Starbucks Coffee International, a wholly owned subsidiary of Starbucks Coffee Company (Nasdaq:SBUX), announced yesterday that it has reached an agreement with the Delek Group to form a joint venture to open Starbucks retail locations in Israel. "Starbucks is excited about entering the Israeli market," said Peter Maslen, president of Starbucks Coffee International. "We have a great partner in the Delek Group, who shares our commitment in bringing the Starbucks Experience to Israel. We expect Israel to be an excellent market for Starbucks, with great growth opportunities following the opening of Starbucks stores later this year."