ICED OUT: Starbucks Suspends All Operations in Russia

Starbucks joined McDonald’s Tuesday and confirmed the company will temporarily cease all business operations in Russia in protest of Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

From Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson:


As I communicated Friday, we condemn the horrific attacks on Ukraine by Russia and our hearts go out to all those affected. 

We continue to watch the tragic events unfold and, today, we have decided to suspend all business activity in Russia, including shipment of all Starbucks products. Our licensed partner has agreed to immediately pause store operations and will provide support to the nearly 2,000 partners in Russia who depend on Starbucks for their livelihood.

Through this dynamic situation, we will continue to make decisions that are true to our mission and values and communicate with transparency. Thank you for the care and concern you are sharing with me and your leaders.

As always, I’m extremely proud to be your partner.