The economy continues to take nibbles at Starbucks shrinking wallet and the company is trying frantically to do something about it.
"Food has been the Achilles' heel of the company," Michelle Gass, who in charge of the company's marketing, told Reuters.
Thursday's announcement by Gass actually had Slow Foodist Corby Kummer cautiously optimistic.
"She didn't say whether cookies and muffins will still be almost uniformly more than 400 calories or whether they will use local vendors where possible...or whether the flavor will improve. But there's 90 percent room for hope."