Coffee Chain Powerhouse Starbucks Launches Plant-Based Coffee Smoothies with Almond Milk

Dairy-free and vegan options are heating up summer treats, such as ice cream, in some of the best ways. So much so, Nielsen recently reported a 25 percent sales growth in plant-based cream.

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In the forefront of these new menu items is coffee powerhouse, Starbucks.

The coffeehouse has already released two vegan beverages–Hazelnut Mocha Coconutmilk Macchiato, and Cinnamon Almondmilk Macchiato– vegan macadamia cookies, lentil salads, overnight oats, and has now launched two new plant-based beverages.

100 percent dairy-free, grab-and-go “Doubleshot Coffee Smoothies”, are a result of highly demanded plant-based options from Starbucks. Available in both dark chocolate-banana and vanilla-honey-banana, the smoothies are made with almond milk.

However, due to the honey in vanilla-honey-banana smoothie, they can not be considered vegan.

Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson told Business Insider, “Plant-based beverages and alternatives [are a] big area of opportunity for us, and our customers are asking for it.”

The smoothies will not be available in Starbucks stores but will be in grocery stores across the U.S for $2.75.

In addition to the recent launch, the coffeehouse has also announced plans to create vegan protein cold brews.

That’s not all. Starbucks is also working towards being more socially responsible. In May 2016, the coffeehouse issued a $495.6 million sustainability bond that works to improve working conditions for farmers, as well as combat environmental risks to coffee farms worldwide.

Will this influential company be able to recover from the recent backlash it’s faced? Will providing plant-based options and being socially conscious win its consumers back over?

Read more about Starbucks’ latest launch at “One Green Planet.”