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Poland Spring Sparkling Raspberry Lime Water New York Class Action

What is the source of flavoring in Poland Spring’s Sparkling water “with a Twist of Raspberry [and] Lime”? The complaint for this class action brings suit against Nestle Waters North America, Inc., the maker, alleging that the labeling of the product is deceptive because the flavor of the water is not derived primarily from raspberries and limes.

The complaint for this class action is all those who live in New York who bought the product during the applicable statutes of limitations.

Bottled waters have become more and more popular. The complaint alleges that over the past five years, “sparkling water sales have increased over 40 percent…” This has happened in part because consumers no longer want to drink sugary juices and soft drinks and are more concerned about the quality of what they eat and drink.

Consumers also want “real” ingredients, including real fruit ingredients. The front label for the product states the product is made “With a Twist of Raspberry [and] Lime” along with images of real raspberries and lime slices. One panel of the label says, “Taste the Real. And ditch the sugary sodas. … Real Raspberry Lime flavor. Real natural spring water. Refreshing bubbles. Enjoy the real taste.”

According to the complaint, “Consumers’ preference is for foods which get their taste from food ingredients instead of added flavor, because this is perceived as more natural, less processed and not exposed to additives or solvents that are used even in making “natural flavors.”

Also, the complaint alleges, “New York State regulations require companies to truthfully disclose whether a food or beverage contains the ingredients pictured on its label.” However, it claims, the Poland Spring product’s “labeling misleads consumers as to the relative amount and quantity of raspberry lime ingredients.”

On the lower right of the front label are the words, “Naturally Flavored Spring Water with Other Natural Flavors and CO2.” In fact, the complaint says, this indicates that the water does not contain a “Twist of Raspberry [and] Lime.”

The complaint reproduces the ingredient panel which claims that the ingredients are “Spring Water, CO2, [and] Natural Flavors.” The complaint alleges, “Because raspberry oil or raspberry extract and lime juice are not separately identified ingredients, it means that any real raspberry and lime is necessarily present as a flavoring, and is a de minimis or a trace amount of the ‘Natural Flavors.’”

According to the complaint, the “Natural Flavors” are made up of “flavor compounds which imitate the taste provided by raspberries and limes” which are “cheaper than using real raspberries and limes, and more concentrated, so less of these ingredients need to be used.”

“The product lacks an authentic raspberry and lime taste[,]” the complaint claims, and also lacks the nutritional value of real fruit, the complaint alleges, such as vitamin C, antioxidants, and omega-3 fatty acids.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Consumer

Most Recent Case Event

Poland Spring Sparkling Raspberry Lime Water New York Complaint

May 2, 2021

What is the source of flavoring in Poland Spring’s Sparkling water “with a Twist of Raspberry [and] Lime”? The complaint for this class action brings suit against Nestle Waters North America, Inc., the maker, alleging that the labeling of the product is deceptive because the flavor of the water is not derived primarily from raspberries and limes.

Poland Spring Sparkling Raspberry Lime Water New York Complaint

Case Event History

Poland Spring Sparkling Raspberry Lime Water New York Complaint

May 2, 2021

What is the source of flavoring in Poland Spring’s Sparkling water “with a Twist of Raspberry [and] Lime”? The complaint for this class action brings suit against Nestle Waters North America, Inc., the maker, alleging that the labeling of the product is deceptive because the flavor of the water is not derived primarily from raspberries and limes.

Poland Spring Sparkling Raspberry Lime Water New York Complaint
Tags: Contents Have Less of Active Ingredient Than Label Claims, Deceptive Advertising, Deceptive Labels