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Twinings Tea Not from England Missouri Class Action

Twinings North America, Inc. makes tea, specifically bagged tea products. The complaint for this class action alleges that Twinings makes representation on its products and packaging that give consumers the impression that the tea products come from England. This is a false impression, the complaint alleges, claiming that, “Twinings tea sold outside of England is now from China and Poland.

The Missouri Class or Subclass for this action is all persons who, during the relevant statute of limitations period, bought any of the products for personal, family, or household purposes in Missouri.

Consumers associate tea with England, and may also believe that the British have a particular expertise with tea. The complaint quotes a UK Tea & Infusions History of Tea as saying, “Such is the British enthusiasm for tea that even after the dismantling of the Empire, British companies continue to play a leading role in the world’s tea trade and British brands dominate the world market.” Twinings, the complaint claims, is one of those brands.

According to the complaint, Twinings gives the impression that its tea products are from England in at least three ways:

  • The brand name is “Twinings of London.”
  • The container bears a London address, “216 The Strand, London WC2, England[.]”
  • A notation above the Twinings of London brand name reads, “By Appointment to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Tea and Coffee merchants R. Twining and Company Limited, London.”

Twinings teas sold in the US originally did come from England. The complaint claims that “Twinings was founded in London in 1706 and was exporting tea to the United States by 1749[.]” However, Twinings teas sold in the US no longer come from London, the complaint alleges: “Rather, while British consumers can continue to enjoy Twinings tea from England (Twinings maintains a British factory for the British market), Twinings tea sold outside of England is now from China and Poland.”

Despite this, the complaint alleges, “Twinings continues to capitalize on its English association by prominently advertising” the representations on its products. It further claims, “The Products are deceptively advertised with the England Representations to target consumers who are interested in purchasing teas from England.”

This deceives consumers, the complaint alleges: “The false belief created by [Twinings’s] Products’ packaging iis a material factor in influencing consumer purchase decisions because it relates to the contents of the Products, specifically the geographical location where they were from. To the detriment of consumers, [Twinings’s] packaging entices consumers to pay for what they believe is tea from England.”

The complaint alleges breaches of warranties, common law fraud, and violations of the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act, among other things.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Consumer

Most Recent Case Event

Twinings Tea Not from England Missouri Class Action

July 19, 2021

Twinings North America, Inc. makes tea, specifically bagged tea products. The complaint for this class action alleges that Twinings makes representation on its products and packaging that give consumers the impression that the tea products come from England. This is a false impression, the complaint alleges, claiming that, “Twinings tea sold outside of England is now from China and Poland.

Twinings Tea Not from England Missouri Class Action

Case Event History

Twinings Tea Not from England Missouri Class Action

July 19, 2021

Twinings North America, Inc. makes tea, specifically bagged tea products. The complaint for this class action alleges that Twinings makes representation on its products and packaging that give consumers the impression that the tea products come from England. This is a false impression, the complaint alleges, claiming that, “Twinings tea sold outside of England is now from China and Poland.

Twinings Tea Not from England Missouri Class Action
Tags: Country of Origin, Deceptive Advertising, Deceptive Labels