Gluten-free Food Update

Hi, it’s Erin on the Food team.  I am so excited today to share an update on our blog about Gluten-free offerings.  Starting May 5 we will be launching the Gluten-free Orange Valencia Cake with Almonds.  And even better you are among the first to know!  Who better to get the first scoop than you who helped make it happen?  This product was inspired by the passionate responses we heard from you on My Starbucks Idea. 

The Orange Valencia Cake is a delicious moist citrus cake bursting with Valencia oranges and topped with crunchy almonds.  Not only is it gluten-free, it is also prepared with 7 simple ingredients: Whole Eggs, Valencia Orange Pulp, Almonds, Sugar, Orange Peel, Gluten Free Baking Powder, and Orange Oil.  Plus it delivers 30% of your daily value of vitamin C.

Keep on the look out for it in the pastry case with a sign that says “gluten-free.”  A single cake will be displayed unwrapped so you can see it clearly, but don’t worry.   They all come individually packaged to prevent cross contamination.  And with the ingredient list right on the package, it’s easy to see exactly what you are eating.  Whether you are gluten-sensitive or not, this product is delicious and satisfying and I hope you will all enjoy it soon. 

Want to know how it’s made gluten-free?  Come back to MSI in two weeks and Chris, the lead product developer will take you behind the scenes and share how this cake is made with care.



berylayn
4/17/2009 12:46 PM

Can't wait to try it!

shakyjelly
4/17/2009 1:16 PM

SO excited to hear you'll be carrying a gluten free goodie - and such a delicious sounding one at that! I can't wait to try it.

GErickson
4/17/2009 1:59 PM

This is awesome news! Thanks so much for making this happen!

sunrun
4/17/2009 2:06 PM

Best news I've heard in a long, long, time.  Thank you Starbucks!  You just made it 100 times easier to travel on a GF diet.

tomfrancoeur
4/17/2009 2:12 PM

It's great to see a big brand like Starbucks offering healthy snacks, especially for people allergic to wheat.

Next step is to introduce a nut free version.  Many people with food allergies have multiple allergies - and nut is one of the most common ones.  Chances are a lot of people allergic to gluten will still not be able to enjoy your delicious new snack due to the almonds.  

GlutenFreeJoy
4/17/2009 2:54 PM

So happy to see this happen!  This is amazing for the gluten-free community but unfortunately, you lost me with the almonds.  Many Celiacs also suffer from many other food allergies, including my son.  Nuts are one of the top 8 most common allergens.  If you lost the almonds, you will sell a ton more.  

Maybe a nut-free version could be added?

aggie2011
4/17/2009 4:22 PM

I am really excited about this!!! Will this be available at ALL the Starbucks chains?.. including the smaller college-based stores?

pinklime
4/17/2009 4:56 PM

What about sugar-free products???  Those are needed too!!!  People who eat gluten-free can go into any Whole Foods and find anything they want people who need sugar-free products are not as lucky.  Please accommodate us too!!!

Chitobe
4/17/2009 4:58 PM

My dreams are fulfilled!!

Thank you!!

MatthewinLA
4/17/2009 5:17 PM

Really happy as well... my daily Starbucks routine of being that guy in the corner writing his screenplay will now be complete with my GF snack.  Thanks Starbucks for also looking out for us little, slightly different people.

hello_kitten
4/17/2009 6:25 PM

Thank you so much!

I feel like I am going to cry tears of joy.

It is perfect, even down to the individual packaging.

Thank you so much, again.

You are wonderful Starbucks.

CeliacSarah
4/17/2009 6:28 PM

This is revolutionary! I am a diagnosed celiac patient who can only eat gluten-free. I am also a loyal starbucks addict. So the talk of combining the two biggest things  in my life (gluten-free pastries and coffee) makes me beyond happy! Providing gluten-free products at starbucks is the smartest move they've ever made! Thank you so much!! They just won my continued business for a long time to come.

DonaghOMathuna
4/17/2009 6:48 PM

THANK YOU!!  I love your coffee and every time I buy a cup, I wish I could get a baked goodie to go with it!  This is just fantastic!

