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Starbucks hands off the reins to Mexican partner in four European markets

FILE – This Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, file photo shows a Starbucks logo sign in the window of one of the chain’s cafes in Pittsburgh. Starbucks is kicking off its holiday season by offering two holiday drinks for the price of one for three hours a day from Nov. 9 to 13. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Longtime Mexican partner Alsea will be allowed to expand the Starbucks brand in France, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.

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