Corn syrup price-fixing case heads to Canada’s Supreme Court

Lawsuit claims U.S. companies conspired to fix sweetener’s price

Despite friendly business relations between the U.S. and Canada, a cross-border lawsuit between the two countries’ food industries is coming to a head.

Canada’s Supreme Court announced yesterday that it will hear a case in which Sun-Rype Products Ltd., a Canadian juice and fruit-snack company, claims that Cargill Inc. and Archer Daniels Midland Co., both U.S. producers of high-fructose corn syrup, conspired to fix the price of the sweetener that Sun-Rype and other food companies use in their products.

A consumer representing potential individual claimants who are indirect purchasers of the defendants’ high-fructose corn syrup also is a plaintiff in the case. The consumer and Sun-Rype are seeking class action status.

According to Thomson Reuters, the U.S. is the largest consumer and manufacturer of high-fructose corn syrup, with soft-drink makers as the biggest users of the sweetener.

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