April 20, 2012 |
Starbucks has declared that it will no longer use cochineal extract, an insect-derived red coloring, in its wares. If anyone is imagining that the use of this dye is rare or new, they're mistaken. At a UCLA “economic botany” website we learn, among other things, that cochineal bug, or Dactylopius coccus , if you want to address it formally, is an insect that sucks the sap of prickly pear cactus and was used by the early Mixtec Indians of pre-Hispanic Mexico as a red dye for clothing.
April 23, 2012 |
Next time you pass a prickly pear patch, take a closer look, especially around the points where the spines stick out. You might see what looks like a spot or blotch of white or grayish cotton. At one point, the stuff under that little puff rivaled silver as a precious export. The white stuff is protective cover for the cochineal bug, which infests prickly pear, sometimes to the point where the pads look almost as white as they do green. Spread on a piece of paper, it gives a smear of deep red color, sometimes a bright fuchsia, other times almost a maroon.
July 18, 2008
Starbucks released the complete list Thursday of about 600 coffee shops nationwide that will be closing through the middle of next year. For an interactive map of all closings in California, go to latimes.com/starbucksmap. -- Sources: Starbucks, ESRI, TeleAtlas -- Los Angeles Times
April 19, 2012 |
Your Strawberries & Creme frappuchino will no longer feature a splash of bug - enough customers didn't want to slurp crushed cochineal insects that Starbucks Corp. is ditching the red dye used in their making. The Mexican and South American tropical creepy-crawlies were dried and then processed into a coloring product that gave some Starbucks goods - including strawberry banana smoothies, raspberry swirl cakes, birthday cake pops, mini doughnuts with pink icing and red velvet whoopee pie - their rosy hue. But it wasn't vegan.
March 4, 2010
Today's quiz: Who are the greater fools, gun-rights enthusiasts strolling into Starbucks outlets with firearms strapped to their waists in order to assert their right to openly carry weapons, or gun-control advocates protesting against Starbucks for not going all Gary Cooper on these postmodern cowboy wannabes and tossing them out of its coffee-saloon doors? For us, it's a close call. The recent commotion over "open carry," one of the more obscure issues in the gun-control debate, shows that common sense is uncommon on either side.
August 15, 2012 |
Starbucks is opening a hi-tech juice-making facility in Rancho Cucamonga next year that the company said will quadruple the production and distribution capacity of its Evolution Fresh business. The 260,000-square-foot factory will create 160 manufacturing jobs, according to Starbucks. Of those, 120 jobs will be shifted from San Bernardino, where Evolution Fresh was first launched and where the juices are currently made. The facility will be Starbucks' sixth manufacturing site in the U.S. - the coffee giant also has locations in Washington, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Nevada and Georgia.