Thai Union-owned Chicken of the Sea International (COSI) is close to reaching a $6.5 million (€5.4 million) settlement with Sysco, US Foods, Costco, Walmart, Sam’s Club and DOT Foods in a lawsuit alleging the company participated in a a price-fixing conspiracy in the packaged tuna industry with Bumble Bee and Dongwon-owned Starkist.

Michael Williams, an expert on commercial food preparers (CFP) -- the catch-all for group of retail and foodservice giants -- estimated COSI's total damage to the companies was around $20.5