Bigelow Teas “Manufactured in the USA” California Class Action

Some consumers in the US prefer to “buy American.” They would rather purchase products that were grown, made, or processed in the US. The complaint for this class action alleges that R.C. Bigelow, Inc. deceives consumers into thinking that its tea products are made and processed in the US, when in reality, they are made and processed in other countries.

The class for this action is all persons who bought any of the products in California within the applicable statute of limitations period. The complaint adds the phrase, “for personal, family, or household purposes” to define a California Subclass.

Products at issue in this case include, but are not limited to, Bigelow Earl Grey Black Tea, Bigelow English Teatime Black Tea, Bigelow Green Tea with Ginger, Bigelow Matcha Green with Turmeric, Bigelow Green Tea with Pomegranate, Bigelow Green Tea Decaffeinated, Bigelow “Constant Comment” Black Tea, and Bigelow Vanilla Chai Black Tea.

These products, the complaint says, are made with black, green, or oolong tea leaves, all derived from the Camellia Sinensis plant. The complaint alleges, “None of the Camellia Sinensis plant that is used to make the Products is grown or processed in the United States. Rather, all of the Camellia Sinensis plant that is used to make the products is grown by tea plantations, and processed by tea processing plants, located in places such as Sri Lanka and India.”

Even when the teas contain spices, the complaint claims, the tea makes up 90% of the product and the spices “comprise a minimal percentage of the ingredients in the Products. Further, many of these additional flavors or spices do not come from the United States either.”

However, the complaint alleges that the boxes mislead customers on this point, because their packaging contains the words, “Manufactured in the USA 100% American Family Owned” and “America’s Classic.”

According to the complaint, “Most of the world’s tea comes from China, India, Sri Lanka, and Kenya…”

Does the US grow any tea at all? Yes, the complaint says: “The United States grows a miniscule amount of tea. The Charleston Tea Plantataion, which is the only tea plantation in the United States, is located in Charleston, South Carolina. It consists of only 127 acres.”

Bigelow owns the Charleston Tea Plantation. However, its website admits that Bigelow teas are not made from the tea grown on the plantation. “Bigelow Teas are not made from any of the tea leaves grown or harvested here at the Charleston Tea Plantation. Charleston Tea Plantation Teas are the only teas made from the tea leaves produced by the Camellia Sinensis plants grown in the fields of the Charleston Tea Plantation.”

A video on the Bigelow website admits, “All of the teas that we use for our black teas are either from Sri Lanka or India.” Another video on the website speaks of tea being processed in Sri Lanka.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Consumer

Most Recent Case Event

Bigelow Teas “Manufactured in the USA” California Complaint

July 13, 2020

Some consumers in the US prefer to “buy American.” They would rather purchase products that were grown, made, or processed in the US. The complaint for this class action alleges that R.C. Bigelow, Inc. deceives consumers into thinking that its tea products are made and processed in the US, when in reality, they are made and processed in other countries.

Bigelow Teas “Manufactured in the USA” California Complaint

Case Event History

Bigelow Teas “Manufactured in the USA” California Complaint

July 13, 2020

Some consumers in the US prefer to “buy American.” They would rather purchase products that were grown, made, or processed in the US. The complaint for this class action alleges that R.C. Bigelow, Inc. deceives consumers into thinking that its tea products are made and processed in the US, when in reality, they are made and processed in other countries.

Bigelow Teas “Manufactured in the USA” California Complaint
Tags: Country of Origin, Deceptive Advertising, Deceptive Labels, Not Made In America