News

US: The Coca-Cola Co sued over VitaminWater claims

Most popular

Is craft spirits approaching a reset moment?

'Healthy alcohol - the trend to watch in 2019?

The beer category in 2018 - Review

The beer category in 2019 - just-drinks predicts

MORE

Lawyers and a consumer advocacy group are suing The Coca-Cola Co, accusing the soft drinks giant of deceptive marketing on its VitaminWater drink.

VitaminWater is marketed as a healthy alternative but each bottle contains 33g of sugar, which may raise the risk of obesity and associated health problems, such as diabetes, allege the complainants.

A lawsuit has been filed in California by law groups Whatley Drake & Kallas LLC and Reese Richman LLP, in co-ordination with the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), the groups said today (15 January).

Patrick Sheehan, lawyer for Whatley Drake & Kallas, accused Coca-Cola of "deliberately deceiving" consumers.

"This is a ridiculous and ludicrous lawsuit," said a Coca-Cola spokesperson today, accusing the CSPI of "grandstanding" in order to gain publicity.

The lawsuit follows a warning to Coca-Cola from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in December, regarding the firm's Diet Coke Plus drink, which contains added vitamins.

FDA has told Coca-Cola to change its the product's name and said that adding functional ingredients to carbonated soft drinks was "not appropriate". Coca-Cola has disputed the FDA's findings.


Sectors: Soft drinks

Companies: The Coca-Cola Company, Coke

Related Content

Coca-Cola Co settles Vitaminwater health row

Coca-Cola Co settles Vitaminwater health row...

The Coca-Cola Co Performance Trends 2013-2017 - results data

The Coca-Cola Co Performance Trends 2013-2017 - results data...

The Coca-Cola Co FY 2016 - results data

The Coca-Cola Co FY 2016 - results data...

Coca-Cola European Partners basks in 'total beverage' future – Analysis

Coca-Cola European Partners basks in 'total beverage' future – Analysis...

Oops! This article is copy protected.

Why can’t I copy the text on this page?

The ability to copy articles is specially reserved for people who are part of a group membership.

How do I become a group member?

To find out how you and your team can copy and share articles and save money as part of a group membership call Sean Clinton on
+44 (0)1527 573 736 or complete this form..



Forgot your password?