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Sandy Run Roasting Facility to Roast, Package, and Ship Starbucks Premium Coffee

COLUMBIA, SC – November 1, 2007 – The South Carolina Department of Commerce, the Central S.C. Alliance and Calhoun County will join Starbucks Coffee Company in a groundbreaking of its new Sandy Run Roasting Facility in Calhoun County, South Carolina on Friday, November 2, 2007.  The ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m.

The Sandy Run Roasting Facility will be located in the Calhoun County Industrial Park, which is approximately 15 miles from Columbia.  Operations at the 120,000 square foot plant are planned to begin in late 2008.

The new Calhoun County facility will provide additional roasting and packaging capability to augment production from Starbucks’ four existing roasting plants in Kent, Wash.; York, Penn.; Carson Valley, Nev.; and Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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For further information, contact:

David King

Director, Marketing & New Industry

Central SC Alliance

1201 Main Street, Suite 100

Columbia, South Carolina 29201

USA

Direct Tel: 803-733-1151

Fax: 803-733-1125

Email: [email protected]

Web: www.centralsc.org