Wine and beer coming to Starbucks Canada this year

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Starbucks Canada revealed this week plans to expand their offerings to include nighttime wine, beer, and tapas service in select locations, custom fizzy drinks, delivery, and more.

On the other side of the border last year, Starbucks launched their “Evenings” program, which found thousands of their stores breaking out the wine, beer, and savoury nibbles after 4 p.m.

In an interview with the Toronto Star, Starbucks Canada president Rossann Williams confirmed a similar program will be rolled out in locations in Toronto and “other big cities” in the country “by the end of the year.”

The alcohol menu will be limited to beer and wine, and the tapas will include selections like flatbreads, olives, nuts, and cheese.

Williams also dropped some hints about what other changes are afoot this year for Starbucks.

  • Custom-order carbonation for Teavana teas and juices starting this summer
  • New food items debuting in B.C. starting March 3
  • Starbucks Delivery…if it works well in the U.S.
  • Mobile pay-and-order option that will let customers pay ahead and skip the line at pick-up

For Vancouverites who want to order a glass of wine and a latte in a coffee shop setting, Whole Foods on Cambie recently launched their Allegro Café, which is the only cafe of its kind in the city; they start pouring beer and vino at 9 a.m.

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