Avani, who has worked for the Tata companies for more than ten years, joined the Tata Group as a TAS (Tata Administrative Service) probationer in 2002. Most recently, she worked in the Vice Chairman’s office for Tata Global Beverages, where she was responsible for driving and facilitating key strategies and initiatives for the company as well as Marketing and Business Development assignments. She also played a pivotal role in the development of the joint venture relationship between the two companies in preparation for entry into the India market.“Avani is the perfect leader for Tata Starbucks Limited,” stated R K Krishnakumar, Vice Chairman, Tata Global Beverages . “Working closely with Avani for many years now, I am confident she will bring the local business acumen, customer focus and commitment to delivering the highest quality Starbucks Experience to our customers in India. We are incredibly pleased with the progress of our joint venture and look forward to the opening of our first Starbucks café in October of this year.” Avani will report to the Board of Directors for Tata Starbucks Limited. Continuing to be based in Mumbai, her appointment is effective immediately. Regarding her appointment, Avani Saglani Davda said, “It is a great privilege to represent this joint venture between two leading beverage companies, and to bring one of the world's most iconic brands into the dynamic India economy. My aim is to deliver the highest quality products, a truly unique and authentic experience to our customers throughout India, and to invest in the communities we serve across the market.” Tata Starbucks Limited will own and operate Starbucks cafés in India. About Starbucks Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting the highest-quality arabica coffee in the world. Today, with more than 17,000 stores around the globe, the company is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup. To share in the experience, please visit us in our stores or online at www.starbucks.com About Tata Global Beverages and Tata Coffee Tata Global Beverages is a part of the global Tata Group. Tata Global Beverages is a global beverage business and the world’s second largest tea company. The group’s annual turnover is US $1.4 bn and it employs around 3000 people worldwide. The Company focuses on ‘good for you’ beverages and has a stable of innovative regional and global beverage brands, including Tata Tea, Tetley, Himalayan natural mineral water and Eight O’ Clock Coffee. For more information, please visit www.tataglobalbeverages.com. Tata Coffee is a subsidiary of Tata Global Beverages. It is Asia’s largest coffee plantation company and the second largest exporter of instant coffee in the country. The Company produces more than 10,000 MT of shade grown Arabica and Robusta coffees at its 19 estates in South India and its two Instant Coffee manufacturing facilities have a combined installed capacity of 6000 metric tonnes. It exports green coffee to countries in Europe, Asia, Middle East and North America. Tata Coffee’s farms are triple certified: Utz, Rainforest Alliance and SA8000 reinforcing its commitment to the people and the environment.
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