New Menus at Starbucks Spell Out Calorie Content

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) –  The menus at Starbucks Coffee Shops all across the country and in the Tennessee Valley are different now.

Customers will now see how many calories are in the items available at Starbucks.

The Seattle-based coffee chain made the changes to beat an anticipated new regulation from the Food and Drug Administration to require companies with more than 20 locations to post calorie information on their menus.

However, it seems Starbucks’ big change came with small print.

“It’s all italicized and I think they just think it’s part of the price or the size or something,” said Samantha Marineau, an employee at one Huntsville location.

Cessalyn Feagan of Huntsville didn’t notice the new numbers, but was glad to hear about them.
She said they would likely have an impact on what she purchases in the future.

“Definitely because it is bikini season, so everybody’s trying to get beach body ready, so definitely it will,” she said.

However, others we spoke to said seeing the caloric content probably wouldn’t scare them away from high-calorie favorites on the menu.

Starbucks already provided nutrition information on its website, through its iPhone app and with printed brochures in cafes.

There’s no word on when the new FDA guidelines requiring the information will be finalized.

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