PITTSBURGH — A trustee in the bankruptcy case of beverage company LeNature’s is investigating allegations that supermarket operator Giant Eagle threatened another bidder in an effort to acquire a LeNature’s bottling plant. Giant Eagle, based here, reportedly threatened to stop selling products from Cadbury Schweppes if the beverage giant sought to bid for the plant. Giant Eagle earlier this month said it had won the bidding with a $20 million offer. The investigation, which was said to have been launched after an anonymous tip from a Pittsburgh reporter, is expected to last about a week. The bankruptcy court set an Aug. 30 hearing on the matter. "We have agreed to be completely cooperative [with the investigation] and to provide any information the trustee requests," a Giant Eagle spokesman told SN.
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