Star Snacks Energy Blend Mostly Peanuts Class Action

When we buy bags of snacks, we expect the food inside to look like the pictures on the front of the bags. Star Snacks Company, LLC’s Imperial Nuts Energy Blend does not, claims the complaint for this class action. The complaint points to the image prominently featuring walnuts, pecans, and almonds, along with peanuts and sesame sticks, and then to a photo of the contents, which are primarily peanuts.

The Nationwide Class for this action is all persons living in the US who bought Star Snack’s Energy Blend. An Alabama Subclass has also been proposed, for those living in Alabama.

Star Snacks has an Imperial Nuts line of snacks that come in opaque bags. Page 4 of the complaint shows a photograph of the front of the Energy Blend bag. It shows the five ingredients in five lines. Walnuts are front and center, occupying the largest space; to the left are pecans and almonds. These three varieties of nuts take up perhaps two-thirds of the width of the bag. To the right are two much-thinner lines, of peanuts and sesame sticks, which seem to occupy perhaps an inch of the bag width.

Also on the front was sizable lettering reading “Almonds, Pecans, Walnuts, Honey Roasted Peanuts, Honey Roasted Sesame Sticks.”

The complaint says, “Expecting that the Energy Blend was primarily almonds, pecans and walnuts due to the large font listing of such and the picture on the front of the package, [plaintiff Mary Katherine Andrews] was surprised and disappointed when she opened said product and learned of its true contents; [they were] mostly peanuts and peanut pieces.”

There follows an image of the contents, separated by type of item. The assembly of peanuts and peanut pieces is much larger than all the other contents put together. In fact, of the larger types of nuts, the image shows only two walnuts, one whole and one broken, two almonds, and two half pecans with five smaller pecan pieces.

The complaint alleges, “The said Energy Blend is deceptively marketed ostensibly as containing mostly almonds, pecans and walnuts when in actuality [it] is composed of more peanuts than all the other contents combined.”

This violates federal law in several ways, the complaint claims: For example, “the front of the package falsely displays a photo of almonds, pecans and walnuts as being ¾ of the nut contents when such is roughly a mere 1/5 (combined) of the nut contents;” and “the front of the product lists ‘Almonds, Pecans and Walnuts’ as if such [were] the primary contents, which causes a reasonable consumer to expect such to be the case[.]”

Furthermore, “even the peanuts contents are misbranded since peanut pieces are to be branded as such.”

The complaint alleges, then, that the product is misbranded. The counts include breach of contract, breach of warranty, and violations of Alabama state laws.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Consumer

Most Recent Case Event

Star Snacks Energy Blend Mostly Peanuts Complaint

September 11, 2020

When we buy bags of snacks, we expect the food inside to look like the pictures on the front of the bags. Star Snacks Company, LLC’s Imperial Nuts Energy Blend does not, claims the complaint for this class action. The complaint points to the image prominently featuring walnuts, pecans, and almonds, along with peanuts and sesame sticks, and then to a photo of the contents, which are primarily peanuts.

Star Snacks Energy Blend Mostly Peanuts Complaint

Case Event History

Star Snacks Energy Blend Mostly Peanuts Complaint

September 11, 2020

When we buy bags of snacks, we expect the food inside to look like the pictures on the front of the bags. Star Snacks Company, LLC’s Imperial Nuts Energy Blend does not, claims the complaint for this class action. The complaint points to the image prominently featuring walnuts, pecans, and almonds, along with peanuts and sesame sticks, and then to a photo of the contents, which are primarily peanuts.

Star Snacks Energy Blend Mostly Peanuts Complaint
Tags: Contains Too Little of Featured Ingredients, Deceptive Advertising, Deceptive Labels