This week a a settlement between Chick-fil-A and Tyson Foods was reached regarding a poultry price-fixing case. Last year Chick-fil-A had filed an antitrust suit against the poultry processor. With this settlement agreement US District Judge Thomas Durkin, ended the litigation brought by Chick-fil-A against Tyson Foods and a number of related Tyson entities.
In exchange for Chick-fil-A’s dismissal with prejudice, Tyson has agreed “to provide timely, fulsome, and satisfactory ongoing cooperation” to the quick-service chicken chain, the court document stated. Any costs and fees will also be paid by both companies.
After announcing plans to offer antibiotic-free chicken in 2014, Chick-fil-A said its suppliers colluded through phone calls and text messages to coordinate higher bidding and price points on its chicken products.
The defendants in the lawsuit included Tyson Foods, Perdue Farms, Pilgrim’s Pride and Sanderson Farms.
Chick-fil-A said it bought billions of dollars’ worth of broiler chickens from these poultry producers and suffered damage to its business as a result.