The proof certainly is in the numbers. Starbucks has more than 14,000 stores in 39 countries. They have more than 10,000 coffee stores in the United States, often right across the street from each other, and people still wait in line.
It's not only about beverage innovation; the Starbucks brand represents corporate social responsibility and community engagement. They provide healthcare benefits for their employees so they represent wellness, too.
Their culture is very similar to Marriott. They believe if they take good care of their associates, they'll take good care of the customers and they'll come back. That's certainly the core belief of our Marriott culture. So I really applaud all that Starbucks is doing to continue to strengthen their brand.
That's why we're so eager to partner with Starbucks in our Marriott hotels. We're one of their biggest partners. We have more than 60 licensed Starbucks stores in our hotels and many more in the pipeline. Under the Starbucks brand We Proudly Brew, we brew more than 800,000 pounds of Starbucks coffee a year. So we are moving a lot of Starbucks product.
At Marriott, we want to take our customers from "like" to "love." Starbucks is part of that journey. I'm Bill Marriott and thanks for helping me keep Marriott on the move.