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Starbucks Introduces Caloric Menu Board Labeling Nationwide

Starbucks Coffee Company (NASDAQ:SBUX) today announced it will include calorie information on menu boards at all company-operated and licensed U.S. Starbucks® stores beginning June 25. The launch of menu board labeling and pastry case calorie labeling will complement the food and beverage transparency the company already provides to customers – through printed brochures, an easy-to-navigate nutrition tab on Starbucks.com and through the Starbucks Mobile App for iPhone.

“Menu labeling is yet another step to extend our commitment to wellness, ensuring our customers and partners (employees) have the information they need to make informed decisions and understand all the ways that they can customize their Starbucks® beverages to be within their desired calorie range,” said Mary Wagner, PhD and senior vice president, Global Research & Development at Starbucks. “Starbucks believes that wellness is the journey to a happy, healthy life through daily choices, whether it’s a favorite beverage or a wholesome meal option.”

Providing the Right Offerings

Starbucks offers customers high quality products – from fully customizable beverages, to a variety of wholesome breakfast and lunch options. Starbucks dedication to this commitment is illustrated through the many steps in the company’s journey to becoming a place to find varied options to accommodate nutrition and taste preferences.

Listening to customer and partner feedback and bringing relevant options with real, wholesome ingredients, in moderate portion sizes and sensible calorie amounts have been a core part of Starbucks approach to food and beverages. A few of the steps Starbucks has taken include:

  • 1997: Sugar-free syrup with zero calories and zero grams of fat was added to the existing line of syrup flavors
  • 2003: Introduced beverage customization, offering a way to personalize for nutritional preferences
  • 2007: Announced 2% milk as the standard for core beverages in North America, saving customers 17 billion calories per year, equaling nearly 5 million pounds of fat. The switch reduced over core beverage offerings calorie content by 14 percent, fat by 36 percent and saturated fat by 38 percent, on average
  • 2009: Offered new bakery items, eliminating artificial flavors, artificial dyes, High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), as well as artificial preservatives and artificial sweeteners where possible
  • 2010: Launched However-you-want-it Frappuccino® blended beverage globally, allowing customers to personalize their drink to their lifestyle and taste preferences by selecting from a variety of milks, choosing the intensity of coffee, and picking any combination of syrups or toppings
  • 2011: Introduced grab-and-go lunch items, providing balanced nutrition on-the-go, all for less than 500 calories
  • 2012: Evolution Fresh™ juices joined Starbucks® stores – offering cold pressed juices
  • Summer 2013: Launched new wholesome Salad Bowls, each less than 450 calories

Starbucks will post calorie counts to accompany each beverage listed on the menu boards, as well as on tags to accompany food in the bakery case. Each beverage is listed as a standard recipe, though each is fully customizable, such as ordering without whip, choosing a different milk or sugar-free syrup option. Customers can expect to see the new menu boards and pastry case displays in all stores in the U.S. beginning June 25.

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