Consumers who bought an A&W root beer or cream soda product with a “Made With Aged Vanilla” label between February 2016 and June 2023 may be entitled to receive part of a $15 million settlement the company must pay after a court decision.
It was determined that the parent brands who makes the drinks, A&W Concentrate Co. and Keurig Dr Pepper Inc., misled the public by labeling products as being “Made With Aged Vanilla,” when the vanilla taste is, in fact, a result of artificial flavoring.
Denying the claims in the preliminary settlement, the company claimed that “the labeling of the Products was truthful and non-misleading, and that purchasers did not pay a ‘premium’ for the Products as a result of any misrepresentations.”
However, they eventually agreed to settle for $15 million to pay for customer claims, as well as $5,000 to each of the three named plaintiffs, in addition to attorneys’ fees and other costs.
To be eligible to receive a portion of the settlement, one must have purchased at least one A&W root beer or cream soda product—diet and zero sugar versions included—with the label “Made With Aged Vanilla” on it between Feb. 7, 2016, and June 2, 2023.
Those who believe themselves to qualify for the funds—which can range between $5.50 without providing proof of purchase, and $25 with it—can file their claims at RootBeerAndCreamSodaSettlement.com when the site becomes live.