If you are a non-dairy lover, you will be excited to know that as of Tuesday, January 10th, Starbucks has officially introduced Starbucks Almond Beverage as a dairy-free customization!
Starbucks introduced its first non-dairy milk alternative in 2004 with the launch of Soy Beverage followed by Coconut Milk Beverage in September 2015. Starting today, Starbucks Almond Beverage will be available in more than 1,300 stores across Canada as a non-dairy alternative.
As non-dairy alternatives become more of a regular occurrence in mainstream food choices, Starbucks has followed the requests of its customers by offering milk alternatives. The idea to launch Almond Beverage came from My Starbucks Idea, the company’s platform for crowdsourcing customer and barista suggestions. Thousands of ideas are submitted and voted on each year and the introduction of Almond Beverage is one of the site’s top customer product requests.
Starbucks Almond Beverage has a light nutty flavour and was designed to be a great backdrop for espresso and the other flavours in Starbucks beverages, including hot or iced drinks and Frappuccino blended beverages. There are more than 170,000 ways baristas can customize beverages at Starbucks, selecting from a variety of dairy selections, combination of syrups, coffee/espresso options and toppings. Almond Beverage is sure to inspire customizations from Starbucks customers who consider it their preferred non-dairy option.
“We are committed to continued beverage innovation and part of that is listening to our customers. We heard from customers that offering non-dairy alternatives is important to them, so we are excited to introduce our rich, creamy Almond Beverage that complements all of our handcrafted beverages, hot and cold, to Canadian stores.” – Peter Bond, director of food and beverage, Starbucks Canada
Almond beverage can be used in any handcrafted Starbucks beverage for an additional 70-cent charge. For more information, visit your local Starbucks, or head online to starbucks.ca.