CaBelle
4/17/2009 7:36 PM

Wow! Thank you! I am excited about this!  I am gluten intolerant and have had to give up many goodies over the years, I look forward to trying the Orange Valencia Cake (which sounds absolutely YUMMY!).

1Eclectic
4/17/2009 8:43 PM

Really looking forward to being able to indulge in this.

revidescent
4/17/2009 8:53 PM

Really looking forward to this!

Will it be available at all Starbucks?

coelia
4/17/2009 9:22 PM

I can't wait to try this!  I stopped going to Starbucks because I got tired of making multiple trips for food and coffee.  Now if you could offer something for lunch, too... maybe a quiche???  There's definitely an untapped market out there for the company that thinks loyal customers are worth the effort.   Those of us who need to follow a gluten-free diet will gladly give our business to the company that reaches out to us!

Laurasus99
4/18/2009 1:58 AM

I think UK must be ahead of you lot. I went into Starbucks in Liverpool One, Liverpool about a week ago and saw the Gluten Valencia Orange cake. They were not individually wrapped, but open and on a tray. When I asked for one, the guy used the same tongs as with ALL the cakes so I told him to forget it. I wondered what was the point having gluten free cakes if you were going to serve them like that?

lovelife2
4/18/2009 6:03 AM

I was excited when I started to read this cause my husband and I love to go to starbucks for some alone time ,even if I just sit there and watch him enjoy his chai latte and little cakes. But as I read on to the ingredients became very upset to know you have included Almonds. Would of loved it nut free!!!!!! Thanks for the effort. I'm glad most of the celiacs can at least enjoy something at Starbucks!!!!!!!! maybe next you can have one w/out  nuts!!!!!!

CAEsined
4/18/2009 6:52 AM

I can't wait to try this.  I am so excited!  Thank you for thinking about those of us who can't eat gluten.  : )

nothing nutty
4/18/2009 6:58 AM

This is really exciting and yet disappointing at the same time.  First of all thank you for making the effort to offer a gluten free item.  The fact that you will label it as gluten free and provide the ingredient list in front of it is a BIG win.  Us food allergy sufferers look for that.

However, many people who have a gluten allergy also have other food allergies.  Mine happen to be to peanut and tree nuts.   So as exciting as this is I still can't eat at Starbucks due the almonds.  Maybe that can be your next endeavor?  To offer a gluten free nut free item,  I know I wouldn't be the only one eating it. ;)  It fact I would probably end up going to Starbucks a lot because allergy friendly food at places like yours is far and few between.

Aiyana2383
4/18/2009 7:40 AM

Merci!!!!!! It means so much to me! Please, tell me they will be available in France too?!!!

MotherOfBear
4/18/2009 8:10 AM

Can't wait for more GF products at Starbucks.  Unfortunately I'll have to wait for something without orange as I'm allergic to oranges but am excited that Starbucks is finally looking at the GF diets.

RockingWrinkly
4/18/2009 8:25 AM

Hooray and well done for taking note of Marie Antionette's suggestion - "Let them eat cake!". At last I will be able to get something to eat in City Centres. Maybe you could extend the allergy and intolerance sensitive range to include other food sensitive outcasts. Thre are a lot of us out here.

Also PLEASE ensure that your franchisees and their staff understand how importnat it is that these cakes remain wrapped.

E Smith
4/18/2009 9:20 AM

Thank you SO much for making such an effort to have a GF treat!

I think it is important for Celiacs to remember that because most of us have secondary (or tertiary) food allergies, it is nearly impossible to make a GF treat that every Celiac can eat.  The fact that Starbucks made the treat without any dairy took care of the most common secondary food allergy (and without soy either, which is common as well).

Thank you again so much for making such an effort to accommodate us!  I stop by my local store every day and will now have a treat to enjoy with it.

Monkee
4/18/2009 11:25 AM

I can finally start going to Starbucks again.  Thank you for reaching out to the gluten intolerant community.  I hope that my local Starbucks, which is not in a big city, will also be carrying this dessert.  I plan to visit them on May 5.

