U.S. judge allows lawsuit over missing fruit in Starbucks drinks to proceed


The Starbucks Group is facing a customer lawsuit in the U.S. because a range of fruit drinks contained flavorings instead of the fruit that gave them their names. A judge in New York ruled that the names and actual contents could be misleading to consumers.

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Judge John Cronan pointed out that the "Mango Dragon Fruit" lemonade, for example, contained real dragon fruit but mango only as a flavoring. For buyers, the difference was not obvious from the names and advertising, he stressed. And unlike in the case of vanilla, for example, it was not common for it to be flavoring instead of the actual product, he said.

Starbucks had requested that the lawsuit, filed about a year ago, be dismissed. The coffee house chain argued, among other things, that "reasonable" consumers would not be at risk of being misled. Starbucks also pointed out that the drinks contained the flavors listed in the name, at least as flavors, and that customers could get more information from employees.

The plaintiffs argued that they were willing to pay higher prices for the drinks because they expected real fruit in them. (dpa)

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