Bambeanos was a snack developed by Colgate-Palmolive which consisted of roasted and flavored whole soybeans. The soybeans were traditionally known for their healthy qualities on the body. The product was introduced in 1975 and was discontinued by May 1976, having rapidly gained a reputation for causing excessive flatulence. Something about the ingredients in the artificial flavoring and roasted soybeans had a disastrous effect on the digestive system.  The expenditure of gas made it very inconvenient for individuals to eat for fear of having bad flatulence. Bambeanos cost Colgate $750,000 to develop and market before being withdrawn with fewer than 25,000 cases sold. A jury later awarded $571,000 to the roasting contractor, United Roasters, after Colgate's withdrawal.
It is expected as to why Bambeanos sold horribly. People weren’t willing to eat the roasted soybeans for the side effects that it entailed. Even with a 50% off sale on this item, less than 25,000 cases of Bambeanos were sold. Colgate-Palmolive eventually pulled the snack off the market which lead to a lawsuit by the original contractor. The lawsuit along with the original price of research and development costed the company over 1.3 million dollars. The snack has often been described as a commercial failure.
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- United Roasters, Inc. v. Colgate-Palmolive Co. , 649 F.2d 985 (4th Cir.), cert. denied , 454 U.S. 1054, 70 L. Ed. 2d 590 (1981)
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