Starbucks Adds Healthier Ingredients, New Breakfast Items

Posted on June 30, 2009

Banana Walnut Bread at StarbucksBloomberg reports that Starbucks is introducing food without preservatives and additives, including fresh Oregon blueberries in its muffins and no high-fructose corn syrup in its Marshmallow Dream bars.

Fresh Oregon blueberries are replacing artificial ingredients in muffins and baked goods, while the Marshmallow Dream bar will come without high-fructose corn syrup, said Sandy Stark, vice president of the food division. Two salads, an egg-white breakfast sandwich and a strawberry-banana Vivanno smoothie round out the new food options in U.S. stores.

"We really wanted to up the quality of our food," Stark said in a June 26 telephone interview. "We wanted something that we could be as proud of as we are with our coffee, and we knew we had a long ways to go."

Starbucks is adding three new items according to its press release: Blueberry Oat Bars, Banana Walnut Bread and Marshmallow Dream Bars.

In other Starbucks news, the coffee company is planning to exclusively sell a high-grade variety of fair trade-certified Rwandan coffee in Britain and Ireland in 2010.

A listing for the Marshmallow Dream Bar on product page says they have 230 calories with 5 grams of total fat and 44 grams of total carbs. The item is sort of Starbucks' version of a rice krispie treat.

The ingredients include marshmallows, crisp rice, corn syrup, salted butter, sugar, sea salt, maltodextrin and vanilla extract. The listing says it contains bioengineered food ingredients. There is no high fructose corn syrup.

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