How Starbucks Is Fighting Back Against Shorted Latte Drinkers

A couple of months ago, we wrote about some pissed off latte lovers who sued Starbucks, claiming that the company was underfilling lattes.

Now, in order to get themselves out of hot water, Starbucks Corporation has filed, “a motion to transfer,” with the U.S. Judicial Panel Of Multidistrict Litigation, to have the cases heard in the company’s home state of Washington.

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In total, there are three different cases, with an additional case pending, involving customers accusing Starbucks of, “deceptive marketing practices, by misrepresenting the quality of made-to-order beverages in its cafes.

Additionally, the plaintiffs allege that Starbucks knowingly, “follows standardized recipes that result in the uniform under fillings of beverages,” according to a memo submitted by Starbucks Corporation filed with the U.S. Judicial Panel On Multidistrict Litigation May 26.

Due to circumstances involving multiple states, California, Illinois and New York, and the similarity of accusations, Starbucks Corporation is requesting the cases be transferred to a Seattle, Wash. court — where the corporation is headquartered — which will help “… eliminate duplicative discovery,” and, “prevent inconsistent rulings,” according to the memo.

The overlaying consistency within each case, remains that customers accuse the coffee giant of using inadequate cup sizes that do not allow for the amount of coffee or other beverage as advertised.

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The cases in question

Siera Strumlauf and Benjamin Robles v. Starbucks 

The two plantiffs Strumlauf and Robles, from Northern California, filed a lawsuit on March 16, 2016. They claim that the Starbucks sizes, 12 fl. oz. “Tall”, 16 fl.oz. “Grande” and 20 fl. oz. “Venti” falsely advertise how much liquid can be contained in the cup, and also allege that baristas have, “no discretion in determining how much of a given ingredient is used in a latte,” according to the memo. Starbucks has requested to dismiss the case, but a hearing is scheduled for June 1.

Stacy Pincus v. Starbucks 

Pincus, a resident of Illinois, filed legal action on April 27, 2016, over the claim that, “ALL COLD DRINKS ARE UNDER FILLED.”

The Pincus memo alleges all, “iced coffee, iced tea and blended specialty drinks,” as well as its, “shaken iced teas and shaken iced lemonades, Refreshers™ and Fizzio™ handcrafted sodas” are underfilled,” — and have been since 2006, according to documents.

Currently, Pincus case will be heard on June 21, 2016.

Brittany Crittenden v. Starbucks

Crittenden, a resident of New York, filed legal action against Starbucks on May 10, 2016, claiming that the company falsely advertises the exact amount of liquid each latte, mocha and espresso drinks contain. Crittenden is suing for an array of reasons, including, “negligent misrepresentation,” according to court documents.

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Now, as Starbucks prepares to defend itself against these steaming hot allegations, one thing is for sure, lawyers need to wake up and smell the coffee.


Food Labels Are Finally Going To Make Sense, Here’s What’s Changing

It’s something that we’ve all seen on the side panel or on the back of a package, which is supposed to tells us exactly what’s in our food. From the calorie count, to the serving size and then the list of unpronounceable hodgepodge of additives that sometimes makes us question every bite.

Now, for the first time in more than two decades, nutritional labels on food are getting redesigned.

Some people live their lives by way of the nutritional information, while others just don’t pay attention. But, the Food and Drug Administration wanted to improve nutritional information listed on food items, “to reflect new scientific information, including the link between diet and chronic diseases such as obesity and heart disease,” according to its website.

In order to reinforce this, “new scientific information,” the FDA is taking steps to reduce the complexity of understanding exactly what the label information actually means for consumers.

Here’s a comparison image highlighting the changes, which are estimated to take effect for manufacturers July 28, 2018.

NFL Side by Side copySome changes are almost automatically noticeable. But, as you look deeper, the changes are pretty significant.

In total, there are four categories of changes that will take effect. In terms of the actual label design, text size increases for serving size and calories, including, servings per container and, according to the FDA, “the footnote is changing to better explain what percent Daily Value means. It will read: “*The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.”

The new labels will also use updated information concerning nutritional science in terms of added sugars and other dietary protocol which reflects 2015-2020 dietary guidelines for Americans.

The consumption category will redefine serving and package size information, which has not received an upgrade since 1993. The FDA hopes that people will become more aware of what they eat, not just what they are eating, but how much.

“By law, serving sizes must be based on amounts of foods and beverages that people are actually eating, not what they should be eating,” according to the FDA website.

These changes will take time and some may still be unaware. But, on May 20, First Lady and fitness enthusiast,  Michelle Obama, announced her excitement about the upcoming changes via twitter.


Serving Size Be Damned

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Fast Food

Auntie Anne’s New Mini Pretzel Dogs Are the Perfect Summertime Serving Size


Nothing says “perfect cheat food” quite like bite-sized snacks. Even if you know the total calories of tossing eight mini pretzel dogs down your gullet is bound to be the same as scarfing one regular full-sized one, sometimes it’s just nice to pretend otherwise.

Starting today, Auntie Anne’s is introducing new Mini Pretzel Dogs in all its U.S. locations.

Available in both 8 and 12 count packs, each mini dog (AKA each “freshly baked little bundle of joy”) will feature the same fresh-baked pretzel and all-beef Nathan’s Famous hot dog as the original. They will also be available for purchase with any of the chain’s seven pretzel dips: Cheese/Melted Cheese, Hot Salsa Cheese, Marinara, Caramel, Sweet Glaze, Sweet Mustard and Light Cream Cheese.

The press release states that while prices will vary, the average for the 8 Counter will run around $3.89, and that the treats are perfect for sharing — but that’s assuming the people buying them haven’t been on all-natural wheatgrass colon juice cleanses for the past three weeks. We should probably just let those poor folks have their own.


Actual Serving Size Vs. Reality Will Make You Feel Fat


Never look at the serving size. Unless you want to begin bawling like a baby as you stuff your face with mounds of Ben & Jerry’s. If so, hey, no judgy eyes here.

Your best bet is to nonchalantly ignore the “Nutrition” label on the packaging. Let your eyes glaze over all that hubbub of text, reach deep into that bag of mouthwatering Doritos and stuff your face with 6 servings of cheesy nacho chips at once. Wait. What. 6 SERVINGS.

UGH you looked. Shame on you and shame on this video for giving us an unwanted reality check. The truth is never as delicious.

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So Americans are Twice as Fat Because We Eat Twice as Much? You Don’t Say [INFOGRAPHIC]

A recently released infographic may help you better visualize the fact that even in this post-Super Size Me world, Americans are still eating too damn much.

Comparing U.S. serving sizes today with U.S. sizes 20 years ago reveals that today’s plates have at least doubled and in some cases quadrupled since 1992. Your average bag of movie popcorn back then was only five cups and 270 calories, and have since mutated to the 11 cups and 630 calories we have today. That’s 2000 calories just from sitting through the Dark Knight trilogy alone. Holy Deep Fried Lamb Balls, Batman!

The chart also compares portions between the U.S. and the rest of the world and reports that people gain weight just by moving here, notable cases including a group of Asian young adults who gained five pounds “soon after arriving” as well as a group of Tarahumara Indians from Mexico who gained nearly 10 pounds in five weeks after adopting the American diet.

According to the CDC, obesity rates are projected to rise up to 42% by 2030, up from the current 34%, which is itself an improvement over the 9.7% back in the 1950s.

Here’s to news that will surprise (and change the dietary habits of) exactly no one.

See the whole infographic for yourself here: