DALLAS, May 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- In today's jam-packed, multi- tasking, over-scheduled society, most Texans would, quite simply, go bananas if they were offered a free day with nothing to do, says a new survey conducted by Starbucks (Nasdaq: SBUX). (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20060516/DATU027 ) "It makes perfect sense that people want a day set aside for some rest and relaxation," said Nancy Kane, marketing director for Starbucks in Texas. "Summer is the perfect time to chill out and the fresh taste and refreshment of our new Banana Frappuccino(R) blended beverages will give anyone in need of a break the sense of escaping to the tropics." Starbucks is reflecting the spirited and carefree nature of summer through its new drink selections -- Banana Coconut Frappuccino(R) blended coffee and Bananas & Creme Frappuccino(R) blended creme. According to the survey, 30 percent of Texans surveyed statewide about their favorite way to spend the summer said it would make their day if they were given a free day with nothing on their schedule; followed by 19 percent who would become excited if they could watch their favorite Texas baseball team win a game; 15 percent would be happy if they could attend a free summer concert; followed by 11 percent going to the zoo (for free, naturally); and six percent of Texans would just enjoy watching the crepe myrtles bloom. Specifically, Amarillo and Midland-Odessa led the pack of Texans who opted for a free day. A listing follows of those Texans who would also prefer to chill out: Beaumont 45 percent Corpus Christi 40 percent Austin 36 percent San Antonio 35 percent Lubbock & Temple 33 percent College Station, Houston & Waco 31 percent About Starbucks New Summer 2006 Beverages Banana Coconut Frappuccino(R) blended coffee Starbucks starts with Latin American coffees, blends them with real banana puree, premium coconut syrup and ice. Banana Coconut Frappuccino(R) blended coffee is topped with whipped cream and real toasted coconut flakes for an authentic taste of a tropical escape. Bananas & Creme Frappuccino(R) blended creme For the banana purist, Bananas & Creme Frappuccino(R) blended creme is a vibrant blend of real banana puree, milk and ice. Topped with whipped cream, the Bananas & Creme Frappuccino(R) blended creme is the perfect cool and creamy treat to enjoy on a long summer's day. Starbucks Coffee Company Through the dedication of our passionate partners (employees), Starbucks Coffee Company has transformed the way people in 37 countries enjoy their coffee, one cup at a time. Starbucks is the premier purveyor of the finest coffee in the world, with more than 11,000 retail locations in North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and the Pacific Rim. The Company is committed to offering its customers the highest quality coffee and human connection through the Starbucks Experience, while striving to improve the social, environmental and economic well being of its partners, coffee farmers, countries of coffee origin, and the communities which it serves. Through Ethos Water, Starbucks demonstrates its long history of integrating a social conscience into all aspects of its business. The Company surprises and delights its customers by producing and selling bottled Starbucks Frappuccino(R) coffee drinks, Starbucks DoubleShot(R) espresso drink and Starbucks(R) superpremium ice creams through its joint venture partnerships, and Starbucks(TM) Coffee and Cream Liqueurs through a marketing and distribution agreement, in other convenient locations outside its retail operations. The Company's brand portfolio includes superpremium Tazo(R) teas, Starbucks Hear Music(TM) compact discs, Seattle's Best Coffee and Torrefazione Italia. These brands' unique and innovative personalities allow Starbucks to appeal to a broad consumer base.
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