Burkie
4/18/2009 1:41 PM

Wow!  So great to think I can have a treat with my coffee instead of being the odd one out. Yea Starbucks!!

myjellybean
4/18/2009 3:23 PM

Thank you!  I can enjoy pastries again!  And a Starbucks.  It's been years since I've been there.

jazminecat23
4/18/2009 9:54 PM

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!  Can't wait to try it!  now if we could just get Hemp Milk I would be in seventh heaven!  :)

scanellos
4/18/2009 10:12 PM

THANK YOU STARBUCKS!!!  I am so excited!!  My daughter has Celiac Disease and is only 3, but I get so excited when large companies start to acknowledge the need for these products.  I will be taking her to our nearest Starbuck for a hot chocolate and the new gluten-free goodie!!!!!

auntval26
4/19/2009 5:14 AM

YIPEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Can not wait to try it.

nottheone
4/19/2009 8:13 AM

I have May 5th on my calendar with a star

jtravis586
4/19/2009 9:52 AM

That is WONDERFUL news.  Thank you so much!!

MichaelsGirl
4/19/2009 11:16 AM

Fantastic!!!  Thank you!

Jeff B
4/20/2009 6:05 AM

This is marvelous news! Thanks Starbucks. I can't wait to try it. I hope you will consider a GF breakfast sandwich next. If you guys are looking for purveyors of excellent GF baked goods and bakery flours, try Pamelas or Glutino. Both are excellent!

Thanks again! :-)

Dibbydoo
4/20/2009 8:52 AM

I am excited to try the new Gluten Free cake.  And for those of us who are allergic to everything how about a dairy free Frappacino?

willowsmom
4/20/2009 12:13 PM

It is SOOO wonderful to see large companies making the effort to meet the needs of people with food allergies and intolerances.

Now, how about peanut free snacks???

sbx_bean
4/20/2009 2:43 PM

Thanks for the comments.  What a great positive response.  We really appreciate you sharing your ideas on MSI.  Keep them coming.  

Only 15 more days until the gluten-free Valencia Cake arrives in stores.  I'm looking forward to trying it too.

gfmontalbano
4/20/2009 7:00 PM

Will this be @ all locations nationwide on May 5th?

sjh75
4/20/2009 7:36 PM

This is fantastic news - our son is GFCFSF (+allergic to milk) and I always used to like sharing a blueberry muffin with him - now I can share this! Thank you Starbucks!

beryltheperil
4/20/2009 10:46 PM

I'm so happy! Being a life-long Celiac, it's nice to have a treat I can enjoy too.

DMEZZ
4/21/2009 8:25 AM

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!! SO MUCH FOR ADDING GLUTEN FREE ITEMS!!! ALL OF OUR CELIAC DREAMS HAVE COME TRUE!!!! WE NOW ARE GOING TO BE ACCOMODATED!!!I FREQUENT HERE FOR COFFEE EVERYDAY NOW I DON'T HAVE TO WATCH OTHERS EAT.....

suuperfleks
4/21/2009 10:16 AM

that is so great, and no grains/rice in there! amazing :-)

It would have been even better if you have included a natural sugar substitute such as honey or Stevia (many with sensitive bowels and autoimmune diseases fare better on those), but cudos to you

WillowT
4/21/2009 2:04 PM

Thank you for doing this.  (And making it individually wrapped!) I really look forward to trying it!

bananah11
4/21/2009 5:03 PM

I am a 12 year old girl that just recently got diagnosed with celiac. It has been really hard going places and seeing the store filled with gluten products. This is one great step toward having many more gluten free  snacks! Thank you Starbucks for being very aware of all people who cannot eat gluten.

This cake sounds delicious!  YAYYY

mbrandt
4/21/2009 8:37 PM

Thank you Starbucks!  This is great news.  I know you can't please everyone, and not to minimize the big step this is, but as others said, many people with food allergies are allergic to more than one thing.  I would love it if the gluten-free cake was also egg-free.

Celiacsweetie
4/22/2009 6:36 AM

You have fulfilled my dreams! An actual dessert that I can enjoy w/my Chai Latte. I have always felt like an outcast when I wanted something to snack on around mid-day.......& now I can have a delectable snack cake! I'm thrilled! At one point I had heard of a Whoopie Pie served @ most Star Bucks down in the Southern regions of the country. Do they still make those also?

