8 of 50
Top 50 rank: 8
Rank in Food Services: 2
(Previous rank: 3)
Overall score: 7.85
Ticker: SBUX
Why it's admired:
Since returning to Starbucks in 2008, Fortune's 2011 Businessperson of the Year has restored the iconic company he founded and taken it to new heights, posting record revenue and profits. Howard Schultz distinguished himself in another way in 2011, taking steps to raise funds for job creation and to fight political dysfunction in Washington. The White House paid attention.
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Nine key attributes of reputation Industry rank
Innovation 1
People management 2
Use of corporate assets 2
Social responsibility 1
Quality of management 2
Financial soundness 2
Long-term investment 2
Quality of products/services 1
Global competitiveness 3
Industry: Food Services
Most Admired
1 McDonald's 8.27
2 Starbucks 7.85
3 Yum Brands 6.96
4 Chipotle Mexican Grill 6.63
5 Darden Restaurants 5.84
Rank Company Overall score
6 Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 4.95
7 Wendy's 4.35
8 Brinker International 4.27
9 Jack in the Box 4.18
10 Burger King Holdings 3.36
From the March 19, 2012 issue
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