Starbucks testing new baked goods in San Francisco after purchase of La Boulange

Coffee behemoth Starbucks is testing a variety of toasty croissants and baked goods in nine San Francisco stores, with plans to eventually expand distribution nationally.

Among the items being tested: a whole-wheat spinach croissant, a ham-and-cheese croissant, and a tomato, cheese and herb croissant. There’s also a blueberry yogurt muffin, raspberry passion fruit loaf cake and lemon vanilla loaf cake, which replaces the current lemon loaf cake. Many of the items are served warmed, unlike its current lineup of baked goods.

Although there’s no time frame for a national rollout, the Seattle-based company plans to start by expanding the offerings throughout the Bay Area.

Lisa Passe, a spokeswoman for Starbucks, noted that this was an operational test to see how stores would handle deliveries and warming up the items.

The new baked goods result from Starbucks’ $100 million purchase this summer of La Boulange, a small San Francisco bakery chain. At the time, Starbucks had said it planned to start replacing its current lineup of baked goods and pastries with the La Boulange items by early next year.

Starbucks’ bagels, breakfast sandwiches and oatmeal aren’t being affected by the change in baked goods.

La Boulange, which also serves salads and sandwiches, has 19 locations in the Bay Area.

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