Chick-fil-A, which the company says has invented the chicken sandwich, has accused more than a dozen poultry suppliers in a federal lawsuit of raising the price of a chicken worth billions of dollars.
The company sued Friday in US district court in Chicago, asking 16 chicken producers to manipulate prices after the fast food chain announced plans to broiler chicken meat without antibiotics within five years in 2014. Accused of collusion with another.
Chick-fil-A, based in Atlanta, said the suppliers violated federal retaliatory laws when they shared confidential bid and pricing information with each other by phone and text message.
In the lawsuit, Chick-fil-A stated that suppliers “hold significant market power in the market for broilers” and that “their conduct had insufficient antiemetic effects with no competitive or competitive offsets.” The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages and attorneys’ fees by Chick-Film-A, stating that its damages from pricing would be established during a requested jury trial.
The defendants include Tyson Foods, Purdue Farms, Pilgrim’s Pride and Sanderson Farms, all of which are part of a class-action case on pricing charges that began in 2016, and Chick-Film-A stated that its lawsuit had it Was joined.
The companies have disputed the allegations in the class-action case. A spokesman for Purdue Farms echoed the serials on Sunday night when asked to comment on the Chick-fil-A lawsuit.
“We believe these claims are unfounded and there are plans to merit,” spokesman Andrea Stubb said in an email.
The dispute over chicken prices escalated in June, when the Justice Department included two top officials at the Pride of Pilgrims over pricing fees. He has pleaded not guilty.
In October, Pilgrim’s Pride Agreed to pay $ 110.5 million To settle federal charges, which helped fix prices and then passed on higher costs for chicken to consumers, restaurants and supermarkets.
Representatives of Tyson Foods and Sanderson Farms, the Pilgrims’ Pride, did not immediately respond to requests to comment Sunday night.
In June, Tyson Foods said it was Cooperate in a criminal investigation by the Department of Justice in the broiler chicken industry. The company said it was given a grand jury subpoena from the department’s antidote.
A spokesman for Chick-Film-A, which has more than 2,400 locations, declined to comment Sunday night.
In 2019, Chick-fil-A posted more than $ 11 billion in domestic sales The highest revenue for the fast-food chicken chain in the United StatesAccording to Technomic, an industry research firm. Its sales were almost triple that of both KFC and Popeyes.
For the past 25 years, Chick-fil-A has featured in Cow in its advertisements And used the slogan “Eat More Chicken” to contrast itself with fast-food chains serving mainly hamburgers.