A federal judge is backing an effort by Northfield-based Kraft Foods to keep Cracker Barrel Old Country Store from expanding into grocery stores.
U.S. District Judge Robert Gettleman in Chicago granted a preliminary injunction on Monday blocking Tennessee-based Cracker Barrel from selling its branded meats in grocery stores. Kraft claims that would infringe on its own Cracker Barrel-trademarked cheese and confuse consumers.
Cracker Barrel argued that it's not selling cheese, and the distance between the dairy and meat sections would reduce confusion.
Gettleman says Northfield, Ill.-based Kraft has a good chance of prevailing in its lawsuit.
He says sales of Kraft's Cracker Barrel cheese are strong, and the trademark was registered more than a decade before Cracker Barrel Old Country Store used the name.
Cracker Barrel says it's considering an appeal.