Grocers file complaint against pork processing companies

Several grocery chains and a food distributor have filed a complaint in northern California federal court against pork processing and some other companies saying they’ve conspired to control the pork industry and to raise prices for profit.

According to Law Street Media, Koger, Hy-Vee, Albertsons, Save Mart Supermarkets and U.S. Foods accuse the companies of conspiring between 2009 and 2018 to fix, increase, maintain and/or stabilize the price of pork sold to them.

The 13 defendants include AgriStats, JBS USA, Tyson Foods, Smithfield Foods, Hormel and the Clemons Food Group.

The plaintiffs say the companies and the Indiana Packers Corporation entered into the conspiracy.

Brownfield has reached out to the North American Meat Institute and Indiana Packers Corporation for comment.

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