anglian Daily Times carries a weekly report from local MEPs called Letter From Europe. This is my MEP Robert Sturdy’s latest article which focuses on food production and biofuels. It would be great to hear your views on these issues: “The fat is now well and truly beginning to hit the fire, I’m talking about rising food prices and the...
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A tale of too many keys

My car problem has finally been resolved, I have discovered the reason why I had difficulty starting my usually very faithful Honda. The problem started last Saturday morning when I wanted to drive to Wimpole Hall to join Cambridge Rambling Club for a walk. I used a key I found in my rucksack which I thought I had lost, but it wouldn’t start. Earlier in the week, I had ordered a...
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