Starbucks Dropping Milk Products With Hormones

US - Starbucks Corp. has dropped dairy products containing an artificial growth hormone at coffeehouses in the West and New England, and is investigating a similar change at stores nationwide.
calendar icon 18 January 2007
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The announcement comes less than a month after the world's largest specialty coffee retailer said it was halfway through a plan to phase out artery-clogging trans fats at company-owned U.S. stores.

As of this month, 37 percent of milk, half-and-half, whipped cream and other liquid dairy products that Starbucks purchases are free of bovine growth hormone, also known as rBGH, spokesman Brandon Borrman said. That's an increase of about 27 percent from the 2006 fiscal year, he said.

The change affects stand-alone Starbucks stores in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, Montana and New Mexico, along with Northern California and New England, Borrman said. Starbucks has 5,668 stores in the United States.

The Seattle company also is examining plans to phase such products out of all stores nationwide, but hasn't yet committed to making the larger change, Borrman said.


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