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Starbucks gets coffee rival Costa in hot water over ad claim

Posted on 9th November 2009 in Gossip, Industry News
Written by: Gemma Buckley-Roberts

The multiples did it last year over our shopping baskets and now a war has broken out between coffee chain giants Costa & Starbucks.

After Costa ran an advert that stated “Sorry Starbucks – the people have voted”  Starbucks is fighting back, complaining to the Advertising Standards Authority that Costa’s claim was based on cappuccinos sales (7/10 would choose Costa’s apparently) which Starbucks has pointed out makes up a small part of coffee sales.

The jury is out on whether this style of marketing warfare works or whether we are loyal to our frothy coffees.