(Bloomberg) – A site of Starbucks Corp. in Palm Springs, Calif., is testing a drink with ice cream made by Perfect Day Inc., which makes synthetic dairy products.
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Starbucks, one of the world’s largest restaurateurs, is experimenting more and more with non-dairy options as consumers appreciate products that don’t exploit animals and are seen as healthier and better for the environment. These efforts include using oat milk by default in the company’s new “Greener Store” in Shanghai, while Oatly AB’s dairy alternative is now available in its cafes across the United States. In Chile, the coffee chain serves plant-based meat and milk from NotCo. Spa.
Perfect Day, however, represents a new category of products. It uses genetically modified microflora – specifically a strain of fungi naturally found in living organisms – which is modified with a digital copy of bovine DNA to produce dairy proteins that can be used in foods such as ice cream and cheese. cream cheese. The Berkeley, Calif., Based start-up, which recently raised $ 350 million in a funding round, considers it “the world’s first animal-free milk protein.”
A Starbucks spokesperson said the company “is focused on improving the Starbucks experience by testing and introducing exciting new innovations.”
(Corrects the description of Perfect Day products in the third paragraph.)
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