The Santa Barbara Smokehouse suing Chilean supplier Agrosuper

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Second-time two companies have faced each other in court. 

US-based The Santa Barbara Smokehouse is suing Chilean supplier Agrosuper, according to a legal filing in December.

According to the publication, the case is built around around The Santa Barbara Smokehouse’s claim that Agrosuper allegedly dropped a supply agreement that caused a large buyer, who Undercurrent claim is France’s Labeyrie, to walk away from a possible buy out deal.

The Santa Barbara Smokehouse, owned by Carlisle -born Tim Brown, filed a lawsuit claiming damages for the lost sale opportunity against Agrosuper on Dec. 19 in US District Court for the Central District of California.

Empresas AquaChile, which Agrosuper acquired last year for USD 850 million, are also named as defendants in the lawsuit.

It is the second time the two have met in court. In a 2014 lawsuit, each company blamed each other for losses due to listeria.