Snoop Dogg Sues Walmart Over Cereal

( – In a recent legal battle that underscores the difficulties minority-owned businesses often encounter in the marketplace, iconic rappers Snoop Dogg and Master P have initiated a lawsuit against two major corporations, Walmart Inc. and Post Consumer Brands. The core of the dispute lies in accusations that these companies have deliberately thwarted the distribution and sale of the rappers’ cereal brand, thereby undermining their business endeavor.

The origins of this controversy trace back to 2022 when Calvin Broadus (known professionally as Snoop Dogg) and Percy Miller (Master P) founded Broadus Foods. Their mission was clear: to offer consumers high-quality, affordable breakfast options. Among their product lineup was Snoop Cereal, a brand that promised to blend nutritional value with the star power of its founders.

The partnership between Broadus Foods and Post Consumer Brands initially seemed promising. After Broadus and Miller declined an offer from Post to buy their brand outright—a move they felt would compromise their long-term vision—they struck an agreement. Post would take on the roles of manufacturing, marketing, distributing, and selling Snoop Cereal. This collaboration was born out of a mutual understanding to further the goals of Broadus Foods, or so it seemed.

Despite the partnership kicking off with the launch of Snoop Cereal in Walmart stores in July, the relationship soon soured. Allegations surfaced that within a few months, the cereal became conspicuously absent from shelves in stores across 20 states. According to the lawsuit, Walmart had relegated stock to backrooms with specific instructions not to display the items for sale. These actions effectively made the cereal inaccessible to consumers, significantly impeding its market presence.

The lawsuit further claims that Walmart engaged in practices that could be deemed as undermining the brand’s value. This included increasing the price of a box of Snoop Cereal to over $10 on its website—a move that could deter potential buyers. Additionally, the cereal was reportedly misplaced in stores, finding itself in unconventional sections such as the baby products area, and was sold at heavily discounted prices, leading to financial losses.

Represented by civil rights attorney Ben Crump, Snoop Dogg and Master P have brought these issues to light not only as a business dispute but as a matter of principle. At a press conference, Crump highlighted the broader implications of the case, emphasizing the systemic challenges minority entrepreneurs face in securing equitable treatment and opportunities within the business landscape. He accused Walmart and Post Consumer Brands of a “blatant disregard” for a Black-owned business, framing the lawsuit as a fight for economic empowerment and minority representation in the marketplace.

Broadus Foods’ ambition extends beyond mere profit. The company is driven by a vision to inspire economic empowerment among minorities and support charitable causes addressing hunger and homelessness. This lawsuit, therefore, is not just about a cereal brand but symbolizes the struggle for fairness and recognition in the business world.

In response to the allegations, Walmart and Post Consumer Brands have issued statements defending their practices. Walmart highlighted its history of supporting entrepreneurs and cited various factors like consumer demand, seasonality, and price that influence product sales. Post Consumer Brands expressed disappointment over the lack of consumer interest in Snoop Cereal, despite the company’s substantial investment in the partnership.

This legal confrontation sheds light on the intricate challenges minority-owned businesses face, from securing shelf space to navigating corporate partnerships. It underscores the importance of equitable treatment and opportunity in the marketplace, especially for businesses that aim to contribute positively to their communities. As the case unfolds, it will likely prompt broader discussions on corporate responsibility, diversity in business, and the support system for minority entrepreneurs in the competitive landscape of consumer goods.