The coffee chain announced Tuesday that it has teamed up with the popular food delivery app to roll out new offerings for customers in China. Consumers in mainland China will be able to place orders on Meituan's platform, which boasts more than 667 million active users. The move adds to a series of splashy tie-ups Starbucks has brokered in China recently.

Starbucks' partnership with Alibabawill continue. But it is launching an exclusive events initiative called "1971 salons" with Meituan. Customers can book parts of Starbucks stores for private events, ranging from birthday parties to business meetings. China is crucial to Starbucks, with more than 66,000 people employed across nearly 210 cities.

Starbucks made $964 million in China in the three months ended October. But the company has faced greater scrutiny there lately. An investigation by a state-backed newspaper found that two of its stores had used expired ingredients. The incident caused a frenzy on Chinese social media, and forced Starbucks to order inspections.
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