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Vegan Milk Macchiatos

Starbucks Now Offers Coconut Milk-Based Chocolate Beverages

— July 13, 2016 — Lifestyle
Starbucks is experimenting with adding more dairy-free options that go beyond nut-based products to its menu, as seen with the Coconut Milk Macchiato that offers a spin on a chocolate espresso beverage with the addition of a tropical palm milk. The drink is served with a base of coconut milk as the original recipe, rather than as a substitute.

The drink is the first coconut milk beverage available on the Starbucks' main menu and it offers an option that is fully vegan for consumers with dietary restrictions to enjoy. The beverage contains vanilla syrup, caramel syrup, espresso and creamy iced coconut milk.

The addition of alternative milks to cafe menus beyond nut-based versions speaks to how consumers are seeking for more vegan options in their beverage choices.
Trend Themes
1. Dairy-free Alternatives - The rise of dairy-free options in the beverage industry presents opportunities for companies to offer innovative alternatives to traditional milk-based drinks.
2. Vegan Menu Offerings - The demand for vegan menu items is growing, prompting businesses to develop new and exciting plant-based alternatives to cater to this niche market.
3. Customization and Personalization - Consumers are increasingly looking for ways to customize their beverages, creating opportunities for businesses to offer tailored options that cater to specific dietary needs.
Industry Implications
1. Coffee Chains - Coffee chains can capitalize on the trend of vegan milk macchiatos by expanding their plant-based options and supporting the growing market of health-conscious consumers.
2. Dairy Alternatives - The dairy alternative industry can seize the opportunity presented by the rise of vegan milk macchiatos to develop innovative coconut-based products that can be incorporated into various beverages.
3. Cafes and Smoothie Bars - Cafes and smoothie bars can embrace the trend of vegan milk macchiatos by incorporating diverse dairy-free options into their menus, attracting health-conscious customers looking for plant-based alternatives.
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