Starbucks Launches Vegan Hazelnut Mocha Drink

It is made with a coconut milk base
The new drink is vegan-friendly

Coffee giant Starbucks has released a new chocolate hazelnut drink that is suitable for vegans across its US stores.

The Hazelnut Mocha Coconutmilk Macchiato is made with a coconut milk base.

According to Starbucks: "Sweet hazelnut and our Sumatran coconutmilk is combined with our bold Espresso Roast, then topped with decadent mocha drizzle. All handcrafted to ensure each sip is perfectly balanced, perfectly enjoyed."

Plant-based

The new drink is part of plans by the coffee giant to roll out more plant-based options. Speaking last year, Starbuck's CEO Kevin Johnson identified the vegan market as a key one to tap into to increase sales.

He said: "We are leaning into our fast growing categories around...plant-based modifiers, including almond, coconut, and soy milk alternatives.

"Not only are these fast growing platforms highly relevant to our customers, our research demonstrates that they also provide a significant opportunity to drive [sales] outside of our core morning sales window."

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