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Chicken of the Sea announces price-fixing settlement with 29 more retailers, criticizes holdouts

January 3, 2019 from the Seafood Source:

"Chicken of the Sea International, a division of Thai Union, on Wednesday, 9 January announced it had settled civil complaints by 29 U.S. retailers in relation to antitrust claims made as part of a larger price-fixing scandal in the canned tuna sector."
"The settlement follows upon an earlier agreement the company reached in April 2018 with Walmart, one of the largest retailers of canned tuna in the United States. Both rounds of settlements included cash payments and a promise from Chicken of the Sea to conduct promotional campaigns and other programming in partnership with the retailers."
"The latest settlement included agreements with Affiliated Foods, Inc.; Affiliated Foods Midwest Cooperative, Inc.; Alex Lee, Inc.; Associated Food Stores, Inc.; Associated Grocers of New England, Inc; Bashas' Inc.; Big Y Foods, Inc.; Brookshire Brothers, Inc.; Brookshire Grocery Company; Certco, Inc.; Dollar Tree Distribution, Inc.; Greenbrier International, Inc.; Family Dollar Stores, Inc.; Family Dollar Services, LLC; Fareway Stores, Inc.; The Golub Corporation; Giant Eagle, Inc.; Kmart Corporation; K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc.; Marc Glassman, Inc.; McLane Company, Inc; Meadowbrook Meat Company, Inc.; Merchants Distributors, LLC; Schnuck Markets, Inc.; SpartanNash Company; URM Stores, Inc.; Western Family Foods, Inc.; Woodman's Food Market, Inc.; 99 Cents Only Stores LLC; and all of their affiliates."
"The company does not face penalties from the U.S. Department of Justice, which prosecuted related antitrust cases against Bumble Bee Foods and StarKist as part of a conspiracy the three companies engaged in to artificially inflate the price of canned tuna, because Chicken of the Sea acted as the whistleblower in the case."
"The investigation has resulted in guilty please and subsequent millions of dollars in fines for Bumble Bee and StarKist and criminal prosecutions against several of the companies’ executives, including Bumble Bee CEO Christopher Lischewski, who was indicted in May 2018."

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