Starbucks Adds New Menu Item to Reduce Environmental Impact

June 24, 2020
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For the first time ever, Starbucks will be adding a plant-based meat to its growing list of food items available to customers.

On Tuesday, the Seattle coffee chain announced that they would be offering up a breakfast sandwich made of imitation sausage from the Redwood City, California-based Impossible Foods. It's now available at a majority of the chain's US restaurants.

The move to include plant-based meat comes from the company's efforts to reduce its environmental impact. The company already serves milk alternatives, but the imitation sausage marks its first alternative food item, the AP reports.

Meanwhile, as coronavirus cases surge across the country, many Starbucks employees wonder if their reopening measures have been premature. Some have even said they felt they were delivered an ultimatum.

While the reopenings across the country include safety protocols like mask-wearing, worker temperature checks, and closed seating areas, many baristas still feel as thought they are not prepared to return to work safely.

Starbucks has said that if employees do not feel comfortable returning to work, they are able to use accrued sick time or take unpaid leave. "It felt like an ultimatum to me," a Phoenix barista said. "It felt like any way I go, I am screwed."

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