ZURICH, Aug 14 (Reuters) - Nestle said it was suing Suedzucker and two other sugar refiners for 50 million euros ($55.7 million) in damages, joining peers in trying to claw back money from firms that were found to have participated in a price-rigging cartel.
In February last year Suedzucker was fined almost 200 million euros by Germany’s antitrust authorities for colluding with unlisted rivals Nordzucker and Pfeifer & Langen.
Nestle, the world’s biggest packaged food company, has filed the suit with a regional court in Mannheim, Germany, where Suedzucker is based, a spokesman for Nestle Germany said on Friday, confirming a report by trade newspaper Lebensmittel Zeitung.
Suedzucker was not immediately available for comment.
Other food companies have already filed suits against Suedzucker, including Vivil, a German maker of cough drops and mints.
$1 = 0.8975 euros Reporting by Brenna Hughes Neghaiwi und Paul Arnold; Writing by Maria Sheahan, editing by Andreas Cremer and David Evans