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Food Retail

Food Retail

Fine for Vertical Agreement in Non-alcoholic Beverages Sector

On 3 March 2015, upon application of the BWB, the Cartel Court imposed a € 653 775 fine on Vöslauer Mineralwasser AG for vertical agreements fixing prices (RPM) with several retailers from January 2007 to December 2012 in the area of non-alcoholic beverages, especially mineral water (case 25 Kt 76/14). The agreements were found to infringe Article 101 TFEU and § 1 of the Austrian Cartel Act.

Posted on 01/07/2015

Fines for Various Food Retailers

On 26 November 2014, the Cartel Court imposed a € 3 000 000 fine on the retailer SPAR Österreichische Warenhandels AG for vertical price agreements (RPM) concluded with several suppliers from 2002 to 2012 in the area of dairy products, which were found to infringe Article 101 TFEU and the national corresponding provision (case 26 Kt 154/13).

Posted on 01/07/2015

Settlement with Dairy Producer

On 26 November 2014, the Cartel Court (29 Kt 60/14) imposed a fine of € 583.200 on NÖM AG, a major Austrian dairy producer for anticompetitive behaviour related to RPM with food retailers regarding certain dairy products between 2007 and 2012. The decision was taken in the framework of a settlement procedure.

Several food retailers and their suppliers are alleged to have infringed Article 101 TFEU and § 1 of the Austrian Cartel Act, by fixing consumer prices vertically and trilaterally and other proceedings are still pending.

Posted on 01/07/2015
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