Supervalu Lawsuit Charges Chocolate Makers With Price-fixing

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Supervalu Lawsuit Charges Chocolate Makers With Price-fixing

03/31/2010
Supervalu, Inc. has filed a lawsuit against the nation’s largest chocolate manufacturers, accusing them of conspiring to fix prices from 2002 until at least 2008.

The antitrust lawsuit, filed this week in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, names the Hershey Co.; Nestle USA, Inc.; Mars, Inc.; Cadbury PLC; and several of their affiliated companies as defendants. Published reports say the companies collectively control 76 percent of the U.S. market for chocolate candy products.

The full lawsuit is available for viewing via the link below in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal:
http://assets.bizjournals.com/cms_media/twincities/pdf/SVU%20complaint.pdf

Further details are also available from the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star-Tribune: http://www.startribune.com/business/89518482.html?elr=KArksD:aDyaEP:kD:aUq9_b9b_jEkP:QUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aUU