KingofPr
4/22/2009 6:39 PM

Awesome idea.  Love to try it.  Can you eliminate the sugar so diabetics can enjoy it?

iced coffee
4/23/2009 1:43 AM

Being a Celiac, it is hard to eat out, so I want to thank you for providing the Valencia Orange Cake, and I hope that you will develop other items in the future (muffins, bagels, etc. You may have heard of Elizabeth Barbone, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, although not a Celiac herself, she has a website Gluten Free Baking.Com, and cookbooks with recipes for meals and many Gluten Free-Wheat Free items. I am looking forward to being able to get the cake on May 5.

Iced Coffee

mrti
4/23/2009 1:31 PM

Where will the cake be made - looking for assurance that good manufacturing procedures will be followed to prevent cross contamination.

glutenfreekare
4/23/2009 2:24 PM

congrats starbucks!  i would also urge you to look at gluten freeda foods .They are now offering certified gluten free oatmeal in single serving packs and single serving burritos -4 flavors including a vegan- that could easily be kept on hand as a sandwich substitute. They cook in the microwave in their own packaging within 2 minutes  --voila -no cross-contamination issues,low in sodium and no fructose corn syrup= happy starbucks customer

GFandMore
4/23/2009 2:50 PM

Finally! THANK YOU!  It's always a challenge to eat on whim being gluten-free and now you've given me the chance to have that normalcy again! No more sipping drinks while watching everyone else eat : )  This will truly be a treat. Unfortunately, I'm allergic to orange so I"ll have to wait for the next offering - but please keep it dairy-free! (So many gluten-free folks can't have dairy either!) Also love the idea of something not loaded with sugar, or at least sweetened with agave or fruit juice instead...some food for thought.

hipposhappy
4/23/2009 4:32 PM

This is wonderful!  Even though my son won't be able to enjoy it (due to the almonds, he is one of the celiacs who can't eat nuts);  he is thrilled that the food industry is starting to get it.  There is a huge market for gluten-free, dairy-free and nut-free products.  Welcome aboard!

ice cream quee
4/24/2009 8:48 PM

This is great!  I have friends who can not tolerate gluten.  But I would like to comment that I really miss the chewy nut and fruit bar. I am a vegitarian and really enjoyed them, best thing on the menu. i lilked that they had no high frutose corn sryup also.  you need less sugar and more wholesome food snacks.

GF Starbucks
4/27/2009 6:43 AM

My son is celiac and starting college at Florida State this fall.

There is a Starbucks on campus and this is AMAZING that you will be offering Gluten-Free products.  There is such limited items available to celiacs (1 in 133 people in the US) that you have made life so much easier and more convenient for snacking options on a GLOBAL level.

We all can't wait to see the next products in your GF line-up.

Thanks so much on behalf of the millions in the US with this affliction.

GF Boards & Blogs are abuzz with this news !!!!!

retired2x
4/27/2009 11:26 AM

Thank you Starbucks.  I have been missing great treats since the CD issue was found a couple of months ago.  See you back at the neighborhood Starbucks.

Melody
4/28/2009 6:32 AM

It sounds delicious. But wouldn't it be so great to tie a food launch back to the core competency of coffee?  How about the food department talk to the coffee department? Compare these 2 discussions:

"Come to Starbucks for a gluten-free Orange Valencia treat! If you suffer from celiac disease, we've got something perfect for you now!

OR

"Come to Starbucks for a gluten-free orange Valencia pastry! Try it paired with our core coffee Sidamo and you will be in for an experience. The citrus notes in Sidamo  are a delight with the new Valencia orange pastry!"

The days of trying to be about the coffee are gone. I'm not suggesting you don't launch this. This pastry sounds like it was very much wanted by Starbucks customers!! I'm only saying that new launches seem to make zero attempt to tie food back to the core coffee line up.

hslatts
4/28/2009 1:39 PM

i dont care how you market it - i am just happy to have something to eat with my latte. and when i travel - its great to know that i will find something at starbucks. when traveling in an airport - there is almost NOTHING to eat that is GF. I've been stranded at airports before and searched everywhere and found nothing. i will head straight to starbucks next time. thank you so much for giving us a shot. i predict big sales for starbucks starting may 5th!

