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Folgers Ground Coffee Number of Cups Advertised Class Action

The Folger Coffee Company, a subsidiary of the J. M. Smucker Company, may be the best-known coffee company and the largest provider of ground coffee in the US. Folger sells cannisters of ground coffee of different roasts in different sizes, with an indication of how many cups the cannister should make. But the complaint for this class action alleges that the cannisters cannot make the number of cups stated.

Two classes have been proposed for this action:

  • The Nationwide Class for this action is all persons who bought any of the products in the US for personal, family, or household purposes, within the applicable statute of limitations period.
  • The New York Class is all persons who bought any of the products in New York, for personal, family, or household purposes, within the applicable statute of limitations period.

The products include (but are not limited to) these varieties of Folgers ground coffee in any size cannister:

  • Classic Roast
  • Classic Roast Decaf
  • ½ Caff
  • CoffeeHouse Blend
  • Country Roast
  • Simply Smooth
  • Simply Smooth Decaf
  • 100% Colombian
  • Black Silk
  • Black Silk Decaf
  • Brazilian Blend
  • Breakfast Blend
  • French Roast
  • Gourmet Supreme
  • House Blend
  • Special Roast

Pages 6-8 of the complaint show images of three Folgers cannisters, each of which bears a circle stating the number of cups the cannister will make. For example, the Folgers Classic Roast 30.5-ounce cannister has a circle at the top of its front label that says, “Makes Up to 240 6 Fl Oz Cups.” The Folgers Black Silk and French Roast 24.2-ounce cannisters have a similar circle that says, “Makes Up to 210 6 Fl Oz Cups.”

On the back of the cannister are the directions for making the coffee. These tell customers to use one tablespoon of ground coffee to make one serving, or a six-fluid-ounce cup of coffee. According to the complaint, a tablespoon of coffee weighs about five grams.

The Folgers Classic Roast promises up to 240 cups of coffee. If a tablespoon of coffee is used for each cup, at around five grams per tablespoon, the cannister should contain around 1200 grams of ground coffee. But the 30.5-ounce cannister has a net weight of 865 grams. The complaint alleges, “Therefore, it contains only 72% of the amount of ground coffee required to make up to 240 cups of coffee [865/1200 x 100%]. This is equivalent to approximately 173 cups of coffee.”

The complaint alleges that the other products show similar shortfalls when the calculation is applied. A chart spanning pages 10-11 of the complaint demonstrates this. According to the chart, the different varieties and cannister sizes make from 59.3% to 73.5% of the number of cups advertised on the cannisters’ fronts.

The complaint claims that the representations of numbers of servings on the cans are “false and deceptive.” The counts include breaches of warranties, violations of consumer protection laws, and common law fraud, among other things.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Consumer

Most Recent Case Event

Folgers Ground Coffee Number of Cups Advertised Complaint

November 23, 2021

The Folger Coffee Company, a subsidiary of the J. M. Smucker Company, may be the best-known coffee company and the largest provider of ground coffee in the US. Folger sells cannisters of ground coffee of different roasts in different sizes, with an indication of how many cups the cannister should make. But the complaint for this class action alleges that the cannisters cannot make the number of cups stated.

Folgers Ground Coffee Number of Cups Advertised Complaint

Case Event History

Folgers Ground Coffee Number of Cups Advertised Complaint

November 23, 2021

The Folger Coffee Company, a subsidiary of the J. M. Smucker Company, may be the best-known coffee company and the largest provider of ground coffee in the US. Folger sells cannisters of ground coffee of different roasts in different sizes, with an indication of how many cups the cannister should make. But the complaint for this class action alleges that the cannisters cannot make the number of cups stated.

Folgers Ground Coffee Number of Cups Advertised Complaint
Tags: Deceptive Advertising, Deceptive Labels, Misrepresentation of Number of Servings, Misrepresentation of Production or Capacity