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Amplify Snack Brands Files Federal Trademark Action Against Competitor For Willful Infringement And Unfair Competition -- Seeks Injunctive Relief And Damages

Company Release - 4/12/2017 4:25 PM ET

AUSTIN, Texas, April 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Amplify Snack Brands, Inc. (NYSE: BETR) has filed a federal trademark infringement and unfair competition lawsuit to halt competitor Snyders-Lance's deceptive use and importation of popcorn products copying Amplify's famous SKINNYPOP® popcorn trademark.  The lawsuit was filed in federal district court on April 11, 2017 in Austin, Texas.

SKINNYPOP® is a leading and one of the most famous popcorn marks in the U.S.  Last year, it accounted for over $200 million in sales at thousands of retailers nationwide. 

As alleged in the lawsuit, Amplify recently learned that Snyders-Lance is seeking to launch a competing popcorn brand called "Metcalfe's SKINNY POPCORN".  The complaint alleges that Snyders-Lance's actions constitute willful infringement of Amplify's mark and an obvious attempt to confuse consumers. 

Amplify's CEO, Tom Ennis, stated, "We believe in fair play and fair competition.  Snyders-Lance's and Metcalfe's effort to copy our brand name is flattering but not how trade competitors should behave.  Even now, infringing products are being sold by Snyders-Lance and Metcalfe that include false registration marks and which are attempting to trade off of the goodwill of our SKINNYPOP® brand."  He added, "we look forward to defending our mark and securing a just result from the Court."

About Amplify Snack Brands:  Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Amplify Snack Brands is a high growth snack food company focused on developing and marketing products that appeal to consumers' growing preference for Better-For-You (BFY) snacks. Our brands SkinnyPop®, Tyrrells®, Paqui®, Oatmega®, Lisa's® Chips, The Wholesome Food Company, and Thomas Chipman embody our BFY mission of "snacking without compromise" and have amassed a loyal customer base across a wide range of food distribution channels in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Europe and Australia.  For more information, contact Ali.GoldnerTroy@olson.com.

Amplify is represented in the litigation by J. Noah Hagey and Tobias Rowe of BraunHagey & Borden LLP.

 

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SOURCE Amplify Snack Brands, Inc.