Nutella's manufacturer Ferrero, U.S.A, Inc. has settled a lawsuit that it was marketing Nutella as something healthier than what it actually is.
Plaintiffs Athena Hohenberg and Laura Rude-Barbato alleged "Ferrero has invaded the United States with ... misleading advertising strategies, played out on the labels of Nutella®, in television commercials and print ads, on the web and elsewhere, designed to and effective in persuading American consumers that Nutella® is an appropriate breakfast food, and a healthy alternative to things like jelly and syrup."
"IF YOU PURCHASED NUTELLA IN CALIFORNIA BETWEEN AUGUST 1, 2009 AND JANUARY 23, 2012, OR IN ANY OTHER STATE BETWEEN JANUARY 1, 2008 AND FEBRUARY 3, 2012, YOU MAY BE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE A PAYMENT FROM A PROPOSED CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT."
To participate, you must submit a claim form by mail or online by July 5, 2012. The California settlement is $550,000 and claimants may receive as much as $4 for each jar, up to 5 jars, of Nutella purchased between 8/1/09 and 1/23/12.
Hmm, that's not a lot of money. I think we bought 3 or 4 jars of Nutella during that time frame. Like we're really going to remember the number of jars of Nutella bought over a 29 month period. Yes, I'll have to go back to my Nutella Purchase Journal to determine the actual count.
But seriously, if 100,000 people claimed an average of 4 jars in that period, they'd each receive on average $5.50. Heck, I think I'll pass. I'd rather spend my time writing about this.
A 2 tablespoon serving of Nutella has 200 calories, 100 from fat, including 3.5 grams of saturated fat, 21 grams of sugar and 3 grams of protein.
A 2 tablespoon serving of Skippy Creamy peanut butter has 190 calories, 140 from fat, including 3 grams of saturated fat, 3 grams of sugar and 3 grams of protein. Quite similar to Nutella in the calorie, saturated fat and protein department
Wait a sec...Skippy, you could be next! How dare you mention "source of protein" like that! How misleading!! Ah yes.
Learn more about the history of the evil Nutella at www.nutellausa.com/history.htm.
Visit www.nutellaclassactionsettlement.com for additional details and to file your claim.
And you better watch out too, Snickers! And you, Betty White! Very misleading! I want a refund! In fact, I want a refund for every Pop Tart, donut, danish and muffin I've eaten over the last 5 years! So there!