Editors note: An earlier version of this story was based on a press release that Starbucks has confirmed to be fake. The story has been updated accordingly.
Starbucks addressed Thursday a fake press release claiming the company would be raising milk prices again to end “dietary racism.”
“For fifty years, Starbucks Corporation has valued inclusivity and justice as much as it values the quality of its coffee,” the fake statement said. “That’s why, starting January 1, 2022, Starbucks will end the upcharge for plant-based milk and instead add a charge for dairy-based beverages.”
“Starbucks’ initiative to eradicate dietary racism reflects the fact that a startling 65% of the world’s population cannot digest dairy – a condition known as lactose intolerance. Lactose intolerance disproportionately affects Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities.”
Starbucks’ later clarified in a statement to the Daily Caller that the press release was fake and is not associated with Starbucks. (RELATED: Starbucks Happily Succumbs, Institutes ‘Anti-Bias’ Training)
The International Coffee Association’s benchmark price hit $2.07 per pound of coffee at the end of November, an 85% surge from the same time in 2020, according to the report.