Starbucks Acquires Teavana

by Nate Hunter

Seattle — The companies have entered into a merger agreement for $620 million.

Seattle  — Starbucks Coffee Co. has agreed to acquire Teavana Holdings, Inc. in an all-cash acquisition. Starbucks has entered into a merger agreement with Teavana to acquire Teavana for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $620 million. Starbucks will use its existing infrastructure to continue to grow Teavana’s 300 mall-based stores, as well as adding a neighborhood concept internationally.

“We believe the tea category is ripe for reinvention and rapid growth,” says Howard Schultz, Starbucks chairman, president and CEO. “The Teavana acquisition now positions us to disrupt and lead, just as we did the espresso category starting three decades ago.”

“After growing Teavana for 15 years, we are thrilled that Starbucks will be able to truly fulfill our mission of bringing premium tea to millions of people on a global platform,” says Andrew Mack, CEO and co-founder of Teavana.

Teavana is a specialty retailer that offers more than 100 varieties of loose-leaf teas, artisanal teawares and other tea-related merchandise. The company recently opened its first store in the Middle East in partnership with Starbucks’ existing joint venture partner, Alshaya, and has plans to enter new, high-consumption tea markets around the world.

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