Grocer Giant Eagle Accuses Chocolate Firms of Price Fixing

March 28, 2008

Giant Eagle believes its customers are paying too much for chocolate.
And the O'Hara-based supermarket chain has decided to make a federal case out of it.

In a lawsuit filed this week in U.S. District Court, the company claims the world's largest chocolate companies formed a conspiracy to raise prices and stifle competition.

Giant Eagle claims it was overcharged for $200 million worth of chocolate products between 2002 and 2007. It did not mention by how much it overpaid The Hershey Co. of Hershey; Mars Inc. of McLean, Va.; Nestle, S.A. of Switzerland; and Cadbury Schweppes plc of London, and subsidiaries. A Canadian network of food distributors, ITWAL Ltd., which allegedly aided in the conspiracy, also was named a defendant.

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