Ben Cavender
Ben Cavender

Starbucks raised its prices, causing a stir among the many users of the popular coffee chain. They will whine a bit, but get over it very soon, says retail analyst Ben Cavender in the China Daily, and he does not expect a sustained backlash.

The China Daily:

This is the first rise since 2012. Ben Cavender, principal of China Market Research Group, said the price change had to happen after such a long time. “Despite the low inflation, there are increasing costs for most brands here in China, including rents and ingredients,” he said.

Since its first entrance to the Chinese market in 1999, Starbucks has opened more than 2200 stores in 102 cities, making the country its largest market outside of the United States. He said Starbucks’ current price rise of 8 to 10 percent will not change buying behavior among Chinese customers as they don’t have many options in the coffee market, which is dominated by Starbucks. The main competitor, Costa Coffee, has even higher prices and lower priced brands have no scale.

“Customers might complain about the price change for a while, but the regular customers will not give it up and will keep coming back to Starbucks,” said Cavender.

More at the China Daily.

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