Kroger Coffee Products Make Fewer Cups of Coffee California Class Action

This class action is about coffee, specifically about the labeling of the Kroger Company’s ground coffee products. The complaint alleges that Kroger represents on the front panels of the products that they make a certain number of cups of coffee. However, the complaint claims, if the consumer follows the instructions on the back of the products, the products do not yield that many cups of coffee.

The class for this action is all persons in California who bought one or more of the Products, since July 28, 2016, for personal use and not for resale.

The products at issue include

  • Kroger Medium Roast Special Roast Ground Coffee 29oz
  • Kroger Medium Roast Supreme Blend Ground Coffee 29oz
  • Kroger Medium Roast Secret Blend Ground Coffee 30.5oz
  • Kroger Dark Roast French Roast Ground Coffee 24oz
  • Kroger Mild Roast Breakfast Blend Ground Coffee 24oz
  • Kroger Medium Dark Roast 100% Columbian Ground Coffee 24oz
  • Kroger Medium Dark Roast 100% Columbian Ground Coffee 11.5oz
  • Kroger Medium Roast Decaf Classic Ground Coffee 25 oz.

According to the complaint, Kroger “sells the Products with the representation they contain enough ground coffee to yield a specific number of servings (e.g., 225 cups). This representation is prominently displayed on the front panel of the coffee canister. However, if the back-panel brewing instructions are followed, the canister produces significantly less than what is advertised on the front panel.”

Additionally, the complaint alleges, “Tests performed on the Products have shown that [Kroger] uniformly and systematically misrepresents the serving yield of its Products.”

The instructions on the Products tell consumers to use “[o]ne rounded tablespoon of coffee for each 6 fl. oz. of cold water” or “1/2 cup of coffee for every 10 servings.”

The plaintiff in this case, Amy Lorentzen, bought Kroger Medium Roast Supreme Blend Ground Coffee 29 oz. The canister says, “Makes about 225 cups” or servings of coffee. However, if the instructions on the back are followed, the canister makes approximately 110 servings, 115 less than what the front of the can promises.

Charts in the complaint show the results of tests run on various Kroger coffee products. These allege that the coffee containers make from 47% to 54% fewer servings than advertised. The complaint thus claims that the labeling and advertising of the products are false and misleading.

The complaint alleges violations of California’s Consumer Legal Remedies Act, its
False Advertising Law, and its Unfair Competition Law.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Consumer

Most Recent Case Event

Kroger Coffee Products Make Fewer Cups of Coffee California Complaint

July 28, 2020

This class action is about coffee, specifically about the labeling of the Kroger Company’s ground coffee products. The complaint alleges that Kroger represents on the front panels of the products that they make a certain number of cups of coffee. However, the complaint claims, if the consumer follows the instructions on the back of the products, the products do not yield that many cups of coffee.

Kroger Coffee Products Make Fewer Cups of Coffee California Complaint

Case Event History

Kroger Coffee Products Make Fewer Cups of Coffee California Complaint

July 28, 2020

This class action is about coffee, specifically about the labeling of the Kroger Company’s ground coffee products. The complaint alleges that Kroger represents on the front panels of the products that they make a certain number of cups of coffee. However, the complaint claims, if the consumer follows the instructions on the back of the products, the products do not yield that many cups of coffee.

Kroger Coffee Products Make Fewer Cups of Coffee California Complaint
Tags: Deceptive Advertising, Deceptive Labels, Does Not Provide Stated Amount of Coverage or Capacity for Usage