Yerba Mate Maker Sued For Hiding Sugar Content

Law360, New York (March 18, 2014, 5:25 PM EDT) -- Organic food manufacturer Guayaki Sustainable Rainforest Products Inc. conceals sugar in its tea-like yerba mate products by calling the ingredient “organic evaporated cane juice” and passing the products off as healthier than they are, according to a putative class action removed to California federal court Monday.

The lawsuit alleges that Guayaki mislabels sugar on its labels for the popular beverage product line, versions of a tea originally consumed in South America, in order to appeal to sugar-averse, health-conscious consumers. The label ignores a U.S. Food and...
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Case Information

Case Title

Cowan v. Guayaki Sustainable Rainforest Products, Inc.

Case Number



California Northern

Nature of Suit

Other Statutory Actions


Samuel Conti

Date Filed

March 17, 2014

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