Melissa Allison follows the world's biggest coffee-shop chain and other Seattle caffeine purveyors.
Photos of Starbucks' instant coffee launch in Japan
Posted by Melissa Allison
Starbucks fan Noboru Sakamoto, who has been known to vacation in Seattle because of Starbucks, sent pictures of the launch last week of its instant coffee in Japan, where the product is called Via Coffee Essence.
The roll-out includes the sale of Via mugs, tumblers and teddy bears, or "bearistas."
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz expects Via sales to top $1 billion, he told Bloomberg during the Via launch in Japan.
Bloomberg reported that instant coffee in Japan represents about $2.3 billion of the $19.6 billion global market, based on research by Euromonitor International. The U.S. instant market is a third of Japan's.
Thank you, Noboru Sakamoto, for the photos!
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