Snapple naturally gets lawsuit dismissed
January 27, 2011
A lawsuit against Snapple beverages, based on their use of the word “natural” on their packaging despite containing high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), has been dismissed by a federal judge. The suit against Snapple Beverage Corp. alleged that plaintiffs had paid a premium price for Snapple products due to the “all-natural” designation, and that the use of HFCS invalidated that claim. Denise Cote, judge for the Southern District of New York, dismissed the suit on grounds that the plaintiffs did not prove the link between the claim and the price. This was the latest of several lawsuits involving HFCS and “natural” claims, all of which were either dismissed or resolved before going to trial.