GFLinda
4/28/2009 6:30 PM

Thank you so much for listening to my requests (and obviously a lot of others, too).  I've been hooked on Starbucks coffee drinks since going gluten free seven years ago and now I can have some goodies with my coffee. Keep them coming, and keep them in their own separate packaging. Can't wait til May 5th!

jennalin
4/28/2009 8:37 PM

This is such wonderful news!!  THANK YOU!  THANK YOU!  It has been really tough to still get together with the girls and be able to go out some place to eat or to just be out of one of our houses!  We already have gone to starbucks once and it was really nice to be able to sit and chat while I just had a hot chocolate.  But how great to be able to just have a normal outing with the girls!!  

bluvc
4/30/2009 5:30 AM

Every time I stop in Starbucks I am eyeing the pastry case with longing, well no more, I cannot wait until the day the GF pastry arrives!

wifethereof
4/30/2009 8:17 AM

Yeah!

Simonne
4/30/2009 2:21 PM

Thrilled! When will this product be in Canada?

Tranquility
4/30/2009 4:45 PM

I am so excited! I've already marked my calendar and blogged about it.... no really, that's how excited I am about finally being able to eat pastries with my coffee like my husband gets to!

Arizonaboy
4/30/2009 4:46 PM

Thank you very much; however, please make sure it is packaged so it will not be contaminated with other product "crumbs".   Also, please educate your staff so they do not contaminate it with - again - crumbs.  

It sounds yummy and will go great with my favority Grande Soy Misto!!!

Sue

phania
4/30/2009 4:59 PM

This is so exciting!  I hope it will be available at all airport Starbucks, as airports seldom have many gluten-free choices.

Thanks so much!!

ecaliendo
4/30/2009 5:05 PM

It's about time - I also can't wait.

cgg2nd
5/1/2009 10:16 AM

Thank you.  I have sent two emails over the last few years encouraging SB to create a gluten-free baked good.  This morning, I tried the Valencia Orange Cake.  It was not the best tasting gluten-free baked product.  Also, I see almonds are a major ingredient so the fat content is higher; conceeding it is a good fat.  I would encourage you to try a brown rice or tapioca flour based recipe.  There are some great tasting gluten-free baked goods and I wouldn't want discouraging sales of the Valencia Orage Cake cause you to abandon gluten-free options.  We need more choices than those rice crispy treats!!

xomyadam
5/2/2009 2:04 AM

These were available in the UK (as Laurasus99 said) for a number of weeks. But then they suddenly disappeared (I frequent around 8 stores regularly in London, UK). In fact it was roughly the time I first stumbled across this article that they disappeared off shelves!

Whilst they were out opened on the trays on the shelves, the stores did have individually wrapped items in the fridge that they were happy to sell.

I'm hoping that their disappearance is temporarily and look forward to seeing them back in stores (even better if it's the 5th May in the UK too!).

For other UK peeps, Pret A Manger do have a similar cake (The Amazing Wheat-Free Orange Cake) that is also dairy & gluten free. These are individually wrapped on shelves. But the Starbucks one tastes better! (less bitter)

Finally just wanted to thank Starbucks for their commitment to improving the availability of WF/GF/DF options in store.

Adam

Adam

Anonymous
5/2/2009 7:03 PM

I tried a sample of the cake a couple days ago. I thought it was great! Another non-gluten free partner tried it and was also impressed, said the texture was just a bit strange to her, but that she'd eat it again.

I created an account here just so I could say thanks - kudos to you Starbucks for even going there! I've been gluten free for two years now and just don't expect to be able to eat much at a place like Starbucks. But if this cake sells well and sticks around, it'll be nice to know I can get a gluten free treat when I feel like it at Starbucks.

