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Starbucks is adding plant-based meat and oat milk lattes to its menu in China

April 21, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Fans of Starbucks in China are about to get a whole lot more oat milk lattes and meatless pastas.

Starbucks (SBUX) is teaming up with oat milk maker Oatly and plant-based protein companies Beyond Meat (BYND) and Omnipork in mainland China, offering more options free of meat or animal products at a time when a growing number of Chinese consumers are seeking choices they perceive to be healthier.

Starting Tuesday, 4,200 Starbucks stores in China will be serving vegetarian-friendly items such as oat milk matcha lattes, lasagne made with Beyond Meat's beef product and Asian noodle salads with Omnipork.

Impossible Foods, which raised $500 million earlier this year with an eye to expanding into Asia, has called the China market "a huge priority. " Beyond Meat is already available in grocery stores and restaurants in places such as Hong Kong, but the tie-up with Starbucks marks the company's launch in mainland China.

Starbucks' foray into plant-based alternatives comes as mainland China is struggling to get back to business after the coronavirus outbreak brought the country to a grinding halt earlier this year.

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