Cut and Prepared Fruits in Plastic Containers that need Refrigeration – a Battle Over the Word “Fresh.

The New York Times today features a fascinating overview of an ongoing dispute on the meaning of “fresh.”

The dispute sets Fresh Del Monte against Del Monte Foods. The two companies were created out of what had been a single Del Monte after the takeover of its corporate owner, RJR Nabisco, in 1989.

Under the terms of two licensing agreements between the two companies, Fresh Del Monte has the right to sell “fresh fruit, fresh vegetables and fresh produce” under the Del Monte name, while Del Monte Foods has the right to sell canned and preserved fruits, vegetables and produce.

Presently, the companies are disputing whether Del Monte Foods ran afoul of this language by selling cut and prepared fruit products sold in plastic containers that are found on refrigerated shelves in the produce sections of grocery stores.  This is certainly a case where each side’s argument has some merit.  See the complete article here.

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