In Case You Didn't Know: Underwear And Hummus Are Different

Dec 23, 2013
Originally published on December 23, 2013 6:00 am
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And today's last word in business is: Hanes Hummus.

You might think underwear maker Hanes would be worried about competition from Jockey or Fruit of the Loom. But they have another food in mind. Hanes is far more concerned about being confused with chickpea dip. The American manufacturer has threatened to sue a tiny Canadian company, Hanes Hummus, for trademark violations.

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An attorney for this small company in Canada responded in a letter. His name is Nathan Dooley, and he said he wasn't aware that Hanes brand products are actually edible. So if Hanes made it on your wish list this holiday season, you might want to clarify whether you're looking for socks and underwear or some tasty tahini.

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GREENE: That's the business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm David Greene. Steve, are you recovered from laughter to...

INSKEEP: No. No. No. No. I'll just - please, continue. Continue.

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