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Monopoly Alleged In Canned Tomatoes

SACRAMENTO (CN) - The Morning Star Co. and Lidestri Foods conspire to monopolize and fix the price of canned tomatoes and tomato paste products at below-market levels, to try to drive SK Foods out of the market, SK says in a federal antitrust claim. SK claims the defendants offer their products to industrial producers, such as Heinz, sometimes for below their own cost of production, and have already cost SK more than $20 million.

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