Read about Seattle coffee retail giant Starbucks, CEO Howard Schultz and developments in the coffee industry. Topics include Starbucks brands such as Via, Teavana, Verismo, Frappuccino, Cafe Misto, Pike Place Roast and Seattle's Best Coffee. Topics also include competitors such as Peets, Tully's, Caribou, Costa Express, McDonald's and Dunkin' Donuts; and Starbucks' global expansion in markets such as India and China.

Nestlé moves into upscale coffee with Blue Bottle deal

Jesse Burns makes coffee at a Blue Bottle Coffee shop in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, Sept. 13, 2017. Blue Bottle announced Sept. 14 that it had sold a majority stake in itself to Nestlé, one of the surest signs yet of how so-called third-wave specialty coffee has become a hot business. (Cole Wilson/The New York Times)

The giant food company, which has bought a majority stake in the California company, enters a high-end coffee niche that has attracted such players as Starbucks, with its upscale Reserve brand.

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