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Top 50 rank: 16
Rank in Food Services: 3
(Previous rank: 3)
Overall score: 6.91
Why it's admired
Starbucks sales have been setting records. The coffee retailer continues to offer new items on its menus as well as improved store experiences, such as the recently launched Starbucks Digital Network, which gives Wi-Fi users free online daily content.

The coffee giant recently ended a deal that allowed Starbucks-branded Tassimo T-Discs to be produced and sold through Kraft's single-serve brewing platform -- expect new, profitable single-serve brewing products from Starbucks across a wider portfolio of companies. --By Tara Moore

Should Starbucks be admired, or what?
Starbucks stats
Nine key attributes of reputation Industry rank
Innovation 2
People management 4
Use of corporate assets 3
Social responsibility 1
Quality of management 4
Financial soundness 3
Long-term investment 4
Quality of products/services 2
Global competitiveness 3
Industry: Food Services
Most Admired
1 McDonald's 7.97
2 Yum Brands 6.98
3 Starbucks 6.91
4 Darden Restaurants 6.34
5 Cheesecake Factory 5.93
Rank Company Overall score
6 Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 5.41
7 Brinker International 5.16
8 Bob Evans Farms 4.32
9 Jack in the Box 4.24
10 Wendy's/Arby's Group 4.08
From the March 21, 2011 issue
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