Starbucks sells oat milk in all US stores
Starbucks will add oat milk to its menu in all locations across the country in the spring of 2021. The move comes after a successful, limited oat milk launch in January 2020 at approximately 1,300 locations in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin. In August, Starbucks also added oat milk to its menus across Canada. The non-dairy milk additives are intended to support the company’s global sustainability commitments to be resource and environmentally friendly by 2030.
The ecological footprint of dairy products
A 2020 review of Starbucks by sustainability advisor Quantis and the World Wildlife Fund found dairy products to be responsible for most of the chain’s carbon footprint, causing 21 percent of the 15.6 million metric tons of greenhouse gases produced by the more than 31,000 Starbucks stores were launched worldwide. “Part of our endeavor to become resource-positive is to switch to a more environmentally friendly menu. So expanding herbal alternatives will be an important part of the solution, ”Michael Kobori, Starbucks Chief Sustainability Officer, told VegNews. “The consumer demand curve is already shifting and it is fortunate that customer concern for the environment is reflected in increased demand for plant-based beverages and food. She was the inspiration for plant-based menu innovations at Starbucks and will continue to drive advances down this path toward our goal. “
Today, Starbucks is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, water use and waste production by 50 percent by 2030 through “Planet Positive Initiatives,” such as introducing plant-based options and expanding and expanding the use of renewable energies such as sun and wind Investment in the Global Farmer Fund of $ 100 million, which enables coffee farmers to step up their sustainability efforts. “Our Planet Positive initiatives are central to our long-term business strategy and address the needs of our customers directly,” said Kevin Johnson, CEO of Starbucks. “We’re moving towards a circular economy, and we’re doing it in a very deliberate, transparent, and accountable way.”
Plant-based at Starbucks
With the addition of oat milk this spring, Starbucks is adding a variety of milk alternatives to its menu. The chain’s menu is also evolving. In June, Starbucks added a vegetarian Impossible Breakfast Sandwich (which cannot be ordered vegan) in most locations in the US. This is the first time that plant-based meat has been added to the US menu. In October, the chain began testing a fully vegan breakfast sandwich at a location in Issaquah, WA, made with mung bean-based egg, a plant-based sausage patty, non-dairy cheese, and an English muffin.