Lane Powell Client Reser’s Featured in Portland Business Journal Article About its Suit Against a Food Manufacturer for Appropriating its Special Cooking Technique
Lane Powell client Reser’s Fine Foods was featured in a Portland Business Journal article on January 24 titled “Reser’s Says Ohio Company Appropriated its Cooking Technique.” The article discussed Reser’s, a Beaverton-based food manufacturer, suit against Bob Evans Farms Inc., an Ohio-based food company, for absconding its special baking method for side dishes, which Reser’s spent $10 million developing. Lane Powell Shareholder Brenna Legaard and Counsel to the Firm Julianne Davis are representing Reser’s in the case. In 1998, Reser’s began manufacturing a line of side dishes for Bob Evans Inc. These side dishes were known as “hot fill” foods, or products that are cooked in kettles, packaged in microwavable containers and sealed while hot. Reser’s spent three years and $10 million perfecting a baked process that was a significant improvement over the “hot fill” process and produces a superior product. Bob Evans employees toured Reser’s baking facility, where they viewed the production lines and observed secret steps and confidential food preparation procedures. Reser’s regularly notified Bob Evans that their baking process was proprietary and confidential. Reser’s is claiming that Bob Evans breached their nondisclosure agreement and misappropriated trade secrets when Bob Evans began producing a line of similar side dishes using the unique baking technique created by Reser’s.