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TGI Fridays Onion Rings Snacks No Pieces of Real Onion Class Action

At issue in this class action are TGI Fridays brand Onion Rings Snacks, a product of Inventure Foods, Inc. The complaint alleges that the products are falsely labeled, in that “consumers will get the false impression the Product contains onions as an ingredient in an appreciable, non de minimis amount.” According to the complaint, the onion snacks contain no complete pieces of onions, just fried corn meal and onion powder.

The class for this action is all residents of Illinois, Ohio, Texas, Virginia, Rhode Island, and Florida who bought the product during the statutes of limitations for the causes of action.

The product’s ingredient list appears on page 2 of the complaint. Does it contain any actual, whole pieces of onion? Apparently not: The first item is corn meal; the second is vegetables oils; and the third is onion powder.

According to the complaint, “Onion powder is made from dehydrated, ground onions and has a flavor ten times stronger than real onions.” But this is still not sufficient, the complaint contends: “Onion powder lacks the depth of real onion flavor because it is made with parts of an onion” and “is unable to provide the ‘oniony’ flavor appreciated by consumers.”

The product also cannot provide what it promises, the complaint says: “Onion powder and onion flavor are unable to match the flavor from real onions because they lack the delicate balance of flavonoids critical to onions.”

Furthermore, the complaint claims, onion powder does not give consumers “the health and nutrition benefits that are provided by real onions” which include vitamin C, vitamin B6, folate, and potassium.

Also imitating the taste of onions, the complaint claims, are natural and artificial flavors, which are also in the ingredient list; and even the caramel coloring is an attempt to make the product seem like it contains more onions. The front label does reveal that the product is “Natural and Artificially Flavored,” but in a small thin font.

Rather snarkily, the complaint alleges that Inventure “knows consumers will pay more for the Product because the front label only states ‘Onion Snacks’ instead of ‘artificial onion flavored fried corn snacks’ or ‘does not have any real onions and does not taste like real onions.’”

The complaint claims the Onion Rings Snacks are sold “for a price premium compared to other similar products, no less than $2.19 per bag, higher than it would otherwise be sold for, absent the misleading representations and omissions.”

The counts include violations of the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Decedptive Business Practices Act, breaches of warranties, negligent misrepresentation, fraud, and unjust enrichment.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Consumer

Most Recent Case Event

TGI Fridays Onion Rings Snacks No Pieces of Real Onion Complaint

June 10, 2021

At issue in this class action are TGI Fridays brand Onion Rings Snacks, a product of Inventure Foods, Inc. The complaint alleges that the products are falsely labeled, in that “consumers will get the false impression the Product contains onions as an ingredient in an appreciable, non de minimis amount.” According to the complaint, the onion snacks contain no complete pieces of onions, just fried corn meal and onion powder.

TGI Fridays Onion Rings Snacks No Pieces of Real Onion Complaint

Case Event History

TGI Fridays Onion Rings Snacks No Pieces of Real Onion Complaint

June 10, 2021

At issue in this class action are TGI Fridays brand Onion Rings Snacks, a product of Inventure Foods, Inc. The complaint alleges that the products are falsely labeled, in that “consumers will get the false impression the Product contains onions as an ingredient in an appreciable, non de minimis amount.” According to the complaint, the onion snacks contain no complete pieces of onions, just fried corn meal and onion powder.

TGI Fridays Onion Rings Snacks No Pieces of Real Onion Complaint
Tags: Contains Too Little of Featured Ingredients, Deceptive Advertising, Deceptive Labels