Soup Co. Says Contractor Broke Deal, Spilled Trade Secrets

Law360 (October 14, 2020, 7:42 PM EDT) -- A soup brand has accused a Mexican supplier in Texas federal court of failing to deliver on a contract for packaged beef chili destined for Texas prison commissaries and stealing the company's trade secrets.

New England Country Foods said in a complaint Tuesday that Empacadora Frape SA de CV, its U.S. arm and several executives held its raw goods "hostage" after it became clear they couldn't manufacture and export the finished product per a supply agreement, and instead used the company's trade secret formula to pursue contracts with other customers.

"[Empacadora] knew or should have known of their inability to provide...

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