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Starbucks to start alcohol sales in thousands of stores

San Francisco - Coffee alone is not enough for Starbucks anymore.

The world’s largest coffee chain said Wednesday that it would soon start selling beer and wine in thousands of stores worldwide as it seeks to pump up its sales in coffee-saturated markets.

The company also announced at its annual shareholder meeting that it was partnering with talk show mogul Oprah Winfrey for a new line of chai teas at its US stores.

Starbucks started testing beer and wine sales after 4pm in 2010 and the test programme has since expanded to 40 stores in major US urbancentres.

DPA


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