– Partners with Beyond Meat, Inc. to launch plant-based food menu in China
– Expands non-dairy choices with oatmilk in partnership with Oatly
Starbucks joined forces in China with plant-based innovators, Beyond Meat, Inc. and Oatly, to launch a new ‘Starbucks GOOD GOOD’ movement in its stores, inspiring Chinese customers to explore new lifestyles that are good for the planet. The platform features a new plant-based food and beverage menu, compostable packaging for food items, and merchandise made from recycled content. The launch of this new platform in China marks another step towards Starbucks global aspiration to become a resource positive company, giving more than it takes from the planet.
“Starbucks is thrilled to partner with Beyond Meat, Inc. to provide even more choices to consumers through innovative new plant-based offerings. Our new menu items make it easy and enjoyable to explore new lifestyles that are good for the planet, starting from what we eat and drink. Through the ‘Starbucks GOOD GOOD’ movement, we seek to inspire new routines by inviting everyone to eat good, feel good and do good. Together, we can take a small, humble step to make a better world,” said Leo Tsoi, senior vice president, chief operating officer and president, Starbucks China Retail.
The ‘Starbucks GOOD GOOD’ movement highlights Starbucks conviction to live up to its responsibility as a force for good, and use its scale to drive positive change. Starbucks invites new generations of Chinese consumers to effect real change by taking simple actions in their daily lives to make the world better. As a leading innovator in the industry, Starbucks is committed to constantly reimagining its menu to offer a range of food and beverage choices for customers. The company also continues to explore creative new solutions with customers beyond its menu to create a positive impact on the environment and support their lifestyles.
Debuting plant-based food menu choices
Starbucks is bringing plant-based menu items featuring Beyond Meat, Inc. to the Chinese mainland market for the first time. Culinary experts from Starbucks created three delicious new dishes inspired by modern, international favorites and designed with the palates of Chinese consumers in mind. Each dish features plant-based Beyond Beef™ which replicates the taste and texture of minced beef.
“Today we mark an important milestone as Beyond Meat launches in China, advancing our goal of increasing accessibility to plant-based protein globally. Starbucks is a trusted brand with a strong market presence and deep understanding of customers in China, and we’re pleased to partner with them on our market entry. We believe the new Beyond Beef menu items deliver on our promise of enabling consumers to Eat What You Love™ while also enjoying the nutritional and environmental benefits of plant-based protein,” said Ethan Brown, Beyond Meat, Inc. Founder and CEO. “We are proud to support Starbucks in furthering their efforts around health and sustainability while offering Chinese consumers more diverse protein options.”
Additionally, Starbucks is offering two more tasty dishes featuring OmniPork, a plant-based protein that pairs well with Asian dishes.
Packaging for the new menu items is made from compostable, plant-based material which has received OK Compost HOME and INDUSTRIAL certifications, widely recognized international standards. Products also feature a thoughtfully designed sleeve using materials recycled from milk cartons that opens up to
form a meal mat, reducing the need for cleaning up. A handle is integrated into the packaging design to remove any need for secondary packaging.
Expanding non-dairy choices with oatmilk
Starbucks is also introducing oatmilk to all stores in China with Oatly, to offer more non-dairy choices for customers. Customers at all Starbucks stores across the Chinese mainland may now customize their favorite Starbucks® beverages with oatmilk with no additional charge. The smooth and mellow texture of oatmilk pairs perfectly with the Starbucks signature espresso, accentuating its full-bodied taste and velvety microfoam.
In addition to the new customization choices, Starbucks has created oatmilk versions of two signature Starbucks® beverages, as well as a special limited time offer beverage (See appendix for more details).
Starbucks has offered soymilk in China since 2007, and the introduction of oatmilk provides customers another unique way to customize their Starbucks Experience.
“It’s a significant step for the growing plant based movement that Starbucks customers in China can now enjoy their favorite beverage with Oatly,” said Toni Petersson, Global CEO of Oatly, the original oatmilk brand from Sweden. “Oatly pairs extremely well with espresso and creates a wonderfully dense and creamy foam for lattes. It is our hope that once customers in China experience how great Starbucks coffee tastes with our oatmilk, they will be inspired to join the ‘Starbucks GOOD GOOD’ movement to drive positive change.”
Inspiring ‘Starbucks GOOD GOOD’ daily lifestyles
Starbucks has also launched a line of stylish and creative merchandise that can be woven into customers’ everyday lifestyles. This includes tumblers and notebooks that are partially made with recycled coffee grounds collected from Starbucks stores. The coffee grounds are processed and mixed with polypropene to form an industrial grade material with over 30 percent recycled coffee ground content, which can potentially be used to manufacture a variety of lifestyle items. To further bring this new approach to sustainability to life in Starbucks cafes, furniture made from this material will be rolled out into stores in the near future.
To encourage customers to make ‘Starbucks GOOD GOOD’ part of their lifestyles, the company has also created ‘Starbucks GOOD GOOD’ Wednesdays, which aims to engage customers every week with new ideas to take small actions that are good for the planet.
Building on Starbucks global sustainability commitments
The ‘Starbucks GOOD GOOD’ movement marks the latest chapter in Starbucks sustainability commitment announced earlier this year. As part of this commitment, the company announced announced plans to build a Coffee Innovation Park in China by 2022, which aims to become the most energy, water and waste efficient roasting operations for Starbucks around the world.
Last year, Starbucks also eliminated plastic straws from all of its stores in the Chinese mainland, saving about 200 tons of plastic waste annually. It is now accelerating the rollout of new waste sorting stations and will complete installation in over 80 percent of its stores by the end of September 2020.
Globally, Starbucks has set science-based preliminary targets for a 50 percent reduction in carbon emissions, water use and waste by 2030, as part of its multi-decade aspiration to become a resource positive company.