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Hershey's Artisan Confections creates premium line for Starbucks

SEATTLE -- This month, Starbucks Coffee Co. is debuting Starbucks Chocolate—artisan-style chocolate inspired by Starbucks coffee, Tazo tea and other coffeehouse flavors. Chocolatiers from Artisan Confections Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of The Hershey Co., have created a portfolio of chocolate that showcases the artistry of the bean-to-bar chocolate-making process and flavor experience of Starbucks.

The chocolates are crafted with high-quality cacao from around the world and then blended with premium natural ingredients, Starbucks coffee, Tazo tea and other coffeehouse flavors. [image-nocss] The result is a collection of chocolates with artistic shapes, flavors and aromas. The collection includes: signature dark, mocha and milk chocolate bars and tasting squares; Tazo Chai, Passion and Citron tea-infused chocolate tasting squares; Caffè Mocha, Chai, Espresso, Caramel Macchiato and Madagascar Vanilla Bean Truffles; and Milk Chocolate Covered Caffè Verona Coffee Beans.

Now available nationwide, Starbucks Chocolate retails for $2.99 and up and will be sold at grocery, mass retailers, club and drugstores. The Starbucks Chocolate portfolio will not be available in Starbucks stores at this time.

In other company news, Starbucks has announced that Cliff Burrows, currently president for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), has been named president of Starbucks Coffee U.S., effective March 12, 2008. Burrows succeeds Launi Skinner, who resigned to spend more time with her family.

Burrows began his career with Starbucks in April 2001 as vice president and managing director for the UK; he was promoted to his current title in April 2006.

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