Starbucks,Tata Coffee to ink cafe JV?

Starbucks is finalizing an equity joint venture with Tata Coffee for opening coffee shops.

Written by Agencies | Published:October 10, 2011 9:59 am

Starbucks Corp is finalizing an equity joint venture with India’s Tata Coffee Ltd for opening coffee shops in Asia’s third-largest economy,it was reported on Monday.

Seattle-based Starbucks had held talks with other potential partners in India including fast food chain operator Jubilant Foodworks before settling down with Tata Coffee,the report said,citing sources with direct knowledge.

Tata Coffee’s managing director,Hameed Huq,could not be reached by Reuters at his office in Bangalore,and Starbucks did not immediately respond to a mail seeking comment on the report.

Starbucks had signed a pact with Tata Coffee,part of the Tata industrial conglomerate,in January to buy coffee from India and explore opening retail stores in the country,the companies had said in a statement.

India’s foreign direct investment regulations will allow Starbucks to hold up to 51 percent in the joint venture and Tata shares may be routed through more than one group entity,including Tata Coffee,it was reported.

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