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Food Lion Instant Coffee Number of Cups Maryland Class Action

Many companies that make instant coffees include on their label an estimate as to how many cups can be made from the coffee in the container. Food Lion, LLC offers a Food Lion brand of instant coffee, in 7-ounce containers, that are labeled with the claim, “Makes Up to 120 Cups.” But the complaint for this class action alleges that this is untrue, because the container makes about ten percent fewer cups.

The class for this action is all Maryland residents who bought the product during the applicable statutes of limitations.

Food Lion is a subsidiary of the European grocery company Ahold. It has more than 1,100 supermarkets across ten states in the mid-Atlantic area and the Southeast. The Food Lion brand is a store or “private” brand. According to the complaint the quality of private brands has increased in recent years, and “Food Lion private label products have an industry-wide reputation for quality and value.”

However, the notation on the label saying that the container makes up to 100 cups of coffee is false, deceptive, and misleading, the complaint says, because it leads consumers to believe that they will get 120 cups out it: “Independent laboratory analysis determined that the Produce makes less than one hundred and nine (109) cups, based on the recommended use of a ‘rounded teaspoon,’ eleven (11) fewer than promised.”

True, the label includes the qualifier “up to,” but the complaint contends that “does not cause consumers to expect the Product will provide ten (10) prevent fewer cups of coffee.” It claims that consumers expect a company to be sophisticated enough to accurately calculate the number of servings that can be made with a given container. Consumers want to know not only the net weight but also how much use they will get out of the container of coffee.

Consumers choose between the Food Lion product and other products that do not misrepresent the number of cups of coffee they make, the complaint alleges. According to the complaint, the Food Lion product is sold at a premium, $3.09 for the 7-ounce container, which the complaint calls “a higher price than it would otherwise be sold for, absent the misleading representations.”

The first cause of action alleges violations of the Maryland Consumer Protection Act (MCPA) for the “deceptive representations and omissions” on the label. Also among the causes of action are breaches of warranties, negligent misrepresentation, fraud, and unjust enrichment.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Consumer

Most Recent Case Event

Food Lion Instant Coffee Number of Cups Maryland Complaint

August 22, 2021

Many companies that make instant coffees include on their label an estimate as to how many cups can be made from the coffee in the container. Food Lion, LLC offers a Food Lion brand of instant coffee, in 7-ounce containers, that are labeled with the claim, “Makes Up to 120 Cups.” But the complaint for this class action alleges that this is untrue, because the container makes about ten percent fewer cups.

Food Lion Instant Coffee Number of Cups Maryland Complaint

Case Event History

Food Lion Instant Coffee Number of Cups Maryland Complaint

August 22, 2021

Many companies that make instant coffees include on their label an estimate as to how many cups can be made from the coffee in the container. Food Lion, LLC offers a Food Lion brand of instant coffee, in 7-ounce containers, that are labeled with the claim, “Makes Up to 120 Cups.” But the complaint for this class action alleges that this is untrue, because the container makes about ten percent fewer cups.

Food Lion Instant Coffee Number of Cups Maryland Complaint
Tags: Deceptive Advertising, Deceptive Labels, Misrepresentation of Production or Capacity