2016

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Starbucks leadership won’t talk to me about Prop 37, the GMO labeling initiative…

Starbucks leadership will not talk to me about their position on Prop 37, the GMO labeling initiative. Starbucks is a member of the Grocery Manufacturer's Assoc (GMA); the GMA is leading the fight to defeat Prop 37 -- they are against GMO ingredients being labeled on food. I've exchanged several emails and two phone calls with Starbucks customer service staff, who cannot state the Starbucks policy on labeling GMOs. I spoke to a "supervisor" today who assured me that they valued my opinion. I reminded him several times, as I did in the previous phone call and numerous emails, that I wasn't sharing my opinion, but that I was soliciting their opinion of GMO labeling. The conversation was pleasant enough and I know the mid-level supervisor is not to blame for the wall that is put up between consumers and leadership. I included in my email and on the supervisor phone call today--which was being recorded, I was told--that we are a true Starbucks family, we go nearly every day, we look for the closest Starbucks when we travel using our Starbucks phone app, we drink it at home, etc etc. That I appreciate the organic food choices they have made available now and that much of the packaging is recyclable. And that yes, I know that they do not knowingly use GMO ingredients. That's all fine and dandy. BUT, what I want to know is: what is the position of the Starbucks leadership on GMO labeling? Am I to assume that by association--as a member of the GMA--that Starbucks too is working to defeat Prop 37? I asked to speak to someone in the legal dept; no can do, said the supervisor. I asked to speak to a senior manager in customer service. Nope. It turns out that leadership doesn't take calls from a citizen and a concerned customer. When I ascertained that I was being recorded, I said, "so Starbucks is willing to lose a loyal and long term customer, simply because I am asking a question about their philosophy? So, there you have it. Not only do I still want to know more about Starbucks stand on Prop 37, but I would like to know why I cannot share in an intelligent conversation with a corporate leader about this. Is someone in the Starbucks corporate office willing to reach out? Or are you truly willing to lose a loyal customer?

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