Starbucks Bug Drink
April 4, 2012 by staff
Starbucks Bug Drink, Are Starbucks’ Strawberries & Creme Frappuccinos about to undergo an ingredient makeover? Last week, the vegan and vegetarian news site, thisdishisvegetarian.com, reported that the popular pink drink was colored by “cochineal extract,” a dye that comes from the crushed dried bodies of cochineal bugs.
The extract is somtimes called carmine or crimson lake. Despite the dye’s use dating back thousands of years when it was first used to color fabric, a bug brouhaha boiled over as protests and petitions from outraged vegan groups were ramped up.
“This was known as a drink that vegans can safely consume,” Daelyn Fortney, co-founder of thisdishisvegetarian.com, told USA Today. “We’re not trying to cause any problems. Our point is, vegans are drinking this and it’s not vegan.”
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz sat down with CBS This Morning and discussed the bug backlash.
“No good deed goes undone,” Schultz said, alluding to the fact that Starbucks switched from artificial coloring to a natural ingredient.
“We tried to embrace an all-natural method for this product. In fact, we discovered that most women in America wearing red lipstick have this ingredient,” he said. “It’s everywhere, it’s all-natural.”
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