Starbucks Losing Ground To Homegrown Luckin Coffee In China


Seattle-based coffee chain company Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ: SBUX) is losing ground in China to local competitor Luckin Coffee Inc. (NASDAQ: LK).

What Happened

Luckin Coffee had 4,500 outlets in China by the end of 2019 against Starbucks’ 4,300, the Nikkei Asian Review reported on Friday (Tokyo time).

The data from Thinknum Alternative Data reviewed by the Nikkei suggests that Luckin took over Starbucks in November last year, backed by its strategy of expanding in remote areas not served by Starbucks.

The American coffee giant has long been trying to capture the Chinese market, particularly in larger cities. In August 2018, it announced a partnership with e-commerce behemoth Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (NYSE: BABA) to pilot delivery services.

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