ASU and Starbucks partner on research and innovation facility
PHOENIX — Arizona State University and Starbucks announced Thursday they have joined together to launch a new research and innovation facility.
The ASU-Starbucks Center for the Future of People and the Planet is scheduled to open in December 2021 on the Tempe Campus at the Global Futures Laboratory.
Climate change is impacting the lives of our communities around the globe. Today, Starbucks and @ASU announce a new research and innovation center dedicated to finding new ways our stores can positively impact our planet and our people. Learn more: https://t.co/knSMadwlZX
— Starbucks News (@StarbucksNews) April 15, 2021
Supported by ASU’s applied research center and on-campus test store ecosystem, the facility is comprised by a team of scientists, researchers and support staff.
Nine licensed Starbucks stores on campus, ran by Aramark, will act as innovation labs to test and evaluate customer response to center innovations.
A few strategies the innovation labs will be testing include new plant-based offerings, strategies to improve recycling and circularity and new technology, such as AI.