Also, E Smith said a big part of what I wanted to say. To all those complaining about the cake having almonds, or eggs, or whatever - get over it. When you have a dietary restriction like we celiacs do, you certainly can't expect everyone to cater to you. I'm just impressed that this cake has so few ingredients, because the ingredient lists for most Starbucks pastries are usually looooooong, if they even come to us with an ingredient list. That the cake is also made without dairy, soy, or other nasty preservatives is commendable!

If you're looking for a vegan or sugar free goodie, there are vegan and/or gluten free bakeries, places like BabyCakes NYC, that specialize in that. You can't expect Starbucks to be that place. Like E Smith said, it's nearly impossible to make a gluten free treat that all celiacs could eat. At least Starbucks is trying.

Also, I love the "individually wrapped for gluten free goodness" printed on the packaging! Surely the other gluten free folks out there will love it too.

jdukin
5/5/2009 8:27 AM

Thank you, thank you, thank you!  I just had one of these wonderful cakes and it was delicous!!!  So good, that our starbucks was sold out of them by 9am!  I got one of the last ones - says something about demand.  Keep up the good work!

espressolover
5/5/2009 1:07 PM

Yesterday, for the first time at Starbucks I was able to have something I can eat to go along my coffee! Thank you for the Gluten Free cake...hope more food options will be available in the stores for people like me living with Celiac. Thank you.

Maggies Mom
5/6/2009 7:14 AM

I have not been to a Starbucks since I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease five years ago.  Emotionally it's hard for me to go to a coffee shop full of baked goods and bagels loaded with gluten that I can no longer have.  I am ECSTATIC to hear that Starbucks is now offering a gluten free cake and I honestly cannot wait to return to Starbucks and order a piece of cake with a cup of latte!!!!!!!!!!  THANKS STARBUCKS!!!

tiltgirl
5/6/2009 9:44 AM

i am beyond happy. i have had three delicious valencia cakes over the last two days! they are the best GF product i have ever tasted. i am now SO excited that there is a starbucks everywhere in manhattan! thank you so much!

BlueVerbena
5/6/2009 10:16 AM

Thank you so much!! I am going TODAY to get one.   I will at your stores way more often now.  THANK YOU!!!

Coffeechickie
5/6/2009 11:32 AM

I agree with many of the other posts.  People with Gluten allergies often suffer from other common food allergies.  Especially nuts, I also have problems with eggs.  Keep up the good work.

penandra
5/6/2009 12:55 PM

I was at Starbucks at lunchtime and tried their new Valencia cake . . . it is delicious!  I do not have an allergy, but this is VERY good and I will have it again . . . now, what's in it?  It was taken out of the package, and I didn't think to ask for the package to check the ingredients . . . delicious, delicious, delicious.

(Now about the new Venti cups for iced drinks . . . everyone is out!)

buffettbride
5/7/2009 9:11 AM

I just saw and picked up the Valencia Orange Cake for the first time! I'm saving it for my gluten-free daughter and husband!

Thanks for implementing this idea and keep the gluten-free goodies coming!

jessicakarp
5/7/2009 9:43 AM

I was so excited about this but then let down after reviewing the ingredients. yuk.

Luckily, I found a simpler orange cake recipe here:

www.elanaspantry.com/orange-cake

6 ingredients! and dairy free too!?! yes. I think I'll make this instead and have a slice on my way to work :-)

double short
5/7/2009 5:05 PM

Yuk? Hate to break it to you Jessica, but the 6 ingredients in the cake you provided the link for really aren't that different from the ingredients in the Starbucks cake, which is ALSO dairy free and only has 7 ingredients. The ingredients in the Starbucks cake as listed on the packaging are as follows:

Whole eggs, valencia orange pulp, almonds, sugar, orange peel, gluten free baking powder (sodium phosphate, sodium bicarbonate, rice flour), orange oil.

The ingredients in the cake you link to are: oranges, eggs, agave nectar, almond flour, sea salt, baking soda.

Yes, agave nectar is a better choice than sugar. Yes, anything baked from scratch at home is usually always fresher and often better for you. But for those of us with celiac who don't have time to make cake at home, or even for those who do, but just want a good gluten free treat away from home every so often, the Starbucks orange cake is a good option.

