Lake Charles, La. – Big Easy Foods, based in Lake Charles, Louisiana, responded today to claims in a trademark lawsuit by Tony Chachere’s Creole Foods calling the accusations frivolous and without merit.
“For over 12 years, Big Easy Foods has been manufacturing our line of products created from our own proprietary recipes years before we entered into the Tony’s Chachere Branding,” says Larry Avery and Mark Abraham, Managing Partners of Big Easy Foods. “We paid Tony Chachere’s millions of dollars in licensing fees; we recently chose not to renew our trademark agreement with the Chachere organization and chose instead to brand our products under our Big Easy name. This is simply a matter of moving into the future with the products we developed under our own brand name.”
Manufactured in Big Easy’s Lake Charles plant since the company’s inception, the line of products sold throughout South Louisiana and other markets includes stuffed chickens, single-serve frozen entrées, wild-caught Gulf shrimp, tur-duck-hens, and a host of other entrée products. Each product is uniquely, hand prepared from recipes and culinary procedures developed by Big Easy Foods.
Big Easy claims the Chachere organization’s accusations are misleading and a deliberate attempt to confuse consumers as the two companies do not manufacture any of the same products. Furthermore, the distinctive red packaging graphics of Big Easy Foods are not in any way infringing on the Chachere green.
“This is an example of a large national corporation blocking the growth of a small business trying to build its own brand,” Avery says. “Our focus remains on our customers and continuing to deliver the best tasting products under the Big Easy name.”