Starbucks’ CEO to employ thousands of refugees as future employees


Amid Donald Trump’s “Refugee Ban,” Starbuck’s CEO said he has decided to expand his employee base by hiring 10,000 refugees in the upcoming years, US media reported on Monday.

Starbucks, a beverage company that often gets many names wrong on their endless coffee lists, has done something right according to common feedback.

Howard Mr. Schultz, Chief executive of the multi-million dollar beverage company, wrote to his staff in a company letter that Donald Trump’s new decision has caused “confusion, surprise and opposition.” (BBC)

Starbucks, which first opened in 1971, has been many people’s coffee pit stop globally for 46 years and is now a multi-million dollar empire operating in 72 countries with over 25,000 stores as of 2016.

He is the first US business corporate Chief to condemn President-elect Donald Trump’s recent refugee ban.

Mr. Schultz added that the recruitment plan will gradually expand over the next five years and will expand globally, saying in a statement:

“A concerted effort to welcome and seek opportunities for those fleeing war, violence, persecution and discrimination.”

But the letter stated that the plan will initially start in the US with a focus on ex-military personnel seeking job opportunities.

Earlier this week, Donald trump had announced a travel ban on refugees from seven-Muslim majority countries, including: Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, BBC reported.

The travel ban, which came into effect earlier in the week, has already caused anger after many airlines and airports turned away refugees, asylum seekers, and visa-holders from those nations.

Donald Trump had justified his ban of the US Refugee Admissions Programme and will continue to do so for a total of 120 days.

Adding that the ban was “needed” to give the US government proper time to develop stricter filtering systems of those who pose as national threats to the country.

A former Starbucks employee, who spoke under anonymity, said: “in my opinion, whether it’s a marketing stunt or not as long as the company follows through with their initiative and really does employ these refugees then that would be a positive step for humanity.”

However, Starbucks was not the only corporation who has voiced its opinion regarding the ban.

BBC reported that Facebook, Google, and Tesla were amongst the companies who publicly made statements concerning the issue.

On the other hand, a popular housing website, AirBnB, has offered free housing and accommodation to any person(s) affected by the US President’s recent travel limitations.

Hadi Ayedh, an AUD student and regular Starbucks consumer, stated: “I think it’s a good idea but I don’t know how comfortable I would feel knowing that a refugee from a war-torn country is making my caramel macchiatto.”

“You never know what their intentions are or whether or not they would be making anyone’s drink properly,” he added.

“Nevertheless, it’s a notable decision but a fuzzy line still exits and this might backlash in the future.”


Goodbye Nutella?


Nutella’s manufacturer, Ferrero, has shut down recent claims after reports released last week declared the famous hazelnut chocolate spread to be cancerous.

Palm oil, the reason behind Nutella’s famous shine, smooth texture and shelf life has been studied for correlations to the big C.

The European Food Safety Authority stated in a report that Palm oil has been found to be the most carcinogenic out of the entire oil family.

Since the rumor’s circulation, the Italian manufacturing company has admitted to have under gone a 3% hit in sales.

However, the international company has been combatting the rumors with ad campaigns in efforts to clarify and explain publicly the company’s safe usage of the oil.

Ferrero is campaigning to inform the consumers that Nutella’s byproducts are completely safe, adding that the spread would lose its famous “Nutella-ness” without palm oil as the main ingredient.

“I don’t really like chocolate and I have never had a big sweet tooth but I am generally against manufactured sweets because of the large amounts of sugar they add.” Said Deena Salloum, a student at AUD.

“If the oil in Nutella isn’t bad for you, then the high amount of added sugar is.” She added.

The company had studied a switch in ingredients but stated that palm oil is the cheapest oil in the market, adding to the statement that any switch in the recipe would cost a surplus of $8-22 million a year.

This could potentially lead to an increase in the market price of what many around the world call comfort food.

The EFSA report, published back in May of 2016, said that the oil is only more dangerous than others if reached above temperatures of 200C and could be more harmful than other vegetable oils if and only if the temperatures exceed that limit.

However the report also stated that any users of Palm oil, amongst other products, must higher the temperature of the oil to remove the “natural red color and neutralize the smell.”

Moreover, further explanation of this process states that a fatty acid called GE can form and break up during digestion, which could eventually release “Glycidol” – a substance believed to produce tumors.

Sarab Sahni, a communications student at AUD said: “I don’t think Nutella is cancerous because I grew up eating it day and night as a child and nothing has ever happened to me.”

“I’ve never felt ill after consuming Nutella in any form, so this new finding is very shocking and weird to me but I guess ill just wait for further updates on the topic,” she added.

Ferrero has shut down the rumors of the manufacturing process as “[the company] uses an industrial process that combines a temperature of just below 200C and extremely low pressure to minimize contaminants.”

“Making Nutella without Palm oil would produce an inferior substitute for the real product, it would be a step backward.” Said Ferrero’s purchasing manager Vincenzo Tapella to Reuters.

The debacle has even made its way here with Dubai municipality’s issuance of a statement that said:

“In response to what was circulated about the palm oil in Nutella, Dubai Municipality represented by Food Safety Department is developing regular programs specialized in assessing the seriousness of the food products in terms of their consumption. It is not proven that Nutella contains carcinogens, so this rumor is not right. Based on the international approved notifications, No decisions were issued regarding palm oil or any of the product’s components. This product is safe based on the production and the processing bases.”



Whether the rumors are true or not, perhaps one thing is for certain, more studies are needed to prove or put this controversy to sleep once and for all.

And what’s next, toasted bread?