It’s been a tough week for Dunkin’ Donuts. Last week, the NYPD boycotted the coffee chain after a cashier in Brooklyn refused to serve two officers. Now, the chain is being sued for false advertising.
The plaintiff, Bartosz Grabowski, claims that Dunkin’ Brands Inc. does not use real blueberries in baked goods — glazed blueberry munchkins, blueberry butternut donuts, blueberry crumb cake — instead using “imitation blueberries that highly resemble actual blueberries due to their round shape and blue colors,” according to a class-action lawsuit filed in July. “‘Flavor crystals’ and ‘blueberry flavored bits’ are inserted strategically on the inside and outside of the Blueberry Products to induce unsuspecting consumers into believing that the products contain actual blueberries.”
Grabowski claims that if he had known of the alleged lack of authentic fruit, he would not have purchased the products or would have paid significantly less for them, and therefore he has “suffered injury” as a result of the defendant’s “deceptive practices.”
And these are some expensive blueberries. If Grabowski wins the case, it’ll cost Dunkin’ Brands a proposed $5 million in damages, restitution, and court fees. Similarly, last fall, a Los Angeles man filed a class-action lawsuit against Krispy Kreme after learning its blueberry donuts really contained “blueberry gambits,” but, according to The Penny Hoarder, that case was voluntarily dismissed.
Big fruit fan yourself? Here are 23 recipes to make with berries.