Ex-Bumble Bee CEO Christoper Lischewski has filed an appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco over a ruling that will send him to prison next month for criminal price-fixing.

On June 16, a US district court in northern California sentenced ex-Bumble Bee CEO Christoper Lischewski to 40 months in prison. The court also ruled Lischewski must pay a $100,000 (€88,679) fine.

"I do recognize that I have been found guilty of a crime," Lischewski said during the hearing, "and I must serve the sentence that you passed down to me.