Press Release

Statement from CCF Against Starbucks’ Decision to Remove Corn Sugar (HFCS) from Menu Items

Following Starbucks’ announcement that it will remove high fructose corn syrup from its menu items, the Center for Consumer Freedom’s Senior Research Analyst, J. Justin Wilson, released the following statement:

Starbucks Coffee has always wanted to have its half-caf, vanilla, skim, latte and drink it too. But sometimes it tries too hard.

That’s the case today. The international food and drink purveyor announced that it would once again reformulate its food offerings, this time to offer “real” food made with sugar instead of the much maligned, but perfectly fine corn sugar (aka, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS)).

The trouble is that beet sugar, cane sugar, and corn sugar are 100 percent equivalent in all nutritional respects. An apple fritter is an apple fritter, not health food. And no matter what Starbucks’ marketing whiz kids say, it will still have 420 calories and 20 grams of fat.

Hopefully, consumers are smart enough to see this for what it really is: a marketing ploy.

Founded in 1996, the Center for Consumer Freedom is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization devoted to promoting personal responsibility and protecting consumer choices. For more information, visit


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