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.

Waka Flocka Flame Responds to Questions on Veganism

Rapper participated in Reddit's "Ask Me Anything" series to answer questions about his decision to go vegan.
Read More »

The Walking Dead’s “Magic” Tiger Earns Vegan Award

Upcoming seventh season of today's most-watched TV show employs futuristic technology to bring Shiva the tiger to life, eschewing exploitative use of live animals.
Read More »

“Mark It Vegan” Campaign Seeks Clear Product Labeling

Animal Aid wants UK supermarkets to put a “suitable for vegans” logo or symbol on their animal-free foods.
Read More »

Vegan Restaurant Opens in Former Real Food Daily Space

Los Angeles continues to welcome new plant-based options with newly opened Erven in Santa Monica.
Read More »

Vegan Art Exhibition Showing at London Gallery

Kabaret@Karamel’s “ANIMUS” features works by internationally celebrated vegan visual artists.
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 »