Cannon Coffee Wins National Award for Dropping Vegan Milk Upcharge

For Immediate Release:
May 8, 2023

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Hagerstown, Md. – A whole latte love is heading to locally based Cannon Coffee, winner of PETA’s Compassionate Coffee Shop Award. Cannon has earned this national honor for its decision to stop charging extra for vegan milks—a move that helps prevent day-old calves from being torn away from their mothers in the dairy industry, a top producer of greenhouse gases. Cannon, which belongs to a growing list of businesses that—unlike Starbucks—don’t charge extra for vegan milks, will receive a framed certificate and a letter from PETA President Ingrid Newkirk.

“By dropping the upcharge for delicious oat and macadamia milks, Cannon Coffee makes it easier for customers to leave mother cows and their calves in peace,” says PETA Senior Director Danielle Katz. “PETA urges brewers everywhere to follow suit and stop milking kind coffee lovers who choose animal- and planet-friendly vegan milks in their cup of joe.”

More people than ever are choosing plant milks, and the consumption of dairy milk has declined by 40% over the past 50 years. Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Blue Bottle Coffee, Caribou Coffee, Philz Coffee, Panera Bread, Pret A Manger, and Noah’s New York Bagels also offer vegan milks at no extra charge, but Starbucks charges more, despite agreeing that vegan milks are better for the planet than dairy milk. PETA, along with more than 140,000 supporters, is calling on Starbucks to end its price hike on vegan milks.

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