LaCroix slams insecticide lawsuit in an over-the-top press release that calls itself a 'cult' deserving of 'patriotism'
- LaCroix is embracing its cult status in the face of a lawsuit that claims the drink contains artificial ingredients.
- "There is an unspoken phrase within a cult - 'We got each other's back!'" Nick A. Caporella, CEO of LaCroix parent company Natural Beverages, said in a press release on Friday. "Well, there has been a loud cry of support from our LaCroix consumers."
- The press release also contains a confusing explanation of what "natural essences" are and closes with the phrase: "'Patriotism' - If Only We Could Bottle It!"
LaCroix is embracing its cult status."There is an unspoken phrase within a cult - 'We got each other's back!'" Nick A. Caporella, the CEO of LaCroix parent company Natural Beverages, said in a press release on Friday.
Last week, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Natural Beverages, claiming that LaCroix's all-natural claims are false and that its ingredients are actually synthetic."In fact, as the filing states, testing reveals that LaCroix contains a number of artificial ingredients, including linalool, which is used in cockroach insecticide," the law firm Beaumont Costales said in a statement about the suit.
LaCroix has responded with an emphatic denial of all claims, calling for customers to "stand with us as we defend our beloved LaCroix."Friday's press release takes things a step further, emphasizing some loyal customers' cultish love for the brand. The press release reads, in part: "Our Cult, our Consumer, our Love and our LaCroix are . . . Genuinely Natural!
Our Way is Tastefully . . .
Sparkling !!Innovation should be new - but ours has the 'essence' to refresh and captivate with FIZZ + Fun
"Patriotism" - If Only We Could Bottle It!"
Experts say that it's unlikely that LaCroix contains dangerous ingredients, and that the class-action lawsuit is relying on confusing labeling laws from the FDA.However, there is still some confusion over what exactly LaCroix means when it refers to "natural essences" - something the company touches on in Friday's press release, but does little to actually explain.
Read LaCroix's press release in all its glory here:
National Beverage Corp. (NASDAQ:FIZZ) is receiving emotional outcries on behalf of LaCroix."There is an unspoken phrase within a cult - 'We got each other's back!' Well, there has been a loud cry of support from our LaCroix consumers embracing the brand that they love - Don't hurt our LaCroix!" repeated Nick A. Caporella, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
Heartfelt expressions from our cult following:"LaCroix is taking it on the chin for everyone in the sparkling water and juice industries, but this is not a fair fight. Our LaCroix is made with natural ingredients magnified through love and caring. I get a feeling of inner peace; a feeling that my LaCroix is made with 'Innocent' avowed on it. I love my LaCroix - it is an excellent product - doesn't our Innocent claim mean anything?"Essence is our picture word that means:
Nose Sensory, Aroma, Tongue Sense, Measured Taste and Mouth Feel . . . How we use and develop each of these 'senses' relative to all of the above is proprietary.
It is extremely rare to pop open the tab and (1) instantly 'smell' toasted meringue; (2) taste a tangy Florida cay Lime; and (3) on the end of the tongue sense a graham cracker flavor. That is exactly what happens when experiencing LaCroix Key Lime . . . so in National Beverage lingo, essence is - FEELINGS and Sensory Effects!Naturally Essenced means how we accomplish and create these feelings and taste notes (1) (2) (3) during our production process!
All Natural is a technical regulatory criterion that each and every ingredient must adhere to! LaCroix is developed and produced to extremely complex, high standards . . . quite separate and apart from all others!
Some beverage products from other companies that claim to be "sparkling waters" are sweetened or use artificial ingredients that aid in flavor preservation and product consistency. Although other companies may use the word "essence", it is just their way of trying to copy LaCroix. Naturally Essenced is not a marketing ploy, but rather a core product element!Our marketing, as is the case with all that we do, is centered on profoundness, innovation and creativity. LaCroix has a devoted fan base that is quick to share its LaCroix 'experience' through social media channels. LaCroix continues to expertly innovate and strives to meet changing consumer's demands.
Our Way is Tastefully . . .Sparkling !!
Innovation should be new - but ours has the 'essence' to refresh and captivate with FIZZ + Fun"Patriotism" - If Only We Could Bottle It!
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