Starbucks is making the step towards offering more plant-based options. They recently opened their Greener Store Lab in Shanghai, China to focus on a more sustainable experience and innovation. 

The store features interiors that are made from recycled materials, aprons made from recycled cups, and renewable energy. The menu will also be 50% vegan, as they will add 15 new plant-based options and use oat milk as the default for most drinks!

Starbucks recently added new plant-based options in Chile and one of their Seattle locations tested out a 100% plant-based menu at the beginning of 2021. 

The coffee chain’s new additions of plant-based items on their menu have already shown positive results. It isn’t just vegans and vegetarians that are enjoying these additions. Many people are making an effort to choose better options even if they still include animal products in their diet.

CEO, Kevin Johnson, said, “Probably the most dominant shift in consumer behavior is this whole shift to plant-based. And that is a shift both in beverage and food. You’re seeing more and more plant-based proteins in our food menu.”

The coffee chain plans to continue to provide plant-based options as long as the demand is there. Prices are also expected to go down if the options continue to be popular and allow the chain to stock more of them.

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