Starbucks reveals plans to sell alcohol in more UK stores

By James Wallin, M&C Report

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Starbucks is rolling out the new menu at a number of UK stores
Starbucks is rolling out the new menu at a number of UK stores

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Starbucks is planning to roll out its evening concept – which includes the sale of alcohol – to other UK stores after its debut at the coffee giant’s Stansted Airport outlet.

The Starbucks Evenings programme offers hot and cold meals – including truffle mac & cheese and braised British beef – and premium wines and beers. The company stressed it had no plans to include spirits in the offer and that alcohol would only be sold for consumption on the premises.

The Stansted store will be opened in partnership with SSP. It is the first UK Starbucks to trial the concept, which has proved popular in 30 sites across America, but the company said it has “plans to expand the programme to additional stores”.

The company said the Evenings menu will be available in the UK from around 4pm.


Ian Cranna, vice-president marketing and category for Starbucks EMEA, said: “We are delighted to launch the first Evenings Programme in the UK. Providing a welcoming coffeehouse environment has always been our focus and now we can offer something new for the evening too.

"I think our customers will love the new range of terrific food and carefully selected wines and beers which will provide even more choice and reasons to visit us later in the day."

Simon Smith, chief executive, UK and Ireland for SSP UK, said: “We are delighted to support our partner Starbucks with the new Evenings Programme at Stansted Airport. Starbucks is a brand which is synonymous with great coffee and introducing this programme will tempt our coffee lovers to experience a new range of delicious foods and carefully selected alcoholic beverages in our newly renovated store.”

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"The Company stressed it had no plans for spirits"

Posted by Ashley Halliday,

While I adore BrandStarbucks, this doesn't make sense.

Nor does their statement "range of carefully selected wines (10) and beers (1)" - Don't forget the (1) cider!

But let's stress about the spirits industry's daily battle versus wine.....

Peroni (330ml)
5.1%abv. / 1.7 units of alch. / 139 cals

Magners (440ml)
4.5%abv. / 2.0 units of alch. / 180 cals

Riverstone Reach Sauv. Blanc (175ml)
13.0%abv. / 2.3 units of alch. / 159 cals

Bombay Sapphire (25ml) & Diet Tonic
40.0%abv. / 1.0 unit of alch. / 56 cals

Yes, it makes perfect sense to have ten wines, one beer and one cider on the UK evening menu, but NO SPIRITS.

However, there is good news - you can swap your Grande Semi-Skimmed Latte for a bottle of Magners and save yourself from 8 calories.

(Calculations using Drinkaware calculator; products from the Starbucks UK evening menu - that according to their website you could "pop-in after yoga"... at Starbucks Stansted Airport (past security!)

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Posted by David Pott,

Michael, if its as weak as their coffee it won't be subject to duty!!!!

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Storing up Duty-Free?

Posted by John Ellis,

I'm sure a "store" will never have the atmosphere of a pub, although it's not clear what they will be "storing" there.

Are they going to operate beyond the customs & passport barriers, as (for example) the perfume shops do. That way they may be able to claim duty-free status, while passing on at tiny percentage of the duty-freedom value!

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