An Ingredient Change May Move Starbucks Closer to Kosher

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starbucksThe kosher status of Starbucks has always been a bit of a challenge with certain products being certified kosher and others not. The issue became even more complex when dealing with individual stores, ranging from the non-kosher products they served to the cleaning agents, according to a discussion on Starbucks on the website of the Chicago Rabbinical Council (cRc). But now Starbucks lovers can take heart as rumors persist that Strawberries & Crème Frappuccino and other products that contain cochineal extracts at Starbucks may soon be eligible for kosher status.

Many vegans and kosher eaters have been complaining about the extract that is used for strawberry drinks that comes from insects. Starbucks is aware of consumers that are avoiding their strawberry products and are planning to use a vegan based extract lycopene. As for kosher customers of Starbucks, the Frappuccino’s that are bought in store are still to be avoided with the exception of the packaged version sold in many supermarkets that are all kosher except for the Strawberries & Crème frapp. For the moment the smoothies at Starbucks is not kosher certified. If the cochineal extracts are replaced, it will no doubt receive another look by the Orthodox Union (OU) which certifies Starbucks.

Some critics of Starbucks say that the mega chain has not moved fast enough to accommodate the growing number of kosher consumers who would otherwise buy more products at Starbucks locations.

Source: Kosher Today

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11 COMMENTS

  1. “Some critics of Starbucks say that the mega chain has not moved fast enough to accommodate the growing number of kosher consumers who would otherwise buy more products at Starbucks locations.”
    HUH?!?! we demand from companies to make kosher food ?
    This is ridiculous are we not ashamed ?

  2. I was always wondering, when I learn hundreds of episodes related in Sefer Neviyim, and nowhere did anyone ever have to refrain from eating somewhere because of Kashrus concern. And moreover, in those times they had much more pitfalls because of Kodshim and Zro’im. It was like a different world.

  3. important for Shabbos. The Via instant starbucks coffee is only roasted and therefore cannot be used in a kli sheini like regular instant soffee which is precooked, and should be used in a kli shlishi (for those who are shomech on kli shishi) as Rav Moshe Feinstein ruled, but not for those who are machmir on kli shlishi

  4. The following sentence in this article is misleading. “If the cochineal extracts are replaced, it will no doubt receive another look by the Orthodox Union (OU) which certifies Starbucks. ” The OU does not certify Starbucks. As far as I know the coffee and some of the syrups (not all) that are used in Starbucks drinks have an OU on them. Neither the final product, nor the stores are certified by the OU.

  5. Before anyone gets too excited about this coffee, go to dumpstarbucks.com and see what a Chillul Hashem they are making! Pheh!

  6. Since when are insects kosher
    Sorry the red dye that come from this insect is not kosher just like the bugs on strawberries

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