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Starbucks to start selling almond milk in US stores

DBR Staff Writer Published 09 August 2016

International coffee giant Starbucks has announced it will start selling almond milk in its US stores.

The decision was based on high consumer demand. The company takes requests from customers using the platform My Starbucks Idea, and this was one of the most common suggestions.

The non-dairy milk will be rolled out to 4,600 US stores, with the Pacific Northwest, Northern California, New York, Norheast, and Mid-Atlantic regions getting the first shipments ahead of a nationwide expansion by the end of September.

The coffee ginat said Almondmilk will be used in several of its hot beverages, iced drinks, and Frappuccino blended beverages.

Starbucks’ Almondmilk will have light almond notes with no added flavours. It also claims to have less sugar. An 8 ounce serving has about 3g of sugar and compares it with 2% dairy milk with 12-13g of naturally occurring sugar. Almondmilk can be added to any beverage for an additional cost of 60 cents, says the company.

The coffeehouse chain is of the opinion that Almondmilk being one of the popular non-dairy milks to be consumed in US, will lead to several customisations for its customers.

Starbucks beverage R&D team manager Yoke Wong said: “We created our own almondmilk recipe to complement our hot, iced and Frappuccino® blended beverages.

“It was designed so that when steamed, it creates a rich foam for hot beverages and is delicious and creamy when served in cold beverages.”

Wong further said: “The almond butter in our almondmilk adds body and complements the roasty notes of espresso.  

“Because it’s unflavoured, customers can customize to their taste preferences.”

Starbucks first introduced non-dairy milk alternative in 2004 with soymilk. It later introduced coconutmilk in 2015. Iced Coconut Milk Mocha Macchiato was introduced this summer and it says that this is the first signature beverage to use coconutmilk.

Image: Starbucks to introduce Almondmilk as non-dairy alternative. Photo: Courtesy of Starbucks Corporation.