A trademark dispute between Nestlé USA and two Mexican distributors could affect the types of staple products found in many Latino pantries.
Why it matters: The fight, headed to trial in federal court this November, comes as all kinds of companies try to tap into the growing, multi-trillion-dollar U.S. Latino market.
Details: In 2020, Nestlé USA filed a complaint in U.S. District Court in Western Texas against Ultra Distribuciones Internacionales and Ultra Distribuciones Mundiales for importing and selling Nestlé Mexico products.
The other side: Lawyers for Ultra Distribuciones Internacionales say the company has openly exported Nestle Mexico products into the U.S. for years.
The intrigue: Although they share the same name and similar packaging, the Mexican products have slightly more sugar and different colors on labels.
What they’re saying: “This is really an internal money battle between Nestlé USA and Nestlé Mexico, and the American consumer is the one who stands to lose,” Daniel Pulecio-Boek, attorney for Ultra Distribuciones Internacionales, said in a statement to Axios.
Attorneys at Mayer Brown LLP, the firm that represents Nestlé USA, did not respond to emails from Axios seeking comment.