Starbucks is set to announce an alliance with Tata Coffee Ltd, which will see the global coffee chain open its first stores India. It is understood that the chain’s long-awaited entry into India, will see its stores open Tata-related in retail units and hotels. Corey duBrowa, spokesman for Starbucks, told the Wall St Journal that talks with Tata were progressing. He said: “We are excited about the great opportunities that India presents to Starbucks.” Speaking at the 12th European Foodservice Summit last month, chairman, president and chief executive, Howard Schultz said that Starbucks would look at acquisition opportunities, introducing healthier options and opening its first stores in India and Vietnam over the next 24 months. Schultz also said that the company, which around 11,000 outlets in the US and Canada, and 6,000 internationally, would look at expanding into India and Vietnam “in the next year or so.”