I'd say there's not a whole lot of "yuk" about it, as far as store bought pastries go. It's obviously not a healthy choice for an everyday breakfast, but nothing from the Starbucks pastry case is. That's just common sense. At least this has fewer ingredients than most Starbucks pastries do.

dowhatyoulove
5/12/2009 8:10 AM

I love the new cake!

Please send info to all the Gastroenterologist or Advertise IT!

I KNOW there are customers who will love it !,but as a habit never even look at our pastry case since they couldn't ever eat any of it.

hygieia
5/15/2009 3:45 PM

WOO-HOO! Great news! How funny... I was just joking with a Starbucks barista in NYC this afternoon about how I normally don't care anymore, but for some reason today I was feeling taunted by their array of delicious looking deserts that I couldn't touch. (Even checked the ingredients of a marshmellow rice crispy thingy, but it had barley malt.) Gluten-free valencia orange cake with almonds sounds extremely yummy!!!  (I love orange cake & love almonds.)

macFadyenK
5/15/2009 5:47 PM

Erin,

I am trying to make a comment on you GF survey, but cannot seem to find it!  The Orange Cake sounds yummy!  However, all GF products need to be individually packaged for fear of cross contamination.  Some folks have commented on things seeming "fresher" by being in the case with all the other products, but this is not reality for Celiac's.  If a GF product touches one with gluten or wheat in it, we cannot have it at all.  Please be sensitive to this and also label all packaging materials.  We love Baristas, (my daughter was one for 2 years) but GF foods cannot touch other products that are not GF!!!  Very important to know.  The trust with a Barista is not the same as being reassured with a label and safe packaging.  For me, I'd love to have a Biscotti or muffin or pastry to go with my tea.  I cannot drink coffee, due to a hiatal hernia, but still enjoy a visit with a friend to catch up and to have a snack or breakfast item.  This idea is an awesome one!!!  Please consider the 2 million people with this auto immune disease.  This is NOT an allergy, but a real medical condition!  Thanks!!!

h2odivr
5/16/2009 7:16 AM

Thanks so much for the wonderful cakes. My Celiac husband was thrilled and we will buy them regularly. And you do a great job dealing with the cross-contamination issues. But I wholly agree with the post that asks you to put up a sign or something to advertise them. If I hadn't heard about them on the Silly Yak forum and went hunting for them, I would never have bought one. They were just thrown in a basket on the counter with no sign or anything to let people know they were the new gluten-free offering. We WANT these to sell well so you will continue to produce them.

vabboud
5/16/2009 1:29 PM

Thank you Starbucks!  You have made travel a bit better for me.  We always stop at a Starbucks when we are traveling to some family event or just visiting. My family lives in another state.  I would only get something to drink and never bother to check out the "Goodies". I'm diabetic and figured "Why bother" since I can't have them any way. I will look now. Thanks!

koffeegirl
6/11/2009 9:01 AM

I Thank you for the mailed coupons, I certainly will make good use

of them. I really like Starbucks, the way this company handles their

business & how friendly they are in the locations. They know my daughter,her husband & son when they come in to order & know what

their special drink orders are. Now that is something, I'm impressed.

Keep up the good work. My husband & I like the new Breakfast sandwich w/ coffee drink special. It fits in our budget nicely. Thanks,

koffeegirl.

AkaTG
6/11/2009 9:03 AM

When the orange cake first rolled out, I could get it at any Starbucks in my town.  Recently, one of the stores stopped ordering it because it wasn't "selling" good.  I fear that this will become an epidemic.  Perhaps you should have samples of the cake out for customers to try...especially ones who don't know much about "gluten free" foods.  There is a pizza restaurant in town who makes gluten free pizzas so I know there is a demand for gluten free food.  Thanks!

lvraiderfan
6/11/2009 11:08 AM

They are the best!!  Very  and flavorful!

