From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from StarKist Tuna)
Jump to navigation Jump to search

StarKist Tuna is the name of a brand of tuna that is produced by StarKist Co., an American company based in Pittsburgh's North Shore[1] that is now wholly owned by Dongwon Industries of South Korea. It was purchased by Dongwon from the American food manufacturer Del Monte Foods on June 24, 2008, for slightly more than $300 million.[2]


Since 1961 its mascot has been Charlie the Tuna, an anthropomorphic cartoon tuna. Commercials usually featured the phrase "Sorry Charlie".

In August 2015, StarKist settled a class-action lawsuit claiming that the company was guilty of deliberately "under-filling" five-ounce cans of tuna.[3] Earlier that same month, StarKist was sued, accused of colluding with Bumble Bee Foods and Chicken of the Sea to fix prices.[1]

On October 18, 2018, StarKist agreed to plead guilty to a felony price fixing charge as part of a broad collusion investigation of the canned tuna industry by the United States Department of Justice. The company could be fined as much as $100 million when it is sentenced.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Lawsuit alleges StarKist colluded over prices; Ansys reports dip in profits; Arnet steps aside at Women and Girls Foundation". Pittsburgh Star Gazette. 6 August 2015. Retrieved 26 August 2015.
  2. ^ Del Monte Sells StarKist Unit to S. Korean Company, The New York Times, June 24, 2008
  3. ^ "Lawsuit filed against StarKist after company allegedly underfilled tuna cans". Fox Four Kansas City. 26 August 2015. Retrieved 26 August 2015.
  4. ^ Staff, Writer (2018-10-18). "StarKist admits fixing tuna prices, faces $100 million fine for collusion". USA Today. Retrieved 2018-10-19.

External links[edit]