Starbucks is being sued by a consumer who wants to know where the fruit is in the “fruity” beverages.
According to a new complaint filed in Manhattan federal court, a major element in the gently caffeinated fruit beverages that many consumers enjoy as a coffee substitute is missing: the fruit for which they are called.
According to a case filed on behalf of Joan Kominis and reported by the New York Post, the beverages, whose varieties include Mango, Dragonfruit Lemonade, Strawberry Acai Lemonade, and Pineapple Passionfruit Lemonade, contain mostly sugar. According to the lawsuit, the expensive beverages contain freeze-dried bits of strawberries, pineapple, and dragonfruit, “furthering the false character of Starbucks’ advertising.”
According to the complaint, which is seeking class-action status, the so-called fruity refreshers are “mostly prepared with water, grape juice concentrate, and sugar.”
The case states that for $4.45 apiece in New York City, consumers are charged a “premium” for misleading advertising by Starbucks.
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A Starbucks representative commented on the case in a statement to The Post. The representative stated that the corporation was aware of the incident.
“The allegations in the complaint are inaccurate and without merit. We look forward to defending ourselves against these claims,” Megan Adams told The Post.
This is not the first lawsuit of this type faced by the java giant. The Post reported in 2016 that a complaint said the restaurant used too much ice in its cold beverages. In 2020, the corporation was also sued in California for “shortchanging” customers. A lawsuit filed in 2021 said that Starbucks’ beverages were overly hot.
All of the complaints were eventually dismissed.