A proposed class action filed against TGI Friday’s Inc. claims the company’s name-brand “Potato Skins Snacks” do not actually contain potato skins.
The case alleges that TGI Friday’s, seeking to capitalize on consumers’ desire for healthier snacks, deceptively represents on packaging that its products – specifically its TGI Fridays “Cheddar & Bacon,” “Bacon Ranch,” and “Sour Cream & Onion” Potato Skins varieties – contain potato skins when the ingredients lists make no mention of them. In fact, the suit says, the only potato ingredients listed on the back of the snack’s packaging are “potato flakes” and “potato starch,” which the complaint alleges are separated from skins during industrial production. Images from the complaint have been included below.
The lawsuit claims consumers associate potato skins with health and nutrition, pointing to several sources that tout the food’s vitamin and mineral content. TGI Friday’s, the suit alleges, attempted to appeal to consumers’ desire for nutritious foods and deceptively claimed its snacks contained potato skins when they were merely an imitation product.
The lawsuit argues that consumers paid a premium price for the defendant’s products and would not have purchased the snack if they had known it didn’t contain genuine potato skins.