Did Kenny G Really Help Inspire the Frappuccino? Starbucks Responds
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“Well, at the beginning, Starbucks didn’t have anything but coffee, and there was another company, Coffee Bean, that had something called blended … it was a sweet drink, and people were lined up around the block,” the sax star told Bloomberg.
“And I would always call Howard [Schultz, Starbucks chairman, president and CEO] and say, ‘Howard, there’s this thing that they do there that’s like a milkshake or whatever, ” he continued. “And so I think that part of the reason that they did Frappuccino was people like me giving them that kind of feedback. I like to think I was partially responsible for that.”
So, Kenny G and coffee — who knew? And according to the Starbucks fact sheet, it looks like the Frappuccino has enjoyed a very rich — and delicious — history since it first debuted in 1995.
So what does Starbucks think of Kenny G’s comments?
“Kenny is a dear friend of Starbucks and an early investor in the company,” a spokesperson for Starbucks tells PEOPLE … “He did provide feedback on the creation of Frappuccino. That’s true … We are very appreciative of everyone, including Kenny, who’ve been a part of the success of Frappuccino.”
We’ll raise a frothy blended beverage to that!