Did You Purchase Trader Joes, Wegmans or Simpson Import’s San Marzano Tomatoes?
If you have purchased Trader Joes, Wegmans or Simpson Import’s San Marzano tomatoes within the United States, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for the fraudulent marketing practices described below. The attorneys at Carlson Lynch would be happy to discuss your options with you at no cost. Just fill out the contact form below and an attorney will quickly get in touch with you.
Known for their sweetness and intensity, San Marzanos are a pantry staple that many professional cooks swear by. Because of their qualities, consumers will pay a premium for tomatoes that are marketed as San Marzano tomatoes.
The problem is that there is a significant chance that most home cooks in America have not actually eaten a real San Marzano tomato. To be considered a San Marzano, tomatoes must be grown in a specific region in Italy, where the volcanic soil imparts specific qualities on the fruit. The cans must be marked in a specific manner that demonstrates they are authentic San Marzano tomatoes.
Most “San Marzano” tomatoes sold in the United State are plain Roma tomatoes, canned and deliberately mislabeled as San Marzanos so that the company selling them can charge a significant premium. The deception harms the consumer on two levels. First, the consumer is denied the taste and quality of real San Marzano tomatoes. More significantly, though, the consumer is robbed of the additional money paid for what they thought was a premium tomato.