VegNews Daily

Starbucks to Discontinue Use of Bug-Based Extract

The company announced that it will replace cochineal extract with a plant-based dye in all products.

In response to widespread outcry from vegans and omnivores alike, Starbucks has agreed to reformulate many of its popular drinks and baked goods without the use of cochineal extract—a red dye derived from crushed beetles. Starbucks US President Cliff Burrows released a statement yesterday detailing the company’s decision to transition to using lycopene, a tomato-based substance, to color items such as the Red Velvet Whoopie Pie and Strawberry-Banana Smoothie. The media firestorm erupted after food and culture blog This Dish is Veg published a story warning its readers that the Strawberries and Crème Frappuccino was no longer vegan, due to the extract’s presence. Burrows says he expects Starbucks to cochineal extract-free by the end of June.

 Comments

Superbug Found in British Supermarket Pork

Bug strain has become endemic on pig farms across Europe due to overuse of antibiotics.
Read More »

Portland, OR Fights Climate Change with Meatless Monday

In a unanimous vote by local government, the city sets forth a plan to encourage citizens to eat more plant-based food.
Read More »

Animal Testing Alternative Wins Major Design Award

Human-like microchips that replicate the function of human organs could replace animal testing.
Read More »

Miley Cyrus Named Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity of 2015

The pop singer—who went vegan last year—wins annual PETA award.
Read More »

Study Finds Ground Meat Often Mislabeled in US

Horse meat and other species found in mislabeled meat products.
Read More »

This Week on VegNews TV: The secret to these delightful sweet treats is white beans! Aylin Erman shows you how to make these simple blondies.

More Videos »