Legal Proceedings begin in ‘Fit Kitchen’ trademark dispute

Fit Kitchen, a food delivery service based in London has launched legal action against Grimsby based ready meal supplier Scratch Meals, over what they claim to be a trademark infringement.

The London based business was founded in 2015 by entrepreneur Amar Lodhia and produces and delivers custom-made meals and recipes directly to customer’s doors.

Mr Lodhia issued a statement on 29 October through his PR agency stating that he is seeking an injunction to prevent Scratch Meals from using the Fit Kitchen name. They said in the statement that they have now launched legal proceedings and Scratch Meals have until 23 November to respond.

The Fit Kitchen owner says he informed Sainsbury’s who stock the ready-meals range in their stores about the infringement during 2017, but they continue to stock the products, which Mr Lodhia is claiming is causing mass confusion to consumers who believe the products are from his company.

Scratch Meals say they intend to challenge any legal action taken against their company.

In a statement, the company designed by BBC Masterchef winner Ash Mair said: “Scratch Meals acknowledges the court proceedings issued against it by Mr Lodhia for trademark infringement, which it intends to defend vigorously. This is based on the fact that Scratch Meals is the registered holder of the trademark ‘Fit Kitchen’ in the categories that apply to its products, such product categories being different to those claimed by Mr Lodhia.”

The company also intend to bring up legal proceedings against Fit Kitchen but will not make any comment on the pending legal action.

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