Think your Starbucks lattes are light on the milk? Well, get this: Not only are two Starbucks customers suing over an alleged lack of milk in the coffee drinks, a judge on Friday allowed their proposed class-action suit to proceed, Reuters reports. The plaintiffs, California residents Siera Strumlauf and Benjamin Robles, claim Starbucks cheats customers by selling lattes that are 25% smaller than advertised. The suit says baristas are given pitchers for heating milk that have purposely low "fill to" lines, with lattes then topped with foam and left 1/4 inch short. The plaintiffs say this conflicts with Starbucks' promise that tall, grande, and venti lattes contain 12, 16, and 20 ounces, respectively.
Starbucks said its profit rose 16 percent during the first three months of the year, helped by positive sales around the world. Still, the sales growth fell short of Wall Street's expectations and the company's stock fell 5 percent to 57.58 in after-hours trading. The Seattle-based coffee chain said global comparable sales rose 6 percent for the period ended March 27. That reflected a 7 percent increase in its flagship U.S. market, where the company has been trying to sign up more people for its mobile app and push food like breakfast sandwiches and salad boxes. For the first time, Starbucks Chief Operating Officer Kevin Johnson said food accounted for more than 20 percent of sales in the U.S.
We've all had days when we just got out of a crappy meeting and need a little pick-me-up. Thanks to Starbucks Japan's newly launched "Starbucks Evenings", Tokyoites no longer need to wait till after 6 p.m. to unwind. Participating cafes will serve up alcoholic beverages alongside cheese boards, tarts and other wine pairing offerings. The Starbucks program first started in 2010 in the U.S., and its venture into Japan is a first for Asia. Although some of Starbucks Japan's stores already include wine and beer in their menu, "Starbucks Evenings" will see the introduction of the coffee giant's own cocktail concoction, called the "Wine Fraggino."
It seems like every time a Starbucks trends dies, another one immediately takes its place. Anyone remember the Unicorn Frappuccino? One clevery Twitter user decided to have a little fun with that. Seventeen-year-old Laylah, posted a Snapchat of her blue Gatorade in a Starbucks cup this week. Of course, this peaked a few of her followers' curiosity, prompting them to ask how they too can enjoy such an aesthetically pleasing beverage.
Starbucks is out of business for the afternoon. In response to several Starbucks employees being accused of racial profiling customers, the coffee chain decided to close its 8,000 company-owned stores for several hours on May 29 to administer racial-bias training. SEE ALSO: How can Starbucks ensure its racial-bias training actually helps a divided America? For several hours this afternoon, we will close stores and offices to discuss how to make Starbucks a place where all people feel welcome. Thank you for your patience and support as we renew our promise to make Starbucks an inclusive gathering place for all.