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6. Water usage is a huge issue in food and beverage industry, and in your report you outlined that water usage increased by 5% last year. What steps is the corporation taking to try to reduce water usage?

Ben: Even though we took one step backwards this past year, we feel like we're pretty far down the line in identifying things we can do to reduce water usage as we look behind the bar and look at all the water related activities going on. We're working closely with suppliers to get more water efficient technologies in our stores.

Concern for — and awareness of — water scarcity is broad, especially if you look at the markets where Starbucks is located. I think there's a lot of technology innovation potential in this particular area, and we're seeing very receptive supply chain partners in addressing water issues.

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  1. Erik Lindstrom October 28, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    It’s great to see that companies like Starbucks are spending the money to become more sustainable. I wish we would see more companies doing the same thing, but the biggest issue with sustainability and changing consumer behavior is that it’s expensive. Hopefully people begin to see the value in sustainability and take that into more consideration in their lives.

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