A man from Los Angeles is sick and tired of marketing lie. Additionally, he is venting his frustration in
court. Phillip White, as reported by Nexstar Media Wire, has filed a class-action lawsuit against T.W.
Garner Food Co. He claims that the parent company deceived him when he purchased a $3 bottle of
Texas Pete hot sauce. In September 2021, the transaction took place at Ralph’s grocery store.
Phillip asserts that T.W. Garner “cheated its way to a market-leading position in the $3 billion hot-sauce
industry at the expense of law-abiding competitors and consumers nationwide who desire authentic
Texas hot sauce.” Garner’s claim is based on Phillip’s assertion. The Texas Pete logo’s appearance is also
emphasized in the suit. White claims that it features a “lassoing cowboy” and “the famed white ‘lone’
star from the Texan flag”.
Under the Texas Pete brand, the company produced a variety of products over time, including hot dog
chili, honey mustard, seafood cocktail, and green pepper sauce. In northwest Winston-Salem, “on the
original Garner family home site,” is where the factory that makes the branded products is located.
According to the claims made in the lawsuit filed by Phillip, “in revealing the thought process behind its
brand name, [T.W. Garner Food Co.] admits that Texas’s reputation was one they were trying to mimic
and capitalize on when creating their brand.”
The lawsuit claims that Phillip would not have purchased the sauce if he had known it was made in
North Carolina. He asserts that the business is deceiving customers and causing harm to Texas
businesses. Phillip is therefore seeking a name and branding change for the business. Whether he is also
seeking compensation is unknown. The suit has not yet been responded to by T.W. Garner Food Co.