Stephanie9400
6/11/2009 12:14 PM

Thank you so very much for adding a GF product to your food line. It is a major step that such a big company has taken to accomodate those of use who have to have a GF diet and we really appreciate it! About half of my family are Celiacs and we are all looking forward to trying your new cake. Thanks again!

yeastarbucks
6/17/2009 2:52 PM

I thank you for making a gluten free product but am disappointed that I cannot find any Starbuck here in Portland OR that carries it.  Can you say which ones carry this product?

yeastarbucks

Beadie
6/23/2009 4:57 PM

Thanks i love it. It tastes really good. Wish I could bake like that.

nsimonew
6/25/2009 1:05 PM

The GF cake is amazing!  Super moist and lots of flavor.  Such a treat for those who cannot tolerate gluten.  Thank you Starbucks for stepping up!

tealady
6/25/2009 6:12 PM

I love Starbucks'  GF cake!  And I also appreciate the use of wholesome ingredients.  Yes, it contains a fair number of calories, but it also is balanced by its high protein content.  

It is very tasty and filling and I definitely will order it again.  Thank you Starbucks for offering such a wonderful treat for the wheat sensitive/celiac community!  

Looking forward now to maybe a nice quick lunch offering?  (or am I asking for too much :-)?  Perhaps  a special lunch kit with gluten free crackers, cheese and fruit?

McPhee3
7/10/2009 12:59 PM

When I first saw this option, I started dancing and jumping around with joy - my husband pretended not to know me. And the cake didn't disappoint - it's better than anything I've been able to make at home! Keep up the good work! It really makes a difference for those of us who can't have gluten.

By the way - many of us are also lactose intolerant, and soy milk isn't technically gluten-free. Will we be seeing a lactose-free skim cow's milk in the near future?

acjeff
7/17/2009 12:44 AM

Just to clarify... celiac disease is NOT an allergy, its an autoimmune disease triggered by gluten. And, speaking for myself, I do not want to go to Starbucks for a "healthy snack" I want to go for something rich and delicious, just like everyone else who goes there to get their lemon pound cake. I don't know what orthorexic focus group you were listening to when you decided to stop carrying this product but they do not represent the celiac community as a whole. We eat ice cream, chicken nuggets and doughnuts. Ask Kinnikinnick Foods ask Bell and Evans...ask Betty Crocker. WE EAT CAKE. A kind bar is not going to make me want to go to your store. I'll be sticking to McDonalds for coffee in future, at least they have delicious gluten free sundaes!

gfmontalbano
8/23/2009 6:48 PM

What happened to the Gluten Free Orange Valencia Cake? Everytime I go to Starbucks they tell me it's discontinued? How the hell is it discontinued 2 months after it's rollout?

MONAPER7
8/29/2009 8:54 AM

Need to bring this back!!! So many people have asked about the gluten -free items--and hope that they are producing different kinds.  So many people live with ciliac and have gluten allergies--need to address this population b/c it is growing~!!!!  and the valencia cake was delicious anyway--have something with chocolate too!!

celiacsue
10/13/2009 5:07 AM

it is gone already! my store said it wasn't selling!

also couldn't yogurt be sold withut the granola? ( even McDonalds' does that)

another reason to skip starbucks...altho I heard the GF cake was priced higher than the usual offerings (from the gf lady who happedned to be in line behind me!) ( there are more than one of us.

Please consider resuming, maybe use local gf backeries?

hungry1
12/28/2009 10:01 AM

It looks like your cake lasted 2 months....NOT FAIR!  There were so many excited people, but you let us down.  To be able to walk in to a Starbucks, order some tea, and munch on a delicious, gluten free, cake is a dream.  Why are only the people that can have wheat catered to?  I'd even be willing to pay more to feel 'normal'.  So many restaurants cater to celiacs.....guess Starbucks goes down in history as one that doesn't.

Anonymous
12/28/2009 10:37 AM

Your cake only lasted 2 mos.  I guess you don't really care about all those people with food allergies and celiac disease.  It would be so nice to walk in and be 'normal'.   To order a delicious cake w/ my tea would be grand.  I guess that's only for the wheat people.  And all those people who post about "well, it had nuts, or it has dairy...."  I would gladly experience my face swelling and itching and some sneezing from nuts and dairy (this is what happens to me) to experience the delight of having a 'normal' ordering experience at Starbucks!


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