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Starbucks is being sued over the Unicorn Frappuccino

It looks like the Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino isn’t just controversial among baristas — the popular pink and blue drink that was only available for a limited time has just gotten the coffee chain slapped with a lawsuit.

Dear @starbucks, the new #UnicornFrappuccino SUCKS‼️ I'm not the one to bash anyone here, but I have some words for Starbucks. I've been a loyal customer and openly promote Starbucks on @dailyfoodfeed. These are never sponsored posts and I share secret menu items that I actually like and think that others should know about. This one actually tastes horrible, in my opinion... Like sour milk... Good job on trying to capture the IG appeal, though. But that's not the only reason for this post... I've become more and more frustrated at the Starbucks brand because of their baristas' negative comments towards my previous posts of secret menu items and the fact that Starbucks has never returned any of my concerns when I've attempted to contact them. I've gotten threats from baristas of putting arsenic in my drinks, spitting in my drinks and even death threats. I know not to take this seriously, but it concerns me if my followers try to order the drinks I promote and recieve this kind of negativity because of me. I'm confused why Starbucks hasn't reached out regarding any of my previous posts or complaints. I'm not the type to take credit for anything, but I know I've been a big part of the popularity of these secret menu Starbucks drinks. I guarantee that most of the time it starts here on @dailyfoodfeed. So, I'm thinking... Maybe this will get their attention? Do me a favor and tag @starbucks in my comments. And don't get this drink unless you just want it for the photo. Trust me... It's not good and a big gimmick 🤢😷 #dailyfoodfeed 👇 TAG @STARBUCKS 👇

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Brooklyn cafe The End is claiming the beverage is a rip-off of one of its beverages, the Unicorn Latte. The drinks are pretty different — the cafe's latte is made with ingredients that include raw cashews, cold-pressed ginger and lemon juice, while Starbucks' crème-based frappuccino is made with mango syrup, sweet pink powder and sour blue syrup.

But according to Business Insider, The End claims in the lawsuit that the frappuccino confuses customers and "overshadows" its Unicorn Latte.

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The Unicorn Latte has made up 25 percent of The End’s revenue since January and gained attention in publications like The New York Times and TimeOut. The shop’s parent company, Montauk Juice Factory, filed a trademark application for the beverage in January.

The lawsuit demands that Starbucks give The End "ill-gotten" profits from the Unicorn Frappuccino and pay for damages. It’s also asking for the national coffee chain to publish a statement “correcting the confusion.”

A representative for Starbucks told Business Insider that it believes the claims are without merit: "The Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino blended beverage was inspired by the fun, spirited and colorful unicorn-themed food and drinks that have been trending in social media."

The End isn’t the only local business with a popular unicorn drink. The mythical creature is definitely seeing a peak in popularity. For example, Creme & Sugar in Anaheim, Calif., has had a unicorn float and unicorn hot chocolate on its menu for a while, too.

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