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An online petition calling for the chain to introduce the vegan meat has exceeded 14,000 signatures, with the idea being dubbed ‘a no brainer’.
“Starbucks is one of my favorite places to stop for a quick coffee refill. Sadly, I am never able to grab breakfast as Starbucks does not offer any plant-based meal options and I try to eat my meals in a way that is better for the planet, my health, and animal welfare,” said college student Lana Weidgenant, who started the petition.
“Starbuck’s biggest rival, Dunkin’, just launched the Beyond Sausage Breakfast Sandwich across national locations starting in New York this week.
“I would love to start buying food from Starbucks if they followed Dunkin’ in joining the massively growing plant-based foods trend among consumers and offered the Beyond Sausage across their national locations.”
The coffee chain was also pressured to stop charging its customers extra for non-dairy milk – with a petition created by vegan charity PETA receiving more than 50,000 signatures.
In the states, Starbucks adds up to 80 cents to orders that swap cow’s milk for soy, oat, almond, or coconut.
PETA, said: “Starbucks should be encouraging customers to choose animal-friendly, vegan milks rather than cow’s milk. Many other chains—including Tim Hortons, Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Noah’s New York Bagels, Philz Coffee, and Costa Coffee—already offer dairy-free milk at no extra charge.”