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Starbucks Ditches Upcharge On Vegan Milk In UK Stores

by Laura Barns

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Starting January 5, 2022, Starbucks will drop its upcharge on vegan milk substitutions at all of its 1,020 stores across the United Kingdom.

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The chain committed to no longer charge extra for all five of its plant-based milk options, including oat, almond, coconut, soy, and Starbucks Original Nut Blend. The latter is a vegan milk option Starbucks developed over the course of 15 months from a blend of light rice milk, hazelnuts, and cashews. Created to complement its espresso, the fifth vegan milk option is also fortified with B12, B2, Vitamin E, and D2.

In addition to dropping the vegan milk surcharge, Starbucks UK is updating its winter menu with several plant-based options. The coffee chain is adding oat milk lattes in three flavours: Strawberry & Vanilla, Honey & Hazelnut (not vegan), and Dark Cocoa & Orange. These beverages are made with oat milk and Starbucks Blonde Roast espresso and are part of what it calls an “Oat platform” which it aims to expand. “The platform will see the addition of new dairy alternative beverages for future seasons as part of our ongoing work to expand our plant-based menu,” Starbucks said in a statement. 

Will it roll this initiative out to the US? Let's wait and see!

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By Laura Barns
Laura Barns

Laura is our Copywriter, who is obsessed with the Hearty Roots Stew (and has been known to eat a double serve for lunch on more than one occasion). On her day off you’ll find her walking her puppy Ralph, stopping off at bookshops and cocktail bars along the way. 

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