German FCO publishes draft notice on RPM in the food retail sector*
On January 25, 2017, the FCO published its long-awaited draft notice with guidance on resale price maintenance (RPM) related questions in the food retail sector in Germany. The draft is up for public consultation, and interested parties can submit comments by March 20, 2017.
The draft summarizes the position the FCO has taken and developed throughout various prominent and lengthy RPM proceedings in the sector in the past years, including in confectionary products, coffee and beer. The first proceedings started in 2009. The latest proceedings have been terminated in 2016, and the FCO now aims at clarifying the scope of RPM in the food retail sector, including for smaller and medium-sized companies which may not get
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